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River Song Diary Miniature Book by Maylar River Song Diary Miniature Book by Maylar
50th anniversary is coming, ants start to crawl under my skin whenever I think of it and to settle them for at least a bit, here's a miniature book inspired by "Doctor Who" :D

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1.8 cm tall (0' 7" inch) and 1.4 cm wide (0' 55" inch), this books is a mix of perfect bound and hardcovers and is inspired by River Song's diary. Pages are tea dyed and some appear dirty or falling off. It's all on purpose and for the sake of authentic look.

Both drawings and binding are done from scratch, by me (of course). Book is filled with random hand drawn pages with few different enemies from the series, TARDIS and sonic screwdriver. There's some writings and part of it is printed out of free stock and my own and even my grandfather's handwriting out of old letters. Some of it is hand written and all small drawings (like arrows and similar stuff) are hand drawn. Also, most importantly, book includes the portraits of every Doctor so far, hand drawn with graphite pencil, mechanical pencil and gel pen.

Portraits are actually done partially, over few years...they weren't meant to be in the book, as at first I've done miniature portraits of first three Doctor, in almost caricature style, for a friend, who collected them. Then, few years back, again for a friend, I've done 4th and 6th Doctor, which discouraged me completely (easy to see why, I believe). I left it all in the drawer and forgot about it. Last year, a friend and a fan of Paul McGann (8th for those who aren't familiar) asked me to try and make his portrait. I did and liked how it looked like, so made another one for my "collection", determined to make the whole "set" when I find time. Well, finding the time was not so easy, so across few months, I did 5th and 7th and then had to pause for a while. Finally, at the beginning of this year, I finished 9th and two months back, 10th and 11th. Phew.

Heh, a long work for such a tiny book. Hope you like it, especially my fellow fans :D
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:iconnevvy:
Nevvy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014   Interface Designer
Do you take commissions on this kind of thing? I would love to get my husband one for christmas
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, I do and this would also be the perfect time for commissioning me for Christmas, too :) So feel free to note me here and I'll give you all the details :)
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PCamenzind Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014   Writer
Wooow! Most amazing thing I've seen all day!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconstrandedtal:
StrandedTal Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woooow! how did you make the book itself?
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Glad you like it! ^^ Heh, it's made pretty much as a regular book would be, you know? Just small... ;)
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:iconstrandedtal:
StrandedTal Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You actually went to book printers and asked to make one this size? o.O
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Heh, well no, this one isn't printed, this was completely handmade (which means every drawing inside is an hand drawn original) and then I bound them, mixing perfect binding and hard covers. 

This other one, however fav.me/d6qqx3a  is filled with digitally drawn portraits, which were then printed (yes, I actually went to printers with the final file and asked of them to print them in that size ^^) and later again bound in traditional way :)
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StrandedTal Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh you misunderstood me! I know the drawings are handmade (IMPOSSIBRU) I meant the cover. I thought printers don't have the ability to print this small so by your comment I already got the answer anyway.. thanks :XD:
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kerjen Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Mine came in!!!  I got it this morning! :squee: :squee: :squee: :squee: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:  :hooray: :hooray: :hooray: :hooray: :hooray: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am and how much I love it!! The "Hello Sweetie" page looks a million times more than I pictured it and the quality of detail you put into this is absolutely amazing! The front, back, and side binding looks exactly like her diary, better than most full size replicas and this is so much smaller. And then the brilliance of the sketches....!

Did I mention I was excited and love this? :love: :love: :squee:  :squee:  :squee:

I'm taking this with me to see Alex Kingston live in New York City for Macbeth along with a River plush doll I just got. Other Kinglets and I will be the stage door & I hope to get a chance to show her your incredible work! Even if I don't, I know this will be a huge favorite with other River and Alex fans!

But nobody, NOBODY could love this -more- than me!
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo! 

:artist: Trophy Emote 2  :create: 

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!
the self portrait Gold Medal Emote :painting: 
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks so much for that! :D I'll definitely see to submit some very soon, if you like :D
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:iconroundtower:
roundtower Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A real pleasure!!! :love: 
Yes, of course. Love :ilovedevart: 
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SergietsDmitry Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
All doctor who fans send you huge respect for this work!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :D :hug:
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SergietsDmitry Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thumbs Up 
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:iconask-kevlron:
ask-kevlron Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My question is, why is it so small?
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, I love doing things in miniature, drawing miniature portraits and doing miniature bookbinding...it is sort of rest from my daily job, when painting on bigger canvases or doing big sculptures... Also, these are collectibles :)
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:iconask-kevlron:
ask-kevlron Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, you know what they say, "Bigger is Better [. . . sometimes]"
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fireg Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How much do you take for a comission like this?
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Actually, there's range of prices...I just sent you a note and explained better :)
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:iconflowsoffire:
flowsoffire Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
This is really beautiful! Truly impressive :D
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconhamarunamikaze:
HamaruNamikaze Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning work and I love all of the details!Love
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it :)
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:iconpippintook95:
PippinTook95 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Just simply wow!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! 
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PetraMarieHalliwell Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :D
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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PetraMarieHalliwell Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Leilani-kitty Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Awesome!Clap
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
^^
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Betawhofic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Dang! I know I left you a review, but now it seems to be missing.

This is FANTABULOUS!

I love miniatures and I love Doctor Who, and the more detailed the miniatures the better. So I'm in love.

Those tiny portraits are spectacular! This is amazing work.

Is there any chance of you taking a picture of your hand holding the book, open to one of the portraits, just to give us some scale?

Jeesh, I'm going to have to attach an air horn to my "Squeeee!" just to squee long enough for this!

Obviously, I like it.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the late reply...
 Hmm, I can't take a photo of my hand with it right now, but if you go and watch the video, the size is more visible there :)

And thank you, glad you like it :)
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Betawhofic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I just had this really bizarre thought that River got miniaturized by the Master and this is what her diary looked like when the Doctor found it.

:D
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TheLadyFirenze Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
This is stunning, as is all of your work!!!
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much...I'm a bit late, but still...
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BowTiesAreCool10 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
The wring must have been so difficult!Awe 3D 50x50 
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, yeah, in a way...but a lot of joy, too :)
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BowTiesAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Just wondering, random stranger on the internet, what do you think of the name Vivien Leith?
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
My first question would have to be: why? :)
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BowTiesAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
pen name.
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:iconmaylar:
Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hmm, lovely one, but just a bit pompous, if you get me...and reminding on Vivien Leigh (of course, you might want this, so in that case it's a plus :)

I guess it depends of what you write in the first place. I would say it's a great name for the romance and erotica writer and a very ok one for the thriller/mystery writer. If in other genres (especially in sci-fi or fantasy), I guess it would be as good as any other, but might be better to search further! 

Hope it helps :)
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BowTiesAreCool10 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I guess I just like names that start with V. I get what you mean by pompous, but its better than Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way. I was thinking of writing fantasy, because it takes nearly all of my reading, and I know most about it.
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Maylar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, "pompous" is just the impression the name itself gives to me...but, lol, it's most certainly better than Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way. 

Seriously (or at least half-seriously), it is always what you write what counts first. That goes without saying... Goodness, look at Ann Rice for example. Woman's last name is a cereal. And no one thinks of that while reading about vampires, now do they? ;)

Vivien is one of those beautiful names that sound so romantic and smooth and noble (just like Vivien in the Arthurian legends:))...it's lovely both as a female or male name, all thought I think the later is a rather rare thing these days. But just because it's all that, it needs something strong following it, to give it some sort of support, a ring... Perhaps matching it with some other surname would give it more strength, some backbone if you like. I'll give you few examples of what I mean (and neither is a suggestion, just me in the middle of the night, trying to cope with insomnia ;)):

Vivien Land
Vivien Lyre (ok, this is a bit too romantic as well, but...)
Vivien Lore
Vivien List

Or to change "L" for some other letter, perhaps "R" or some other "hard" letter. Like "Vivien Rider" (again, not a suggestion, just crossed my mind because I talked with a friend of the same surname just tonight, lol). If you take a look on the name/surname in the form of initials, it also might help.

But you shouldn't mind me or anyone else, when it comes to this. Your pen name is your pen name, it's your choice. I'll suggest one thing more and that's that from me for tonight, you already have a real essay on this :/ Anyway, here it goes: write and see where that will lead you. Sometimes, that's all it takes...when you read your own writing, name might pop up in front of you all on its own. I should know that, my official (and professional) nick is actually a name of the sea in one of my stories. And for years now, people mostly know me only by that :)

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eznor Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely brilliant!
Would love to have one.
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the late reply...Thank you so much :) And if you would like one, I do commissions :)
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Dorothy-T-Rose Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Your portrait of Eleven is spot on!  Very excellent work, and it such a tiny space!

~D~
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Maylar Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much, glad you like it. Hehe, I'm pretty proud on 11th Doctor, yes :)
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hungrymockingjay Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's adorable! amazing job with such a small thing!
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