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Inspired by a passage from "The Man With the Twisted Lip"

He took off his coat and waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set aquiline features.

June 2012
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CostumesbyCourtney Jul 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I keep coming back to this one, I think it is the perfect representation of Holmes without drawing influence from any obvious source such as the illustrations by Sidney Pagett or any of the actors who have portrayed him over the years. It's just Holmes, in his element.
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:iconmelancholy-minds:
Great composition, mood, lighting and textures... oh, the textures! Really unique piece.
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:iconnerisiren:
I love his pose and facial expression, and the contrast between the gray background and the colorful foreground -- especially the glowing gold smoke swirling up from the pipe. And I love the contrast between Sherlock's frozen, trance-like expression vs. those bright yellow swirls (which, to me, represent all the action going on in Sherlock's brain, and he's staring into that chaos, trying to see some pattern or relevant memory).

Oh dear, I'm babbling, aren't I? ^^;
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ALCook Jul 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, thank you for that! That's a lovely thought about the smoke!
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:iconnerisiren:
You're welcome! It really reminds me of the Mind Palace scene from Sherlock season 2, only this would be the 19th-century!Sherlock equivalent.
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VivaLaWhatsername Jun 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh goodness, where do I even begin? There's so much I want to say but I probably won't be able to adequately express it in this comment.

First off, this is beautiful. I adore his pose and the way his shirt wrinkles on his upper arm. The patterns and colors are fantastic (I especially love the blue buttons!) And papers on the ground are done very nicely, so much detail! And the wrinkled edges....just wow. It's mesmerizing. *-*
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ALCook Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, thank you! :heart:
The papers are actual papers circa 1888 when Jack the Ripper was first gaining notoriety. :)
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:iconlittlenemo48:
I love it. Beautiful detail.
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ALCook Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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