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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 Featured By Owner 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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Melancholy-Minds Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Great composition, mood, lighting and textures... oh, the textures! Really unique piece.
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, thank you for that! That's a lovely thought about the smoke!
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NeriSiren Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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littlenemo48 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I love it. Beautiful detail.
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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littlenemo48 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Welcome :D
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periwinklepaints Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I loooove this! It's nice to see a personal portrayal for once!
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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ElizaMoonchild Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
God, you are just so good!!
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw shucks.
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stipend Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012   General Artist
excellent piece, i love the detail and the smoke!
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:iconalcook:
ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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stipend Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012   General Artist
yw :)
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kiki900400 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Wow! My mind is blown right now.
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww thanks! :)
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str4yk1tt3n Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Gorgeous work.
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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MoConnor03 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
this is fantastic! I really enjoy all the different textures in this. And the colors are wonderful!
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks much! :)
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MoConnor03 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
welcome much! :D
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purpleblack-fox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
I like how you chose to portray him in his clothes instead of the dressing gown. I think the blue would have made him look too calm, now he looks agitated, you can see the cogs turning in his head.
Plus, I like the mix-and-match patterns on his shirt, vest and tie :)

Another detail I just noticed is how he puts his bare feet together, like BBC Sherlock does with his hands when thinking (that wasn't intentional though, was it?).

I'm impressed at how there's so many different colours without them clashing, the monochrome background and foreground balance it out nicely.

Um, basically I don't have anything constructive to say, I just wanted to express my admiration for this beautiful picture <3
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I have a hard time imagining Sherlock Holmes in a dressing gown even though it's one of his typical costumes. I prefer to imagine him in half-slept-in clothes that have been mis-matched over several days; like he's always ready to go but never quite put together all the way. I did not intentionally reference BBC Sherlock with the feet; mostly I thought putting them together like that placed more tension in his limbs and looked generally Holmesy-er. I can't imagine him doing anything sloppily or with ordinary casualness, even sitting cross-legged on a pile of pillows.
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purpleblack-fox Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Agreed on the last part. I think it comes from the fact that he is described as 'aquiline' and generally birdlike in the books, so in my head he's always 'perching' rather than sitting or standing xD
Maybe he only puts on the dressing gown to look dapper and elegant, when he wants to impress clients, or to hide chemical stains on his clothes :)
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RynTji Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cooool!!!
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ALCook Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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