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SHERLOCK HOLMES. Because I love him so.

...the git.

I did this on the back of an assignment, so the type on the other side shows through a bit.

I get these yearly Sherlock Holmes cravings and generally end up rereading the Conan Doyle corpus and compulsively watching the Jeremy Brett series.

...with regards to the upcoming movie, I have only this to say: if Robert Downey Jr pulls a Gerard Butler on this character, I'll commit hara-kiri.

May 2009: OK, I just saw the trailer for the new movie.
My prognosis: it's going to be an utterly heinous affair all around, if the slow-mo shirtless boxing is any indication.

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astudyinimagination Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
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7thEvaChild Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Robert Downey Jr is not a Sherlock Holmes make. As bad as that sounds, I think you know what I mean and agree with me.

Anyway, I like your Sherlock image. Very well done. The smile... eh, maybe a bit too angled, but it works.

Dare i ask, what are some of your favorite tales of the Greatest Detective?

ShyGaladriel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I have discovered a true kindred spirit. This is the exact thing that I thought when I saw the trailer. Never saw the film. Did you?
Lorien76 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive...I Like it!
golaudydd Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do adore these sketches. I can't tell you how much I want the one in the upper right-hand corner on a mug or a shirt or a poster or something. lol
GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heehee! I am surrounded by imbeciles! funny expression!
BookJitsu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The top left one perfectly describes how I feel at school!
cartoonkid96 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
simply enchanting, the way your style captures an erratic overly compulsive and hyper deductive person is amazing especially "The Game is afoot!" that alone captures a wily and bold streak to an otherwise composed and calm person
iheartmoony7 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Writer
"if Robert Downey Jr pulls a Gerard Butler on this character, I'll commit hara-kiri." you woulnd't be talking about the horrible job Butler did to the character of erik in phantom of the opera would you? because i agree. litterary characters (esp. the male ones) get DESTROYED (personality wise at least) every time they make a movie for them :P
love the sketch by the way
mrsamster911 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
RDJ was fairly accurate to how holes was portrayed in the books.
(or at least in the Musgrave Ritual)
SaitouuRyuuji Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:D awesome sherlock sketches.
And-Reichenbach-Fell Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad to have stumbled across these sketches <3
And I highly agree with your stance on Downey Jr . *shudder*
Sherlockian Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Beautiful master work!!! A real feel of Brett in it. Canon Holmes is the greatest and RDJ can go away and snog his Watson. I agree with you that the music was good and the scenery was okay, but I miss some cerebral workout.
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rivka-nikola Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist

So... when you start a sketch like this, where do you begin? Face, eyes? What?
pm-papermate Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ladyphantomofmusic Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
I have been falling in love with Homes slowly. Have you seen the BBC modern SHERLOCK? And have you heard of the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes Books?
azurelacroix Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how he looks slightly psychotic! So wonderful. And the epic, epic Brettnose.
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Brettnose = word of the day.

Thank you!
sorelslaststand Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I gotta say, I love the 'I'm surrounded by imbiciles' one best. I've lost track of how many times I've thought/said this in my house alone. Your drawings are great.

Personally, I kind of liked the RDJ movie. Age-wise, considering the fact that Watson had not quite yet married Mary, he was about right. But way too short and scruffy. Jeremy Brett was the best Holmes ever, RDJ should have looked him up before attempting the part. Because Holmes boxes like a gentleman; in a bar in self-defense, and with his shirt ON (also his vest ;D).

But looking back, now that I've read the books, and seen all the Brett episodes, I can see why so many people don't like it. It really does step far out from cannon. Holmes never had to deal with anything so strange, and he would not have been making out with Irene Adler as soon as he had the time. And Watson never would have been so short with his Holmes. They were too close. Brothers to the end, those two. Especially in the Brett/Burke/Hardwicke version.

Though, I must say, the addition of Gladstone the bulldog was wonderful. He decided me on getting a bulldog as soon as I'm old enough to get my own place (is still a minor).

*sighs* Yeah, Jeremy Brett's death makes me sad somedays. Poor man. Rheumatic fever as a teen, his first marriage ended in divorce, his second wife, whom he really cared a lot about, died, and the bipolar thing. But still, I have to admire his strength. He deffinitely wasn't well by the end of the Holmes series, but he kept up with it, and smiled.

Would anyone think me crazy if I think I met his ghost once? I believe in ghosts, so I started talking to Mr. Brett, wondering if his spirit could hear me. I felt drawn to one corner of the living room, and when I held out my hand, I kid you not, it felt like someone took it like in a handshake.
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Yeah, the new movie...great music, good atmosphere - but still, no thanks. Too much of the summer blockbuster, not enough brains.

I think my main beef was the ridiculous plot. I usually lean towards being faithful to the literature and as you say, it's a pretty far cry from anything that Conan Doyle would have penned. Maybe it’s a reflection of Doyle’s limitations as a writer, but I think that Holmes is simply better suited to the short-story format - a television series will almost always work better than a feature length film. Part of what made the stories delightful was their small scale, and the touches of subtle creepiness, like in “The Copper Beeches” or “The Speckled Band” – those stories scared the bejeezus out of me when I was young. In Doyle’s hands, a false bell-rope and a mysterious whistle in the night is way more intriguing than Satanic rituals and cyanide plots. And when he did play around with the supernatural, like in Hound of the Baskervilles, the remote setting and small scale of the drama made it all the more spooky and atmospheric.

Da Vinci Code-esque conspiracies + Sherlock Holmes = not impressed.

And it goes without saying that while Holmes and Watson were fun, there really is no contest - Brett and Burke/Hardwicke permanently occupy first place in my heart.

Yes, you could really tell that Brett was pretty sick by the end of the series - he looked positively vampiric. Just goes to show how dedicated he was to the character.

Aw - it sounds like he appreciated having a chat with a fan, wherever he is.
jbrettlover Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Great job! I hope that there'll be more... :)
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh man, even seeing it a second time, I still think this is utterly gorgeous. Who doesn't love a brilliant, observant, cold, woman-distrusting, aquiline, gaunt, awesome piece of Creation?
You're awesome.

And I hope you still dislike the new movie, because that only increases your cool-factor. >XD
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
D'aw. Thanks again!

I'll have to get back to you on that score. I haven't actually nerved myself to see the thing yet...You?
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
No problem~

Nope, I haven't. My gut wrenches every time I remotely hear word of it, and I tend to trust my gut on such matters... It u~sually ends up being right. :shrug: I do know, however, that several people say that a lot of lines were taken from the canon, but still liberties were made. Like, Holmes being a bit emotional over Watson's leaving to be with Mary, whom he apparently doesn't know in this movie (apparently SIGN didn't happen here...?). And I don't really care to see a movie anyway where Holmes wields nunchaku in the trailers and he looks like the polar opposite of his self as described in the books. (If you take such liberties with one big thing, why not others...?) It's like taking a short Englishman, teaching him an American accent, and putting him in his shirtsleeves with a bad haircut and full-stubble and calling him Abraham Lincoln. And mutton-chops. And playing up a like for wrestling. Even if he can say the full Gettysburg Address in a perfect American accent, it doesn't make him Lincoln.
...Sorry for the ramble. XD I'm still upset that Downey won a Golden Globe for it...Especially when someone like Jeremy Brett (who admittedly isn't my image of the canon in his portrayal but is still by a mile the best) barely got what he deserved for his.
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Oh, Mr Brett. You really were the best. "Watson! This is no time for humbugs!"

Well, I think I'm going to end up seeing it this weekend with my family. And then THERE WILL BE JUDGMENT. Yes indeed.

Aheh. Aheheh. *snerk* Actually, your description of the short Englishman dressed up like Abe Lincoln is *exactly* what the BBC did on a really old Doctor Who episode from the 60s. The accent was terrible, and he actually did recite the Gettysburg Address. In an excruciating halting monotone.
Silvre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Love! Wow, he looks so maniacal in that "the game is afoot!" pose.

Also, bravo to you regarding the 2009 movie. I haven't seen it, but I go on rants every time someone mentions it. Just say no. =P
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Heh, thanks!

I read a few reviews, beat my head against the wall a few times, and decided that I wasn't masochistic enough to go see it. The trailers alone were painful enough.
Silvre Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Seriously. I went to see something with my friends in theatres (they all tease my about it, because I rant so much) and we saw a trailer. After it was done, they all looked at me, and all I said was "No." =P
lost-in-twos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Lol, Holmes thinking/being emo in his chair is brilliant. I love the facial expressions :)
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Thank you! I actually yoinked that pose from one of the original Paget illustrations.
lost-in-twos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Fffft. I have a compilation of all the stores but they don't include the original Paget illustrations, unfortunately. They look absolutely marvelous from the ones I've seen on the internet.
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Student General Artist
Very good!
SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Awesome expressions, awesome features. LOVE IT.
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buzzybeeGIRL Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
oh god, an accurate sherlock holmes .

( er... accurate as in ... this is exactly what he looks like in my mind ! )

i ... i refuse to go near the new movie ...
i doubt the people behind it ever picked up a holmes story in their life ... i doubt they even FLIPPED through one ...

not to say rbj is bad ... the people BEHIND the movie ... not him ... though def. not what i ever imagined holmes to look like ...
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
Sorry for the delay...
I'm glad my version hit the sweet spot for ya!

I probably *will* see the new movie eventually, so I'll know if I'm unfairly maligning it or not. But yeah...Downey as Holmes? CANNOT COMPUTE.
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Kourumi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
The corner pic of him in a chair makes me think he's chanting "Go to your happy place" over and over...:D :D
And the maniacal grinning!!

I will reserve judgment of the new movie after I've seen it, but, truly can it be any worse than "Sherlock Holmes in New York"? Now that was a travesty... (OMG monologuing Moriarty! "I'll kill you, but not until I hear myself give this wonderful speech I've been practicing in the mirror. Just for this occasion!!!")
kitty-demon18 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
absolutely wonderful, especially his expression for the whole "i'm surrounded by imbeciles" bit, jeremy brett is a brilliant holmes, i wish there was just some way to de age him so he could play holmes for the movie
would blowing up the studio be overkill in retaliation for messing with sherlock?
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009
Alack and alas, the divine Jeremy Brett is no longer with us. On the plus side, at least he's not around to see what they're doing to his beloved character.

Oh, I'm sure droves of Sherlockians will storm Hollywood when the film is released. Vengeance shall be sweet.
Xxshadow-queenxX Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I do enjoy a good sherlock holmes sketch dump CB
The jeremy brett series is my favourite, I think. He was just so awesome, and eccentric, and awesome, and HOLMES CB

but yeah. What do you mean, a gerard butler? DB
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
Oh, Gerard Butler was the Scottish guy who played the Phantom in the "Phantom of the Opera" movie.
He took a character that was meant to be an elegant, brilliant, deformed madman and made him into a sort of growly rugged open-shirted type, who furthermore couldn't sing worth a damn, but he attracted a whole horde of fangirls.

From what I've seen and heard of the Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes, they're trying to make him rather less cerebral and more physical (not to mention SHIRTLESS) to appeal to a younger crowd.
Which just makes me sad.
Xxshadow-queenxX Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOh I don't know, he did have a certain seduction to him that alot of actors have lost today. But I know what you mean, he could have been slightly more elegant in his actions.

Oh god, I hope they really don't make him less intelligent just for the sake of a few extra quid. ¬_¬'
that would make me very, VERY angry.
iamfergie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaaah!! I could hug you. I have been trying to draw a cartoon-Holmes for an eternity, it seems, and I can't get him quite right. But this is perfect!! I love the sharp, angular features and those lovely hooded eyes. It's exactly the way I'd imagine him looking if he were animated.

GASP! They should make an animated Sherlock Holmes movie. It would be SO much better than trying to find the right actors. And YOU should be the character designer.
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Thank you!!!
I really, really love drawing him in this cartoony style. Pointy snarky faces are just the best.

Oh, man, an animated Sherlock Holmes series would be KILLER. We need someone British and awesome to voice him. Someone who can really roll those r's.
iamfergie Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh, yeah. Definitely a REAL Brit. Someone with a really versatile voice, who could do different accents; because obviously, Holmes loves putting on disguises. Gasp! Someone like... Gary Oldman???

I don't know who would be a good Watson, but I've always thought of Moriarty as having this sinister raspy voice. To me, Jeremy Irons comes instantly to mind. He has the best evil voice ever.
DreadPersephone Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
I concur. Kill the sod!!! And Butler....
InkofTheMadHatter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Aw, instead of killing yourself, why not off him and prevent a sequel?
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