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Portrait of Sherlock Holmes by foxestacado Portrait of Sherlock Holmes by foxestacado
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Sale Note: This painting is available for purchase as a limited edition 11x14" print, reproduced spectacularly by professional fine arts print masters on Fujicolor Archive Crystal paper, guaranteed for 100+ years, and also covered by my personal lifetime guarantee. Please note me or comment to inquire about purchase details.

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There's not much in the way of explanatory details for this painting. I started painting because I was reconfiguring my Photoshop brushes, and then just ran with it. It is totally painted from scratch. It is not straightforward with reference photos: I used about three separate shots of Robert Downey Jr., including set stills, and none of them had him holding a pipe.

I don't really want to say whose hand I used as a reference for the hand. I kind of want to forget I used such a detestable person's hand as reference. But the photo worked in terms of lighting and gesture, with minimal guesswork. Painting the hand took as long as the face, and it doesn't show.

Painting the hair was...tedious. I say this every time: I hate painting hair, but I rather like how this one came out. Thank God he doesn't have long hair. My hand still cramps up just thinking about "Luna and the Squid."

Then I went on my stock photo references sites, and looked at lots of photos of pipes. I know the pipe used in the movie is a straight pipe, which is more authentic to the theater adaptations of the stories (because the curved pipe gets in the way of the actor's mouth). However, after trying a bunch of different pipes, different sizes, etc., I settled with the curved pipe, because it worked better with my composition. The pipe really took a LOT of painting. God, I forgot how much I hate painting 1) round objects, and 2) shiny objects.

And voila! Sherlock Holmes looking questionable, confused, diagnosing, reasoning, somewhat worried, but confident. Although Robert Downey Jr. does not look anywhere CLOSE to the Holmes in my head (the Holmes that is honed by all of the Sir Conan Doyle stories, the biography of Sherlock Holmes by William Baring-Gould, Nicholas Meyer's "The Seven Percent Solution," and Laurie R. King's "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" and all of its sequels), I am confident that Robert Downey Jr. will give a terrific and authentic performance, albeit a different interpretation.

Now, it is 12:03 a.m. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! I hope you all have a fabulous and wonderful day. And go see "Sherlock Holmes," in theaters Christmas Day! (and Boxing Day in the UK).

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:iconryokodwolfwood:
RyokoDWolfwood Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I have the coin purse with this amazing print. I really like the detail and the shadowing. 
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MuhammadRajab Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like this a lot , and this is exceptional
it was my fb profile picture and i told you that before
i wish such works get more publish ,by the way ,
i would like to invite all "sherlokians" to this very new fb page "Sherlockians union" is not an official page but a very unique one ;) , here [link] (only if you were "sherlockian" you are so very welcome to join us :) )
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!!!!!!!!
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:iconchevalierdeseingalt:
ChevalierdeSeingalt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
This is an exceptional piece of work. My compliments.
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:icongiovani6:
Giovani6 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous!
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SaskatchewanStardust Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
utterly beautiful
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:iconmuhammadrajab:
MuhammadRajab Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really love it a lot ...very very much....................you know ? it was my Facebook profile picture one day....>>>>>><<< cheers!
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Herstorian329 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Gorgeous!
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:iconvya:
vya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
That's great! :heart:
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:iconkrisbeh:
krisbeh Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Very interested to know how much you'd like to charge for this fine piece. I know just who I'd like to gift it to...
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:iconfoxestacado:
foxestacado Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Hi Krisbeh,

Sending you a PM :)

F.E.
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:iconelieli96:
Elieli96 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
awesome!
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WindsongDragon Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Okay, it took me forever to find this XD I bought a small poster of this from you at some anime-con (I think it was one in LA?) I think it was almost two years ago now. Maybe just one.

Still in my room to this day!! I love it!
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:iconfoxestacado:
foxestacado Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Good to hear from you, and I'm so glad you hear you enjoy your print!
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:iconyourfluttershyness:
YourFlutterShyness Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
THE END ?
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:iconbluehorse17:
BlueHorse17 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Gorgeous!
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:iconignaciaok:
ignaciaOK Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hi


uffffffffffffffff great..great..great work , really is amazing
you´re very talented =)

:+fav:
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:icontonydennison:
TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
THis is a really strong piece! I love the palette and the "tedious" details. :love:
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:iconardentprodigy:
ArdentProdigy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   General Artist
Bought a makeup bag of this @ AX. I LOVE IT. <3
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:iconanavilante:
Anavilante Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Cool
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:iconrajlakshmi:
Rajlakshmi Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconshebeast2:
shebeast2 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
awsome!!!!
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missfreddy92 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
this is an artwork very, very, very amazing!! :heart: I love Sherlock Holmes, in books and movies, and Robert Downey Jr. is one of my favourite actors -w- Oh dear, sorry, dreaming thoughts XD great job! ;)
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:iconyuukinatsumiyagami:
YuukiNatsumiYagami Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love him and i love this=)
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:iconshiito-kun:
Shiito-kun Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconlucy-damien998:
Lucy-Damien998 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
cool O-O
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:iconnavrasend:
Navrasend Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Photographer
Stunning!!
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:iconmarkus26:
markus26 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great!
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:iconemmawh:
emmawh Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Unbelievable O_O
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:iconelfkin1984:
Elfkin1984 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Incredible. Bravo and beautiful work and perfect study.

Let's all get a jar of flies to fly around in concentric circles.
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:iconaussies10:
aussies10 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Ohhh wow. I loved him before, and I love him even more now!
Amazing work!
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:iconautoman217:
Automan217 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well done!
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:iconvalery-rayz:
Valery-Rayz Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Роберт Дауни младший! *О* Особенно нравится в уменьшенном виде, в крупном - слишком размазано... *О* О, Святые ежики, а какой взгляд!
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chieesential8 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
sooo coool!
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:iconpi-rex:
Pi-Rex Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Freaking Epic!
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:iconmaureeneileen:
MaureenEileen Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
so amazing^^ you are a great artist=)
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:iconkidoga:
Kidoga Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I really love how smooth and soft the colors are. Wonderful work! :)
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:iconfiszike:
fiszike Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Despite I like Robert Downey Jr., I first thought I wouldn't like this version of Sherlock Holmes. But after all, it came out awesome!
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yesprabhakar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well done! Great job ! Are you placing any tutions on making of your portraits. Pl . pass on the link. Now I am your fan :)
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:iconserenityninja:
serenityninja Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE THIS!!!!
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:iconthomasrome:
ThomasRome Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*look at your work* *Look at my work* *I cry*
Very well done!
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Lady-Arcane Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
OMG...so nice! Fav'd!
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:iconpatterned-cats:
patterned-cats Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3 I loooove Sherlock Holmes. Good job! :D
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MeiselMaus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
So glad this was featured so I could get to see it.

Beautiful, moody, intense and quietly expressive portrait. Like you, I couldn't imagine RDJ playing this part and, like you, I was very pleasantly surprised.

Benedict Cumberbatch next, perhaps?
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Fobofobia1607 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow...Amazing! Really good job! :iconlaplz:
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:iconsofychu:
Sofychu Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
damm that looks awesome
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:iconart-e86:
Art-e86 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Chuffin' hell. Nuf sed.
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:iconinbalz93:
inbalz93 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely fantastic!!
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WargusEstor Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks amazing :heart:
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wolfsjourney Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Indubitably.
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