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Portrait of Sherlock Holmes by foxestacado Portrait of Sherlock Holmes by foxestacado
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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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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 :) )
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ChevalierdeSeingalt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
This is an exceptional piece of work. My compliments.
Giovani6 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SaskatchewanStardust Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
utterly beautiful
MuhammadRajab Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really love it a lot ...very very know ? it was my Facebook profile picture one day....>>>>>><<< cheers!
Herstorian329 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
vya Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
That's great! :heart:
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...
foxestacado Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Hi Krisbeh,

Sending you a PM :)

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