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Good god. Whose bright idea was it for me to listen to the soundtrack of A Single Man during a Sherlock binge?

oh, mine, of course. If I have the chance to make myself sadder through music, it is almost a certainty that I will do so.

p.s. is that the wrong leg? Whatever, it's psychosomatic anyway haha. As you can tell from his hair, I obviously flipped this in photoshop- the narrative is so much stronger this way.

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GetToTheLibrary Featured By Owner Edited May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so meaningful. 

People need other people in deep ways; anyone who claims otherwise is destined to become a hard-hearted sorry soul.

Also thank you for not shipping.  You and I may be the only two people on the webs for whom the sweetness of the friendship between these two characters is extraordinary and beautiful in and of itself.  It is beyond me why people de-value simple kindness when it is so rare and so important.   If John was not an exceptionally kind person Sherlock wouldn't have made a friend in the world. 

Thanks for sharing your artwork.   It is very nice work.
Artsammich Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Your drawings are all so expressive and appealing. Great work!
Macabeak Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm curious - you said that the narrative was much stronger that way. Meaning it had more impact with him facing left instead of right, correct? How exactly does that work? (Genuine question! Because this is a powerful image and if something small like that can really impact it, I want to know why XD)
heyelsi Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hot damn those Sherlock illustrations were beautiful! This one is my favorite. I think it's because both that lonely cane and John's expression are almost crying "Someone's missing here!" when I look at them.
Koichiko Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
You know, I didn't think it was possible, but somehow your style of drawing Sherlock makes me want to crawl into a ball and never get out of my room ever again - but in a positive sense :D

Okay, that makes no sense, but I just can't stop imagining John packing up all his stuff to move out of Baker-Street after Sherlocks "death" and I get really really sad ....
But it's amazing, really.
LiMa-JuLiEt Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student General Artist
So good!
whatpants Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hhhhhhhhhh this is gorgeous
JurassicPeach Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Ugh, my heart. :( (This is so pretty. ♥)
StarvingArtistKei Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
You just broke my heart. Perfectly done.
Morag-I Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012   General Artist
Might I ask what sort of paper you work on? Or if it's paper at all, haha!
toerning Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
plain old Strathmore windpower sketch paper!
Morag-I Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012   General Artist
Huh! And you didn't find that it warped like silly when you started working with ink on it?
WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Joooooohnnnnnn.....! *sniffs*
narumashifan1 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! :omg:
SnowBunny91 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, poor John.

I think that black and white pictures really bring out the emotions better than color pictures...

Great job.
TheRavensTeethXx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
I love your lighting! It's so pretty, you're so good with the shadows and highlights!
shallowgravy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
oh my, this is lovely. i like the mood of this piece.

are you familiar with tim sale? your style reminds me of him.
LosingMary Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Writer
tho thad. :C
openheart123 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...SAD.. :C
Jackaloope Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Psychosomatic pain!
Impressive and elegant work.
esrevinu Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Everything about this is beautiful. The detail of the couch and lamp/side table fading into the background! Aaaah, so good.
Waalk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Ahh this hurts. Brilliant art, awesome.
ShadowsAndLight Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student General Artist

This is even all the lovelier
And all the sadder
touristemily Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Beautiful! I love how you capture John's mood and the atmosphere of the room.
discovered-soul7 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful. Truly.
You've captured so much emotion within the frames of the paper. Honestly, it feels wrong not to cry looking at this.
ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012   Digital Artist
I didn't think my heart could break any more over Reichenbach. Holy cow! Oh man. I'm going to go hide in the bathroom and cry now.

Ah that ache... my heart just...

Your skills... Your amazing skills...

Okay so I will cry out some more over Reichenbach and me want for your skills.
Theshelfs Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
i have bad legs if the right one got weak as you where bending you'd put the wight on your left to steady yourself. so you got it right....

this is amazing the victorian pen and ink mixed with comic book grace. truely amazing!!!
xRoxyryokox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
I think your ink drawings are gorgeous! Could you describe your process? Are you drawing a pencil version first? And what type of bush are you using?
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thank you! I do a thumbnail, find necessary reference, then do a light pencil drawing. I use a Windsor Newton Series 7 size 3 brush for the black ink lines, and then once that's totally dry I erase the pencils and do the washes on top with whatever crappy brushes I have lying around.

Hope that's helpful! :heart:
xRoxyryokox Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Thank you sooooo much! : D I'm thinking about doing my senior animation film in a similar style if I can achieve a similar ink look in digital software for the characters. : )
toerning Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Oh definitely! In fact, I think this would probably be way EASIER to accomplish in digital than traditional, because ink is such a temperamental medium and there's so much that has to happen just to make it work right, let alone all the pictoral elements!

Good luck!
kennichka Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
you make me cry. but it is beautiful
FattyTunaForever Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
;A; *cries*
Dhampir72 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm crying.
ebiedarkins Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
Did you hear that? That was my heart breaking. .. Amazing work. x
LEPcommander Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is beautiful, the lighting and the brush strokes! you have a really special style :)
Can I know what paint and brush did you used?
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
oh, and thank you! :heart:
toerning Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Just Speedball super black permanent ink and whatever brushes I have lying around. For the formal inking before the washes I'll use a Windsor Newton Sereis 7 Size 3.
LEPcommander Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :) the effects you did were brilliant!
KaiDarknight Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
man you draw so awesome!
beautifulhikariiugly Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
oh my god, you're killing me with these things. but its a beautiful death~
personofthesun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
That is a really great pose! Love everything about this, including the crushing angst it brings on :)
Mae-ril Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
popokoli Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh. Oh.

Why have you done this
these wet things are tears of sadness

also, this picture is beautiful
perelka-l Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic work! Expressive and dammit nooo noooo jawn stay here for sherlock pleaaseee
oO-Fotisha-Oo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your ink drawings are always so flipping gorgeous, I would love to see a video or something of your process in action :love:
flockofcrows Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
really, this + that sad piano piece from the OST = my tears...
i just love your ink pieces, such mastery of lighting and composition! beautiful way to tell such a sad story, ugh... ;n;
Ilovetodraw Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Filmographer
Gosh, what a lovely picture;; I love the contrast between the light of the lamp and the heavy lines of the cane.
Roae Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
This fanart is just... amazing, in SO many ways. The style, the lighting, the background, his pose, his expression... Oh my god. You made me comment on something on dA, which is quite rare nowadays. But this is just so brilliant. Well done!
Brillinat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Whoops, I accidentally crying.
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