"A study in toes"

Inspired by this post by mid0nz about a particular drawing in 221B. I liked the idea that Sherlock may have sketched his own feet during a bout of boredom.

quarryquest:

I really must get the final photos from the cosplay photoshoot posted here when I have time. Until then, have a shot of khorazir and eyes-like-the-afghan-night-sky in Trafalgar square with St Martin in the Fields in the background. I thought it was me having problems with the angles of buildings there but it seems even the professionals got into the same trouble.

I’d completely forgotten that we did these takes, too. And they turned out very well :).

(Reblogged from quarryquest)

"There’s a spot very near 221B that John knows Sherlock loves. It’s where Baker Street meets Marylebone Road and John’s pretty sure Sherlock loves it because it’s…well it’s a lot like Sherlock’s brain."

Inspired by the beautiful Limb From Limb by atlinmerrick. The quote above is taken from chapter 3.

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applerepublic:

khorazir:

"Delivery for 221a"

Watercolour version of my first contribution to April’s “Let’s Draw Sherlock: Alternate Professions”: John’s a bored UPS employee stuck in his dull job, while Sherlock is a bicycle messenger who roams London’s roads and has a habit of riding dangerously.

If anybody felt inspired to write a fic of that, I’d be chuffed :).

"Afghanistan or Iraq?"

John looks away from trying to locate the buzzer for 221A to see a tall man standing next to an expensive but well-worn bike. His hair is a riot of curls that are flattened on top, as if he’d been wearing his helmet for a long period of time. John also can’t help but notice that his body is gorgeous, every curve of muscle defined by his tight bike jersey and padded shorts.

"Excuse me?" he asks, confused because he’s pretty sure he’s never met this man, yet the question is startlingly relevant.

The stranger then proceeds to rattle off a list of amazing deductions that prove how he knows that John is indeed a recently returned veteran and the only detail he can’t deduce is whether John was in Afghanistan or Iraq.

"That was…" he pauses because something changes in the stranger’s face, goes from curious to guarded. "…amazing," he finishes. "And it was Afghanistan," he adds, although he’s not sure if the stranger heard him because he looks so surprised at John’s choice of adjective.

"That’s not what people normally say."

"What do they normally say?"

"Piss off," says the stranger with a smirk.

John laughs and then asks, “Where did you learn to do that? I mean, figure all that stuff out just by looking?”

The stranger shrugs. “I’m observant. And being a bike messenger, I’ve had plenty of experience observing people. I can also identify the contents of any wrapped package with 97.6% accuracy.”

Ah, bike messenger. Makes sense, especially as John now takes in the courier bag strapped to the stranger’s back. “Bike messenger, hm? So you’re one of the crazy ones.”

The stranger looks looks pointedly at John’s truck idling in the street. “And you’re one of the boring ones.”

John sighs and wishes he could refute that statement, but the truth is that he finds it boring as well. In the silence that follows, the stranger looks John up and down.

"You know," he says, "The courier service I work for is looking to add a few messengers." He pauses and looks at John almost seductively. "Could be dangerous."

John clears his throat and looks away for a second. When he looks back, the stranger’s eyes are shining like he’s already won. “How would I, uh, go about inquiring about a messenger position?” John asks.

A grin spreads over the stranger’s face. “I’ll bring you with me when I check in tomorrow.” He begins resecuring his helmet.

"Just like that? We don’t even know each other’s names."

"My name, John,” the stranger says, with a nod to the name patch on John’s uniform, “is Sherlock Holmes, and the address is 221B Baker Street.” He winks and slides his sunglasses on, and prepares to mount his bike.

"Wait, that’s…" John gestures to the building he’d been in the middle of delivering a package to.

"Yes, Martha Hudson is my landlady. You’ll have to come back later, I’m afraid, as she’ll have already taken her herbal soothers for the afternoon and won’t hear the bell." Sherlock eyes the package. "But don’t worry, as the romance novels she’s ordered won’t spoil and she hasn’t finished the one she’s currently reading anyway."

"That’s brilliant," John says, then adds, "The deduction about the package, I mean."

Sherlock quirks another smile and mounts his bike, looking out into busy London traffic. John gets caught a moment looking at Sherlock’s ass and almost forgets to ask, ‘What time tomorrow?”

Sherlock doesn’t look away from the street but answers clearly, “7 o’clock.” He then pushes forward aggressively on his bike, sliding into a narrow gap in between cars. The vehicle he cuts off honks, but Sherlock just throws out a vaguely offensive gesture and continues to weave through traffic.

John grins to himself. This is going to be mad, and John hasn’t been as excited about anything in his life for quite some time.

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khorazir I hope you are chuffed about this (did I use that word correctly?)! I had to write something because I love this picture, especially the part where Sherlock’s bike is the right height for him. As a biker that makes me so happy.

And another story :). Thank you so much. You guys are very generous.

(Reblogged from applerepublic)

magicmadzik:

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I found it really helps doing the work with inspired stuff. As a teenager I almost exclusively drew horses, but doing so gave me an eye for proportions, shading etc. Also it came in really handy when I started with LotR stuff.

Your LotR stuff <3 <3 <3 

As a teenager, I drew a lot of naked people doing it  because I absolutely hated the teenage obsession with sex and thought that was a way to give it the middle finger (logic.). Then I drew RP characters for a while and tried desperately to morph into Regis Loisel. That didn’t work out so well, but it did mean I got to draw some really atypical faces and funky creatures. 

Actually, did you know I tried to emulate YOU for a while before it dawned on me that I can’t just ‘take’ someone else’s style because I have my own buried somewhere deep inside? Of course the early TORC nerds were really not getting my style, but whatevs. They couldn’t handle anything that wasn’t hyper-realistic.

I still envy people who can get closer to classic fantasy art. But that’s my own fault, I need to practice drawing people more.

Oh wow, thank you. I didn’t know that my stuff used to be one of your sources of inspiration.

My Tolkien inspired watercolours were of course strongly influenced by Alan Lee’s fantastic works, as well as those by a couple of illustrators from the “Golden Age”, like Rackham and Dulac, and Ivan Bilibin. And when I was in my late teens I drew quite a lot of Indiana Jones fanart before Tolkien took over entirely.

And now I’ve kinda gone back to the basics when it comes to drawing people and started to use far more actual reference (mostly for depicting Sherlock characters, of course ;)), and I’ve noticed that it has influenced my style. I’ve also experimented with other mediums I rarely worked in before, like ink and coloured pencils, and I’ve done some purely digital work in the form of graphics and posters. I’m curious how all this will have altered my style when I go back to creating Tolkien illustrations.

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khorazir:

"Delivery for 221a"

Watercolour version of my first contribution to April’s “Let’s Draw Sherlock: Alternate Professions”: John’s a bored UPS employee stuck in his dull job, while Sherlock is a bicycle messenger who roams London’s roads and has a habit of riding dangerously.

If anybody felt inspired to write a fic of that, I’d be chuffed :).

Wow, you guys are amazing. It doesn’t rain but it pours, it seems :D. Three fics were written in record time by:

Thank you so much!

(Reblogged from khorazir)

"Delivery for 221a"

Watercolour version of my first contribution to April’s “Let’s Draw Sherlock: Alternate Professions”: John’s a bored UPS employee stuck in his dull job, while Sherlock is a bicycle messenger who roams London’s roads and has a habit of riding dangerously.

If anybody felt inspired to write a fic of that, I’d be chuffed :).

Last day in Suffolk (and Norfolk), sadly. Cycled up to Norwich via Diss to meet quarryquest. Saw the Green Man, a green dragon and the peregrine falcons at the cathedral, and some old stone markers next to the road.

Progress shot of one of my “Let’s Draw Sherlock” pieces for this month. The lineart can be found at my #letsdrawsherlock tag.