SHERLOCK: Friends Protect People
Markers and pens on 98lb Mix Media Stock
Another Sherlock pic for my next Fanart Fridaypiece! I’ve been working on this one for a LONG while, probably a month or so. I have an AWESOME Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days background that has Roxas in his KH2 outfit floating down, with Axel, Xion, and Roxas collaged inside his Org XIII coat. I saw that, and went “OMG, this needs to be drawn for Sherlock”. Because I am a sap and love the character development of Sherlock from ASiP to TRF – that he sacrifices himself for everything for the three people in the world he holds dear (his “family”, because remember, friends are the family we choose). TRF breaks my heart more and more as I watch it, because I catch little things each time. This pic, then, is sort of the Sherlock twist to my fave Kingdom Hearts pic – Roxas’ best friends were in his heart, Sherlock’s are in his.
I am of the belief that Sherlock’s tears were real in his final words to John. My theory: He has faked it in front of people before (in TGG ) and obviously seemed fake since he was able to just switch it on and off. This time no one was actually physically close enough to see him tear up, so he really didn’t care. But he seemed to have a harder time composing himself, even when no one was close enough to see. I liked it because it shows just how much their friendship means to him and in turn he knew that he would be hurting John. And don’t tell me it was all part of the act – that sad chuckle when John told him the Sherlock could be ‘that clever’ was genuine. I truly believe Sherlock wasn’t going to say the whole “It’s all a trick, just a magic trick” bit… To me, after that chuckle, he felt he needed to reassure himself that he was doing it for the right reasons, and, in his own few seconds of let-loose emotion, let it slip that it will all be okay. That line is sort of out of place to me, since he then composes himself again and just goes back to saying he’s a fake. UGH, it hurts me so much thinking about it. John and Sherlock are SO MY BroTP.
And HOLY SHIT, sorry, I didn’t mean to make this a character study write-up as well, LOL! …. I may or may not watch this episode INTENTLY trying to solve the mystery… I love TRF so much, but I just find it so hard to watch. John gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Because I am fairly empathic on a day-to-day basis, my brain tends to focus on emotional cues more than logical one. Which is why I love character building in shows. And ties and bonds between characters. And REALLY well-written ones.
And I’m doing it again. BACK TO THE PIC, LOL. So, I actually had this one done last week but ran out of time to clean it up, and it needed a re-scanning because my scanner at home was too small for the size of paper this one was cut at, so I brought it to work and used the big one. Didn’t notice there was a hair on the scanner until I brought it home so I had to VERY CAREFULLY clone stamp it out. I also added a bit on the bottom too, because I was just going to leave it with his shoe cut off, but nope, adds more with it all there.
I was trying to go for the same style of colouring and inking as on the aforementioned Kingdom Hearts pic, but I sorta failed, because I like my marker colouring too much. I instead tried a bit of inking with a sepia pen. I’m still deciding if I like it or not. I like that the sepia inking sort of subdues Lestrade, John and Mrs. Hudson so that the thicker inking of Sherlock stands out a bit more, but then I just HAD to draw that effing wallpaper. In retrospect I think I should have inked the wallpaper in a 70% grey so it didn’t become as sharp, but mreh. I also purposely avoided doing ANY Photoshopping (other than the addition on the foot and the cleanup) on this one since I want it as close to the original as possible, otherwise I would have made the steam on the tea show up a bit more. Heh.
And one more criticism… Not fond of the drawings of Lestrade/John/Mrs. Hudson. First time drawing both Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson, and John looks a bit derpy. LOL. SORTA happy with my Sherlock… Love the face and the hair, but I elongated his torso too much so his legs look weird to me.
But what do I know. I’m my own worst critic.
I actually JUST thought of the title as I was saving the image. I spent two weeks trying to decide what to call it… the winner before this one was “The Reichenbach Fall”. Original, I know. GLAD I thought of this one. I think, as long as you’re part of the fandom, you’ll know that it could be viewed either way (Sherlock’s protecting them, they protect Sherlock, love it.) Because don’t we know, EVERY SINGLE QUOTE in Sherlock is either a Fanfic title or Fanart Title LOL!! YAY! :D
And if you’ve read to the end… Well done, you! ;) Thank you :)
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