LET’S DRAW SHERLOCK! JULY CHALLENGE: COLOUR PALETTE (2) - :Tears of the Light: (open in new tab for large pic)
WACOM Intuos & Photoshop CS3. »INSPIRATION«
Okay, this one’s gonna be long, but I hope interesting :) A bit of back story, then onto the pic :D
So, as some of you may or may not know, I am a HUGE Kingdom Hearts fan, and an even bigger one of the gorgeous soundtracks that accompany each game. And as such, I tend to associate a lot of stuff from the games with other aspects of my other fandoms. In respect to SHERLOCK, I associate a LOT of the music from the newer games, mainly Birth by Sleep and 3D, with episodes and characters within the series. Ever since I started reading a lot about the music in SHERLOCK and how certain instruments are associated with characters, I really have a hard time not imagining certain songs from the aforementioned games with the series. One of these songs is the achingly beautiful Tears of the Light from Birth by Sleep, which has become my personal Reichenbach song for Sherlock – the terribly sad violin playing over a terribly sad piano (which in the show represents Sherlock and John respectively). JFC I am so moved by the whole thing.
With this burst of inspiration, I sat down and did a 30-minute doodle to this song (because of COURSE I have the 30-minute version of this song, duh) when I first got my new WACOM. It was actually my very first sketch-doodle on my WACOM. I just have so many feels for this song in particular and The Reichenbach Falls episode as a whole (I still sob like a baby at the Fall and John at the grave… shut up). After the 30 minutes ended, I was left with a rather unsatisfying doodle and no desire to ever draw on my tablet again (my, how that changed). Since that time, I’ve been practicing on my tablet quite a bit. Then came July’s Let’s Draw Sherlock’s colour palette challenge, and saw the colours chosen for it, and I immediately jumped at the chance to re-do my Reichen-feels pic, as well as give 110% into trying to make a half-decent digital pic. That and the news of a new series and a special helped a lot too with my renewed enthusiasm for this pic.
J.F.C. This took an ungodly amount of time, over 100+ layers, and a lot of listening to the song in order to get the mood I was going for right. Actually, I spent most of my time on John. I really wanted to capture the pain of losing a loved one
because I’m an awful human being and I think I captured it rather well… This pic is also a bit of a personal piece as well, as it also captures the turmoil I felt for the first year and a half after losing Dad when I wasn’t expressing anything outwardly, so yeah. Insert tears here. I wanted John to be the most detailed focus on the pic, which is why the chair looks sort of half-arsed, though I do like the afghan.
In hindsight, if I ever decide to revisit this pic, I think I’ll add Sherlock’s dressing gown or scarf to the pic. Just to make it even more painful.
I absolutely love the colours used for this challenge. I have been stunted in my creativity for so long that I actually found doing this VERY relaxing and it really helped me express myself. This was a really unique way to finally finish a piece I have wanted to for months.
Oh, and sorry for submitting the most depressing pic for this challenge, everyone… Hope you all still like me anyway. Con-crits appreciated :)
Fun fact: It took me 20 minutes to hand-write “tears of the light” on this pic, because I haven’t written formally in AGES (my handwriting is a combination of printing and writing like a 5-year-old), and I hated the way I wrote my r and s together. True story, bro.
Fun Fact #2: This song is even more painful when slowed down and pitch adjusted -25%. Because I am an angst whore. *sighs*
So yeah, anyway, Sherlock’s conductor of light shedding tears over his best friend’s suicide. *hands you back your heart* Sorry.
Fanart Friday will be on a mini summer hiatus! I’ll have one whenever I have a new pic to upload, probably bi-weekly, but I sadly need time to do other things. Returning to regular schedule September 2014.