It's the 12th of December, which is the 12th month of the year 2012, and it's the 12th Creeping Wednesday! Today's theme is Sherlock Holmes, suggested by ~JadasArtVision
. Also, I'd like to thank *AnyLuck
for suggesting some very nice artworks for this feature. The next CW would be expected on the 26th of December, but since most of you - including me - will be rather busy then, I move the 13th CW to the 2nd of January, with ghost theme! Suggesters: remember, only works made traditionally and underappreciated.
I used to always work traditionally. Strangely enough, I never considered to draw digitally. Only two years back, I started to use my tablet to colour my drawings. This changed, as I got a job in the design department of a studio that produces animated movies last April. We use tablets and cinteqs all the time, its simple, efficient and, which is the most important, much faster than drawing traditionally. But one thing I've noticed very fast, it changes your way of drawing. Because everything you draw digitally, you can undo again, in the fraction of a second. You don't have to think very hard about your next step, it's more like a try and error, where a simple drawn line has almost no importance.
Every Wednesday I go to study drawing classes. I've noticed that I started drawing like that on paper too, which is a complete mess. You may be able to make a digital drawing look like a traditional one, but the process of drawing is completely different. And I love traditional drawing. I love to take it slowly, consider every step carefully, feel the paper and being surounded with all the different pens, brushes and colours. I am fond of all the wrong lines that are visible on the paper, as well as the right ones. In the end you have a piece of work, that is unique in the world. You can be equally proud of a digital piece, but it's just data. You can print it, but it will never be an original piece. And there is nothing more satisfying than watching the movie you've done, by flipping through the thousands of papers that you've drawn in half a year time.
What was the first Sherlock Holmes novel you've read,
what was your impression?
I've always known Sherlock Holmes to be a famous detective, but I never read a book as a kid. And as a matter of fact, I'd never seen any of the hundreds of Sherlock Holmes movies before I went to the cinema to see Guy Ritchie's version. I love Guy Ritchie as a director, so the movie was a must-see. And I was hooked from the first second! Lucky enough, a friend of mine is a big fan, so she provided me with lots of unknown facts and finally borrowed me her collection of short stories. If I remember correctly, the first story I read was "A scandal in Belgravia", which I did not like very much, haha. But I wasn't willing to give up so easily, so I bought "A study in scarlet" and "The sign of four" and that's when it all started. Now I own the novels and the short stories and I love all of them.
How about the recently popular tv shows?
The BBC adaption with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the leads is my favourite Sherlock Holmes version. There is nothing left to say about this series, it's utterly brilliant. I've been drawing fanart for more than two years now, so it has a very special place in my heart. But I do like watching other adaptions, too. I've watched good ones and bad ones, but still I am happy about every new adaption. The more the jollier. My favourite adaptions so far are: BBC's "Sherlock", both Guy Ritchie's movies, "The private life of Sherlock Holmes", "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking" and I enjoy "Elementary", too : ) Thank you for the awesome answers! Now, let's proceed further...
About Sherlock himself.
Born in 1854 (on the 6th of January or 17th of June), Hutton Hall,
died on the 23rd of June 1929 in Downs Sussex.
As a student, Holmes showed that he's able to solve mysteries in an unexpectedly genius way. He continued to develop his deduction skills, of course, to finally appear as one of the greatest detectives in the whole literature world, and definitely the most famous one.
The date of his death wasn't the first planned by his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1893, Conan Doyle was tired of creating more and more stories about Holmes and decided to kill him along with Sherlock's greatest enemy, professor Moriarty, by throwing them both into Reichenbach waterfall. However, fans of Sherlock were so crushed after such terrible news that some of them started wearing black ribbons to show their mourning. Arthur Conan Doyle, seeing those reactions, managed to save Holmes by a miracle for another couple of years.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
There's a couple of interesting facts about him. There are, for example, facts that for some people are reasons to consider doctor Watson as an alter-ego of Conan Doyle.
The creator of Sherlock Holmes was a doctor, studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. There he began writing stories. When he opened his own doctor’s office after graduating, he didn't succeed much, so he focused more on writting.
He was athletic, like his character, Sherlock Holmes. He used to play soccer as a goalkeeper, however, he woudn't appear under his real name, so he could avoid recognision. He also used to play cricket and golf.
Also like Holmes, Doyle helped to free two men who were wrongly accused for committing a murder. He investigated the cases personally.
And now, smile...
Sherlock Holmes and doctor Watson went for a long walk. Unfortunately, it grew dark before they decided to go back, so they set a tent to spend the night in the forest. In the middle of the night, Holmes woke Watson and asked him:
'Dear Watson, look upon the sky and tell me, what do you see?'
'I see stars', Watson replied, 'Thousands of them.'
'And what does it mean, Watson?'
'Well, from an astronomic point of view, there are millions of stars and probably even more planets. From a theological point of view, it means that God is great and we are little. From a chronological point of view, it's about 3 o'clock. And what do you think, Holmes?'
'I think that someone took our tent.'