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March 19, 2013
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Web of intrigue by equine-whisperer Web of intrigue by equine-whisperer

I know this is a long description but, if you would, please read or I will silently judge you if you say something that shows you haven't read

Inspiration: =agnes-cecile :iconagnes-cecile:
watercolour, white gel pen, way too much time

I am hopelessly obsessed with BBC Sherlock at the moment (SEASON 3 HAS BEGUN! :squee:) it was a only a matter of time really, but this was unexpected on so many levels.

About the piece

Before I started, there was almost no doubt that this would be a portrait of Sherlock and only Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch is just brilliant) so Moriarty was truly an unexpected turn. Never would've thought I'd make a tribute to Moriarty, but when the idea dawned, why not? So THAT is how, once upon a time, Moriarty made his way onto the page... midnight blue, black, and crimson blooming, almost like bruises, across his face. Crimson because he has made countless individuals bleed without the slightest hint of remorse. Midnight blue and black allude to the blackness of his soul? So cliche OTL Ah, and the hint of a spider web left of his face in reference to Sherlock calling him a spider.

But the piece seemed a bit empty with just Moriarty being all sinister, "calm before the storm" mastermind... so Sherlock and John in lighter colors and yellows in salute to their 'good guy' statuses! :D As you Sherlockians know, Sherlock and John, especially in 'The Great Game' found themselves caught in Moriarty's intricate web of crime and Moriarty's a tricky one, a worthy opponent. Thus, I specifically chose references to show their desperation, if you will, to put an end to Moriarty's 'reign'. I mean, in a way, Sherlock and John were just as much victims of Moriarty's cruelty as any of those who unfortunately lost their lives--it's painful knowing that people are still dying/suffering as you attempt to close in.


Comments and interpretations much appreciated! Love to hear your thoughts! And suggestions for future Sherlock endeavours also welcome :)
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awesomesauce8453 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
heheheheheheheHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!!! (I'm completely INSANE so don't mind me!)
oberon13 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE the web. This episode of Sherlock is awesome and how you've represented a scene from a Sherlock episode in your own way is gorgeous.
LadyNamy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Unique and super awesome!
equine-whisperer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :hug:
Sasha-Drug Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
sweet composition
equine-whisperer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! :) Same to you. Left a comment.
galadhriela Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! The colours are enchanting, I love how confidently you paint with watercolours, it's so difficult to achieve this effect. Wow!
equine-whisperer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Aw thank you lots for your praises! :) I'm pleasantly surprised and flattered that you think I paint confidently, especially considering I was actually quite cautious while painting this.
Moreirarty Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think this is wonderful, truly a wonderful work! :)
You have a good technique. all of them, Moriarty, John and Sherlock are very well portrayed, and I know for experience that painting anything close to reality with watercolour is really hard, and you made a fantastic job! Not only that but also the details with the white lines, Don't know if you did it with a white pen or you were really careful while using the watercolour, but if gives a distinctive style to your artwork, not only that but also the way you use the watercolour that seems like it's melting and exploding. (also, the detail of the spider web, amazing!)
The composition was cleverly arranged. Moriarty on the top in the big picture, looking calm and serene, it seems almost like he knows what he's doing, controlling the game, making John confused and Sherlock desperate, worried.. actually both Sherlock and John look worried, Sherlock, because he wants to end it, he doesn't want to lose and he knows he's clever, he knows he's better than Moriarty.. but John, he just looks terrified, scared , almost. At least, that0's the way I see it.

Sorry for the long comment. Cheers. :)
equine-whisperer Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
No need to apologize for a long comment. I love long comments! :) I am very grateful for your praises.
Thanks for believing in my mediocre watercolour skills.

As for the white lines, they were done with white gel pen; I'm not careful enough to have that be the white of the paper. While I'm glad you like the white and the handling of the watercolour, I really can't take the credit, for that's agnes-cecile's style. This is simply me attempting to imitate it. Her watercolour work far surpasses mine.

Your interpretation is spot-on. :) Just as you said, Moriarty's calm, confident in his ability to pull the strings in this game between him and Sherlock, while Sherlock and John are anxious to put an end to his deadly 'fun'.
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