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Sherlock Holmes

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What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television? Who is this literary hero whose portrayal over the past century by such past masters as Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett to today’s vanguard talents Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch has inspired such a continuing outpouring of fan appreciation?

Every generation will forever have their “true” Sherlock Holmes. Basil Rathbone in the 1940s will no doubt remain in heavy rotation on TCM as the “final word” in the Holmes persona. More objective film scholars consider Jeremy Brett’s interpretation of Holmes on British TV from 1984-94 to be truest to the Conan Doyle stories and definitive. The Holmes brought to BBC TV in 2010 and still enthralling fans today in the USA as well as Britain is a modern-day version of the detective played by Benedict Cumberbatch as a sort of brilliant eccentric yet very cool outsider. And then we have Robert Downey’s fan-pleasing Holmes whose adventures are left in the Victorian era but are anachronistically supercharged with 2012 high-tech Hollywood effects, not to mention Holmes’ acquisition of a flippant tongue and cynical sensibility seemingly borrowed from James Bond.

So many different Sherlock Holmeses!

Yet they all work so well with their respective fans.

What’s the common thread?

When Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes back in 1887, he equipped his detective “super-hero” with all of what were the cutting-edge “powers” just then coming into vogue: Holmes is as an early forensic scientist, pre-dating the CSI shows by a hundred years; he is a master decipherer of trace evidence, fingerprints, ballistics and handwriting; he plays violin, but is also adept in the martial arts. He outwits his opponents with “deductive reasoning,” usually summing up his amazingly inerrant analyses with, “You see, it’s elemental, my dear Watson.” (Watson was his ever-present sidekick and witness to his genius, thus establishing the “superhero sidekick” well before Batman’s “Alfred.”)

Sherlock Holmes was, in 1887, the closest thing to a Superman, Batman, or X-Men. In fact, those later heroes and many more all cribbed pieces of his cool persona for their own identities.

I think the reason Sherlock has remained so iconically popular with audiences for over a hundred years is that his character speaks to a deep desire in so many of us: the dream of being able to not only make practical use of, but to actually be a master of all the latest resources, all the newest information, all the most current science and technology – not to mention being engaged at the same time in the fine arts at a scholarly level.

Sherlock Holmes won his battles against evil because he was able to possess and utilize all the newest, breaking science and technique available. So of course, in our times of overwhelming informational overload and finding ourselves in a neverending state of tech device and data catch-up, the Holmes character attracts and engages us. He is truly our Renaissance-Futurist role model. From Rathbone to Downey, he is the ultimate evolving icon, the Forever Master of our ever-accelerating ever-evolving high-tech and super-science society.

Questions for the Reader


Does it bother you when the depiction of a favorite fictional literary character is radically altered in film or on TV over and over again? Or does it all depend on the quality of the depiction and the story?


Most of the muscle-bound comics superheroes beginning in the 1930s-40s also seemed to possess great intellects along with their dominating physiques. Do you think this was because of being influenced by the Holmes character of 30 years before? Or just a coincidence – since if as character has a super-strength body, why not a matching super-strength brain?


Which Sherlock Holmes novels or short stories have you read?


In which way do you prefer your adventure story hero to achieve his/her final victory:

  1. His/her superior intellect; puzzle-solving skills.
  2. Physical strength and fighting skills, and a little good luck.
  3. A mix of both brains and brawn.
  4. Through lone wolf personal action; breaking of rules & protocol.
  5. Through leadership of a team of relative equals.
  6. Other -  Please Elaborate. I would love to know which story ending achievement tropes I might have left off of this list.


Who was/is your favorite Sherlock Holmes -- and why?

  • Basil Rathbone
  • Jeremy Brett
  • Peter Cushing
  • Christopher Lee

  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Vasiliy Livanov
  • Other


If Sherlock Holmes and Liara T'Soni are the District 3 Tributes in the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Who survives and why?

What is it about a fictional character first introduced to the public in Great Britain in 1887 that has kept him being reincarnated, with generationally-correct upgrades, over and over again in film and on television?
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by techgnotic
Fri Jul 8, 2011, 7:59 PM

Marble, Granite, Bronze, Silver, Gold!

Early statuary depicted one’s god’s, and since the medium is
as much the message as the visual message itself – the medium had
to proclaim: This god is as forever lasting as this stone that His
rendering is hewn out of! But all that is solid eventually melts
away into the air, even the most powerful ancient gods and kings –

By the time of the Renaissance, sculpture had managed to evolve away from the more ancient obsession of
depicting the Gods Themselves (indeed, with the encouragement in the belief that statues of gods were literally
material manifestations of gods or at least housings for gods’ essences) and became more focused on tableaus depicting
epiphanous moments from religious narratives... Michelangelo’s Pieta

...or even human non-god heroes from the great stories like Michelangelo’s David.

For the next few centuries, sculpture continued to seek an eternal permanence for human (mainly military or political)
heroes as much as for religious figures, to which anyone having visited the Lincoln Memorial or Mount Rushmore can attest.  
But the impulse remained to somehow keep beings, whether gods or humans, somehow “alive” by capturing them in immortal materials
that would not crumble away as readily as mortal flesh.

Modernism finally released sculptures from the strait-jacket of being 3D portraiture of living beings or tableaux. Modern sculptures allowed
abstract expressions to take their place as solid manifestations, provocative and mind-engaging as Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings
on canvas.  The desire to capture the essences of gods or great humans’ beings had finally evolved into the artist’s
desire to capture the essence of thought. The artist perceptions, to ours – the desire to capture desire itself.  
It seems that modern sculpture is not about inducing a feeling of awe in the beholder, but being in the presence of a mighty god, warrior or king.
Observing is like a dream, memory or desire – suddenly becoming solid out of the thin air.

Questions for the Reader

  1. Paintings can burn.  Digital can be deleted.  Is permanence what draws the artist to the medium of clay, stone, steel, wood, bronze, etc.?
  2. Does a sculpture, which must be allowed to occupy a more substantial space than a flat plane on a wall or PC screen, make a statement or create a provocation that can less easily be dismissed?
  3. What is it that personally draws you to sculptures and the fuels your desire to create through sculpting?  What was you first experience with encountering and being emotionally, psychically affected by a sculpture?

I plan on revisiting this topic early next year by interviewing the leaders in the Sculpture community here on deviantART.   If you have any suggestions as to the artists you would like to me to interview please let me know in the comment section.  I will be featuring a wide variety of the sculpture community in that feature.






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Alicia (aka IreneAdler76) is DeviantArt’s resident Sherlockian. She is also “Mrs. Hudson” to the DeviantArt staff as part of the H.R. team. A lover of all things literary, her a wealth of knowledge about novels, spanning Cervantes to J.K. Rowling is quite breathtaking and more than a little intimidating. She can often be found in a hidden corner of the DA offices, quiet as a cat, curled up in a chair with her latest find in the rarefied world of the written word.

As Sherlockians around the world wrapped up celebrations for the detective’s birthday in January, it might have dawned upon some that Watson never actually mentions Holmes’ birthday.

Deductive reasoning then kicks in and makes one wonder about all of the things most people accept as Sherlockian facts, when in fact they aren’t. As Holmes says in The Bascombe Valley Mystery, “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” So here are 7 ‘obvious facts’ that are in reality misconceptions and myths about the Great Detective.

  1. The Deerstalker — Watson never describes Holmes as wearing a deerstalker. He talks about top hats, cloth hats, and caps with ear–flaps, but never does he use the word deerstalker. You can thank illustrator Sidney Paget for that iconic Holmesian symbol and actors like Basil Rathbone for solidifying the image into our collective memory.
  2. The Calabash Pipe — The moment you see a Calabash pipe, you immediately get an image of Sherlock Holmes puffing away as he stands at a crime scene or sits in his favorite chair. While Watson does talk about three of Holmes’ pipes — briar, clay and cherry — the Calabash variety is never mentioned. You can thank stage actor William Gillette (one of the first to portray the detective) for this prop. Evidently it was easier to balance and more visually striking from a stage.
  3. “Elementary, My Dear Watson” — One of the most quoted non–quotes ever. Yes, Holmes says “elementary” or “my dear Waston” but never does he utter the two as a single phrase.
  4. Moriarty is Holmes’ Arch–Nemesis — Well… that depends on your definition of arch–nemesis. Moriarty only appears in one story, The Adventure of the Final Problem, in which he and Holmes go over the Reichenbach Falls. He’s mentioned in the story immediately preceding Final Problem in order to set up his character and in 5 more after Doyle brought Sherlock back from the grave, which means there are at least 50 stories and 4 novels where he is never discussed. Essentially, it appears that Moriarty simply came into existence so Doyle could kill off his popular character. Yes, Holmes calls him the “Napoleon of Crime” (which I still find odd wording and have my own theories around) and says that he’s like a spider that sits in the middle of a large web, so you could speculate that everyone Holmes comes up against is an agent of Moriarty’s but that would be mere speculation. I’m not arguing either way, I’m just saying…
  5. Sherrinford Holmes — This alleged brother appears in Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street by William S. Baring–Gould. There are many things Baring–Gould alleges in this ‘biography’ but my favorite is inventing a brother Holmes never mentions in the stories. Holmes mentions his parents, older brother Mycroft, and even a grandmother, so it’s a mystery why Baring–Gould felt the need to invent another brother, though some speculate it was to free Mycroft and Sherlock from having to take over managing the family’s house, freeing them to move to London and run a shadow government and create the art of deduction.
  6. Sherlock’s birthday is January 6th — Based solely on the fact that he mentions Twelfth Night twice in the stories and that The Valley of Fear starts on January 7th with him appearing to be especially cranky, which proponents of the date argue to mean he was hung over from celebrating his birthday.
  7. Sherlock’s birth year is 1854 — There are many reasons for this date, but one that most point to is the fact that Watson mentions Holmes looking like a man of 60 years in His Last Bow. Counting backwards from the date when that story takes place, 1854 seems to be the logical choice. However, some argue that Watson says he ‘appeared’ to be, not ‘he was,’ so this date is still a topic for some debate.

This could go on and on with all the fun theories that have developed over the years (e.g., Holmes and Moriarty are brothers, Moriarty was Holmes’ math professor, Holmes is Jack the Ripper, etc.) but it’s a rabbit hole we might never crawl out of.

What about you other Holmes fans? What are some of your favorite myths and speculations about the Great Detective? I’m always eager to discover another item of Sherlock apocrypha I haven’t yet been clued into! Amaze me with the special knowledge only true fans possess!

Your Thoughts

  1. What is your favorite Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story?
  2. Are you aware Sherlock Holmes was originally a character set in the 19th century?

As Sherlockians around the world celebrate the detective’s birthday this month, it might dawn upon some that Watson never actually mentioned Holmes’ birthday. Deductive reasoning then kicks in and makes one wonder about all of the things most people accept as Sherlockian facts, when in fact they aren’t. As Holmes says in The Bascombe Valley Mystery, “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” So here are 7 ‘obvious facts’ that are in reality misconceptions and myths about the Great Detective.

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I get asked many questions and it can be hard for me to answer them all, so I have compiled a list of questions which I'm often asked in the hope it is of interest to some of you :)

--Making Art--


Where did you learn?

I've taught myself. My Secondary (High) School art teacher told me 'cartoon are not art' and so I had no interest in perusing 'art' classes any further. At about 13 I began to draw every day, less studying, more drawing what came to mind, creating characters and worlds and getting my thoughts and feeling onto paper. 
I joined deviantART at 15, and the feedback and critique I've gained through sharing my art online has helped a lot in my improvementI wasn't born with any 'gift', unless you count functioning hands, I learned through practice. My early drawings are just as bad as everyone elses (I keep them as proof) I am nowhere near finished my learning, and now I actively study more and look to develop my skills further.

What are your influences?

I've always enjoyed creation; to draw something into existence from imagination is intoxicating. 
When I first started to draw I was certainly intrigued by the the anime style, with those big emotionful eyes and expressive features, the simplicity and boldness captured me as soon as I saw it, and still I think the style holds much wonder. As I progressed I began to work more form life, and try other things, though my roots are in the cartoon side, and I love combining the two. Growing up I always enjoyed artists like Mucha, and the whole art nouveau movement. Check out my favourties on deviantART to get a taste of my tastes :)

How long does each drawing take?

For a fully painted and coloured piece it takes anywhere between 10 and 40 hours. Generally I have little pressure on me when I draw, so am not particularly fast. I'm not great at doing things right first time, and often make a lot of revisions to try and stop things looking wrong.

What program do you use?

Mostly I use Paint Tool SAI and a little Photoshop. Almost all the art I post online is done digitally from scratch now.
This is by far the question I get asked the most, so I urge you to remember a program will only draw what you tell it to! Practice will get your further than any expensive program can.
I use a good old mechanical pencil and cheap sketchpad for my doodles and practicing, I take it everywhere I can and draw as much as possible.

Where do you get your ideas/ creativity from?

I have an overactive imagination~! I also take time to explore things I find interesting from the world around me and my internal thoughts and emotions.
Creativity is an active thing, to get better at it you have it exercise it! Sketching, Doodling, writing; for creativity to happen you need to create. Keep it in your mind you want to make something more unique than 'pretty girl standing there' and you will. 
My inspirations come from all over, a lot of my drawings relate to my life in some way, and my experiences and observations.

How come you art is so emotive?

I think an artist often speaks about themselves and their life through their art. Like most people, certain aspects of life has been pretty rough, when I started drawing both dark and light things I experienced crept into my drawings. When a particularly tough situation developed in recent years, while I was trying to stay strong I developed clinical depression. It's hard to explain what that felt like... to have hell come inside your own head. But I came through it, and am through the worst of it now. It's developed me much as a person, and as such has had a influence on my artwork.
Don't let some of my darker work fool you; I have an optimistic outlook and I enjoy so much of life. During the hard times I used drawing as an escape, a way to vent and put my story on paper, to be constructive with the destructive thoughts. It helped so much.
Through the hard experiences I can truly appreciate happiness and how many blessings I genuinely have. I don't dwell on the painful, but I do let it influence me to create.

Why don't you upload things more frequently?

I have always wanted to produce quality rather than quantity, I prefer drawing one thing which has a clear message and is created to the best of my ability, than two which are unclear and rushed. Please never think I have quit drawing or left dA, I won't, this is my online home and drawings in my soul, you just have to wait a little for the next creation. I put a lot effort and detail into each piece, and that takes time, I only hope you stick around if you think new drawings from me are worth the wait :) 

Do you do animation or have you got a comic?

I never studied animation, have tried it a few times, but I have the same issues with it as I do with comics - Drawing the same characters and things again and again! It doesn't vibe with me, and I like colouring in too much. I prefer making single artistic pieces, so while I do have many stories, please don't expect a comic from me anytime soon ;) I love watching 2D animations, and own a ton of comics though XD

--Drawing Techniques--

Can you teach me how to draw?

I wish I could personally teach everyone, but alas that is not possible! What I'll do below is outline my process and techniques, so hopefully that should serve as some insight and guidance that you may use now you wish :)

How do you plan out drawing?

It starts with the idea, sometimes it's fully formed, sometimes just a seed. 
To know if it's going to work and how to best convey my message I draw thumbnails, tiny canvases where I block out the main elements of the drawing. I do quite a few variations to see which translates the best. When I'm happy with overall layout I do a quick rough sketch keeping in mind composition and flow. 

What size canvass do you work with?

3000 pixels or there abouts, that should be big enough for most print media, you should work large as you can always scale down for web later, but it's harder to scale up as you lose detail.

How do you make your lineart?

Carefully! I zoom right in and using a hard brush carefully draw in the lines. I recently discovered SAIs 'smoothing' tool, where the cursor drags behind your stroke a little and gives a really nice wobble-free line. The trick to getting clean lines generally is taking your time.

How do you choose colours?

In case you haven't guessed I love colours! Choosing the colours of my piece is often my favourite part.
I play around a lot, I start by splashing colour all over the canvass leaving no white patches, then build up from there, I often zoom out and look at how the piece works as a whole. Coloures are relative to each other, so always think about how they work together. Remember to critically asses your colour choices, just because she has a red top and blue jeans doesn't mean you can pick any red and blue and it'll look good, see how they work together and with the background and lighting. 
Colour is very important for establishing mood. Do you want a light airy and pastally piece, or darker and grungier theme? Think about what your colour choice says. I use the 'Adjustments' sliders in photoshop to edit colours at this stage, see how it might look if I added a blue hue and what not. Establish where the light is coming from early on, then play around!

How do you make things glow like that?

I really enjoy adding glowing elements and interesting lighting to my work. To have a successful glow you probably want a darker background so the light stands out, have a bright center of the glowing thing; it's light gradually fading to the darkness as the light emanates. To make it convincing you need to have your glow interacting with other elements, say it's a girl holding a glowing flower, it's important to not only make the flower glow but to have the light emitting hit her face, subtly casting its colour over her features, and stronger glows may even create shadows.

How many layers do you use?

Depends. With my drawings where linearts involved I always keep that on a separate layer and generally have a new layer for each different part 'hair' 'skit' 'shirt' ect
For drawing where it's more painted I usually use two layers, one with the main painting and one as a 'working layer' which I paint onto, then I merge that layer onto the main canvass when I'm happy with whatever I'm developing at the time.

Do you use references?

Think of an ant. I mean, really imagine an ant, what it looks like. Close your eyes. If you've got a pen draw one, go on :)
Now look at a picture of an ant:… How similar was it to the one you imagined? You probably got that it had a body and 6 legs and antenna, but did you remember it has three parts to its body, with the legs coming from the middle, an the shape the're angled at, and its pincers? 
But you know what an ant look like right?! Recognition is a basic thing we are all pre-programmed with, however recreation isn't, what with it not being an essential skill, back in the day it was important to recognise an ant so you didn't sleep on a nest, it wasn't so important to be able to draw them. I digress...
This is why references help, often you think you know how something looks when you don't, this is especially true for the human body. I recommend doing some life drawing studies, there are tools like this:… and Posemaniacs which give you people posing and a set time to draw them in, they can really help!
I spent my first years in art never drawing from life, I found it boring and probably would have dismissed my older selfs advice, but that's cool. Draw what you enjoy!
As for specific drawings of mine, if I'm struggling with a pose I get my boyfriend to take a photo of me in theat pose and have a look at how by body works. 

How did you get your 'style'?

'Finding your style' seems to be a common worry among new artists. I urge you all to experiment as much as possible, don't worry about settling on something as you naturally will. And then probably once your there and have done a few drawings in that style you will want to move on as you've plateaued and want a challenge. 
You work will probably be identifiable as yours even when you don't consciously 'style' you art. 

What Brushes do you use?

None mostly! The 'pen' aka 'brush' tool in SAI for almost everything...

Which drawing tablet do you use?

I use an Wacom Intuos3 A5 size, bought refurbished of ebay. Nothing very fancy. There is becoming a wider range of choice in the tablet market recently, but for beginners I usually recommend Wacoms range the 'Bamboo'


Do you have any tutorials you learned from?

I did look round the net for tutorials as I was learning, though often the quality of them was not great.

If you are really serious about studying and want to learn, I suggest picking up a published book. My learning shelf looks like this:
'Perspective made Easy' Norling (You will need to know perspective to draw pretty much anything successfully)
'Imaginative Realism' Gurney (drawing things that don't exist, but making them look real, great resource)
'Complete Guide to Life Drawing' Bammes (life and figure drawing, even if you work in cartoons, is good root being able to stylise the body)
'Drawing from Life' Bridgeman
'Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist' Peck (Good for finer anatomical details, but best used after you've digested the two previous books, or else your figures could look stiff)
'Colour and Light' Gurney (can't recommend highly enough for learning how light works and use of colour in a scene)
Everything by Andrew Loomis. He is one of the go to guys for instructional drawing, a warm encouraging manor, and more helpful instructions than you can shake a stick at) try him first if you're wondering where to start.
I have yet to find a really good 'How to draw Manga' type book, though the original Japanese ones were the best I've found. 

It's only relatively recently in my artistic journey I've begin properly studying and learning from references like these. For about 10 years I had no interest as I just didn't enjoy it. I would almost certainly be a technically a better artist if I used them earlier, but I was worried my stuff would lose my stamp and heart if I was learning fundamentals from others. I think it probably wouldn't have. But now I have the drive to improve as it's my career, not just my hobby.

I'm not sure weather to study art, would you recommend I go to college/uni to learn?

I have never formally studied art, so am not the best source of information on art schools!
What art schools will give you is time to focus on drawing, and guidance. Now these two things are key to an artistic career. But time to focus on drawing, and guidance, are things which can be achieved without art school. It depends of your drive and situation. One good thing about school is the resources; paints, brushes, tools, teachers, it's a great source of stuff. Also the contacts you might make, as you are all artists together, and have shows and gallerys put on for you. But your success is never guaranteed whatever path your choose. Ultimately a client will select you based on your portfolio, that you went to art school is inconsequential if your drawings aren't good enough for them. I don't think anyone would decide not to buy a print of mine they liked because I didn't go to art school. I am proud of the fact I'm self taught, and think it shows my genuine love of drawing. You just have to decide what works for you.


How did you get your art known online?

I've been on deviantART for 10 years now and being active in the community helped, especially in my early days, commenting, chatting, critiquing and being generally involved led people to my page and then perhaps they liked the art they saw there. Their feedback then helped me improve. 
In truth, I don't really know why just so many people enjoy my art, I'm just glad they do, so sorry but I have no secret formula to share! XD 
If you want to get feedback on your art you can do things like swapping critiques, post in thumbshare forum, or join a critiquing group.
I think its important to remember not to judge yourself or your art by the amount of favourties or comments it gets online. Foremost you should enjoy creating, that way once you've finished a drawing it's already a success :)

You get a lot of comments on your art, do you read them all?

Every single one! :heart: (I love so many of you guys more than you'll ever know)

I comment on your drawing but didn't get a reply, why not?

The main sadnesses I have with my art getting so much love and support is that I can't thank or answer everyone individually. I read every comment and adore so many of you for you kindness and taking the time to write. I write this FAQ in hope it will answer the many questions I'm asked, and be like me talking to you directly, which it is :)
I don't reply to some questions because the answer is here in the FAQ, so I don't have to repeat myself many times.

Do you post your art on any other sites?

These are my other official sites: (I blog things here)

Any other page posting my art is an unofficial 'fan' page -even if they claim to be me! (which they sometimes do)

I don't like your art.

I am humbled by all the support my art gets online, and not by a long way arrogant enough to think everyone who drops by my pages likes what they see. Art is highly subjective, and I know I draw things not everyone enjoys looking at, and I know am lacking in skills in certain (large) areas; I am trying to improve and everyone has different tastes :) I am very open to critiques and love to hear honest opinions. 


Do you sell prints online?

Please go here: I have prints and limited edition canvases available

Do you do requests?

Sorry, I don't.

Do you do Commissions?

I do not. I create art for the love of it and to communicate, if someone else is controlling my pen with their wallet I just don't enjoy drawing.

Can I use for your art for a school project? Will you answer some questions for me?

Of course you can! :heart: You are more than welcome to use my art for your school project! My heart is warmed that you would want to do that :)
Though I am sorry that I do not have time to answer each persons questions individually. But please do make use of this FAQ, as I hope it answers many of the things you want to know.

Will you review my art?

I wish you all the best with your artistic journey. But I can't review everyones art who asks, or I would never get any drawing done myself XD I do enjoy browsing a commenting on dA just like everyone else, so I might stumble across your work that way :nod:

Do you have any tutorials?

There should be some tutorials on the way! 

Can I draw something inspired by you?

One of the things I love most about sharing my art with you is that people want to draw things inspired by me. yes you are very welcome to! Feel free to be inspired, re-imagine an idea of mine, re-create in a photo any artwork, draw it again, be influenced by my colours. I request if you post your inspired piece online you credit me for the inspiration :)
I created a folder where I save artwork which has been created with inspiration from me:… It's one of my favourite things to look at when I need cheering up :D


Is this your job?

I am an Artist with a capital A now :D
That really means I spend a lot of my time looking for my pencil.
Heh, well really it means I travel all over Britain (and the world now) to events and conventions where I sell prints of my artwork and meet fantastic people. Like I said, I don't do commissions, so it's harder making a living, but I never every wanted this to be about money. It really is the best job ever :)

Are you coming to X/Y/Z convention?

Check out my main page for a list of conventions I'll be making an appearance at. If you would like me to come to one not listed let me know, or better yet let the organisers of that convention know, if enough people request it I might be able to be at the event and do talks and workshops :)

I'm a convention organiser, would you like to come to our Convention as a guest/ speaker?

I'd probably love to! I do talks and workshops on many aspects of art and creation.

I'm selling in an Artists Alley, do you have any general convention tips?

Selling at conventions is very different from being behind a computer uploading your art onto the web. People want to meet you.So be friendly and smile, even if you are nervous (which you will be) remember people are probably nervous to meet you to, sitting behind your big table ;) 
Best advice I can really give though is to make friends with your artist table buddies, if you go on a tea or lunch run, ask if they want something picking up (I love it when people do this) Remember the artists around you arn't your competition, they are your friends and colleges, they are in the same position you are. The artist community is very small, so don't be silly enough to bad mouth another artist behind their backs, you wouldn't want anyone doing this about you, so extend the same courtesy. 
I adore the atmosphere on the British Convention Scene, there is so much support between artists and I really want to harbor that. You can help build a strong community by helping people out and showing support and caring. It feels really nice :)
Oh and don't under price yourself, you art and time is worth something.

Can you help me with this specific convention issue? Can you recommend a convention to me? How do you get into conventions? What should I bring to an Artists Alley to sell?

I get asked a lot about a lot of different conventions!
Each conventions is different. I'd just go onto google and look at the convention your interested in going to XD I had no insider knowledge when I started. Most of it is about research, which you just have to get on and do yourself. There are some really excellent Artists Alley 'tutorials' on dA, like this or just search, they'll help you more than I can :) 

Your prints are really nice quality, where do you get them done?

Thank you!
I invested in some great quality equipment, a large format Epson printer, archival inks, heavyweight premium paper. I do the printing myself, so I can be sure of the quality and in full control of the colour output.
I would recommend when your start to find your local independent printers and get your first batch done there, as they already have the equipment and knowledge, and will be very happy to help you print what you need. Only invest in equipment when you know it'll be worth it.

How do I become a professional artist?

There are many factor involved with being able to make a living off your art, where you live, what kind of thing you draw, do you want to freelance or have an employer etc. I wish I had the answer for everyone, but you have to figure out what works for you. I have little insight into the so-called 'real' art world.
The dream to become an artist often starts long before the skills for that goal are anywhere near ready. Be prepared to work for your goal, it will probably take years, but don't let that put you off. Ask yourself where you would want to be and then make small steps to achieving that. Drawing well will be at the heart of your success, if you are serious about a career you should practice as much as possible so you art stands out.

I want to be an artist, do you have any tips for the future?

Heh I've got a few random tips:
Enjoy the drawing process, as you will always find mistakes in the finished result.
Have a positive attitude, if you see mistakes, note them and work out how to not make them in the next drawing.
Drawing is very sedentary, so getting an exercise routine going helps stay fit, it will also help stop back and arm ache. 
You don't have to do fanart
Try and conduct yourself in a professional manner, there will be times when annoying or illegal things happen to your art, deal with them in a calm and private manner where possible.
One of the most important last: Don't do work for free. You de-value yourself and the industry you want to get into. 


Can I use your work for tubes?

No sorry.

Can I use your art for my avatars or icons?

If you use my work for your avatar, signature or icon on dA or elsewhere please say in your signature 'Artwork by DestinyBlue' and include a link back to my gallery.

Can I Share your art online?

I love my art being shared! Please always remember to credit me and link people back to my page. You may only share my work if you provide credit. 
Please don't edit or crop my work, especially never remove the watermark. Please re-blog from me rather than re-post where you can.

Can I use your art for something personal?

Yes~! You are very welcome to print off small copies of my art for your wall/scrapbook, or save files to your computer, perhaps put it on a card and give it to a friend. I'm happy for you to use it in a class project, or have it as your phone or computer wallpaper. I put my art out there for you to enjoy :) Pretty much anything so long as you are not making money from it.

Can I use your art for something commercial?

No, never. My art may not be used by you for your financial gain. You may not use my art on a product you are selling or advertising. You may not offer digitally my art for sale. This includes selling 'adoptables' of my work or lineart, or traced/copied versions of my drawings. Never offer my work for sale in any printed or physical medium.
I can, and will, peruse legal action against anyone who infringes my intellectual property for their financial gain.

Can I feature your art?

How very kind of you, please feel free to on your journal, website or wherever :heart:

Can I get a tattoo of your art?

Wow, what an honor you would want my art on your body, yes, you are welcome to. I get asked if tattooists may alter the my designs a bit so it better works with the body, that is perfectly fine, and is probably better :)
Only condition is you must send me a photo when it's done :excited:

I found your work posted on another site without credit, what should I do?

Unfortunately this is not uncommon, there are various versions of my work with the watermark edited out and no credit being given circulating the web. I do need you guys help with this :) Please could you comment on the drawing to tell the user and viewers that the work is by DestinyBlue and link them to my gallery. Simple really! Why people don't credit in the first place I'll never know! XD


Can I colour your lineart?

That's why I put them up! I learned a lot from colouring others line art, and so hope to pass on that to you.
You don't have to ask to colour your have my permission. Find my lines here:…

Do you have rules for colouring your lines?

In the description there are the rules of colouring. They are fair for us both, so please be aware if you don't follow them I will ask for it to be removed.
The most important ones are to always provide credit for the lines, and never remove my text.

Will you review my finished colouring?

Sorry but I get so many I can't comment on them all, if you are looking to improve ask your friends to help you.
I do enjoy looking at people colourings and try and collect them into a folder:…

Will you make X/Y/Z a lineart?

Some work lends itself better to line work. Generally the more realistic pieces will never have a lineart to them as they were not created with one. I will post more lines, but as and when I get time to, so you'll just have to wait and see :)


Where are you from?

England. All of it. I loves it. My roots are in the capital and my heart is in the countryside.

Is your hair really blue?

Yes :D All over bright aqua blue. I did semi-permanent blue streaks in it when I was 12, and at 15 dyed my hair permanently blue. I'm a natural bluenette. People sometimes think my aim is to stand out, but really I do it to fit in, that is, with myself. I've had blue hair in my mind from since whenever I thought about hair, and now I have blue hair. It may seem weird to you, but it really is one of the most natural things for me.

Is that why your called DestinyBlue?

Well the blue thing has always been a fascination of mine, as has the idea of destiny. 'Destiny' means the outcome of life events once they have all worked themselves out, like 'destination' for your life path. It's turned out a more apt name that even I could have guessed. Where as 'fate' means a predetermined outcome, 'destiny' gives control to the participant. You shape and make you own destiny, I've always been a strong advocate of this; you can't choose where you can from, but you can choose where you're going to. Chose the name at 12 years of age. 
Also there is no space between Destiny and Blue DestinyBlue is all one word :)

What would you be if you weren't an artist?

Physicist or Stand Up Comedian. Go figure ;)

Any random facts about you?

Hehe, um, well... I go half red. Like when I exercise or get really really hot, the left hand side of my face all the blood goes there and makes it all red, the right hand side says pale. There's perfect line separation right though the middle of my forehead nose and chin. With my blue hair and bright red half face I look quite a spectacle when I go for a run! XD

Whats 'Team Blue'?

I was at a convention and a girl I was chatting with kept calling herself a 'fan' of mine. Truth be told, I've never really liked the word fan, and find it slightly uncomfortable when used toward me, though her sentiments were very heartfelt, I told her this and she said "Well I'm on Team Blue, whatever it's called"
Team Blue! I loved it!

So I invite everyone who is a supporter of mine (especially if you've just read the whole FAQ) to join me on Team Blue! There's enough tea and biscuits for everyone, oh and glowey art. Welcome :)
You guys are so curious about every facet of my art and life so I though I would share with you a hearty chunk of myself in my FAQ :heart:

Journals can be faved, so feel free to if you like it <3 ~Took me ages to write! XD

I have a TON of people I would like to get back to, and found myself answering the same questions again and again, so hopefully this will help me talk about the interesting things more! :D

Thank you so much for all of you loyal support guys :hug: I write this for you.

Any more questions you would like me to answer? :)
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That's right,  I will be giving away  a free 12inch fleece pony plushie at the end of November! It can be of any pony (apart from princesses and complex OCs) and I will ship to anywhere in the world (though please be aware I will not be responsible for any import charges your country may have). The winner shall be selected on December 1st at random

How to enter
1. Be a watcher of mine
2. Post either a journal, or if you would prefer, a tweet, tumblr post or any social forum with a link back to this journal post.
3. Comment on this journal with a link to your journal post, tweet etc
And that's it!

Feel free to ask any questions!


Less than 2 weeks left until the winner is picked! So far we have about 400 entrants, so I have decided to throw in an extra prize. The runner up will win one free beanie pony!

The winner will be picked at 12am GMT on December 1st using, I will note the winners and they will have 24 hours to respond otherwise I will draw again. (If the main winner doesn't respond, i'll bump the runner up to main winner and draw for another runner up)

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  • Mood: Enjoying The Show
  • Listening to: my parents
  • Reading: nothing but you shoud
  • Watching: ghost adventures
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: skittles
  • Drinking: nothing .…
i'm sorry but this vid made me laugh too hard
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I'm fairly aware of how popular BBC Sherlock and Doctor Who are, but every time I see people gushing to the point of tears over how "beautiful" or "hot" the actors are I can't help but inwardly guffaw to myself. I realize beauty is often considered an item that's largely held up to and placed "in the eye of the beholder" but good lord. My eyes "behold" horse-faced skeleton people. I've seen posts from girls who said they were "nearly in tears" due to Benedict Cumberbatch's "Adonis-like" beauty on more than once occasion, but the man looks as horse-faced as it gets to me (same with that Adler woman). I've likewise seen people get riled just because someone else didn't share their opinion that the current Matt Smith doctor was "attractive" and saw a few instances where people would respond with, "oh, they must not have any appreciation for chiseled jaws or manly noses."…
I mean, "chiseled jaw and nose" as compared to  who, exactly? I have nothing against Matt Smith, but seriously, what jaw? That's your idea of chiseled jaw and manly nose? Really? (this isn't directed at Doctor Who in general, just the current doctor).


The fanbase seems to be more about fighting about whether Sherhorse gets to sleep with Irene Horse or John Hobbit Horse or Muhrriartay.
From what I gather, the show is only six episodes but I'd rather be sitting here and not partaking in a fanbase that spends most of its time fighting over horses and hedgehogs and generally unfunny jokes and bristling at any time someone makes a mention of how idiotic they act towards others and one another.
And I don't really have an interest to watch Doctor Who at the moment. Similarly, it's not that I have anything against Matt Smith as a Doctor or actor so much as the fanbase of both these series just seem rampantly idiotic and filled with venom over things that hardly grab my interest most of the time. I guess the fawning of both bases wouldn't make me LOL or roll my eyes so much if not for that fact and how they treat one another and act in general. There are simply more interesting shows to me out there.
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If you have any others at your disposal, I would be much obliged to be able to add them to the list! :D

I apologize deeply to all of my overspammed watchers.

...This is what my life has become.

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"I think what annoys Watson about Sherlock a bit is Sherlock's superiority not only as a complex but as a fact. I think, Sherlock is usually right and that's going to annoy anyone. I think, Sherlock wouldn't have been licensed to be who and how he is and what he is without someone as his rock." Martin Freeman

"On Holmes, Martin [Freeman] kept saying, Oh yeah, you went to fucking Hogwarts, didn't you?'. And that's what my schooldays were like: Swallows and Amazons and Hogwarts. Martin is spot on that these schools are magical places if you know how to use them right." Benedict Cumberbatch

"The sort of opposite of Benedict in everything except the amount of talent. Benedict is a magnificent exotic animal as an actor … He doesn't look like a normal person; he rarely plays normal people. He plays exceptional people. But Martin finds a sort of poetry in the ordinary man. I love the fastidious realism of everything he does. I believe everything he does. It's brand new on every take." Mark Gatiss about Martin Freeman

Interviewer: Were you fans of the book before you landed the roles in Sherlock? Did you go back to the books to prepare, or did you avoid that?
Benedict: No, very much I've been reading the books [...] Martin's illiterate. He can't read.
Martin: I'm a deaf mute! He reads them out to me.

"He fits the ears, and he's got some very nice feet. I think he's got the biggest hobbit feet we've had so far. They're a little bit hard to walk in, but he's managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait." Peter Jackson about Martin Freeman

"[Martin is]...just heaven to work with." Benedict Cumberbatch

"It's brilliant. I mean it's an interesting thing to re-examine it in the 21st century because, two bachelors of a certain age living together, questions get asked, or even answered, by some people with supposition. But it's, um, it's a beautiful thing, y'know, it's a very real thing…I think what they discover through each is that they absolutely fit. They need each other. It's the idea that he's the grounding anchor to this rather ethereal, other-worldly, slightly bombastic character…" Benedict on the Sherlock/John relationship

"He does get stressed, though. Sometimes he rings me up at 7am to say "I've been covered in crap, hanging upside down, and I've got bloody ears on." But he knows it's for the greater good and he does it with a smile." Amanda Abbington, Martin's wife, about Martin playing Bilbo

"At that minute Martin walked in and I just had a thunderbolt. It dawned on me: "Oh, God it's him!" We flirted with each other all day and when I went home he texted me, saying "You left and I wasn't done flirting with you. That's a bit rude", which I thought was really smooth." Amanda Abbington about meeting Martin (sidenote: OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD)

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