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Virtuoso by alicexz Virtuoso by alicexz

EDIT 03/07/13: This piece has been licensed by the BBC! Now available as an official Sherlock print in the BBC Shop, as well as from Big Chief Studios!


Painted this over Livestream in about 4 hours, you can view the full recording at my new Youtube channel. Thank you very much to all who stayed and watched! I have always loved all imagery of Sherlock Holmes playing the violin, I find it very striking and it's one of his most recognizable and interesting character traits. This piece is inspired by BBC's Sherlock (I cannot possibly recommend this show more!)

Time-lapsed process video can be watched here. Drawn and painted in Adobe Photoshop with a Wacom tablet. Reference from here.

Available to buy as a phone case and other products here.


EDIT 10/09/13:
I have provided this high-res wallpaper as a COURTESY to fellow Sherlock fans, and I expect my work to be treated with respect. Time and time again I have seen art thieves download this painting, PHOTOSHOP OUT MY SIGNATURE, and re-upload it to their own websites as a "free wallpaper," or, even worse, print it as a poster or on a phone case to sell on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, StoreEnvy, etc. It's absolutely ridiculous and disappointing. I'm leaving the wallpaper up because I know most don't do that, but I'm going to say this once again since it's apparently not clear: DO NOT REMOVE MY SIGNATURE FROM THIS ARTWORK FOR ANY REASON . If you see this painting on any of the above sites, please do me a favor and report it. If you see this painting on any products or websites without credit to me, I ask you not to buy it, and JUST REPORT IT. Thank you.

A Study in Pink by alicexz

Artwork by Alice X. Zhang
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:iconmoonlight10198:
Moonlight10198 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Is there a name for using this style of large vague brushes and not blending so much? I'd love to try it out but I'd like to find tutorials.
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NurulHudaBaru Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love This! :)
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:icon123mostafa124kamal:
123mostafa124kamal Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017
 you are awesome !!!!
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:iconchubbyjamface:
chubbyjamface Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I love the textures! This piece is stunning :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconkh254:
kh254 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
I'm sorry but it looks like it has been stolen by these people witchykittdesigns.com/WKD/inde…
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:icongoogadh:
Googadh Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this, I found it at the back of the "Sign of The Four" book I bought.
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Doodlz18 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017   Artist
fantastic art peice :clap:
I love this show : D
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:iconelementshimmer:
ElementShimmer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ♡ 
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Neko-Devil-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017
Omg i love this <3
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ShivaRestsAt221B Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fuck off
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CC3TheArtist Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Student Interface Designer
I love it! very genuine! ^^
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fernandocoutinho2 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
Great Image

Fernando Coutinho
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:iconlucza:
Lucza Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017
Perfection.
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HenryCoign Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is that Danglerack Cunningsnatch?
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:icondracos-kittyxo:
Dracos-kittyxo Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG you did this this has been my phone wallpaper for freaking ages and i have been trying to find the artist omg im in love with it you are a beautiful artist <3
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anasfarooqui Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
www.facebook.com/customfreaker…

Custom Freaks is selling this print on FB without the signature, along with dozens of other images which I'm sure they don't have permission to use.
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VisualStripes Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Great impressionistic style!
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LadyVixxen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017  Student Writer
Wish.com is selling prints without your signature, image flipped. www.wish.com/search/sherlock%2…
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017
very awesome!!
great picture!!
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siunove Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
hello, i noticed that one of the print companies is selling it on facebook, here's the link if you want to report it. www.facebook.com/PinPostergeo/…
I asked them to take it down, but they refused
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stullhee5 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017  Professional Artist
Its really awesome
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MrsIILovett Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
saw the style in the preview and insta know its alicex, lol
Amazing work as always ^.^ love it
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ScarletAlpha Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it :heart:
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AileenRT Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Incredible! I love your use of color. Big fan!
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:iconcubitknot:
cubitknot Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist
very nice
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:iconmoonyeclipse:
Moonyeclipse Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing painting ! I play violin, but surely not as good as this virtuoso violinist ^^
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AngelinaRodrigues Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wouah that's a very good work!!
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Silverin76 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016
Hello Alicexz,

I´ve just found your art being sold on AliExpress, printed on handbags and backpacks here www.aliexpress.com/item/Tv-Sho…

I just thought WTAF?! Have they asked your permission?? I adore your art, but this is so NOT ok (if it´s not permitted, of course)
Silverin
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Wolfride Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is so good, you do unbelievable stuff.
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HaveToKnowThatReally Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I love it! Can I use it for a fanfic cover? I'll keep the signature, of course, and give credit (if I ever finish the fanfic hehe)
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Lorrenss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Beautiful Ladybug/Marinette in love 
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:iconpamonk:
PaMonk Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Professional Artist
Impressive and Beautiful.:D
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:iconferavai:
Feravai Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Writer
Wow, that's gorgeous, I love it.  You're an amazing talent!
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RaeSeddon2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
LOVE SHERLOCK! LOVE THIS! LOVE YOU! 
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TheDawnbaronsGuard Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sherlock! He is so cool! Awesome work!
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LifeInASketch Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Amazing!
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aenafarooq Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
i just love this pic and his violin tunes!!!!
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RomeruKomamura Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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cheyzle Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats for BBC's support! I can't even imagine what that must feel like. I'd probably die haha.
Phenomenal work, the intricate little details. Pure eye candy, really. The colors flow together nicely, and Sherlock's expression is just too real.
Loving everything about this, amazing job!
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John-MacDonald Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
Very cool piece! Sad that people are guiltlessly profiting from stealing your work!
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:iconcheesecaketime:
cheesecaketime Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Holy Watson, it's beautiful!!
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:iconnyihe:
Nyihe Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Very nice! It captures Sherlock in another light. 
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MooniGaming Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Don't know how to report but was this uploaded by you? If not you'll have to report it: wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i…
Anyway it's gorgeous.
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kohnart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this pic while watching Sherlock :O
Very pretty!!
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idontevenname Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great painting. i thought i would let you know though that the bow on a violin/viola is held a bit higher IRL
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MASCH-ART Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Super Picture, good work:) (Smile)
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:iconjwgirl:
Jwgirl Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool! How did you get noticed by the BBC?
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SimplyCookie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is phenomenal; you have such an eye-catching style
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SayuriEyes Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
I d like you to know that on ebay they re selling you re art!!! Is it you?www.ebay.ie/itm/Sherlock-Holme…
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