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The Old Firm by JeffLeeJohnson The Old Firm by JeffLeeJohnson
Messrs. Croup and Vandemar, ultra-dangerous denizens of Neil Gaiman's alternate London underground in his extremely excellent book "Neverwhere". Presented to all as my Halloween image this year. Happy Halloween, muahaha!
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Chunti1 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018
I know it has already been said like 138 times, but here's one more.

Great deciption of great villain characters. This is more or less how I pictured them while reading.
I dig the title as well. 
Well done.
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sjd764 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
Definitely the closest rendition of these two... althought by default, I always imagined mr. Croup with a top-hat.
Extremely well done, nonotheless. :)
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TheHighDudgeon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018
Wow, I read this book a long time ago and instantly recognized them. I knew it was these characters just by looking at them. I didn't even see the rat and stuff, it was really their demeanor and the tone of the composition. Speaks a lot to the talent of Neil to bring characters to life with words, and the talent of the artist to give the words a face.

That's crazy.
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018
As soon as I read the book, I sketched these two. He is such a good storyteller.
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hermitchild Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first book villains I was actually afraid of! They were just so chilling, and you captured that nicely. 
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DreamforQ Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I knew who they were before I even read the description. You nailed them!!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2017
Thank you for saying so!
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doodlebugRP Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist
This is the best depiction of them I think I've seen...
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:iconjeffleejohnson:
JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
That is a fantastic thing to say. Thanks!
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LilSpaceToaster Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Just read this book, these two were my favorites!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
Mine too. They jumped out of the pages, didn't they?
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doodlebugRP Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Hobbyist
Fortunately not, that would have been rather bloody for us readers!
But yes, they're a marvelous, catchy pair of villains!
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Zachwalls Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
put better on this paper than in my own imagination well done man
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:iconjeffleejohnson:
JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thanks very much! That is a very nice thing to say.
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FieldsOfFire Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
This is perfect. They look terrifyingly realistic.
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Thank you!
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SaporoArhon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
PERFECT !!! 
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Twilight-Airglow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why Croup is always fat and AS MUCH TINY? But still, picture is wonderful and their characters are reflecting on their faces so fking evidend that... just bravo. 
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Kuzmanka Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
So scary just like in the book! <3
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CookieCakePotatoShoe Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this! I featured it on my blog for my review of "Neverwhere", sorry I didn't ask permission, I gave credit and everything but if it in't okay I can take it down.
Thanks for your great fanart though!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thanks so much! You having notified me is enough. I am happy you referenced it. What a good book, eh?
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
"Possibly the best Croup and Vandemar I’ve ever seen. Probably because it’s the first one I’ve seen that scared me."

-Neil Gaiman
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Seberethes Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What? No cartoonish features? No "whoops! Was this supposed to be scary?" bright colors? So paint me grey and call me a direwolf if it isn't one seriously talented artist showing off the best damn Neverwhere Fanart on the whole site!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
That is a seriously awesome comment there. Thanks! (bows humbly)

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KikiJBaxter Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing :D
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Thank you! Nice Malcolm Reynolds quote, btw!
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KikiJBaxter Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! (first person to acknowledge my awesome quote :D) cheers
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GodOfUrging Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
A seriously awesome job. Mister Vandemar, in particular, looks exactly as I'd visualized him. With the same hair style and everything. That's sort of amazing, actually.
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
"bows humbly"
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KingArty Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
This is literally exactly how I see them in my head. So perfect!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
That is an awesome thing to say, thanks!
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Klytia70 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome and scary :)
You scared Mr. Gaiman too [link] :clap:
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thanks for liking it and for the link!
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Sierra-la Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I knew exactly who these two were as soon as I saw it on tumblr! Fantastic job. This is exactly how I envisioned them. Their expressions are both perfect!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thanks so much. It was delicious fun painting!
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KeresaLea Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Digital Artist
You scared Neil. CONGRATS! *Besides this rocking all by itself.
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Thanks !
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KeresaLea Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Most welcome. Nice to be appreciated by the creator, no?
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Cloudeme Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Neil Gaiman saw this!

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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
G-wow. That was unexpected! Geez. Thanks for the link.
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Rogue238 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have to say a perfect rendering of my imagination. I am so glad to find someone who can get the same image from a book in their head as I do. Impecable work!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I had a lot of fun reading that book, and then got to have a little fun imagining those unforgettable characters. Glad we are tracking one another on the Old Firm!
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Zachwalls Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Best bad guys ever and btw best interpretation of them ever
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:iconjeffleejohnson:
JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
(bows humbly)
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RLivengood Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I love that book!
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spagety Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
that is very good. I like how they kind of look wolfish and foxish. foxish probably isn't a word but hopefully you get my meaning. Well done.
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FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! (In their gruesome twosome kind of way.)
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The-Final-Prototype Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student Writer
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visp Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Tutelary dentistry!
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JeffLeeJohnson Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
He he.
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