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The Smartest of the Yarders

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"The ever promising Detective Inspector Clawes, you must have come with something important to bring you out in such a gale..."

While Basil of Baker Street never professed a great deal of respect for the Scotland Yard's detectives or their methods, he was sought out by them in his capacity as a "consulting detective," and had extensive and repeated dealings with the many officers. He, however, was not retained by the police to supply for their deficiencies, but Basil has recently begun to relax in these attitudes when he met a bright newcomer to the Metropolitan Police.

Born in a British colony of the tropical South Pacific islands of New Zealand, Detective Inspector Clawes was born a gentleman — the son of an Irish forensic professor at the Otago Medical School, University of Otago, who was a pioneer in new scientific field of "scholarly pathology" (or what is later known as "forensics") and his wife, a retired "professional beauty" (who was both an actress and dancer). Along with his identical twin brother, he entered medical school, but dropped out to care for his beloved mother when turned catatonic. He had a falling out with his father when he annulled his marriage with his stupor-induced wife to wed a woman half his age. His twin brother continued his medical studies, but Clawes felt it best to enter into civil service to help support the family more immediately and found a niché as a criminal investigator.

Detective Inspector Clawes, the rising star of Scotland Yard, had become the youngest of twenty-nine inspectors of the "Met." Basil has high hopes for his career, describing him as "the smartest of the Yarders." He is a practitioner of deduction and reasoning, applying his own medical knowledge, scientific experience, and logic methodology in his own cases. He professes the admiration and respect of a pupil for the scientific methods of Basil of Baker Street, who considers him a kind of protégé, but Basil is often critical of Clawes' abilities to apply them. Of a probing, endlessly curious mind, Clawes is intelligent, industrious, and well-grounded, possessing a charisma, wonder, eagerness, and boyish whimsicality. Clawes is a kind of a Kiwi Beau Brummell, often seen well-dressed, carrying multi-purpose walking-stick in one hand and a field evidence suitcase in his other. Despite his endearing exterior, he hides a great sadness and deep insecurities within him, caring for a catatonic mother who can neither embrace him, see him, speak to him, hear him, or is even aware of him, which has labeled him as bit of a "mama's boy." Due to his tropical nature, he has a natural love for the sun and sea, and has a strong dislike for winter weather, or perhaps English weather in general. He is also a rose hobbyist and an accomplished pianist.

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I've had this character for about two years now, so it's high time I show him off publicly. The character is inspired by Inspector Stanley Hopkins of Scotland Yard and Inspector Baynes of the Surrey Constabulary from the Sacred Writings. His name came from my own (unintentional) misspelling of an Eve Titus character from the first Basil of Baker Street novel, Constable Clewes, and it just stuck! Clawes is represents Basil if he joined the official police. They have similar intellects, but his personality is practically the opposite of Basil's. He's making way for a new breed of criminologist — the "modern-day" forensic investigator, bring the Holmesian method to the official police force, à la CSI: Baker Street! (Listen to his adorable Kiwi accent HERE.)

Inspiration - Inspector Hopkins (GOLD, BLAC, ABBE), Inspector Baynes (WIST) | Models - Craig Parker

Medium - Photoshop, 4B graphite.

Detective Inspector Clawes © Diane N. Tran.
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WingsOfASong's avatar
Oh my what a handsome mouse! *blushes*
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Inspectors Stanley Hopkins and Baynes were always unique among the Canon.  They were the two officers Holmes had SOME respect for their brains and that's saying A LOT, actually.  So, I just combined the two into Clawes.  He is, in a way, Basil if he was a Yarder, but made him as individualistic as possible.
WingsOfASong's avatar
Well he's wonderful. And he is so handsome! :love:
tranimation-art's avatar
Yes, he's handsome, too!  That's a given.  :XD:
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I'm always surprised that he already accumulated quite a mighty fandom with ONE upload.
WingsOfASong's avatar
He should. He's awesome.
anibus3's avatar
I remember The Great Mouse Detective, I even own it on DVD. Since I saw it as a kid, it was rather fun and interesting for me. And since I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the fact that this movie was related to it made me enjoy it further. You did a great job on drawing your character, it looks like the same drawing style of the movie and that's normally hard to do. To me, your original character seems like Inspector Lestrade (I think I spelled it wrong). Since Basil is meant to be the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes. All in all, it's pretty great.
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First of all, I'm very happy and flattered by your kind words.  I did do my best to capture the essence of the original Disney film, yet I was a Sherlockian (and Sherlockian scholar) well before I was a Basilian, so Sherlock Holmes will always come first before Basil of Baker Street.  With that said, I aimed to bring the Eve Titus' BASIL OF BAKER STREET closer to the THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE and then THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE closer to the original Sacred Writings, encompassingly keeping it all as "canonical" as possible.

Holmes actually knew many, many inspectors.  Four of the most famous were Lestrade, Gregson, Hopkins, and Bradstreet.  I've done mice-versions of these characters as Vole, Greyson, Clawes, and Bowstreet.

Vole was mentioned in the Titus Canon by name only, yet never made an appearance; therefore, I created a mouse-version of Lestrade, but did him in a way where he seemed both real and original and fresh at the same time: tranimation-art.deviantart.com…

You can see the rest of my GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE works here: tranimation-art.deviantart.com…
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Oh. I never read Eve Titus' Basil of Baker Street in fact I've never heard of it. I think so far the only inspectors I've read or seen so far are Lestrade and Gregson, while I do really like Sherlock Holmes, I haven't been able to read many of the stories due to the School Library not having many and not having the means to go to the town library. But all in all, I have to say you've done a very good job.
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The Titus Canon is a cute children's book series.  I recommend it.

Lestrade and Gregson were referred to by Holmes as "the best of the professionals" and a "the pick of a bad lot", as police corruption was rampant at the time, but these two were honest cops.  What I also love is the physical dichotomy of the two.  Gregson was big and burly, build like a brick wall, while Lestrade was short and weasel-like and full of nervous energy.  While these two criticized Holmes' methods, Hopkins was described as "the smartest of the Yarders" and took to practice Holmes' methods into his own investigations.  He was considered Holmes' protege in a way.  Bradstreet were know the least of, other than he's middle working class, and transferred from one district to another.

You can read the entire Holmes Canon here, as the stories are public domain now:  ignisart.com/camdenhouse/canon…
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Oh okay. I'll take a look at it. Was there a rp site of some sort that was based off of this? It just seems like it to me but I could be wrong.
tranimation-art's avatar
No, it's all the books.
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Why would all that information be in an RP?
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CherlnIDA's avatar
:eyes: I find him oddly attractive. Is that normal?
I do love the way you layers these guys out, depending on which character I'm developing, it can often take weeks to find the right layers. Scrapped ideas. Bastial took freaking weeks since he comes off as a joke character with an ego problem, who is a bad snippet rifleman with his own insecurities. It's like two pages worth. LOL But I had to condense it slightly for his own profile in my gallery because IT'S SO FREAKING HUGE WITH SO MUCH SPOILERS. XD
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Honestly, yes, it IS strangely normal. Clawes has developed quite a fangirl following, which surprised me a bit, because I'm used to being the "fangirl". So having my fan-characters have "fangirls" is a novelty I didn't know was possible. :shrug:
CherlnIDA's avatar
You made him too handsome, or maybe he's just so handsome he's seeping out charms. XD
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I think it's the eyes. Those kiwi-green eyes are unique.
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Yeah. The eyes just add to it. :XD:
GoodOldBaz's avatar
very nice! You are so good at these!
tranimation-art's avatar
Thank you! I'm surprised at the popularity of Inspector Clawes; yet, at the same time, I'm not because I purposely made the little bastard (and I say that with utmost respect) as handsome as possible, making him the opposite of shrewish Chief Inspector Vole who, I feel, is a more interesting character.
Sagitari-Seiza-1213's avatar
I first came across this characters in a story called "Whispers in the Dark". So this is where he originated from. His biography is certainly interesting. Lovely line art. He looks very classy. :clap:
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