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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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Feolkieer Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
I love that Sherlock plays the violin, but being a violinist myself, it really is quite painful to watch actors pretend they know how when the motions don't even line up with the sound. It's like watching a video where the words you hear aren't the words they're mouthing. *shudders* I don't understand how people don't watch it when they're done and say, "This doesn't look right." 

But anyways, this is really amazing! This is the most accurate violin art that I've ever seen. Of course, it's not perfect, most likely because you don't play I'm thinking. The link to the reference picture doesn't work, so I don't know how much you changed the positioning you saw from there (I assume not much), but for any future violin pieces you might do, just be aware that it's not just the hands that support the instrument. Sherlock's shoulder should be supporting the instrument; it's kind of laying on his collarbone right now. Also the chin/jaw holds it from the top. Sherlock's chin is quite far from the violin. The instrument itself is pointed up, when Sherlock's body is pointing down. I know I'm being awfully specific and picky, but understand that it really is painfully obvious to us how a violin should be held. Again, not that you did a bad job by any means, I'd just recommend researching a bit how to properly hold whatever equipment you're unfamiliar with before beginning your piece, even if you have a reference picture.

What I do love is how you really captured the frankly awkward shapes that make up a violin. The shape is so distinctive that being even the slightest bit off can be frustrating to both the artist and the viewer. It can be hard to identify what's wrong with the shape, especially with an abnormal positioning like this, but it appears you didn't have that problem! (Although be careful; you're bow looks as though it could be infinitely long. It should end right before the edge of the piece.) Great job!!
Belindacorwin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
Utilizame Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, extremely beautiful and only that little time it was made!
FaDemian Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
this piece is Beautiful !!  :D :D
amar40864 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  New Deviant
love this painting to the core :D
HeatherDowns42 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015
luiza-rizzieri Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ugh this is amazing ♥ 
TIKISERB Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
chillyrime Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
speechless :D
AhsokaTano-Skywalker Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Justliketht Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Woah!! Thts so kool :)
Madhur-Goyal Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Heart Heart Heart 
SpiritCATwarrior Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing painting. Faved Sign 
AuberJean Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student
Just.. astonishing! Great mood and colors!
Balrog12 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Lol cool sherlock
Teacuppy90 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student Artist
amazing...I am speechless
44aboriginny2014 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
memusicman Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
This is REALLY good. Al though next time I would advise using a reference because that isn't how you hold a violin
JuZeBeEm Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Someone stole this and is selling it here:…
olekwielki Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this art piece. It's my favlurite sherlock fanart!
redtelecaster Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i am in love with your artwork!! :D
Red-Paprika Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Just, just... Ohoooaaaah ! I love it ! As a Sherlock's fan, I m absolutely thrilled !! It's fantastic !
jotapq Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Fantasmar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Found your stolen work here...

Love this by the way. One of my absolute favorite Sherlock fanart. 
shadamy20 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Love it
Terpsichore01 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow..... Stunning!
inkgigue Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
classy sherlock (◕‿◕✿)
ElyneNoir Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive :)
Storaazi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
simply splendid!
hosagu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I-Might0Be-Wrong Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
At my school I'm trying to set this picture as the screensaver for almost every computer in my biology class (So far, three down)
Mina-Burtonesque Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
so beautiful & inspiring!
BakeandPhotoQueen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!! That's awesome!
TheElvishButterfly Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can only say...THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Keep up the fantastic work!!!
unidentified-anon Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014
Wonderful and artistic.... awesome work
Saptarshi-Nath Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Interface Designer
This is an iconic picture. The colors just pop out and hits my face. This should be the DVD cover for the series.
Gerald-GKPM Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
namila007 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
peterbzzz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ValorOfLorien Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
This is beautiful. I think it's my favorite Sherlock picture ever. Absolutely love it. The colors, the indistinctness around the edges, the classiness and regal air of the violin and the almost solemn focus in his features are just spot on and gorgeous. LOVE.
Samwiseg02 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Sherlock Holmes! :)
missginni Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, it's perfect, complete perfect!! Heart 
SweetCitrine Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
OMG! BE MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
KatieSan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh. my. HEAVENSwtfArtimist - Blush / Embarrassed / Shy / Stuttering 
Rizobact Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've loved this piece for a long time, so now that I have an account I wanted to come back and comment :D (Big Grin)  I think I had my background on my laptop set to this for about a year (then I changed it to another of!).  So yeah. Love your work!
MotleyOfTheUnknown Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
o.o ~happy sigh~ oh, Sherlock :3
lovemandywang Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i love your style so much! its so inspiring 
vassilopoula Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student General Artist
one of my alltime favorite pieces of art.
Twikiee Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My idol *o*
art--monkey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope you don't mind but a mate of mine saw this and he asked me to paint this for him ffor his birthday. So yh
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