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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 series (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.

Hit Download Image on the right for a large wallpaper size! (1500x1000px)

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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Saptarshi-Nath Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  New member 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  New member
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!
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