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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Antidote (link goes to tumblr)
Artist: anotherwellkeptsecret
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 1 mini-comic
Rating: Unrated, SFW
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: None given. First line: In the dim light of a foggy November day, I chanced upon a package addressed to Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Reccer's comments: Based on the Adventure of the Dying Detective, this is the comic equivalent of a one-shot missing scene that packs the punch of a full-blown story, and as such is an absolute delight. The facial expressions in this little comic are everything. I just love the tenderness and sweet emotion, paired with a modicum of angst and a hint of eroticism.
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[personal profile] swissmarg

Title: Oh, What A Night Series (AO3Tumblr)
Artist: penumbra/anotherwellkeptsecret
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 3 multi-panel comics
Rating: Mature to Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Part 1 "Oh, What A Night": John and Sherlock go on a date. Hilarity, kissing, and egregious amounts of fluff ensue.
Part 2 "The Losing Side": Sherlock wants to marry John, but he's not sure of the best way to propose. Who better to run ideas by than, well...John?
Part 3: "Points of Interest": Sherlock and John's wedding night.
Reccer's comments: This is a set of 3 complete comics with over 100 panels telling the story of Sherlock and John’s courtship. Sweet, funny, awkward, cute, and a little bit sexy, and of course it wouldn’t be Johnlock without at least a smidgen of angst, a case, an interfering brother and well-meaning friends to spice things up. The judicious use of small amounts of animation add to the charm in part 1, and in part 3 things get very hot yet very tasteful with an intimate glimpse John and Sherlock’s lovey times as husbands. Seriously heart-melting adult fare.
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[personal profile] write_out
Title: Untitled (Sherlock Holmes)
Artist: erisians 
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Reccer's comments: This is a quite striking portrait of Sherlock Holmes that has become one of my favorite pieces of fanart. I love how the artist's use of color and oil paint technique (the tags say this is digital/photoshop) give the art great depth and detail and perfectly capture the character. Sherlock's intensity comes shining through and I find it hard to look away.

Here's their fanart tag for more amazing work (in Sherlock and other fandoms).
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Escher Snakes)
[personal profile] sanguinity
Title: Untitled
Artist: Basil / ghostbees
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: "NSFW-ish" (reccer's rating: pg-13)
Verse: Howard Holmes (1954 TV)
Author's summary: (none)

Reccer's comments: A sweet moment between Holmes and Watson for the 1954 TV series.
[identity profile] bowl-of-glow.livejournal.com
Title: Untitled
Artist: nitefise-art
Verse: Russian Sherlock Holmes series (2013)

Author's summary: A load of Panin sketches because his expressions are the best. And this is just the first two episodes.
Reccer's comments: It always makes me happy to see fanworks for this (underrated) series! These lovely sketches capture some of Watson's expressions perfectly. The fact that they are on a notebook also reminds me of Watson's own drawings from the series' opening credits, which I think is a nice touch.
sanguinity: woodcut by M.C. Escher, "Snakes" (Escher Snakes)
[personal profile] sanguinity
Title: like a spider in the centre of its web (also on tumblr)
Author: sophistry (AO3) / still-sophistory (tumblr)
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: 221B Baker Towers
Author's summary: When the greatest enemy is not a man, but the machine.

Reccer's comments: 221B Baker Towers is an open universe in which Holmes and Watson are contemporary young black British men from a council estate. Sophistry, the originator of the universe, gives a nutshell description in another artwork for the 'verse, "You See, But Do Not Observe":

[...] Imagine fandom’s reaction if the next big Holmes adaptation to come along had Holmes and Watson as British, yeah - young black British men, living case to case on a council estate in a dodgy area of London. How fandom would react if Sherlock Holmes didn’t employ street kids and homeless people like trained animals to do his bidding, but instead was part of that invisible underclass; if instead of having his eccentricities ~tolerated~ by Scotland Yard on account of being the Great White Genius, Sherlock Holmes, BME, school dropout, and sometime addict, was regarded by the police as practically a criminal already, one more thug, one more junkie, one more dealer in the making...


"like a spider in the centre of its web" extends sophistry's original idea to "The Final Problem." It depicts a tiny, lone figure in a hoodie on Westminster Bridge, his shoulders hunched against the looming presence of the Houses of Parliament. It is captioned with the FINA speech about the "mighty organisation" that Holmes is pitting himself against, the organisation that will trod him underfoot.

The graphics-work is subtle and effective. I particularly like the blown-out whites, blacks, and red: we're presented with a moment where everything has been pushed to its limit and something must give. I also like the queasy, slippery, double-vision aura applied to both Westminster Palace and the storm clouds above it -- an aura which serves the additional purpose of quietly picking up Holmes' red, visually integrating his figure into the work even as that red sets him apart.

But as much as I like the graphic itself, considering it as a premise for a story... It raises the hair on my arms. Oh, but I would love to hear the story that sophistry suggests. I want to hear it very much.

 

More info about (and fanworks for) the 221B Baker Towers 'verse can be had at the fandom tumblr: 221b-baker-towers.tumblr.com.
venusinthenight: a camera in a woman's hands (stock - camera in hands)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: untitled
Artist: NLMDA
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Warnings: None apply
Verse: Elementary, Granada Holmes
Artist's summary: Oh crap, I think I got a bit confused, didn’t I? ;)
So, Watson from “Elementary” with Granada Holmes and BBC Sherlock props (I’m not sure if London cab can be called a prop, though).
Why? Because why the hell not?!
A close up attached, because you won’t probably be able to see them properly at the top picture (Tumblr resizes huge ass photos).
P.S. Rest in peace, dear Mr Brett.

Reccer's comments: The choice of colours used is very striking, and I love how it looks like Elementary's Joan looks at Granada's Holmes with a bit of pride.

(I tend to read this more as Granada Holmes in a modern AU crossed over with Elementary.)
venusinthenight: a camera in a woman's hands (stock - camera in hands)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Untitled
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] spacefall
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Warnings: None apply
Verse: My Dearly Beloved Detective
Artist's summary: Russian Female Holmes from Dearly Beloved Detective. She had the classiest deducing poses, though the image of Scotland Yard’s underwear dance scars me to this day.

Reccer's comments: It's a simple black-and-white digital sketch of Shirley Holmes in a suit and newsboy cap, as she wears in one of the film's scenes. And sometimes simple gets the job done. :)
venusinthenight: joan watson and marcus bell (elementary - joanbell)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Running Buddies
Artist: doomburgerdoodles
Pairing: Joan Watson & Marcus Bell
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Elementary
Artist's summary: Joan and Marcus RUNNIN BUDDIES.

For Piper!

Reccer's comments: I love the idea of Joan and Marcus doing things together, and running is something they both have in common. I like how Joan is looking at Marcus, almost like she's saying "Come on, keep up with me!"
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Sad Sholto
Artist: bluebellofbakerstreet
Characters: Major James Sholto, Gen
Rating: Not rated, mild nudity
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC

Reccer's comments: As a minor character, James Sholto does not have much fanart dedicated to him, and what there is, tends to depict him as a soldier, virtually to the exclusion of any other aspects of his character. In this beautifully intimate piece, the artist has approached James as a man first, his masculinity clearly on display without being tawdry or gratuitous. His scars are prominent, and he is turned away from the observer as if shy or even ashamed of them, yet his full-sleeve tattoos are proudly worn. Their vibrant colors draw the eye, and along with the intricate motifs of flowers and Celtic knots, rendered in the artist's typical painstaking, delicate brushstrokes, provide a stark contrast to the otherwise staid, understated image. All of the symbols surely give insight to the complex character who normally hides behind the uniform, here revealed for our perusal and speculation.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Untitled photoset
Artist: naturalshocks
Pairing: Gen, Sherlock Holmes
Rating: Not rated, SFW
Warnings: None
Verse: Elementary, BBC, ACD (Brett), TPLOSH, Russian (Livanov), Ritchie, House, Doctor Who (Madame Vastra)

Reccer's comments: There was a lot of incredible art that came out of this year's Inktober, and this artist is one of my favs. This set in particular is such a great homage to Sherlock Holmes in his many incarnations. I love how each portrait captures the essence of each particular portrayal, not just in the visual likenesses but in the emotional nuances: Miller's aloneness, Brett's romanticism, Downey's cockiness, Cumberbatch's anticipation of the chase. They are all Holmes, yet they are all themselves and they are all beautiful.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: City on the Head of a Pin art on DeviantArt (large version), or on tumblr (can click to enlarge)
Artist: alicexz
Pairing: Gen portrait, Sherlock Holmes
Rating: not rated, I would say G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Reccer's comments: I'd like to end with this gorgeous portrait of Sherlock raising raven wings through the shadows. Inspired by a long-time favorite fic, Mad_Maudlin's A City on the Head of a Pin (previously recc'd on this comm back in 2011 here), this painting plays beautifully with light and a dramatic palette of blues and blacks. It's a striking image.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: It is quite a three pipe problem
Artist: sheeplocked on tumblr
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes portrait, Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD Books
Author's summary: It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes.

Reccer's comments: Oh, this is such a cosy, delightful image of Holmes in his dressing gown, cross-legged on the rug before his fireplace, facing away from us and reading through his beloved agony columns. I adore the little details -- the persian slipper next to him on the floor; the crazy-quilt remnants of red thread on the corkboard above the fireplace, probably left over from his last impromptu mural of evidence; the wreaths of smoke curling around his head; the scribbled notes on bits of paper; the empty teacups. There is something so charming about the rich color and sort of crooked cartoon style that sheeplocked specializes in, it's just perfect for something as ridiculous, beautiful, and domestic as Holmes.

If you enjoy this, I recommend exploring sheeplocked's fanart tag, she's got lots of great stuff, including quite a bit of BBC Sherlock art covering both the major and secondary cast.
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[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Sally Donovan in watercolour
Artist: naturalshocks on Tumblr
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Warnings: No warnings apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Artist's summary: Watercolour and white gel pen on Hahnemühle Britannia. 14 x 14 cm.

Reccer's comments: Oh my god, this painting of Sally is so beautiful. I love how the artist added constellations in her hair, the whole ethereal vibe this gives off.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Untitled [the smallest touch]
Artist: voodooling
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: not rated, I would say G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Another lazy doodle.

Reccer's comments: This is a simple two-panel drawing in marker with deliberately minimalist style and intense emotional impact. In the first image, Sherlock is alone in his head. In the second, he responds to the slightest touch of John's hand against his back.

It's quietly stunning.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: I said 'dangerous,' and here you are
Artist: beatrixkiddo on tumblr
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: I said 'dangerous,' and here you are.

Reccer's comments: A lot of the art I rec tends toward realism, but this is something different and wonderful. It's in some ways a simple image, but it brilliantly catches the essence of Sherlock and John's relationship. A painting set in stark silhouettes, it shows John's shadow running through the dark and mysterious wood inside of Sherlock. A haunting and beautiful piece.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Someone cleverer than you
Artist: milkchaos
Pairing: Mycroft Holmes, gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: finished a doodle I started on yesterday to calm myself down tbh - and thank you all once again!!

Reccer's comments: Milkchaos has an interesting, mottled style of watercolor, combining gentle, washed-out color and soft lines with very skilled and realistic portraiture. They've done interesting takes on many Sherlock characters, but this painting of Mycroft is my favorite. I love his expression, the slight twist to his mouth, the shadows on his face and chin, and the sharp clarity of his eyes in an otherwise subtly blurred body. It captures a lot about the character, I think.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Not your housekeeper, dear!
Artist: wisesnail
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: “Not your housekeeper, dear!” <3 I love Una Stubbs’ Mrs Hudson!

Reccer's comments: This is such a wonderful portrait of Mrs. Hudson. I love the bright pinks and reds and purples streaming up and around her, and that near-smile peeking out as she rests her head on her hand in a relaxed, insouciant pose. Her bright spirit, warmth, and humor shine through here.
[identity profile] tripleransom.livejournal.com
Title: Anniversary
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] numberthescars
Pairing: none
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Granada

Reccer's comments: This is more than just one picture - it's more like a series of illustrations with a story attached. It will load slowly; give it time, so you can see and appreciate the whole thing as it unfolds before you. It's poignant and sad and it illustrates the relationships between Holmes and Watson (and Mary) in the Granada series perfectly. It's really lovely!
[identity profile] theanglophile.livejournal.com
Title: Watsonapped
Artist: Eliosu
Pairing: Sherlock/John or Gen
Length: 1 page
Rating: PG
Warnings: None (unless buffoon!Sherlock AU counts)
Verse: Crossover: Canon / Sherlock BBC / RDJ films (aka buffoon!Sherlock AU)
Author's summary:
all John Watson have been kidnapped. What would Sherlock Holmes-es do ?

Reccer's comments:
One more for the month!

Hilariously accurate little comic about how each Holmes would rescue his Watson from a kidnapping, and each Watson's response to that. The artist's style is sleek, smooth, and a pleasure to look at.

Watsonapped

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