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Delicacy by inklou Delicacy by inklou
That was drawn during the live tutorial session thing, but I really didn\'t like how he turned out in the end. So today I quickly did this, and Benedict looks much better. Your argument is invalid.


Sherlock (c) BBC Sherlock
Art (c) Inklou

effing hell I keep forgetting to credit!

bg texture (c) `cloaks
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First of all, I would love to say that I love your style. As soon as I see a piece of yours in my inbox, I know who the artist is before I even look at the name. I always save your work for last because I know I'll be in for a treat! ;D

Now, to be more "serious"- I applaud you on the fabulous job of balancing out Benedict's lovely features with the gorgeous decaying of his skin. One can still see the vestiges of his distinctive Cupid's Bow lip, the nose, and of course his renowned cheekbones.

While there have been a few versions of zombie/undead Sherlock/Benedict (including a previous one I have critiqued), this still feels very different from the others.


Because where others have depicted him as thoroughly gone (mentally), you have left him looking very much alive. You have used an overall very warm and rich colour scheme as opposed to other pieces I have seen, which primarily use blues and purples. In addition, while the skin is obviously decaying (which is very well-done, might I add) and the white collar a bit bloodied, his hair and skin look remarkably clean, and his clothes are neat and un-rumpled for the most part.

However, my favourite part (other than the lovely rotting skin) and what truly sets this piece apart from others I've seen of this genre (for lack of a better word) is his eyes. They are so keenly observant and intensely alert that you immediately know that his mind is not gone like every other zombie mindlessly roaming around. However, looking at him for a while, you notice that his gaze isn't as strong as you first imagine it to be- perhaps his mind is slowly deteriorating. Perhaps he is merely in his mind palace. Whatever the case may be, their iciness sets them apart from the rest of the piece, draws you in, and keeps you gazing back at him for longer than you realize.

"Delicacy" is, in short, a masterpiece. To those of you who have not seen this artist's gallery, go do so! 'Tis full of even more quality work! Go now!
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Well, I've gotta admit, at first I was too freaked to click on it. Zombies scare the shit out of me, and I generally hate Zom!lock fics, but when I finally clicked on the photo, it was straight to the face. This is kick-A. The colors you used are so vibrant and alive. And I seriously love the Two-Face effect. I can imagine John smacking him upside the head for coming back to 221B as a zombie.
This is a beautiful piece of art work, and you should be very, very proud to have made it.
But if I have zombie nightmares, I'm blaming you.
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runningfern Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh this looks really cool!
DomoSushiLuver Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
:iconscaredplz::iconsaysplz: he is scay as a zombie
Bananam00n Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
funny how a bit less skin on his bones made him look more like Benedict^^
happy-egg Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
im purring.
this butters many parsnips.
Mango33 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist
beautiful! and scary. :)
UsoppLover4EVER Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The DETAIL!!! :iconflailplz:
Minkymy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
brains ARE a delicacy.
iJOKEx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
this is sooooooo amazing. you must not think any less of its perfection!
toeki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
his gaze is very intense, not like hes lost his mind yet. and you achieved to make a zombie look beautiful.
VergofTowels Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic, and, having seen the original, I find it much more interesting than a straight portrait. :D
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