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[edit] oh dear lord I forgot to add. John's pose was directly referenced from a screenshot of Rick Grimes from TWD. Just saying. I'm paranoid when it comes to references and credits.

I'm not sure if people will release a hunting party on me if I keep posting angst like this. THEN AGAIN I REGRET NOTHING BECAUSE GUISE, ZOMBIE SHERLOCK IS SO FUN TO DRAW YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

Based on Prompt #2: 'Five minutes'.

Yes, it's a Doctor Who-inspired prompt, of course, but I was also watching the Walking Dead so this happened. Don't blame me blame the Walking Dead.

100 TC- 30. Under the Rain
Sherlock (c) BBC
art (c) Inklou
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This is such a crushing scene. In two panels we are overwhelmed with more emotion than many movies convey in two hours.
The first panel we see a devastated but resolute John addressing Sherlock. "I was only away for five minutes, Sherlock." What happened during those five minutes that could have John looking this weary and heartbroken? Is Sherlock dead? Injured? John's posture is erect, confident (or perhaps, like I said before, resolute), but his face, especially the eyes and eyebrows, show his devastation.

Then we go down to the next panel and see something (through John's eyes) even worse than true death- Sherlock transformed into a zombie. His gaunt figure is now twisted and falling apart- his wan skin now grey with death. His normally perfect clothes are bloodied and tattered. In short, John's worst fears realized. The mottled greys, vague shadows of zombies, and tilted angle of the background as well as the rain contribute to the atmosphere. John's bitter comment- "Five bloody minutes" and his hand and gun in the foreground fill the viewer with an impending sense of finality- we know that while John loves Sherlock (whether as a friend or something more is left for us to decide), John will ultimately make the best decision for the both of them and pull the trigger, though who knows what he'll do next. He may become embittered but even more determined to survive. He may turn the gun on himself.
This is among one of the best pieces in your gallery and one that I for one do not tire of studying.
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Waterlou25 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay so you have some serious talent wow
TMNTMoonkitteh Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't tell if John is crying or not but, brilliant work! The art is amazing, the emotions are clear through out only 2 panels, I wouldn't be surprised if you work for a big name comic industry or something like one!
Sobrancelia Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
can somebody write a book about the Zombie-Lock apocalypse  please!!!
Heart-The-Hitachiins Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Check, there are a few on there.
LilianettyPR Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my!!! This is brilliant!!!!! And yes, The Walking Dead make many suffer coz of that (turning our faves on zombies...why??!!??) x) By the way, amazing art style!
Jhugs Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay this is a more reaistic title to give this:
For-The-Darkspear Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so like Sherlock to go and turn so exceptionally quickly. I bet zombie sherlock stumbles around going "Boooooored...."
Heart-The-Hitachiins Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
That's brilliant!~
WhispersOfHope12 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Student Writer
stuff-I-do Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
SOPHIA :iconcries-plz: 
you are excellent for this. 
Lara00 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Know that story bro xD
alicy-sunberg Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh that's really good ... but REEEEEEEEEEEEAALLLY depressing...
aliencatx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
this is so amazing, BBC needs to do a epp like this! 
I don't good idea...remember who writes for Sherlock...think that's a b
DemonicAngelRampage Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
The feels you give me... THE FEELS!!!
Magialuna Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
This is quite awesome.  I have read a fanfic that fits this actually and it wasn't sad!!! I wish  I remembered what it was called, maybe I'll hunt it down -- if I do I'll come back and note it.  It was on AO3 and in it Sherlock was actually in disguise-- as he does in the stories so brilliantly... : )  Of course as he's sort of a knucklehead sometimes he almost gets shot because he doesn't TELL John he's NOT DEAD until he' s nearly made that way BY JOHN lol... but he wouldn't be Sherlock if he wasn't a bit oblivious about some things eh?  : )  LOVE THIS.  You are very talented!!

herbertsgirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Do you remember that fanfics name, because I'm trying to find it but I can't :(
ShipThis Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014… This is where you can find it
Pandadrake Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I find this more funny than sad because it's like "GOD DAMN IT SHERLOCK WHAT DID YOU DO!?!"
aelitacode59656 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Writer
I found this picture a while ago...then I found your Alone on the Water pic so I checked your gallery and I was like "SO YOU'RE THE ONE WHO DREW THIS!" :happybounce: so thank you for making awesome art!
kassey2000 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Writer
Could I make a Fanfic of this?
Burningplain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Oh god the feels...
But really great piece. Still the feels.
Burningplain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
My heart strings... damn it.
hackney5 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student General Artist

I love you in a totally friend sort of way even if I only found your stuff an hour ago!!! I love your work!!! Aaaah!
awesomesauceinabox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
*dies from sadness*
rababco Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so emotional and heart-breaking. It's so true too, that's a famous line of Watson's. The way he points his gun at his best friend and only true friend, the person that he loves the most, who he's been inseparable with, now he has to turn on and shoot him. The person he trusted with his very life, who promised he'd never leave him and always be there to protect him has now turned on him. The guilt and betrayal John must be feeling.
The only thing that doesn't make sense is that it takes more than five minutes for someone to be bitten and turn (in The Walking Dead one man was sick for several days, until he just asked them to leave him on the side of road.) My thoughts are that Sherlock had been bitten and was sick and dying, but Watson being the loyal friend and doctor he was, helped care for him because he didn't have the heart to kill Sherlock even though he knew their was no hope for him. Then he left for a few minutes for more supplies or something, and by the time he came back Sherlock had already turned.
inklou Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment! Haha, to be honest, the rules for zombification aren't dogma, it's only fiction after all, so there can be a lot of interpretations for it. In fact I've read several published novels that describe a person turning within 5 minutes! :) But nevertheless, I enjoy reading your thoughts too! xD
Miryel-89 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work
LadyChristineJones Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is really good! So sad too. :'( If you had the time, I think you should do another Zombie Sherlock picture, but with the roles reversed. It's be equally heartbraking to see Sherlock's reaction to John being a zombie too.
Link24656 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amaryllis-fi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no xD where do you get your great ideas... and of course, your style is amazing!
IbiteU Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
This is seriously amazing..
Atsyrc Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Five miutes sherlock! what the hell! lol
a-cat-with-13-lives Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're this one, too?
Too many emotions.
Ghost-Toast-ABC Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you are so amazing! i can hear the story in my head already! John and Sherlock fighting off the zombie apocalypse (has to be americas fault..) and john steps away for five minutes to look for ammo or something and BAM. zambie Sherlock. i love you this is amazing.
ExtraTerryaki Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
"Five Bloody Minutes."

...No Shit Sherlock
taroschain Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Well John, what did you think he would do if you left him in a crowd of zombies, hmm? Not start a fight with one of them by insulting their mother? Really, you should know better by now.
locknessmonster292 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Going back through all my favorites and found this again. Sad.
But, I actually have a question- do you have a tutorial or reference on making zombies? o far mine end up looking... wrong. Which is pretty bad.
inklou Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hmm, not really to be honest! I actually find zombies ridiculously easy to draw because of the lack of anatomical attention you need to be mindful of :D Maybe you're a little too hung up on the details of the muscles or torn skin? Or maybe you just haven't practiced enough on drawing organic substances in general? If it helps, I sometimes look through the 'making-of' videos on zombie makeup, like the ones from the Walking Dead for example.
locknessmonster292 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have been focusing on mainly hands and feet recently, so I'm a little out of practice with bodies. I'll try it- thank you. But I have never actually watched any of The Walking Dead or anything like that, so I'm going on comics and games here XD I'll try that, thank you.
GeRiTaYaOiFaNgIrL Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
lol XD mimi luvs it!!!
Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bloody hell this is so touching T3T
*Sniffe*..Blimey...Nice work though ^^
rangerdacat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
What breaks me the most is that John would probably say that if it actually happened...
Lovely, gory, angsty artwork!
Wild-heart-7 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I guess it's a bit late to be asking for permission to write fic about this, but it's already half done... so I guess I'm asking for your blessing? idk the fic only has one chapter, and I haven't even gotten to this part of it yet, but I did mention you as inspiration, so there's that? Anyway, if you want to take a look at it, here it is: [link]
inklou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hey, it's completely fine yo! In fact, I am really honoured every time someone asks if they can write a fic based on my pics! :') You totally don't have to ask for permission to write. If it's dominantly inspired by my drawings of course I'd appreciate it if you leave credit, but really, you totally don't need my permission to express what you love! xD Anyways, oh man, this is wonderful, thank you so much for you fic! ;w;
aspyrre Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
I saw this earlier this year but couldn't remember where. It's so evocative that it has been on my mind ever since. It's a lovely piece.
crazyartist12 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link] Happy hallowen.
crazyartist12 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...woah, got a reason why he was away for 5 min? *charged up and going for a working spree.* which DW give you the idea? who-mbies?
inklou Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, it's basically the concept of little Amy waiting for the Doctor. Remember how the Doctor promised Amy he would be back in 5 minutes only to break it? Yeah, I made that into an irony for this piece as well.
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