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Illusion and Dream by inklou Illusion and Dream by inklou
[Edit] Re-uploaded with newer version

cp from Tumblr cus I'm lazy lol

I realized I never drew anything for the #BelieveinSherlock fandom trend so here’s one. Sometime ago the weather in Van was shitty as usual and I was feeling shitty while walking on an overcrowded street, and then “Illusion and Dream” came on, I thought, this could work in John’s perspective against the world.

Basing every piece on PotF songs and not even sorry hurr

This will be for sale @ Anime Revolution in Vancouver Aug 17-19
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It's a fantastic piece! The coloring is wonderful, the proximity of the characters is close, without being obtrusive or distracting, and it conveys the feeling of the rush of the street without actually moving. There is so much depth and emotion to the piece, it's delightful!

My only problem is that my eye gets stuck between the brunette girl in on the right and the blonde man next to her. It feels like there is either a different light source, or they're supposed to be the focus. They might need to be a little more neutral, instead of so bright.
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alright, here's my first critique. I hope that I don't come across as rude, and will try my best to assist your wish to become better and better (because that's what most people try to do).

I rated Vision as a 3 star. I first see random business guy. Then I saw Watson, and finally I saw Sherlock, hiding under the hood, so I connected Watson maybe thinking "hey, is that sherlock?". However, I only felt the vision, the message in the picture, after looking at it for a while, and the way the vision came to me was rather weak. Even though the words say "believe in Sherlock", I feel as if that message isn't really being emphasized, and it is because of that lack of emphasis that I gave you a 3.

Originality, I gave you a 4.5. To me, crowds aren't all that original, although having Sherlock in a hoodie certainly is a first, I believe.

Technique, my favorite part! I gave you full points here because the picture just as a picture is fantastic! You put extra lighting on Watson and Sherlock, making sure that we noticed them. Even though Sherlock was under a hood, he's still quite recognizable (I believe it's the hair). Finally, the water rake effect on the people who aren't important was great! My only qualm, though, with the water rake effect, was that maybe it was used a little too much on this one person's hair (pony tail blonde girl). It seems a little too strong to me, sort of a once you see it you never un-see it thing.

Finally, impact, which I gave you a 4.5 on. Like the vision, it came across a little slowly, but unlike the vision, I gave you a 4.5 because once you noticed both Watson and Sherlock, you sort of go "oooohhhh!" and THEN you feel that impact.

Thank you for reading the critique, and I hope that it has maybe even helped you. Once again, I hope that I didn't come across as rude, and I wish you a good day or morning or night , whatever it is where you are.
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RadioactiveGinger Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Sherlock and Poets of the Fall?? Love it!!!
TsuyoiMerushi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Very Assassins Creed to Sherlock's choice of crowd disguise.
awesomesauceinabox Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
im not sure how I stumbled onto your page but i don't think i will ever leave...
sevenxlives Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing. >w<
alise-querry Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Zoffoli Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This is an amazing piece!
nupao Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I believe in a lot of things
I believe in Sherlock Holmes, but I believe the blonde man is Jim! :XD: and the business man is Nick! And Tenth Doctor on the back with Rose and Donna hahaha I could go on all day! Nah but it is an awesome pic... Hood!Sherlock is awesome!
ElenTheBrave Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG you listen POTF!!
I love them, they're amazing...and the drawing is amazing too =)
SweeneyWay Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gawd, I just listened to the song and I'm getting major feels over this! I understand this piece and it's beautiful! Also thank you for introducing me to PotF, I'll be looking into them!

Well done!
inklou Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ahhhh another potential POTF fan!!! I'd be super happy if you end up liking their albums a lot creysob
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