Everybody knows it’s you.
This is a really cute question because I LOVE reading about how people got into Holmes things, and it’s also a bit too long to put in my hypothetical FAQ, so I’m going to answer it here.
I had The Hound of the Baskervilles to read when I was a kid but I wasn’t really interested in it, and I just vividly remember being impressed by the bit about Sir Charles getting killed, so I think I might also have seen a film version (the Granada one?) To be fair, I don’t think this is a good book to start with, since it has such few scenes with them together and 99% of adaptations are awful (every single one but the Lenfilm one). Anyway, a few years later I picked up a copy of the complete stories from the library and read all of them in a few months, but still had no interest in digging further than the original books. Fast forward to 2010, when the first Ritchie film came out and it was SO GOOD that it got me back into Holmes things. I re-read all the stories, marathoned a massive amount of tv/film/radio productions and started getting a lot of scholarly books. Then I made this blog which was at first mostly Beeb fanart, and as I got more and more into studying anything I could get my hands on, I started wanting to create things that engage with the source material/scholarly theories in a light-hearted and accessible way. So here I am now, even though I haven’t been posting a lot of comics lately, but I recently graduated with a degree in Holmes studies (true fact) so I’m not completely out of the loop.
Last year, I ranted a bit about what interests me about the stories, re: Elementary but it’s basically the gist of all the conversations I’ve ever had on Holmes(es) & Watson(s), and I’d really like to make a comic out of this because it’s very important to me in relation to my ~personal development~. What makes me go back again and again to the same stories and explore the wealth of fan material produced over more than a hundred years is the relationship between Holmes and Watson. Because it’s complex, and difficult, and great, and far from being perfect, but it’s these two men who love each other and are so human about it. Even though we move through a rickety set of cases, the logic of most of which collapses when you pay attention to details, I don’t really care as long as they are together (or at least in each other’s mind)? I like that Holmes always seems to be perfect and aloof when in fact he’s a big baby with so many flaws, but only those allowed into his very restricted personal space (Watson, Mycroft, probably Mrs H. but more importantly THE READER) know that. And he needs his best friend/partner/other half to make him seem actually interesting and… you know… like, alive.
tl;dr: the first Ritchie film kinda saved my life and H & W love each other so much I cry about it all the time.
Everybody knows it’s you.
lumpy & trunks
Vegetarian gravy is currently one of my favourite things to cook (and eat) so I made a pattern and here’s the recipe:
Vegetarian mushroom gravy (adapted from this recipe)
1 small onion
2 medium mushrooms (I like closed cup/buttons)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cup vegetable stock (half a stock cube + water)
Mince onion in a pan, fry in a little butter/oil at low heat for about 10 minutes and stir every once in a while to avoid burning. Finely chop mushrooms, add to onion and cook for another 10 minutes. Add butter and flour, mix together while still cooking until it looks a bit like dough, then add vegetable stock. Stir until smooth and leave it on the hob for a few more minutes depending on how thick you like your gravy (or add some water to thin it out).
Trying my hand at some non-secret commissions!
- Full upfront payment and only through paypal.
- I’ll send you a sketch which you can approve or ask for a few (minor) revisions, then I will start working on the final version.
- No real people, but with maybe a few exceptions like actors and such. Gore, nudity and ‘soft’ sexual themes are a-okay!
- Prices for two characters are for them interacting. Two separate characters will be counted as two separate commissions.
- You can get the original drawing for an additional £5, no matter where you live. If you want that, make sure to tell me in advance so that I draw it traditionally!
- For private use only! Print it for yourself, share with friends, but don’t make money out of it.
- If you’re interested, email me your ideas (characters, colours, themes) and references (pictures or descriptions) at tweedosaurus @ gmail.com (not tumblr ask or fanmail)
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Spooky ink exercises (inspired by friend Diigii!)
Commission for Nicole & her wife’s anniversary ♥