Digital Paintings of Sherlock Holmes

A Digital Painting of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

A Digital Painting of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes

A digital painting of actor Robert Downey Jr. portraying Sherlock Holmes with Moriarty in the background.

A Digital Painting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

A digital painting of actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes playing a violin. 

Through fan-art, viewers can compare different interpretations of characters. The importance of doing this is that it gives viewers a chance to see their beloved characters in a more detailed, analytical way and to gain insight on why actors portray them in the way that they do. In this case, I chose to link three different actors that are all playing Sherlock Holmes.

First, there’s Jeremy Brett. In this painting, Holmes is depicted as being a classic, clean-cut gentleman. His position is angular; he sits up straight and his pipe is held at the perfect length from his face. He wears a pensive stare, but an otherwise relaxed facial expression. He has a well-tailored suit on and his hair style is neat. Riley Stark’s interpretation shows Holmes as a pragmatic detective.

Second, we have Robert Downey Jr. in the Warner Brothers movie franchises of Sherlock Holmes. Downey Jr’s Holmes is mischievous and that’s understood perfectly through this painting. Downey has an almost naughty gleam in his eye, making him seem ready and eager for trouble. His lip is also curled into a faint grin. Theo Roseborough’s representation of Holmes makes him the most rugged Sherlock, with his disheveled hair, facial hair, and the scar on his face. This representation is made accurate through Downey’s acting and costume.

And lastly there’s Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock. Alice X. Zhang’s painting of Cumberbatch is the most colorful of the three. Through the implementation of color, Zhang shows that Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is creative and musical. Cumberbatch is playing his violin which means that he is brain-storming about a case; this is obvious to those that watch BBC’s Sherlock. He is surrounded by long, fluid strokes of color and his hair is purposefully made to look like it’s been perfectly curled. The addition of color may hint to the fact that Cumberbatch’s Holmes uses creative methods to solve his cases. 

Digital Paintings of Sherlock Holmes