The Violin

The last one for now and my favorite painting from Sherlock Holmes series – Violin.


It was challenging, but very interesting to paint wooden texture and to learn something about violin: how is it made and how it looks from the side, what parts are flat and what are sticking out and how much. I needed this information to make it look more realistic and to paint a realistic shadow.

It’s called ‘study’ when an artist makes different sketches or paintings of his subject at different angles or in different projections, etc.

I used white colored pencil to add some highlights and draw strings and hair attached to the bow.

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One more portrait

Here is my watercolor portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes.


Right color choices make things a lot easier and textures add some depth.

The reference image was unusually cut like this, but I believe, that this approach adds some interest to the portrait.

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London fog

Fog, no matter where it is, is particularly tricky to paint… London fog – the most famous fog out there, is even more special for many artists.


I had to turn my watercolor paper upside-down to make fog look like this, raising from the still waters of the River Thames.

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Essential tools


Here’s my attempt to make things look real, at least a bit more real… Adding shading and patches of reflected light (how are they called in English?) is essential here. White pencil is very helpful for bright white spots.

I’ve started studying illustration a couple days ago, so not much time is left for card making, blogging and commenting, but I’ll try to post and comment as often as I can.

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Cab has arrived

Here is my second painting from Watercolor Sherlock series. Wet-in-wet technique is quiet challenging for me, as it’s hard to control how paint flows and how colors mix together on paper. Some details can be washed away if you apply too much water, or you can end up with muddy areas if you mix colors without paying enough attention to their characteristics. So much to learn here…

It didn’t turn out as it should have been, but I’m happy with result.


Hope it looks a bit like a rainy day in London, where I’ve never been.

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