Sherlock Holmes – Illustration Competition

Here is my entry for the Folio Society/House of Illustration competition 2018.  The book was The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and we were tasked with producing three illustrations for the stories The Musgrave Ritual, The Man with the Twisted Lip and A Scandal in Bohemia.  We also had to create a binding design ideally in just three colours which could print easily onto a fabric cover – the tradition with Folio Society books.  I wanted to avoid including Sherlock in a deerstalker – I’m not entirely sure he ever wore one in the stories – and when I read a book, especially a well-known one, I don’t like the illustration to be too prescriptive about the appearance of the main character. My illustrations are below.  Unfortunately I didn’t win but thought I’d include them on my site anyway.  I worked mainly with oil on canvas, pen and ink, and some watercolour, then put everything together digitally in Photoshop.  Enjoy!

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