Front and back covers for the first printing of Death’s Angel, the last Bantam-published Star Trek novel, released in April of 1981. The cover painting was by Bob Larkin, a noted illustrator most famous for his work on covers for Marvel’s magazine-format comics such as Planet of the Apes and The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu.

New Let’s Draw Sherlock Challenge: Reinterpreting Famous Works! (example art by Katzensprotte)

Ends: June 3 (just over one month)

~Your challenge~

Visual arty people: Choose a famous image, be it artwork, photograph, or sculpture, and then reinterpret it as Sherlock. You can draw a picture, sculpt, cosplay, photo manip, pretty much any medium you are comfortable with.

Writey type people: You can choose a visual work like above, but you can also choose a classic literary work if you like, such as an old poem or novel. For your entry, you can write anything from a ficlet to a fuller interpretation; there is no character or format limit this time.

Both: Be creative! All skill levels are welcome, as always!

You may use ANY CHARACTERS from Sherlock. Any other versions of Sherlock are welcome also, not only BBC. All pairings are welcome.

The idea is to create an image or fic that resembles the original, but if you start to feel that it’s limiting you, it’s completely fine if the work you end up with only has one or two elements of the original. It’d be cool if you explained your thought process in these cases.

What defines a “famous work”? For the specific purpose of this challenge, we’re defining this as older, “classic” works, that are sure to be recognized by many people, and fall under Fine Art. Michelangelo’s David, an ancient well known cave painting, Da Vinci, Picasso, pretty much anything from an art history class, is fair game. I’m not as familiar with classic text, but generally if it’s taught in a class room it’s probably valid as well. Classic artworks that technically didn’t fall under Fine Art but are still studied as such, Mucha for example, could also be valid. Originally we also went as far as to allow more modern art from comics and film but we fear we are pushing that too far, so we’re retracting that option. We also don’t want entries from artists still working in the field. For example, the Gorillaz cover of the four band members in profile is a famously reinterpreted artwork, but would not be a valid entry here. We’re looking for pieces that have a longer life and historical value.

Submitting your entry: As before, you should post your entry on your blog. When you post, you must include the image of the original work in your post. Please don’t just link to it. We want to see your reference easily. If you wrote on a literary work, you are allowed to provide a link. If the work is not available online, please provide an excerpt!

Use the exact tag “letsdrawsherlock”, all one word. Sometimes even when you tag correctly, a post won’t show up in the tag, so you should also send an ask to us with the post number. A tutorial on how to find your post number is here: POST ID NUMBER TUTORIAL

Remember that we’ll be using the queue so your post may not show up right away. We’ll keep you updated on the length of the queue so you should know roughly when your image should post, and whether you’ll need to send us the number again.

There are no plans to create a collage or anything at the end of the month, so you can choose any size or dimensions you want.

~~ALSO MAYBE THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: noooo submitting with phrases like “I know this is crap but…”!!!! There is no shaming here for quality, don’t put your work down!!! Just have fun and don’t stress!~~

Some of the best stories involve Merlin and Arthur falling in love at work; so here is a masterlist full of them!

A Modern Manservant

A New Low

A Story of Love and Menswear. Edited by Arthur Pendragon

Actually Yours

All I Want For Christmas (Is You)

All Things Are Ours

All’s Fair In Love And War

And They Call It Summer Love

Awkward Situations Call For Desperate Measures

But It’s a Good Refrain

Camelot’s Sweethearts

Camelot: A Romance With Rollercoasters

Champagne From a Paper Cup (Is Never Quite The Same)

Christmas at the Pendragon Institute

Completely Inappropriate 


Don’t forget about what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted. (He lived happily ever after)



Emails from the Pendragon Institute

Every Cloud

Every Story Is A Love Story

For Better, For Worse

For Your Information

Game, Set, Match

(In)Convenience Store

Keep Calm and Carry On

Les Lettres Defi

Lions and Pebbles and Penguins, Oh my!

Love in the Time of Scholar


Merlin Myrddin The Muralist

Mustn’t Flirt With Your Assistant

No Business Like Show Business

Not Another Cinderella

Not Quite Hogwarts

Office Shenanigans 

On Being Arthur’s Living Alarm Clock

Outside The Pendragon Institute

Paint the World Orange and Blue

Pianos Are Made For Falling

Poshpants and Planet-Brain in Paradise

Reason v Passion


Remake the Current Stream

Reversal of Fortune

Screen Control Your Motherboard


Skipping Beats, Blushing Cheeks

Spin Doctoring

Something Yellow This Time

Teacher’s Do It With Class

The Conundrum of Arthur’s Secret Boyfriend

The Office Christmas Party

The Only Safe Thing

The Stablehand

This Silly Ol’ Dance is Perfect for Two


Two Weeks Notice

We Can Fall (But The Fall Won’t Hurt Us)

When All Is Said And Done

Who Has Made All Things Well