Especially those doing @astudyincanon‘s read-through, this BBC radio drama might be of interest. Clive Merrison and Michael Williams are a charismatic and affectionate Holmes & Watson pairing… and none other than Dame Judi Dench appears as Mrs. Hudson!
recently I’ve been listening to the Holmes'89 radioplay with Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Watson, and it is absolutely wonderful.
But, as it is a radioplay, I feel an urgent need to VISUALISE EVERY DAMN MOMENT OF IT. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing all night.
So! Lauriston Gardens, first case together, and Doctor Watson is just that much EXCITED.
Bert Coules was a writer of highly successful and popular Sherlock Holmes adaptations for the BBC. This radio play dramatizes one of the many cases that the good doctor mentions but does not write up. Coules’ adaptations are notable for their deep knowledge of – and affection for – the canon, and for the warmth of the interactions between Holmes and Watson.
It’s been a while since I drew this, but I can now share that I’ve had the privilege of contributing an illustration to the 2016 Spring issue of The Watsonian, the journal of the John H. Watson Society–many thanks to @letter-airy for inviting me.
For those unfamiliar with him, pictured above is the late Michael Williams, who played Watson opposite Clive Merrison’s Holmes in the BBC Radio adaptation written (mostly) by Bert Coules. This series is my absolute favourite rendition of canon of all the ones I’ve encountered, which is saying something seeing as it’s an audio only format. There are also very few photos of these guys, so I’ve taken the liberty of drawing them in character.
Animation of my very favorite BBC Radio Sherlock Holmes play, “The Lion’s Mane.”
I could go on for hours about why it’s so great - part of me thinks you have to have loved Holmes and hunted down trivia tidbits and developed a great anger at the “stupid Watson” school of thought to really enjoy it.
But it’s really good just as a stand alone, two-person radio play of two very, very old friends talking about stuff.
I know that there are issues… all of which I want to address and correct in CG Holmes v2. But as this version stands and was available and had it’s keys animated, I decided to at least bring it to some final rendered state, despite the inaccurate rig and broken shoulder. xD
And I am happy and proud of this despite all it’s faults. :3 All of this is a first for me. From the sculpting in ZBrush, Re-topologising, Texturing, UV-Mapping, Rigging, Skinning, CG Animating, Scene Composition and Lighting to finally Rendering… CG is a whole new world! xD A nice one. ;)
This is of course Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes, from the BBC Radio Adaptations. Don’t you think the design and his voice go well together? And … how awesome would it be to have the episodes be accompanied by animation?
I really should have taken the time to build a bowler hat for reference, too. On the other hand, no matter what shape I draw it would always been recognized as an old, worn, repellent, misshaped hat… It takes me 2,5 - 3 hours to finish each page, btw, and I am finishing the page for tomorrow right now. So I don’t know that much more than you guys, I read this thing just one page ahead of you. xD