yellow walls


“Entrance through the Back - Aricee Alley”

So, I finally sat myself down a week or so ago and told myself “You’re finally going to finish that revisit of your old Aricee Alley Speedpaint.” After a couple weekends later with some free time, here it is. The fully realized remake of Aricee Alley. This picture, if anything, was a fun exercise in practicing my ability to bounce colored light off of surfaces.

Cintiq Companion / Manga Studio 5

Our very first impression of lipstick-refreshing, coffee-fetching Molly Hooper is that she’s mousy. (Squeak squeak.)

But that’s totally wrong. She sees to the heart of things, is a selfless and steadfast friend to Sherlock, and has a wicked sense of humor. She matters.

Same thing with this yellow dress.

First impression: Molly blends into the walls! She’s an actual wallflower.

But no. Almost every lovely yellow wall in the hall is covered with John and Mary’s twining vines, birds, and butterflies.

There are just a couple of unadorned columns, and Molly sits in front of one of these in her flowered dress. She’s drawn the pattern to herself, made it her own.

Molly Hooper isn’t part of the background. She’s always counted, but you have to be paying attention.

The Signs as Architecture
  • Aries:Romanesque architecture. Sprawling manors, dusty curved windows, hallways that have no end
  • Taurus:Elizabethan architecture. Geometric windows, palaces with an abundance of mysterious wings, elaborately carved staircases
  • Gemini:Plateresque architecture. Massive hand carved columns, ornate decorative facades, floral carvings that span the entire building
  • Cancer:French Renaissance architecture. Sand coloured chateaus on a hilltop, elaborate roofscape designs, lavish internal furnishing
  • Leo:Portuguese Renaissance architecture. Massive rounded ceilings so far up you get dizzy looking, intricate decorative designs that flow down the wall, the imposing Cathedral
  • Virgo:French Colonial architecture. Storybook cottages on the river, canary yellow walls and off white crown moulding, paper lanterns hanging off the veranda
  • Libra:Sicilian Baroque architecture. Marble curves and flourishes, imposing gateways guarded by hand carved statues, elegant wrought iron balconies overlooking the city
  • Scorpio:Gothic architecture. Perfectly pointed arches, large stained glass windows, omniscient towers, the run down Cathedral covered in ivy.
  • Sagittarius:Beaux-Arts architecture. Sculptures of Roman gods and goddesses watch the gates, massive arched windows, richly detailed murals and mosaics
  • Capricorn:Greek Revival architecture. Colossal columns lit up with light from below, extremely lavish internal designs and furnishings, the rich widows palace beyond the gates
  • Aquarius:Russian Neoclassical Revival architecture. Brightly coloured facades, luxury mansions, geometric shapes and clean surfaces
  • Pisces:Mediterranean Revival architecture. Tropical palaces and villas, stuccoed walls and red tiled roofs, lush gardens around the corner