Portrait: Jonny Lee Miller (Sherlock Holmes)


Materials: ballpoint pen (black, blue, green)

Time: 2 hours

Reference: Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary (2012 – ). Chose a face in semi-profile for more challenge, with short stubble to try a different texture. I will admit that I’m a huge fan of various book and television versions of Sherlock Holmes, and I think Elementary provides the most compelling characterization of Holmes and Watson.

Comments: pencil allowed for outer face shape only. No eraser. Facial proportions accurate. Shading smoother. Eyes and hair consistently the most enjoyable aspects of a portrait. I lost interest after finishing the face and decided not to darken his jacket.


“I mean, Watson, that I am an important part of your life. And you are an important part of mine. And even though we might draw further or nearer from each other depending on circumstance, you and I are bound, somehow.”
– Sherlock Holmes (Elementary: S03/E04, 2014)

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