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Sherlock/John - Integrality by anifanatical Sherlock/John - Integrality by anifanatical

This is another in the series which can be taken to any degree you want. I'll be discussing it as generally platonic, but it's the fandom -- do with it what you will and let's discuss!! 8D

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Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson
(from BBC's "Sherlock")

1. of, pertaining to, or belonging as a part of the whole; constituent or component; integral
2. necessary to the completeness of the whole
3. consisting or composed of parts that together constitute a whole

This piece is another in my "pairing" series which can be taken to as much level as you would like. But to me, the most compelling thing about the relationship between Sherlock and John is a certain sense of destiny wrapped in an enigma. Of course, "Enigma-Covered Destiny" isn't a theme appropriate for my pieces... (lol) so I actually struggled with coming up with something I felt fit that idea.

I played with "symmetry," "balance," "gravity," etc... but I really wanted to capture this sense that each man influenced the other to be better than he was alone. I think I captured that with "integrality."

There is a brilliant quote by one of the authors of the series which talks about Sherlock and Watson as "distant stars" at the beginning, each one spinning farther and farther from society. Holmes, a self-centered sociopath who only interacts with people who could never understand him and instead mock and degrade him, seemed to have resigned himself to the fact that he was too different to ever be very close to anyone. Watson, struggling with resocialization after being exposed to war and embittered at the normalcy of London, believes his life to be unremarkable and defined only by a shadow of his former self.

When the two men meet, they become inseparable, a "perfect unit," as the writer explains. Everything about them clicks together. Sherlock is the brain, John is the heart; Sherlock, the human, John, the angel... Even their physical characteristics parallel each other: tall & short, brunette & blonde, spry & clumsy... They gravitate to each other, the stars pull each other back to reality, and they become an integral part of a pair.

Of course, the nature of that pair is a deliciously enigmatic and dynamic thing. It is perhaps most poignant when looking at the motif of relationship titles throughout the series. Episode one starts it quite clearly, making quite a bit of fuss about Sherlock having a "colleague," not having any "friends," and only considering "enemies" to be close to him. "You're not his friend," they tell John, "He doesn't have friends."
As they progress through the series, though, this small reflection evolves with the mutual feelings born between them. And by the second season finale (no spoilers), John is howling, "He's my friend!! He's my friend!"

wings - I absolutely love love love the angel motif in the final episode of season 2. It is beyond gorgeous with all the verbal and visual symbols throughout the episode. So I wanted to work in some of that theme, going off of Sherlock being on "the side of the angels" even though he's "the most human human being."

I can't draw guns. D:
But my invisible chair and invisible desk look damn good, if I dare say so myself. XD
Also, the invisible left sleeve, but you totally didn't notice that one, right??


Paper textures ~Knald
Sherlock's Wallpaper Texture *limiant
Sherlock Holmes & all related characters are based on novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Sherlock" & all related character interpretations and concepts (c) BBC
art (c) anifanatical
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rababco Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, I learned a new word! :W00t: Sherlock and John have a very special relationship; they're not just friends but they're not really lovers either, they're inseparable. Sherlock has been treated poorly and ignored his whole life because he's different and probally a little autistic (sorry, never going to believe he's a sociopath, even John doesn't believe him.) John is the first person in Sherlock's life who treats him like he's human, tries to understand him, and helps teach him how to behave which is why Sherlock depends on and needs John so much. Although it might not appear as obvious, John needs Sherlock too, in fact I think John has this strong need to help others (he was an army doctor, he healed wounded soldiers, when he left the war, that need was no longer being fulfilled, leaving him feeling empty) but then he met Sherlock and found someone to help, plus he was constantly going on adventures with Sherlock and his life with filled with excitement again.
Anafiel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg my feels! i love your description of them nearly as much as the image! too right on all of it
anifanatical Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!! I love writing character analyses and sometimes I think I get carried away in my descriptions. ^^; But I'm glad you liked it nonetheless! :D
Anafiel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nooo keep it up! more! i like these analyses! another!
TheMerryWolf Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is lovely!
anifanatical Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! ^.^
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