So I honestly can’t believe I’ve never seen anyone talking about the art direction of this scene. If I’m repeating something, Ah,well. But I’ve honestly never seen it pointed out that this is the very first time we see Mary, and there are three important things here:
Mary reaches for John’s hand. John takes it, of course—he is used to being offered comfort for his loss, by now—but he is not reaching out to her for comfort in his sadness. She is inserting herself into his grief. Reflexively, he lets her.
We only see the back of her. It’s unusual to introduce a major protagonist any other way than by showing their face pretty much immediately. A major antagonist, however…a baddie…well, they often are introduced in a cloud of cigarette smoke, from a distance, in the shadows, as a mysterious voice on a phone, or in some other way that doesn’t tell us right away who they are. Our first glimpse of Mary gives us only the most vague information about her. Obviously a woman, obviously someone John is close to, as he holds her hand. Other than that…who is she? We don’t know.
Finally, it’s no mistake she is wearing a long, grey coat which flares slightly from the waist, and a blue scarf. But they are paler shades of those colours than Sherlock’s coat and scarf were, because Mary is but a pale imitation of the person we are used to seeing standing beside John Watson (even once, when they were handcuffed together, holding John Watson’s hand in a manner similar to what we see here). Her coat and scarf look cheap, “less than,” and her denim jeans are “less” than Sherlock Holmes’s designer trousers. Her dark hat is a visual echo of Sherlock’s dark hair. This whole shot is set up not only to remind us that Sherlock used to stand here at John Watson’s side, but also that This is some lesser, fake, replacement-Sherlock standing at John Watson’s side, and whether consciously or unconsciously, John has chosen a pale imitation indeed.
I love this, it’s brilliant. Just want to add… the black hat, I’ve never even noticed this before but it completely blocks out every part of her head/face, you can’t even see her hair. To me it’s like a nod to the ‘real’ Mary, the assassin who we see in HLV dressed all in black with a gun to Sherlock. That’s what people do when they do bad things, they dress to disguise and hide themselves so as not to be recognisable. They’ve put her in that staple ‘bad guy’ hat (when they so easily could have had her in something lighter/less threatening) right from the very start. They’re telling us from the first second we see her that she’s not to be trusted. Just brilliant.
I haven’t even finished his hair yet, but his eye was distracting me..
Beautiful!!! Man, I envy you. I wish I could draw that well with pencils. @_@
the doctor + their ginger bestfriend pt.1
Loves a redhead, the Doctor.
look at how bad my haircut is lmao
that jawline tho
I just saw this post by dullishdoodles here about this screencap (yes I’ve tweaked it to make it easier to see). It had crossed my dash before, but this time I really looked at it.
Not only is there one large penis between John and Sherlock there are a pair, one of which is taller (and is rather reminiscent of Sherlock’s coat collar ).
It wasn’t until I had smiled and clicked away that I thought how much care went into the setting of this scene.
We have the paired sex organs between them and to the left we have John and Sherlock’s projected shadows facing away from each other but with their hands linked forming a heart.
This is now one of my favourite illustrations/foreshadowings of all that Johnlock is capable of being. Here they are, paired with the romantic and sexual aspects of love.
It’s wonderful and it’s all hidden in the shadows.
obligatory fluff for that anniversary thingy.
uhhh, so, happy sherlock-meet-watson day everyone????
does anyone else literally get stressed out by how many shows they need to watch like
- "oh is the second season of that out?"
- "but i need to watch that one too-"
- "but all of my friends are telling me to watch that one"
Your carnivore pet is not “vegan” just because you feed it vegetables
We have a word for that already, it’s called “animal abuse”
I hit 1.5k! You’re all amazing uwu thank you :3
WELL DONE SON