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A Story of Friendship by BradyMajor A Story of Friendship by BradyMajor
As usual, I have been thinking a lot about Holmes and Watson's great dynamic throughout the canon and subsequent adaptions created after them, and chose to pay tribute to that friendship here.  I knew I wanted to show their deep and complex dynamic using all my favorite adaptions of Holmes and Watson, but it was only until after I had most of the drawing and inking done that I decided to add an original poem to the piece to help link the images to the lines of text.  The poem's lines speak for themselves and underline what makes not only Holmes and Watson's friendship so great, but also every great bond between two people.  The adaptions I included, running from top to bottom are BBC Sherlock, the Granada series with Brett, the Young Sherlock Holmes 80s film, the Ritchie Holmes and Watson and finally the classic canon Holmes and Watson who started it all. 

Many thanks to :iconeveyd: who supplied the oval frame I used in this piece:

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:iconfrauleinclaire:
Frauleinclaire Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so cute, I like a lot the presence of all most known versions of Sherlock and Watson :)
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just basically included all my favorite adaptions, which also happen to really express the unique and warm friendship Holmes and Watson share across the many mediums and stories they've breathed in since their creation.  Thanks for the comment!  :)
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PokemonFan1235 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
I think their friend ship is better known then other fictional character friend ships 
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I agree.  They are the quintessential team/pair/partnership/friendship/dynamic.
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PokemonFan1235 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Yes defiantly  although to me the friend relationship of Batman and Superman comes in second place in my book 
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a very complex and interesting one too, yes.  The Detective and the Boy Scout.
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PokemonFan1235 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Yeah I think of it as a friendly rivalry with lots of laughs 
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's definitely cool that both want justice and fight to help make the world a better and safer place, but their methods are so polarizing it's a great dynamic whenever they team up.  I also love how similar they are in terms of how they came to be.  Both men have lost their parents tragically and found guardianship and love in those that they are not blood relatives of.  For Bruce, he has Alfred as a surrogate father and his whole Bat-family that he cares for, and Clark has Martha and John Kent as well as those at the Daily Planet.
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PokemonFan1235 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Yes true 
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RebekahKroeplin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Aw you even added the young Sherlock and young John!  Not many people know that version!
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it dearly.  It was one of the first introductions I got to the pair (before I became unhealthily obsessed with them) after my friend showed it to me when we were both eight years old.  One of the most endearing and sweet parts of the film is when Holmes and the other boys are sitting around eating dinner and when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he answers "I never want to be alone."  I think he got his wish in Watson.
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RebekahKroeplin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
That scene was really adorable, I enjoyed the entire movie!  I've seen anyone do any fanart with it.  It's cool to see that someone did!  :)
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is definitely a lost part of Sherlockiana in film, but I too love it.  I wish that the actors who played Holmes and Watson would do an adaption where the pair are grown up.
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purplealchemist Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love how people recognize that these two, indeed, hold a friendship  rather than shipped
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they truly are brothers not in blood, but in bond.
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FarCryDreamer Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work. The incorporation of so many of them was wonderful.
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your kind words!  :)
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LittleDesertStar Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
~<3 Friendships FTW
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed!

"A true friend is one soul in two bodies." - Aristotle
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LittleDesertStar Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Which is why I'm glad to have my own Watson^^
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As do I!  I even refer to him as "my Watson" amongst other company.  He'd probably just rolls his eyes at me if I called him that face to face.
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LittleDesertStar Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I call her that when we're out in public and I'm bored and wanna do something fun x3
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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really lovely and I love how you used all those different versions of them & put them together nicely in something really meaningful. 
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  Your kind words mean a lot.  They're my favorite characters so this tribute was definitely coming from the heart.  :)
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Winxhelina Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
They are my favorite too. 
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OorusevenFiibaa7777 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So sweet! ;w;
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  Holmes and Watson: putting the big, fat "F" in friendship since 1887.
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Smileysheep Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
This is soo awesome!! :D
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  :)
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Smileysheep Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
You are welcome!! :D
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akatsukinoshimo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute!!
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  :)
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BidboroughStreet Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Very apt ^_^
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed!  :)
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:iconseli-book:
SELI-book Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...i ship it.....I SHIP IT
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They're the purest definition of a "bromance" I can think of.
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SELI-book Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:loves: V2 
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Meew3 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Aw cute!
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  :)
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Atlantihero-Kyoxei Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Aww haha, Watson looks so adorable in the second panel XD
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right!  He's just chilling in the grass as Holmes inspects a dirt smudge.  He's just happy to be there, frankly.  ;)
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LilianettyPR Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created one of a hell of a story! I just love all the movies that came after that, animes with references (Case Closed/Detective Conan, Milky Holmes, Sherlock Hound, etc.) and TV series. Thanks for sharing this wonderful art!
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, Doyle struck lightning with these two. Thank you for appreciating it!  I thank you for your kind words.  :)
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Awww! Love it!
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!  :)
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aww! that is so sweet! Holmes and Watson are indeed such wonderful friends!
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:iconbradymajor:
BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, they are part of the reason why I value friendships so much.  They're both so fascinating and infinitely more so once together.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
Even Basil Rathbone's Holmes and Nigel Bruce's Watson. Their friendship is, I find, usually very underrated.
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BradyMajor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I still need to check out the Rathbone films.  I have a few of the films on DVD but haven't gotten into them because of how Watson is portrayed.  Hopefully once I get into them Basil's Holmes will keep me invested.
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GoodOldBaz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that Bruce's Watson is not canon per say, but his relationship with Holmes is one of the dearest, most touching, most charming, most wonderful of all of the portrayals. At least in my opinion. :)
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