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Dark and Rushing by Doodleholic Dark and Rushing by Doodleholic
"Islington was looking down on everything from far above, hovering in the air, as one hovers in dreams, as it had hovered in those long- ago times. There were buildings in that city that were many hundreds of feet high, but they were dwarfed by the gray-green Atlantic waves. And then it heard the people scream. There were four million people in Atlantis, and, in its dream, Islington heard each and every one of their voices, clearly and distinctly, as, one by one, they screamed, and choked, and burned, and drowned, and died.” -Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman

On Tumblr as a gif (Reblog, don't repost, please!)

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Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington, again. I basically wanted to draw what I imagined in my head pertaining to the text above (And I've been wanting to draw that ref image for what feels like a gajillion years). It's also nice to compare it to the piece I did last year; I can definitely see some improvement. And some day I'll stop being lazy with wings. But that day is not this day.

Reference Image WIP 1WIP 2WIP 3

Materials: Photoshop CS5

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Arejka Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing and he is perfect as Islington! la in love 
Doodleholic Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! (And yes, yes, he is!) c:
Rachbak Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, did he let Atlantis die on purpose or what it an accident? 
Alrynn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, I have an idea for Islington too! Now it will be hard to beat this one :D
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
And it was all his fault.
Celvany Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
drooling at his shoulder... awww... hee is soo sexy!
Doodleholic Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:B Yes he is.
Celvany Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love Love Love Love 
ColIndyJones Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Dear Doodleholic:

This is Indy. Greetings from Canada!! I hope this finds you and yours well.

If Benedict were to have an official artist. it'd be you! This piece had me gasping when I brought it up to full size. I actually believe that you're one of these artist WHO DON'T have trouble drawing his face or the rest of him for that matter. Best of all, you've put him back to being a ginger!

You backed the right horse when you chose Benedict to be your Islington! The black wings are a beautiful sharp contrast to his light skin. Your take on the halo is a fresh air difference from the usual flat lighted ring that we usually see floating over an angel's head. To top it off, the expression on his face gives one the idea that he cares as to what's happening to the city below him.

I must ask though: Is Islington your own creation or is he a character from a book? I must put this in my faves gallery!!!!

Keep up the good work, kiddo!!!

                                                            Believing in Benedict and Sherlock Holmes always,

Doodleholic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness! Thank you! C:

Benedict definitely has a tricky face to capture. (I've tried and failed to get it quite right more times than I care to admit!) Yay! Another fan of Gingery-Benedict! And thank you, for the compliment on the halo. I started doing them this way because I always love to throw in some sparkle/glitter/starbursts when I can get away with it, and I find plain ring halos to be so boring to draw. c:

I wish he were my own creation! But unfortunately for me, that honor goes to Neil Gaiman. Islington is a character in Mr. Gaiman's urban fantasy novel: Neverwhere. Benedict actually did the voice for Islington in the radio adaptation of the novel last year, and the radio play is pretty faithful to the novel itself. Here's a link if you're interested in taking a listen:!/album/Neil+…
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