Like many others, I’m sure, I was very skeptical when I heard that CBS was going to be doing a version of Sherlock Holmes with a twist: John Watson would become Joan Watson. Jonny Lee Miller was to be playing Holmes in this show called “Elementary”, which derives from one of the detective’s signature statements. Oh yes, he was going to be a full-bore drug addict instead of the recreational one shown in the books or the earlier movies with Basil Rathbone.
The first question we asked was: Why? The BBC was doing a great job with the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freeman shows… though only having three episodes a season really sucked. But would Miller, whom many of us remember as Angelina Jolie’s first husband, The show got off to a bit of a slow start, as most are wont to do, since they have to set up storylines and scenarios. I teetered on the fence in terms of watching and was pretty close to taking it off my Watch list after merely two episodes – Miller was making Holmes too brash. Lucy Liu, who is a great actress in her own right, was making Watson just a little too bland. Then everything came into focus in the third episode, the one with The Balloon Man and I found the detective to be more human, especially since he initially got fooled by someone who he thought was a victim. I got hooked after that and Miller has become one of my favorite actors. Now I can’t wait for the third season to begin next month.
I drew Miller’s Holmes from a reference photo I found in a Google Image Search – showing him with his extremely peeved expression that he’s so adept at pulling off. I’ve been working on shading and adding details to my drawings, like the type of shirt he’s wearing. I’d be afraid to draw those pinstripes in the past. If anyone has any tips or critiques, feel free to leave them in the comments below or you can follow me on Twitter:@literateartist.