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Shadow Play... by NicolasRGiacondino Shadow Play... by NicolasRGiacondino
Hello again, folks!
Well, it seems that work will allow me to post more often these days, since most of my commissions have to do with fun stuff that can be viewed by you, gentle fellows!
It's been a while since my last Shadow illustration and ever since, I've been itching to do another one but I lacked the time and inspiration, until along came ~SkeOzz and commissioned me to do an illustration of this great character. And not only that, but he added another fantastic twist to the mix: Sherlock Holmes! He will be writing a short story involving the two (which, by the looks of it will be quite excellent) and wanted a nice image to go along.
Thus, the great detective Holmes (visibly aged) teams up with a young Shadow and mystery abounds in the foggy streets of London in this image! I must say it's been a pleasure to work on them and especially The Shadow again, because these sort of images seem to come naturally to me... I don't second guess the poses, nor the settings or mood... which is a true blessing and the mark of good illustrations.

I hope you enjoy it, and stay tuned for updates on that tale!

Nicolàs.-
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:icondrmarathon:
DrMarathon Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome.
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DreamingBudgie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! I am a dummy! 
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:

Nic.-
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NicholasName Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TOO COOL! :D (Big Grin) 
My two favorite characters!
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Enigma-Scale Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
Geer!.. Two o my favorite detectives in one! Well done this!
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
An elderly Holmes teaming up with--and likely mentoring--a young Shadow? That's quite an idea, and I love the image.
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:iconparanormalartist:
ParanormalArtist Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay who the hell wouldn't want this to happen.
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:iconcobretticallahan:
CobrettiCallahan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Awesome! I actually finished The Hound of The Baskerville yesterday during Jury Duty. (maybe I should've brought along another book.)
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280077s Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cool!! Sherlock, The Shadow and Batman are my favorite crime fighting sleuths^^ I'm sure this would make a kick ass story :D
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:iconperidot29:
Peridot29 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And then Moriarty and Shiwan Khan teamed-up. . .yikes.
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:iconshadowspyproductions:
ShadowSpyProductions Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
its about time these two paired up!
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:iconrandomeye713:
randomeye713 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
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I always loved the shadow and sherlock so that is cool
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:iconoblivionchained:
OblivionChained Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I would love to see a story along with this. Probably one of the best The Shadow pieces on here
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Yzabel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great team-up, indeed - and I like the atmosphere in this picture.
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:icon1337ones:
1337ones Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010
The greatest team-up of all time? Most probably.
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:iconaslan1:
Aslan1 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Now this is such a kickass crossover, i love it!
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:iconbeguiler:
Beguiler Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
*Weeps in the presence of such awesomeness* Thank you...thank you.
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank YOU very very much, mate!

Nic.-
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Orsonfoe Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
the smarts of Sherlock and the mistrey of the Shadow.Did he post the short story?
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Shadowtricker Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
I'd simply love to read the accompanying story! This is such a wonderful composition... the London fog adding atmosphere and the both of them looking grimly determined. I simply adore everything about every illustration of The Shadow you do.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, mate! It was a pleasure working on these two legendary characters for me and it's been a while since I actually revisited The Shadow. I hope I can do it soon, though, because there are some really hardcore fans of him out there that have honoured me with their compliments such as yourself. To me, that's the best reward I can get! That and the fact that I've brought some attention to this beautiful creation of the pulp era, often overlooked in favour of new heroes.

Nic.-
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Shadowtricker Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
I believe I do count as a hardcore fan. I'm working on fanfiction myself. I find your artwork of him very inspiring.
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shadow3ff3ct Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Oooooo! I love this kinda stuff! Great job!
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, mate! It's always good to hear from the fans of the good pulps ;)...

Nic.-
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sullobog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
so this would be like the 1920's?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Approximately; I really wouldn't know exactly what year this would be, mate, but feel free to ask the commissioner of the piece whom I named up there; he's got all the details of the story!

Nic.-
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SkeletonMurderer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Student General Artist
"Jack The Ripper powered by black magic hoodoo begins a reign of terror in New York and only Holmes & Cranston can stop him."

Fucking. Ridiculous.

I love it!
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's actually a great storyline right there. Properly ridiculous, over-the-top and fantastic... all the elements that make good pulp!

Thank you for the compliments, Samuel!

Nic.-
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SkeletonMurderer Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Student General Artist
Thank Nic. I'd write it. Just say when.
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The-White-Mouse Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Hm.

I recently finished reading *The Adventure of the Peerless Peer* by the late Philip Jose Farmer, in which Sherlock Holmes travels to Africa during World War I to stop Von Bork ("His Last Bow") from devastating England by unleashing a germ on its shores which will eat all the food. In the process he meets Tarzan (whom the title refers to).

Two things. Firstly, one of the pilots who flies Holmes to Africa, a Russian dubbed "Kentov", is clearly intended by Farmer to be recognized as being the Shadow (he enters rooms without opening doors, laughs maniacally etc.). Secondly, Farmer basically portrays Holmes as this cranky xenophobic old man (he constantly complains about his physical conditions and whines that his pilot isn't British) who just happens to be brilliant (he has Holmes determining that bees communicate by dancing 50 years or so before the rest of the world knew). Besides solve the mystery, Holmes does basically nothing for the whole story except watch Kentov and Tarzan do cool stuff since he's too old to do much else.

I found this really unpalatable. Especially given the elixir-like effects of royal jelly, I'd always envisioned WWI-era Holmes as being- well, precisely how you depict him here, not softened by age but rather hardened, toughened by all the brutality he'd seen and all the physical violence he'd been involved with. The idea of Holmes working with the Shadow, not as the airsick passenger of his airplane but out kicking ass and taking names like you depict here, is basically my fanboy fantasy come through.

Moral of the story: This is awesome and you rock.
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Dear Brett, mate... all I can say is WOW! There are always great compliments left here in my comments and though I appreciate them all and each one is different and equally important for me as the individual who wrote it, there will always be awe inspiring reviews I can't help but applaud... yours is one such review.
You speak with great love and care for the characters and it shows that you really got in deep with my depicition of them, which fills me with pride and relief that I did them justice.

Thank you again and it's my pleasure to make Fantasy come true ;)...

Nic.-
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Si2productions Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
nice work..
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, mate!

Nic.-
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LeCafeRetro Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Photographer
This makes me so happy. :)
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
And you've made me happy in return for your kind comment! Thank you!

Nic.-
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Very well done. Great mood; this illustration makes me want to read the story...or even better, see a graphic novel treatment. ;)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I wish I'd get hired to do one :D... one can always hope, and when that fails, I always have my pencil handy to make these homages and get it off my system.

Glad you approve!

Nic.-
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I love and adore this piece! My favourite literary hero with my favourite radio hero in one giant... (please excuse the term, but I can't find a word that fits better) ...WET DREAM! Thank you! (steps off the soapbox)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
:D I think it's the first time I've ever received a compliment like that on one of my illustrations. 'Wet Dream'... I do like the sound of it! And I thank you very much for the support Diane!

Nic.-
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tranimation-art Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome. No one deserves it more than you. :hug:
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Your art is so amazing! Its very unique :)
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Anne! It's always an honour to receive compliments like yours, because they let me know I'm being original, which is something every artists wants to achieve...

Nic.-
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you defiantly achieved it! Me...well, I'm still working on that ;)
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:iconnicolasrgiacondino:
NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, but you've said the magic work that'll get you there: working! It's a bit of a cloché to say that "practice makes the master", but it's also unavoidably true.
I've taken a look at your Gallery and there are some images that really got a very interesting 'flavour' to them; there's something of 'you' when you draw certain things (like that Snow white portrait) that I think can be honed until it's reached a point in which it's always YOU.
Best of luck and I hope you come by from time to time ;)...


Nic.-
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aberry89 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Very encouraging words :) Best of luck to you as well, and yes, I will be stopping by again ;)
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thecursor Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Have you ever considered doing a "Pulp Age" Justice League? Green Hornet, The Shadow, and Doc Bronze?
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I have, actually, Daniel, based upon the great responses I've had so far on these pieces. The Hornet I hadn't hought of, but Doc Savage is sort of a must; as would be Flash Gordon too... for the time being I'm planning on adding a new member to this League soon enough, and then we'll see where that leads...

Thank you for the compliments!

Nic.-
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thecursor Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
What that league is a female member but I'm having a hard time thinking of a famous pulp hero girl. The best I can come up with is the Black Orchid. So the League as it stands would be The Shadow, The Hornet, Doc Savage, Flash Gordon?
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Jeff3333 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
Wow what afantastic style
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NicolasRGiacondino Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, Jeff!

Nic.-
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