Finished and coloured. Initially I did not love this commission, since I’m not a shipper and I just cannot see Sherlock and John as something else than a wonderful couple of friends. However, now I’m fond of it, and thanks to some priceless advice of thenizu, I’m quite satisfied with the result.
The title of the drawing is taken from the first line of All I need, by Radiohead:
“I can explain,” Sherlock promised, his voice raw and rough in John’s ear. “I will tell you everything… anything… all of it, I swear…” He swallowed, knowing he should pull back, give John time, allow room for his anger. “I’ll let go in a minute… “ Sherlock held on.
Slowly, John’s arms rose to wrap around the apparition before him, unexpected, unbelievable, but entirely and completely familiar. “Sherlock…” he started, but there was nowhere to go beyond that name… nothing else in the world that he wanted. “Sherlock…” His arms tightened, fingers splaying out. “Don’t let go…”
I’ve decided after all that that I don’t actually ship John/Sherlock. I FRIENDship them. The fact that they were both willing to die for the other wasn’t lost on me though. What an incredible friendship. I like to think that even though Sherlock staged everything, he still would have died for John.