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Play It For Me, Basil by murr-ma-ing Play It For Me, Basil by murr-ma-ing
After a week of slaving to get this done, I am very proud to present my first picture with a fully-done background. I'm especially proud that it features Basil of Baker Street and Olivia Flaversham. c:

This was a commission from *Brinatello, and I must say I really had a hard time of it at first! It wasn't meant to become so heavily detailed, but all the better! I feel accomplished...and tired!

So the story is as so: Basil, being a stunning violinist (though Dr. Dawson and Mrs. Judson might tell you otherwise), was asked to step in as an understudy when the solo violinist of the Mousedom Symphony Orchestra became ill before a concert. Olivia tagged along for the ride. On the way back to Baker Street, Basil stopped to play a tune that was stuck in his head, and Olivia watched eagerly as he began to play.

EDITO: Some things I forgot! As for the toys in the shop window, some of them are references to Sherlock Holmes stories and such. The snake in the boot is from "The Speckled Band", and the boot it's in is Woody's boot. The horse is from "Silver Blaze", and the color he takes on references the Granada series' portrayal of him. And lastly, the ship is from "Gloria Scott".

So that, as they say, is that.
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:iconloonymoony101:
LoonyMoony101 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
I seem have a sudden urge to hug something....
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:iconicecat62:
Icecat62 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016   Photographer
This is adorable!
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DrawMeAPonyNamedBob Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist
I'm speechless....
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AlexandraBowmanArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is just perfect! Love it!
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is adorable! It's one of the best drawings of The Great Mouse Detective I've seen on dA~ :love:
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:iconromancefreak:
RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaaawwww!! I love this!! It has some sweet warmth that I just wonderful!
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anidori12 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
YUUUUS!
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ThermidorResistance Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job, the more I look at it, the more details I see. I love the subtle shading and the play of light on Basil. I love the layers of clothing and weight you have given them. All in all this is a beautiful piece with lots of charming details that completes the picture!
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
!! thanks a lot ! even though this was done a while ago i can still appreciate a compliment. ; )
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MayJasmine Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to put the references! I saw the speckled band quite easily as it was one of the few Holmes stories I've read before. I loved it!
I love how you drew this picture! The details are nicely done. I especially love how snow is scattered all throughout the place. :heart:
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaah thanks uvu
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:iconmayjasmine:
MayJasmine Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! You're welcome. :aww:
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KaumiThomason Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Looks a scene from A CHRISTMAS CAROL, beautifully drawn (also colored).
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it does..thanks bro
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:iconkaumithomason:
KaumiThomason Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, you're welcome.
I like some of the characters of the film (Olivia, her father, Basil, & Dawson) but was never much of a fan on the film. Saw that dozen of times when I was young.
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i myself, at one point in my youth, watched it every day for a few months straight. i was pretty obsessed. i think it's one of disney's best films, i enjoy watching it every time, heh. and of course i agree with you about the characters - love em all, it's just a lovely take.
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KaumiThomason Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yeah.
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:iconbasil124:
Basil124 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Artist
this is sooooo cute even when the picture includes Basil and Olivia
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
er well thanks
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:iconbasil124:
Basil124 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Artist
ur welcome
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XNightshadeX Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is so perfect! And it gets me into the Christmas spirit even in the middle of July! XD
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah! :heart:
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DuckkisLV Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaaww, you just made my head explode :heart: Too cute.
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: yay brains
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missfreddy92 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
awwwwwwww!!!!! too cuteeeeeee!!!!!! fall in love with this draw istantly! ^w^
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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missfreddy92 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
^w^ :heart:
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Tiger-Tomboy14 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I have also read those sherlock holmes stories and it is cool how you snuck them into the ipicture.:)
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, wow, thanks! :heart:
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Tiger-Tomboy14 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student General Artist
This is spectacular. You are very talented. And the background really creates an atmosphere for what is going on in the scene.
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tultsi93 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Oh, how adorable!:heart:
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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everfaraway Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 :heart:
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Grey-Wyvern Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Wow! This is so cute! ^///^
Congratulations! X3
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 :heart:
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Anendda-Rysden Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, there! I just wanted to tell you how much I like this picture: the colors, the snow, the toys in the window (I've still have my Woody doll from when the very first movie came out, so that boot in there is extra special!) and of course, Basil and Olivia. She looks so sweet and innocent, and Basil looks so delighted to make her happy! There's even a little sprig of holly tucked in his hat! You've captured a true Disney-eque feeling of warmth in this, and I'm glad I found it just in time for the holidays.

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays! :)
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:') Heh, thank-you, glad you like it. And Happy All The Things!
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deltaphantasia41 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D Basil looks so dashing in that top hat!! I love how you dressed him differently than you'd normally see him. It's really refreshing to see him looking so "dapper" in a burgundy waistcoat, black tie and green scarf. LOVE IT!! :)
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 :heart: Thanks so much! I do love dressing Basil up.
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J4m-ch4n Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student Writer
That picture looks too cuuuute!!! :iconchuuplz:
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 Glad you think so.
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J4m-ch4n Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Student Writer
:'D
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esperith Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
This is adorable! The Great Mouse Detective is my favourite Disney movie, but quite sadly not well-known at all. I think you've really captured their expressions and the Christmas feeling perfectly. The toy shop Easter eggs were also quite nifty. My one complaint would be those shoe-prints in the snow. They seem flat and not really part of an otherwise wonderfully detailed background. Maybe some more shading to give them depth.
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murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite, quite. Thank-you! For the critique as well, and I agree. I was tired of working on it and wanted to get it posted so I inconspiuously (well, apparently not..) left those prints alone. ;p
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daretobeboring Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Ah, this is so endlessly wonderful! I love the atmosphere, the colours, the little Sherlock Holmes easter eggs, how perfectly you've captured the characters and their adorable relationship--all of it! I've always adored this movie, but it's so underappreciated. It's really great to see such fantastic art for it! :D
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 I'm glad you like it. Yes, I think there are too many wonderful but underappreciated animated movies.
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:iconapplierofobservation:
my jaw dropped when I saw this! Beautiful art work! "There's a snake in my booot!!!" ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)
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:iconmurr-ma-ing:
murr-ma-ing Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
: D Thank you!
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btw do you mind teling me what art program you used? it really is amazing
^ㅂ^
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