Adam Worth

I was doing some Sherlock Holmes reading yesterday, and I stumbled on the rumor that Arthur Conan Doyle’s master criminal, Professor Moriarty, was based on a real life man by the name of Adam Worth. I did a bit of research (Wikipedia) and discovered that not only was this dude real, but he was a huge bad ass. Check out the article here for the full read, but basically this guy covered the full gamut of criminality, from pickpocketing to eventually creating a master criminal ring in London, and escaping from Sing Sing on a tugboat! He was eventually nicknamed “the Napoleon of the criminal world.”

Anywho, I felt like drawing last night, so I threw a quick sketch of him together, and colored it in PS. Took about an hour, minus the time up and down the stairs to grab a few beers.