Tom Gianni (Thomas Francis Gianni)
Thomas Francis Gianni was born on January 5, 1960 in Chicago. He studied at the American Academy of Art and earned a post baccalaureate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual Communication. The many-sided artist worked in various fields of illustrating. As storyboard artist and product renderer in advertising, as a background painter in animation, in portraiture, in book illustration and lots more.
Mr. Gianni worked as a courtroom sketch artist for television networks WGN, NBC and CNN since 1981.
Since 1983 he has taught illustration, portraiture, structural anatomy, graphic design, and advertising at the American Academy of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.
Thomas Gianni passed away March 30, 2020.
His Holmes illustrations include book covers and he also did numerous sketches of the great detective. He excellently grasps the tension of a whole mystery story in one single picture. His Sherlock is independent, brave and confident. Mr. Gianni gifted the readers with wonderful, ethereal portraits, that depict the Canonical sleuth.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Anna Gianni, for giving her permission to show her father’s artwork on our site.
The greatest detective impressed Thomas Gianni,
and Sherlockians appreciate his works.
" True painters know exactly how to create colors with a black coat, a white tie and grey background." (Charles Baudelaire, French poet, essayist and art critic)
Sherlock Holmes illustrators
Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories
Sherlock Holmes in the United States
The Hound of the Baskervilles and other dogs:
Dogs in the Granada Sherlock Holmes series