"Feuilly was a fan-maker, an orphan, who with difficulty earned three francs a day, and who had but one thought, to deliver the world. He had still another desire - to instruct himself, which he also called deliverance. He had taught himself to read and write; all that he knew, he had learned alone. Feuilly was a generous heart. He had an immense embrace. This orphan had adopted the people. Being without a mother, he had meditated upon his mother country. He was not willing that there should be any man upon the earth without a country. He nurtured within himself, with the deep divination of the man of the people, what we now call the idea of nationality. He had learned history expressly that he might base his indignation upon a knowledge of its cause. In this new upper room of utopists particularly interested in France, he represented foreign nations. [...] This poor workingman had made himself a teacher of justice, and she rewarded him by making him grand."
from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Charles Wilbour translation)
100 Pictures Challenge #81: Pen and Paper.
I know, "Les Mis" and "digital art" totally don't go together. In my defence, I did try to paint it to look more traditional-like.
I just needed to do this. I've been holding back my need to paint for over a month, letting it build up to a critical point; it needed to be let out now, in whatever form it assumed.
Don't ask what a workingman is doing at home during daylight hours. Maybe it's Easter. Maybe, like in MmeBahorel's Corner of the Sky fic, there's more to Feuilly's history than just fanmaking. Come up with your own plausible scenario.
The hole-in-the-wall "bookshelf" isn't canon, but homage to a_maguerite's excellent A Spot of Arago, in which Feuilly shares a makeshift shelf with Musichetta next door.
To my watchers: Don't worry, I don't plan on inundating my gallery with LM art. But you might expect one or two every now and then. [Be quiet, TankMagnet.]
I'm now reading the non-abbridged version (yeah, you got me to do it) and progressing very slowly - Hugo's writing is interesting but also very elaborate - so I haven't yet reached this young man's introduction but the picture certainly makes me curious. Awesome work, as usual!