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His Deliverance by DarthFar His Deliverance by DarthFar
"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)

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100 Pictures Challenge #81: Pen and Paper.

I know, "Les Mis" and "digital art" totally don't go together. :laughing: 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.]

Edit: Fixed perspectives.
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
This one is beautiful! The colors and lighting are so lovely. "Le Miserables" is one of my favorite books and there is very little good art. Instant fave! :love:
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ocelott Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
The lighting here is gorgeous. And I really like the hole-in-the-wall bookshelf. Neat idea, and great depiction of it here.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Can't take credit for the hole-in-the-wall bookshelf, I'm afraid. :laughing: (Marguerite conceived the idea; I just borrowed it). Thanks very much!
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WolfEyes226 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Your work is some of the most striking and original I've seen on here...phenomenal job.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
I'm hardly in the same league as the artists I watch, but thank you very much! :blushes:
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WolfEyes226 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Well I'm in awe :)
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:iconpyz001:
Pyz001 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
..You are a god!This is SO going to my fav!!!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Last time I checked, I was fully human. :laughing: But thank you very much!
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:iconpyz001:
Pyz001 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
No,Thank YOU!! ^^
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Steffel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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BenoitAubry Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009   Photographer
The perspective on the desk, the wall and the papers on the wall are not right. It throws a perfectly well-executed character illustration into misalignment. It's like you selected several vantage points.

Hands, facial expression are great, although you can blend around the lips a bit? Not so hardlined. I love the the folds and lighting in the textile. Reminds me of De Sarto who was also good with creating that illusion.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
I'll see what I can do to fix that .Thanks.
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:iconelvenmongoose:
elvenmongoose Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
The colors and lighting in this is so lovely. Something seems off about the anatomy of his face, though?
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Thanks. And lol, if by "something off" you mean "unpretty", that was intentional. :laughing:
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:iconelvenmongoose:
elvenmongoose Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
That's not what I meant. >_>
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Oh, um, lol. :laughing: Sorry, but to fix something, I have to know exactly what's wrong, then.
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elvenmongoose Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Sorry, I thought I was being offensive somehow. You don't actually need to fix anything, it doesn't detract from the picture. It's that the view of his eye doesn't seem consistent with this angle, and his philtrum seems as though it's been placed too far forward. I could be wrong.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Um, I'm sorry if *I* sounded offensive. :laughing: I just meant that, while I appreciated comments in any form, I couldn't fix anything if I wasn't told exactly what's wrong with the picture. (I'm weird like that; I need very specific instructions to do *anything*). Thanks very much for pinpointing the problem; I did think something was a little weird about the eye, but didn't know what it was. I'll go fiddle with it and see what I can do. :)
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Evil-e33 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:icondavincipoppalag: suggested this piece to be featured in my latest journal [link]
If you wish for it to be removed, please let me know and I'll remove it a.s.a.p. :heart:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
Thank you very much! :D (I wouldn't think of asking for removal, not when features are a form of compliment).
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:iconevil-e33:
Evil-e33 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :iconpounceglomp:
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kennyc Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Great job!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Thank you. :)
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buckymcnasty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009   General Artist
Excellent portrayal of the man- he looks perfectly deep in thought. Clever bookshelf too.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
I don't think a single one of your fans here (or anywhere, for that matter!) would complain about anything that inspires paintings like this, Far--digital or otherwise... Let Les Mis be the catalyst, I say! :w00t:

This is so...emotional...for me: the warm softness of the light, his contemplative expression, as though his thoughts and vision are focused far away, or perhaps deep within... His hands really catch my eye: the pen, poised just above the paper, the beautifully arched fingers marking his reference in his well-loved tome--I notice hands a lot, since I have such trouble with them myself (and using your own for a model is a trick I've resorted to myself from time to time--it's wonderful when it helps! :nod:)... The folds and textures in the clothing, all the lovely subtle details in the room--it's all just marvelous, and really touches a deep chord in me. Beautiful work!

FF
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
[Fans? what fans? Unless you're talking about the electric variety (and mine aren't hi-tech enough to speak, alas), I don't know what you're talking about. :rofl:]

Thank you very much, FF. :aww: I'm happy, as always, for your support, and I always love reading your comments - your interpretations give my pictures that much more depth than I consciously plan, and let me see things through your eyes. And haha, let Les Mis be the catalyst indeed... Would you care to repeat that to the person who drew THIS, please?
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
"Would you care to repeat that to the person who drew THIS, please?"

Consider it done! :p

FF

And applauding electric fans...? Interesting concept! :laughing:
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TheVikingGoddess Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Absolutely fantastic, rich and vivid and engrossing and win. Well done, Far.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thank you very much, Sass. :)
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god. This is so gorgeous. I love it. Several times.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thank you very much. :)
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technicolor-werewolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This...is gorgeous. And Feuilly is one of my very favorite characters in LM.

And this is a weird thing to say, but I'm glad to hear you're not making all the characters pretty-boys.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Thank you very much! and I'm glad you're glad I'm not prettifying the Amis: stereotypically beautiful, flawless characters are my Poland.
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LostThyme Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww... but I like Les Mis. :(
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
:laughing: Well, there will be... occasional uploads...
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:rofl: You have a Dark Passenger of painting?!

And nicely done. :D I love the bookshelf idea. It's an idea like the prisoners in Dumas' Count but they're sharing books instead of digging tools.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
... OMG! :rofl:

Yes, I can see how YOU, of all people, would entertain ideas about me having my own Dark Passenger. :giggle: Dark thoughts and desires aside, thank you very much. And I think the bookshelf idea is genius too. :D
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
PS He's ugly. And when I first saw him, I knew it was Les Mis (atmosphere and the ugly) but I thought it was Javert (because of the ugly).
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
LOL! You thought Herbert West ugly too. :rofl: I'll take that as a welcoming sign that I'm able to move away from the pretty-pretty stereotype to draw realistically unattractive people.
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robokop Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Wow - fantastic work I say! :)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Thank you very much. :)
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robokop Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
You are always welcome of course! :D
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:iconsvera:
Svera Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
It looks very traditional :aww: Very well done!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Thanks very much, Daniela - that was what I was aiming for. :)
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Svera Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
You're welcome :)
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Lynne-Abley-Burton Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
This is marvellous! His sleeve and all those folds and turns - well that is to pick one thing out and really the whole thing is just sublime - I have a very special file for paintngs like this one :+fav:masterpieces
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.[...] This poor workingman had made himself a teacher of justice, and she rewarded him by making him grand."
What a beautiful and inspiring passage, isn't it? I think it's lovely to have a sense of nationality and of love for your country, and in a way, it's inevitable to at least feel alluded when they speak of it. Being born in a place and moving early to another, I think I sort of lack that, and I appreciate people who do have it. But in return for that, I think I've learned that home is just where you feel good. :)

Philosophic ramble aside, I really love this. I know common sense says "Le mis" it's more likely to be represented through traditional media, but your efforts of emulating it didn't go unnoticed. The table and the clothing called my attention. You fake the details damn well!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
Indeed! that's one of my favourite passages in the book. :D And I agree: home is wherever you feel happy in.

Thanks very much, Romy. And haha, yeah, I thought "Les Mis" and "digital art" was like a marriage made in hell, not that it deterred me in any way! I gave up my hard brush for this one picture, and used two customs that I made a while back: a speckly-scratchy one, and one that made strokes like a palette knife. :nod:
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I didn't know you could invent brushes, that's the advantage of digital art, among many others. For instance, not leaving a huge mess and your fingers stained!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
No kidding! that's exactly why I prefer to work digitally: no cups of water getting knocked over, no paint on my shirt, and no palettes/brushes to clean when I'm done! :rofl:
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