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Les Amis Cluster NGC 61832 by DarthFar Les Amis Cluster NGC 61832 by DarthFar
The Les Amis Cluster (NGC 61832) is a group of stars found in the constellation of Patria. It was reportedly discovered by an E. Raca in 1848, and lies approximately 24,601 light years from Earth. The nine brightest stars in the cluster were once believed to be the celestial manifestations of nine friends who died together at the barricades, and are generally considered to represent the tripartite motto Liberté, égalité, fraternité.


God, I wasn't even sure where to stick this because -

Anyway, this was inspired by the segment in EstelRaca’s beautiful AU story, To Follow, in which Enjolras and Combeferre are looking at the stars. I didn’t want to make this the Pleiades for obvious reasons, so I came up with their own cluster, LOL.

Thanks to Despard (as always) who let me pick her brain, and who named the cluster; and apologies to Marguerite, whom I confronted (from out of the blue) with what was probably one of the most bizarre question ever put to her in the name of LM fanart.

I refuse to take responsibility for the weird things my brain tells me to do.


Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo.
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is breathtaking! And it looks so real, too. I love all the colors and the details you put into it. Especially the purpl-ish couple that appear to be a binary star system.

Have you ever felt tempted to paint an existing nebula/cluster or space scape? If this one looks so gorgeous, I can't imagine how a real one would look.

Anyway, I hope you're okay, I've not had that much time for art lately and feel so out of touch with all my deviant friends! :(
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thanks very much, Romy! Incidentally, I *have* been tempted to paint the Eagle Nebula more than once (along with several others), but then decided that nature was a far better painter of astronomical wonders than I could ever be, and left it at that.

I'm good; I haven't been posting much because I've been spending the past two months slowly chewing away at that sketch giveaway list and obsessively drawing pages and pages and pages of hand studies. How's your course going so far?
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
M16 is gorgeous, but yeah I feel the same about you regarding space scapes, and especially now that I'm trying to turn away a little bit from realism and creating my own ideas.

And hey hand studies sounds fun! : ))

I'm doing ok, although I've been better. I'm going through a really stressful time with all the physics courses and it's all so time consuming, I hardly have time for art or chess anymore. But I'll live... I'm really excited cuz I'm taking a course in scientific programming and it's a lot of fun. I'm learning Python now and it's really easy & useful.

I have a handful of incomplete art projects that I'v been meaning to finish (including a WIP that I recently posted on DA) but I never find the time. Ah, some day! lol
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TheRandomPhangirl Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Reading the first passage had me choked up on feels, I kid you not. I think if this were an actual cluster, I don't think my telescope would be pointing at Io and Europa, let's just say that
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
If that's how you feel about just that first passage, you need to read EstelRaca's excellent fic (which I've linked to) - it'll probably have you in tears. :D
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TheRandomPhangirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
I read it already. You don't get many fics like that.

I totally wasn't tearing up, I was....er....washing my eyelashes. :cries:
(my excuses get lamer every time)
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Thanks! :D
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estelraca Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for making this. I'm deeply honored that my story moved you enough to inspire this. The description you created for the cluster is absolutely perfect--a group of stars in the constellation Patria indeed, and of course they would represent Liberte, egalite, fraternite. I need to find synonyms for perfect, because that's the only word that's coming to mind.

If there's anything I can do in return for this, I'd be very happy to! Pretty much the only thing I'm halfway decent at is writing, but if there's any prompt you'd like to throw my way I'd be very happy to see what I can do for you. I'm going to be leaving in about twelve hours for a funeral in another state and will be incommunicado for a little while, but I'll get back to you ASAP. Despard has my contact info if you'd like to talk to me on a less public forum, too.

Again, thank you so much! This has made a rough week infinitely better.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I'm very happy that you like it. :) I actually wrote you a note on ffnet but the PM system wouldn't let me insert a link, and I ragequit after several failed preview attempts. Your story is sitting way high up on my list of favourite LM stories, both for the beauty of its flow alone and for the way you managed to extrapolate each character's personality in each afterlife sequence and what they each talk to Enjolras about. I actually did an about turn, reading that bit about E looking up to see a nine-starred Pleiades (that was pretty damn, sneakily, brilliant); the notion of them being represented in the stars kept nibbling at me until I decided I had to do something about it.

And I'm content to leave you to brew your own ideas in your own time, because you seem to come up with pretty darn fantastic ones. :) (I've been slowly making my way through your modern AU one, stretching each read out). Thank you for helping to enrich the fandom!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Oh!!!!!! I adore it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is fantastic! Does EstelRaca know you've done this? She'd love it!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Cheers, Despard! :D No, I don't think she does. I tried to leave her a note on ffnet but it wouldn't let me put links in my message, so I gave up.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I've sent her a note, but I know she mentioned she was out of town for a little while so she might not see it for a while. That story just seems to beg for illustrations - I want to do something with this same scene (from a different angle). I'd love to see a visualisation of Jehan's slightly hallucinogenic afterlife too.

I love the way *you have characterised stars*! The twins Bossuet and Joly, the central brilliance of Enjolras with a near-equally shining Combeferre and Courfeyrac and a nearby orange (more earth toned? An older sun?) Grantaire who - even if astronomy tells us isn't orbiting Enjolras as a satellite - is in close proximity...Who are the outliers? Bahorel has to be one of the red suns, and I see Jehan as being his own unique self somewhere out there...

Can't believe you're giving me feels over distant balls of flaming hydrogen!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Would you like trying to nail all their positions on the picture? ;) I did mention in my tumblr post that I'd be giftart-ing whoever got them all right - or, in the absence of a perfect score, the one who comes closest to it.
Can't believe you're giving me feels over distant balls of flaming hydrogen!

:rofl: I need to make this a signature or something.

And I definitely want to see your take on Jehan's afterlife sequence. :nod:
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Okay then...here are my next guesses...Bahorel is the red star to the left (furthest out, still part of the cluster but his own man and, of course, red as the redness of the planet Mars supposedly represented war)...Prouvaire is the bright one above and to the left of the twins, soaring...and that leaves Feuilly, the red star still enveloped in the same gas cloud as the central trio and R, close to the middle.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
And is Combeferre the one surrounded by pointing elements to the gas cloud that might be guns ;)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
You've nailed Courfeyrac's position, and J/B/E's - not bad. :D The pointy elements actually make up the frame of a fan, though (and that region also happens to be fan-shaped): I was being a little sneaky in my placement of Feuilly. ;) I'll be posting the answers to Tumblr shortly; I just returned from vacation yesterday evening and haven't even begun to catch up on my backlog!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
:rofl:

[is laughing hysterically at the idea of Combeferre pointing to the highly explosive elements]
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Because the one in the left of the trio must be Courfeyrac - he's in the middle of the cluster!
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Augh, my heart.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Why, Sass, what's wrong with your heart? :plotting:
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You broke it! :cries:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I'm pretty sure I didn't, but oh hell. Hand it over, I'll fix it.

[goes to get pins and Superglue]
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
[Hands you a box full of gooey scraps]

Have fun! :D
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NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous, and it was beyond time to get another space scape from you. :aww:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Beyond time? pray tell, what lies beyond time??? :giggle:

[sassing the hell out of you because it's my prerogative]
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NotYourSteppingStone Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Time is an illusion, lunch time doubly so...

:P
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Very deep. You should send that in to the Reader's Digest. They've got a page for people like you. :shakefist:
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standingalive Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Writer
Oh awesome, awesome. You're a genius!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you very much. :D Have you read EstelRaca's fic? It's pretty dang awesome.
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standingalive Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Writer
Yes. More times than is healthy. I need tissues next to me for that one.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great job on this one Far
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thanks, David!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
welcome sir
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
SCREAMS
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
[manages to stick fingers in ears in time!]
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
SHUDDAP YEW
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
You started it. :nana:
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Rhonda-Young Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!! :love:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you! :D
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