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OrestesFasting, PyladesDrunk 1 by DarthFar OrestesFasting, PyladesDrunk 1 by DarthFar
Or, Why It Sucks To Be Grantaire. Because, surely, sleeping through an insurrection and waking up only to find that the one man you "loved, admired and venerated" is about to bite the bullet (okay, twelve) has to qualify as Worst Day Of Your Life. ROFL!

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I'm insane. I'm pretty sure of it, anyway, because what could *possibly* possess anyone to illustrate an entire chapter of Victor Hugo's infamous brick? :rofl: It seemed a fun idea at the time...

Colour pencils are great to draw with because they don't smudge. Unfortunately, colour pencils are also a right royal pain because, once you make a dark mark, it stays there, and nothing short of napalm will get it out. I still like them anyway.

I may or may not put the rest of the pages up here, depending on mood, how long it takes to finish each one, and whether my grey pencil will hold out until the last page. It'll be up *somewhere*, at any rate. ;)


Grey & black colour pencils, tinted and lettered in Corel.

Les Misérables written by Victor Hugo, translated by Charles Wilbour and mangled by Farlander.
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AuroraExecutionchan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Where is the rest, plz? I love love love this scene (and so does David Thaxton, I am not joking, so you should totally keep illustrating it, since you are so good at it).
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Hey, thanks for reading! I only posted the first page here, but you can find all four pages here: [link] and the first five pages of the barricades adaptation here: [link] (I post most of my LM stuff on that forum).

[I'm terrible. I really should get back to the project, only I keep getting sidetracked!]
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AuroraExecutionchan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, so perfect. I <3 that scene to bits.
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010
Yes it really does suck to be Grantaire!
:no: but at least Enjolras finaly smiles at him...
This is so beautiful, the expresions, hands, are so great! I only hope youd drawn the final part of the chapter!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010
Yeah, I get the feeling Grantaire felt, at that moment when Enjolras smiled and grasped his hand, that everything had been worth it.

Thanks very much! :D and I did draw the whole Orestes Fasting, Pylades Drunk sequence; you can read all four pages here: [link] I'm also in the process of adapting the *entire* barricades sequence in comics form. Only three pages are up so far, but you can check them out here if you want: [link]
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I just read the whole orestes/pylades and the barricade sequences! :heart:! They are wonderful! I love page number 4, from Orestes....!!! and the outtake with Enjolras and Combeferre running about with the basket is too funny.
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It is so great visualised, I'm completely stunned! This is a fantastic work, which fits Victor Hugos descriptions so perfect. And all the details youve included make easy to see how well you know the book.
Even Grantaire looks like he should, just a little bit younger than I would draw him, but that definitely is personal opinion.

If you ever draw more, like that please tell me. Id really die to see it!

Meg
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Thank you very much! :aww: That chapter's one of my favourite bits in the book, and it was just begging to be drawn.

Will do. I do also have some other Les Mis pieces on my art thread at Abaisse that aren't in my dA gallery, if you'd like to take a look. ;)
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the link. I will have a good look there.
Meg
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Steffel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If you keep going like that you'll get me yet to read the book.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
Oh, excellent! :plotting: Arharharharharhar.
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FallenYangeL Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
It's beautiful, I love your detail and realism. I'm unfamiliar with the story though so I'm unsure what it's about.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Thanks very much! It's a comicbook rendering of the chapter "Orestes Fasting, Pylades Drunk" from Victor Hugo's famous book, Les Misérables (you can read it here: [link]), in which the drunken member of the group wakes up in time to see the leader of their insurrection group about to die. I only posted the first page here, though (I wound up drawing four comics pages all in all).
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FallenYangeL Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you :)
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Dragonfly22 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've only watched the movie and read a summary and stuff, but I haven't read the book and at the moment I don't remember which character is that Grantaire. Ah but anyway, I was wondering if you could draw Cosette and Marious... please! :D
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're such a fanboy. :giggle: I expect to not hear any more remarks about my admiration for certain...characters, now. ;)

I'm happy to see more pencil work from you because you do so well with it. I'm partial to the narrator boxes that are a little more opaque because they generate a much more traditional feel.

Oh and I'd really like to see the other piece up. :eyes:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Be. Quiet. You!

[And anyway, I'm not actually *admiring* anyone here. :rofl: Oh, there's certainly one character I support, but he got killed long before this scene.]

And yeah, I'm happy to be sketching again. It's been far too long since I last really picked up a pencil; some of my happiest drawing days were spent at KFM. I admit that the semi-opaque boxes had more to do with selfishness than art; I know I should have kept them traditionally opaque, but I spent so long doing those scenes I didn't want them to just totally disappear behind the captions, y'know? :laughing:

*What* other piece?
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WraithTen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
Nuh uh.

Switch what I said, I liked the boxes you could see through better and I just said the wrong thing, as per usual. :laughing:

The one with all the characters. ;)
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wincenworks Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Eleven bullets!

Unless they're savages and not adhering to the one blank rule!

Which is probably the case.

But someone had to mention it.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
... One blank rule? :confused:

Enlighten me.
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wincenworks Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In civilised times when someone is executed by firing squad it has been discovered that most soldiers are pussies and will angst over having murdered a helpless victim.

In order to prevent too many of these sissies from topping themselves later, they developed a system where out of the six or twelve soldiers, one would be given a blank. No soldier would be told which one of them had the blank round and all were directed to aim at the same point (the heart).

That way each soldier who couldn't stand the idea he'd just murdered someone could convince himself that he was the one who had the blank and hence hadn't really murdered someone. Just tried, and failed.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Ah, okay. :giggle: Does this apply to the era of muzzle-loaded muskets and paper cartridges, though?
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wincenworks Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably not, people weren't soft back then!
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KnightSavtrian Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Your expressions are amazing here, I envy your ability to use colored pencils! I can't even touch the things. This actually makes me enjoy Le Mis a bit more ^_^
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Thank you very much, Steph. :) It's just grey and black colour pencils, which is kind of like using 4B and 4H pencils, only CPs don't smudge.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
I hardly know where to start with this...like I said over on Abaisse, it's a perfect visualisation of this sequence...and it enhances the reading of the text rather than distracts or detracts from it. You don't need the words - I think anyone who didn't know Les Mis could still pick up the narrative flow because the illustions pare it down to the perfect visuals - but one of the things that jumps out at me is the voice-balloon juxtaposition of the questions and Enjolras' monosyllabic answers. That was always one of the things that most affected me in the dialogue in this scene - here's an incredibly eloquent character, who makes no excuses or justifications but rather accepts his fate.

And Grantaire is just absolutely perfect. The ultimate pathos of that scene - to wake from unknowing sleep to see this. Those three panels across the middle, coupled with his perspective in the last panel...just an unutterably sad and powerful rendering of these moments.

I would kill to see you do a Les Mis graphic album, or even just one of the Amis. Seriously, point me in the right direction if you need a hit done! Are you going to illustrate the next page?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you very much. :) There are so many scenes from Les Mis that would probably work better as sequential images than as single-shots, if anyone undertook to render them. (I'd kill myself doing all of them, but there are a couple I'm thinking of tackling). And you know, the significance of Enjolras' monosyllabic answers didn't quite hit me until I started doing the speech bubbles - and realised just how much he's conveying while saying so little (for once).

Thanks again for pointing me in the direction of The Brick. If you'd never gotten me curious about the book version of Enjolras' death, I'd never have read the book. ;)
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
This is a jigg.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
No, it's a jagg.
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
never heard of an irish jagg... ? :hmm:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
No. You've got to be making that up!
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The-Blonde-Vortex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Naw, I dont think I am. :O_o: We could however make up an Irish Jagg...
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Svera Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Damn, you ARE insane! :wow:

Do you draw different scenes from Les Misérables? I like the scenes with Javert most, especially the very last one.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Are you a fan of drama, Daniela, or do you just want to see Javert make waves? :giggle:

[sorry for the pun! I really am!]

But yeah, I'm on a mission to sketch different scenes from Les Mis. If I get around to Javert, I'll put it up here. ;)
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Svera Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
:rofl: I guess it's a bit of both ;)

Yay :D
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chloe625 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
I strongly second the idea of a Javert scene.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
You mean, where he throws himself into the Seine? :rofl:
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chloe625 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
any Javert scene would be great, but yes, that's always a good one :XD:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If you're going to be insane..you may as well be driven with ambition!! lol.. Next you can do War & Peace!!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
And you expect me to LIVE long enough to finish that, David?? :rofl:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hehehe yea!
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Kharnage Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Very nice. Love the style of it. So rare to see pencils doing the whole job, and you've done it so well. Kudoes!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you very much. :) I haven't done pencils in.... forever, really; I've just realised anew how much fun they are.
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chloe625 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
This is wonderful! Grantaire looks just like I pictured him. Do you have plans to do more Les Mis art? I hope so!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
Thank you! and yes, I do plan to illustrate more scenes. Did you just sign up at Abaisse as "chloe"?
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chloe625 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
cool! yes, that was me =D
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Chimaera-Stormhawk Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're just on a Les Mis streak aren't you? :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
I won't try to deny it. :rofl:
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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifully done! I especially like the "And understood" panel. It's striking and the expression is perfect.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Thank you very much, Nan. :) There's something very sad about the way Hugo wrote how Grantaire missed the insurrection completely, waking only in time to see his hero about to be executed, that needed to be drawn.
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