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The Fall of Enjolras by DarthFar The Fall of Enjolras by DarthFar
Speedpaint, about 3h. I'll never have the discipline for Mynti's sketch-a-day, but there's no reason why I can't randomly hurl paint about every now and then. :laughing:

I've come down with a pretty bad case of Les Misérables fever. The musical, I mean, not the book. (Okay, maybe *not* the soppy bits [makes a face]). Given that I live on the wrong side of the world, I'll probably never see it live, but thanks to digital technology, it doesn't mean that I'll never see it in any form either, if you catch my drift. ;) That said, my favourite scene would be the aftermath of the final battle, where all the students are lying dead on the barricade, and it rotates to reveal Enjolras on the other side, lying atop his red flag - easily the coolest scene I have seen in a musical. And - because I'm morbid like that - I was idly wondering what his death would look like from the *army's* side of the barricade.

[If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about, check out this excellent performance: [link] ]

[No, I don't know where he was shot. Not that I suppose it matters...]

Not based on any actor in particular, although I was listening to Michael Maguire singing "Do You Hear the People Sing?", so I'm not sure how much of *that* influence seeped in.


Les Misérables written by Victor Hugo, and adapted for the stage by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boublil, and Herbert Kretzmer.
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:iconglamtaire:
Glamtaire Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO GOOD
SO SO SO GOOD
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MusicalMosstail Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
*Sobs* It's beautiful!
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:iconthehighwaygirl:
Thehighwaygirl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Drowns in own tears* It's sooooo gooood!
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:iconengland-france:
England-France Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh!!! This is amazing!!! I love it but it makes me cry - hard!
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:iconmeshian:
meshian Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is absolutely incredible. i can't even begin to describe how i feel about this
i was looking for inspiration for a les mis themed painting and i am so glad i found this
as soon as i saw this i started crying
i've been looking at it for a while now and every time I discover something new in this that I didnt see before something in me just swells
I'm making myself sound like such an idiot but really this is extraordinary
thank you so much i can't even express how in love with this i am
you display this beautifully
i'm getting tearful again
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Ayame27 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
I simply adore this
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :D
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:icondibsforlife:
DibsforLife Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I love this so much. It looks so.... words cannot even describe it
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:iconthewildwestpyro:
TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Writer
Ouch. But Joly died a hero's death, all the same.
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:iconserevolter:
Serevolter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is phenomenal. I honestly can't even begin to explain the brilliance of his piece. I think I felt a part of my heart convulse at your portrayal of the scene. Bravo!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Thank you very much! :D Have you seen the movie, btw?
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:iconserevolter:
Serevolter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all! This truly is wonderful! :hug: Yes, I have seen the 2012 and 1998 movies. I also have the 10th and 25th anniversary musicals on DVD, and have read the novel. I'm a big fan, lol. What did you think of Aaron Tveit's version of Enjolras?
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lucyinthesky114 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
This is.....really awesome..... Also you just made me flashback to the death of Enjolras in the book.
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:iconsciophobik:
sciophobik Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
This is so incredible.
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Cheers! :D
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:icontornasunder7916:
TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!!!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Cheers! :D
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TornAsunder7916 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD *yet also at the same time* DX D8 DX TT^TT
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Strawberry-Faerie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy Strawberries!!!!! Thats amazing! Wow! The art is so realistisc! Soo amazing! And in 3 hours!!! You are fantastic!

How did you learn all this? Im trying to improve my art. :)
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cursula Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gah. Oh my GAH. Feelings.

AND YOU DID THIS IN THREE HOURS?! WHAT WITCHCRAFT IS THIS?!
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:iconthe-fallen-ones:
the-fallen-ones Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
So beautiful!!!!!! I love this character and your art is amazing
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconbaratheeon:
baratheeon Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is depressing and beautiful and I love it.
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:iconmarinasinger:
marinasinger Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Would LOVE to see this made available to buy as an art print! How 'bout it...?
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:icondoggonelucky:
Doggonelucky Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Speedpaint!?! This is bloody amazing!! Beautiful! You, my good person, are brilliant. Just amazing. <3
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TheRandomPhangirl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
This...is a speedpaint? My respect for you just tripled.
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iluvmusicsomuch Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Les Mis and this drawing. It's very beautiful. Have you seen it yet? I just saw it today, man I freaked when I found it. And I wish I could see it again, maybe when I was more prone to the amazingness of the whole thing.
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Mrs-Lovett-da-Pirate Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
My face=:iconwaterfallplz:
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
:laughing:
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UntiltheEarthisFree Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*sobbing* This is so beautiful. I'm so worried they'll ruin this wonderful man in the film, or at least won't make him what we know him to be. EVERY TIME I watch the barricade turn to see him lying there, arms outstretched, I cry. Every time. I hope the movie can at least capture that part perfectly, then, even if they destroy his character, I can still see the Enjolras (from the book and musical) that I love. And it will make me cry. And yeah...in cause you didn't notice (*cough cough* username *cough cough*) I love his last words. They are the best, most Epic last words ever!
By the way, who's your favorite Enjolras? Mine are David Thaxton (he can fly! and sing!) and Ramin Karimloo (definitely Ramin!)
This is beautiful. Just Beautiful. GREAT JOB!

P.S. Sorry, I have a tendency to leave long comments! :)
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I'm very slightly apprehensive about the movie as well; but then I think, Could they do any worse than all those other Les Mis movies?. :laughing: You'd have to try really, really hard. At any rate, the Amis are all (1) young, and (2) from musicals (Killian Donnelly is Combeferre, lol), so I think they're going in the right direction at least.

Mind you, the only Les Mis I've seen are on DVD and YouTube, since I don't live anywhere near musical theatres! That said, though, I think Thaxton rocks as Enjolras - although Ramin does the singing plenty of justice as well. (Do sort of like Michael Maguire, however unEnjolraic his characterisation might have been, simply because his GIJolras is absolutely hilarious in his insufferable smugness).
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UntiltheEarthisFree Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. I'm glad they're sticking some musical cast in there. I kinda wish Killian was Couyferac (sp? I never can spell his name right...) like he was in the 25thac. I really liked him in that.

I don't live near musical theaters. The closest one is about 2hrs away, not too far, but we never get the kind of shows I would want to go see. :cries: so I have to watch YouTube and DVD's too. I agree. Thaxton defiantly rocks. He got the character down so well. (and he can FLY!) and Ramin I thought sings it perfectly. I love his desperation in "Let others rise to take our place, until the earth is FREE!!!!" Some don't like his "is FREE!!!" because his voice kinda breaks in it, more like he's shouting it. I prefer that. Thaxton didn't break on it, and it was still great (made me cry) but not like Ramin's. I just love the fear in his eyes when he starts the line, then the bold determination as he finishes. And, of course, those are the best last words ever. :)

Michael Maguire huh? Kenjolras. (if you don't know where that comes from, it's from him being compared in his portrayal to Barbie's boyfriend, Ken!) Aw, I still think he's watchable, not my favorite though. (there really aren't any unwatchable Enjolrai in professional stuff I think...high-school is a different story, but I've seen some good ones there too.) :)

You're right about the movie. And it's hard to wreck the story. ('98 did a decent job of destroying the story...but at least Liam is a good Valjean for the most part.) I'm not gonna avoid it or anything. (and I'm gonna own it eventually). :)

Long again, I'll shut up now. ;P
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Courfeyrac. ;) I know, his name is a pain. And I don't know about unwatchable Enjolrai, but Drew Sarich was pretty badly cast (Enjolras, you do not treat news of Lamarck's death and funeral like it's Thanksgiving, Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one). Check that video out; his barely-controlled excitement is hilarious.

Have you seen the black & white 1934 version? Ugly middle-aged Enjolras aside, that's about the best Les Mis movie adaptation I've seen (though I only have for comparison the '98 one, and the '78 one with Tony Perkins). They actually devoted quite a bit of screen time to the insurrection (which was pretty well done), and Grantaire does die with Enjolras, even if it's not on the restaurant floor of the Corinth and Enjolras doesn't get pinned to the wall by the shots. You should still be able to find it on YouTube.
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UntiltheEarthisFree Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, yeah. I'll have to find that now.

I know it's not in the musical, but I kinda hope they do something with Enjolras and Grantaire at their deaths. Even having Grantaire go over the barricades when Enjolras falls to bring the body back into the barricade, but getting shot in the attempt, and we see him fallen just a few feet below/above Enjolras. That would be cool.

I forgot about Sarich and that "wonderful" excitement. Lol. I laugh every time. :)
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twilight7fire Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
I love this picture! It really captures the feeling of the musical.
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Khaz-Lycan Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Ahhhh this makes me soo sad. But- it is a wonderful painting!!
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FriendsOfTheABCGirl Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Wow...this is beautiful!
I love Michael Maguire's Enjolras, he was the Enjy I grew up with ^-^
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elfdust Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow! This is just amazing!
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romancewritereitak47 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me want to cry.
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lesmisphantofopera Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Das ist gut!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Danke!
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:iconlesmisphantofopera:
lesmisphantofopera Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bitte!
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RvenclawPadawan Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconcryforeverplz: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO
this is really well done- great job!!!
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gilra Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
amazing o.o
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Thank you. :)
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lesmisphantofopera Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the most tragic parts of the story. Ha nice job!
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:icondarthfar:
DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you very much! :) And yes, the fall of the insurrectionists was epically tragic.
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Milady-Vanity Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If you ever choose to make this available for print let me know! I'm finally moving and would love something Les Miserable for my wall (see what I did there. Ey? Ey?) :P...but I particularly love Enjolras and this has been the main one to catch my eye. Let me know!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Because this picture was based upon the musical version of Les Mis rather than the book (it was Mabeuf who died atop the barricade with the flag, remember?), and is therefore still under copyright, I don't think I can put this up as a print. But if you've a colour printer or a shop that can do it for you, I can go dig up the original sized painting (I resized it before posting) and email it to you, and you can get it printed yourself. :)
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