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100 Pictures Challenge #5: Seeking Solace.

In these hours of waiting what did they do? [...] (They) sought each other out and got together, as in the most peaceful days of their student conversations, and in a corner of this bistro turned into a pill box, within two steps of the redoubt they had thrown up, their carbines primed and loaded resting on the backs of their chairs, these gallant young men, so near their last hour, began to recite a love poem.

Les Miserables, Volume 4, Book 11, Chapter 6


Continuing my quest to illustrate the hell out of the barricade chapters. Because Bayard & Co. have done a wonderful job just about everywhere else, but have all but neglected the insurrection bits.

Title is taken from the first line of their love poem, "Vous rappelez-vous notre douce vie" (Do you remember our sweet life). Because the title bar won't let me type the entire line.

Apologies for inflicting more of this crap upon my non-Les Mis viewers. ;)


Les Miserables written by Victor Hugo.
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DashieMoulinRouge Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
HOW DO ART. This is the most realistic- I mean...arghhh!
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AnnaTaure Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Looks a lot like a painting known as "The Sciences Lesson", made during the 18th century, with all the guys around one source of light, and the rest remaining in shadow.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Not familiar with the title, but are you referring to something by Joseph Wright of Derby? Because this picture was certainly inspired by the way he uses light in some of his pictures, like the one about the experiment with the air pump. :)
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AnnaTaure Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Yes it's that one, precisely.
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UntiltheEarthisFree Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This would have to be the most beautiful Friends of the ABC picture I've ever seen. Everything about it so just so beautiful.

And you Mizzie viewers...love it.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Thank you very much. :) That's one of my favourite scene from the barricade; it's like peace in the middle of the storm.
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JackieStarSister Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fantastic. I love that you included the quote. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

Is the shadowed figure in the front Marius? That would explain his more somber expression, contrasted with the smiles and laughter of the other students.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thank you very much! :D

The guy next to Bahorel is just some random insurrectionist (since they were fighting alongside a lot of working Joes); the guy sitting to the left, behind Feuilly, is a fandom joke: Marguerite from Abaisse had written a number of fics in which (the very real) Sadi Carnot was Combeferre's friend from the Polytechnique, so I included a person in this picture who looked just a *little* bit like Carnot (even though the real Carnot was nowhere near the barricades at the time of the insurrection).
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elfdust Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your talent is so amazing, this is so beautiful, the scene is perfect and poetic and the colours and lighting are magnificent!
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kenikins Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What does Joly's mirror say?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
ROFL! It's my name (Cary) on Joly's mirror; I have a tendency to sneak it into my pictures. ;)
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kenikins Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! 8D
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
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kenikins Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore Bossuet in this. ADORE. You have him perfect. <3
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Kamelion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Which are the characters? Is Marius there?...very nice by the way
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werewolfsfan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
This is incredible!
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student Writer
I laughed so hard at Joly, I snorted a little. Beautiful picture!
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Student General Artist
I think this is too gorgeous!!!! :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Thank you very much! :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010
Thank you very much. :)
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Steffel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been reading too many of *Pika-la-Cyniques comics lately and was beginning to like Javert way too much.
In a way it's almost soothing to see the "real" Javert - old, grumpy, lurking in the back just waiting to make our heros' life miserable. Good. Now I can go back to picturing myself dropping pianos and the like on him.
Oh, and I want you to upload that Javert portrait you linked to. Now! Seriously, if someone doesn't like your LeMis stuff he can just hit that little convenient back button. But don't deny us great artworks. You hear me? Don't do that!

I was going to write a bit more about how I adore the detailed clothing and yada, yada but this comment is long enough as it is. ;P
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Oh yeah, that comic's hilarious. :laughing:

You want Javert? there you go then: [link] Enjoy! [Has a chucklefit at the thought of Steffel dropping pianos and other furniture on Javert.]

And thanks very much! :D
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Steffel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, ray guns would be an anachronism, right? So what can I do but use pianos?
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la-rose-anglaise Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
Sheer bloody awesome. It's rich, warm, detailed and amazing.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Thanks very much! [and sorry for the late reply] :)
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la-rose-anglaise Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
You're welcome very much! (s'nothing! :3)
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You've got a superb way of illustrating scenes like this. When I look at these I can feel the energy vibrate out of the picture. It's really cool.
You know, I can totally see Les Mis Illustrated hitting newsstands soon, with you as editor. Heh heh!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thanks, Dale! :D AHAHAHAHA Les Mis Illustrated... I gotta propose that at the LM forum.
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Far, that's _awesome_. Have I mentioned yet how much I love your Amis? And your barricade scenes? And your Amis?

Don't stop. :)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Thank you very much. :D I'm not done illustrating the barricade bits... oh no.
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Svera Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Please paint more of Javert :) I love this character (Who doesn't? ;))
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
[shuffles feet in embarrassment] Well, there is this picture... that I did sometime back and posted at the Les Mis forum... that I didn't put up in my gallery because I didn't want to inflict it upon my non-LM watchers. :blushes:
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Svera Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Aww, it looks great :hug: Have you ever seen 'the fugitive' (I mean the old tv show)? The character Gerard is based on Javert :D
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
You mean the David Janssen one? :D YES! They used to show the reruns when I was a kid; I watched dang near every episode.
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Svera Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
The very same :) I've only seen a few episodes but since then I always think of Gerard when I hear the name Javert.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
That series was classic. :D I *hope* you saw the last episode at least!
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Svera Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Not yet, but I will someday :)
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You never cease to amaze!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Thank you, Lara. :)
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thehobbitgirl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Writer
Your style is gorgeous! So incredibly detailed. Not to mention the subject matter is well chosen ;)
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Thank you very much! :D
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EntirelyInsane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Aww, this is just beautiful. Really well done.
And if you don't mind - can you specify who's who? I have an idea, but I'd like to see if I'm at all right.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Thanks!

And certainly: Fricassee and Chowder are in the background to the left; Feuilly (with his sabre) and Combeferre (with his back to the viewer) are listening to Jehan (seated right) recite the love poem as Bahorel (standing, red waistcoat) either cheers him on or is cracking jokes about it; Courfeyrac (standing, with wineglass) is talking to Bossuet, who is seated next to Joly, whose only interest is his tongue; Enjolras is watching the barricade look-outs through the window. And Javert is sitting in the shadows near Enjolras, furtively spying on them. The remaining two guys are two unnamed members of the ABC (although left guy was deliberately made to look a little like Sadi Carnot - who, by the way, *wasn't* at the barricades - because of his ties to Marguerite's fiction).
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EntirelyInsane Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Aahhh...okay. Yep, I had most of 'em right. :laughing: Oh, Joly and his tongue...

Call me an idiot, but could you be so kind as to elaborate some on the whole Sadi Carnot bit? I must admit that I've never heard of him in his life...:stupidme:

Regardless, I love how detail-oriented this is...how everyone's there (Chowder and Fricassee! I can't remember seeing them much in anything else...), and how canon it is.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
Sadi Carnot is a real person: a French scientist/engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique, who did the foundation work for what is now the second law of thermodynamics (the one that says that disorder in an isolated system can only increase with time - kinda like putting a finished jigsaw puzzle in a box and shaking it. The more shaking you do, the more scrambled it will become). To the best of my knowledge, he *wasn't* at the barricades - he was ill in June 1832, and later contracted and died of cholera in August (remember the cholera pandemic sweeping through Europe?). BUT he keeps popping up in Marguerite's fanfics, as "Combeferre's friend from the Polytechnique" (there was a conversation at Abaisse sometime back about why Enjolras sent Combeferre to the Polytechnique to recruit, and whether Combeferre had been a Polytechnician at some point), so I put somebody inspired by him in the picture. Sans uniform. ;)

Thanks again! and haha, yeah, I don't remember seeing Chowder and Fricassee in anybody else's pictues either!
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EntirelyInsane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Ah, okay. (Wow, you're certainly... knowledgeable, aren't you?) Good idea, then. :) And that thermodynamics law is cool...I've not heard it before (feels immensely stupid and tiny). Nor have I read any of Marguerite's stuff...maybe I should now, eh?


And you're welcome.
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FracturedReality Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your Les Mis crap ;)

Needs more gizkas, though. I can see Javert chasing the little buggers down, cursing them and trying to thwack them with a billy club. :XD:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
:rofl:

Dangit Sara, you do NOT leave messages like these for me to find while I'm drinking piping hot coffee. :rofl:

[has suffered severe coffee inhalation and died]
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Madman42q Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dale used Force Ressurect on Far.
It was super effective.


As many times as you've died, you should be an ultra concentrated Zombie...by...now...ummm...waidaminnut...

Dale switched from Wooden Nunchuckus to Frying Pan.
Speed +5 Attack +15 Defence +8
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