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Vive la Republique, J'en Suis by ThisBirdTooHasFlown Vive la Republique, J'en Suis by ThisBirdTooHasFlown
This is for :iconpepsi-tardis: for the :iconlesmisclub: Secret Santa! Sorry it's so late - would you believe massive, crippling computer trouble? (I love Linux and all, but I swear, every program that I try to use is built for Windows and Windows alone...) Anyway, here it is, Enjolras, from the book!
It was a pleasure to draw this picture. Enjolras has always been one of my favorite characters, and truly fascinating to me. It was fun to take the face I'd always imagined him with and attempt to put it to paper. (So to speak.) I hope it's up to expectations!

P.S.: You know those pictures that look really sketchy, but still really cool, perfectly capturing expressions with what looks like ease and grace? Yeah, I learned that I can't do those pictures. At all. This was an attempt, and, just as it is, it took a shameful amount of time to finish. (Mostly the lineart.) ^_^

P.P.S.: The title is actually a line said by Grantaire. Heh. I like it, though.
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VoiceActressKurutta Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks like one of those "really sketchy, but still really cool, perfectly capturing expressions with what looks like ease and grace" pictures to me. :O So I don't even know what you're talking about! :faint:

But I think this is really neat! :dance: The grey shading and then the French flag colors! :squee: I've always loved Enjolras too, but I'm not sure I know what I would picture his expressions looking like. Mostly because I never actually managed to finish the book, so I always see him as the Ramin Karimloo version I saw on TV. :giggle: But the seriousness of the expression seems to fit. :) What with all the problems and war-stuff going on during the story. :iconfinallyplz:

Oh yeah, and Grantaire is awesome too, so I think the title is awesome. :XD:
ThisBirdTooHasFlown Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you feel like it worked out. : )
Heh, yes. Honestly, Ramin Karimloo is a good vision to have for Enjy. ^_^ (Dang, that guy can sing!) I've always been fascinated with Enjolras' almost maniac dedication... he's a heck of an interesting character!
VoiceActressKurutta Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it definitely did! :dance:
Yeah, totally! :squee: I love his voice. :D I mean, the first version of Les Mis I ever heard was the Original Broadway Cast, so I've always been biased toward that version, yet I still really loved Ramin Karimloo's Enjolras too, so that's saying a lot! :love: Usually I only really care for the first versions of musicals I hear. :XD: Did you see the version of Phantom of the Opera where Karimloo was Erik? I think it was another 25th Anniversary Concert.
Oh yeah. :O_o: I never thought about it too much because I never got that far in "The Brick". ^^; But that's a very interesting point now that you mention it! :faint: I just always loved how he was able to take control and be serious without being a raincloud. :) The way he got the men together and stood up for his beliefs and all... Like he was trying to get Grantaire to stop drinking and trying to get Marius' swooning head out of the clouds... :giggle: I've just always liked his character. :D
ThisBirdTooHasFlown Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, he did Phantom of the Opera? (Must...go...look...up....)
He's a really fascinating character! I like to compare him with Javert, they're strikingly similar at core, I think!
VoiceActressKurutta Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes! :squee: I was actually shocked that I recognized him under all the makeup! :faint:
Really? :O_o: I've never thought about that... but I think I can see what you're getting! :D If you want to talk about it more in-depth though, I'm really curious as to your thoughts on it. :) Of course if you don't want to go more in-depth that's cool too. :XD: I don't want to bug you or anything, lol. ^^;
ThisBirdTooHasFlown Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's just that they're both so single-mindedly devoted to their ideals, ideals that are glorious, but do not fit well in hard reality. Javert has the law, which is to him infallible, and Enjolras has The People.
What really interesting to me is how both of these ideals are abstract - or, at the very least, treated that way. The law is obviously not something you can physically hold, but it is all that matters to Javert. Enjolras fights for The People, (capitalized,) but at the same time, does not really care for individuals, for... well, for people. Just The People.
Their unrelenting faith in these ideals that could never really adhere to reality is also what killed them both in the end. Javert's life was the law, and when his own beliefs were tried, when his sense of morality conflicted with law, or, in essence, himself, he could not go on. Enjolras was killed when The People did not rise for the revolution, which was inevitable, really, but he could not see that through his glorious ideals.
I hope that makes sense.... ^^;
VoiceActressKurutta Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

My mind is blown right now... :iconmindblownplz:

I can't believe I didn't realize it myself...


Best. analysis. ever. :excited:
ThisBirdTooHasFlown Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I probably thought way harder than is really healthy about the whole thing....
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EndlessSecrets Dec 31, 2011   General Artist
Wow, this is awesome! I love the colors of the flag, and the expression. Great work!:D
ThisBirdTooHasFlown Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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