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All Tied Up by swiftgold All Tied Up by swiftgold
"When the five men sent away into life had gone, Enjolras thought of the one condemned to death. He went into the basement room. Javert, tied to the pillar, was thinking."

Whee, more Les Mis illustrations. *grin* I was too lazy to draw this out on paper first, so I drew and colored it entirely in Painter, with just a little Photoshop for lighting adjustments. I can NOT use real paint with any kind of skill, so I'm happy how the pixel painting came out, whee.

I'm especially fond of the look in his eyes, for some reason. It seemed to come out well, as if he could actually calmly just look up and say "When are you going to kill me?" and "It was not affectionate to leave me to pass the night here." Heh, I love Javert's lines at this point in the book. Anyway, a full view shows it best, methinks. :P
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Caleigho Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
awesome. great take on the character.
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Student Writer
The expression is wonderful!
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember that part. I was so sad when he looks up as they are tying him to the table and sees Jean Valjean.
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gilra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
he looks quite happy ^.^
but who won't, playing tying games with enji XD
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KyleBroflovskiFan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
I like that part of the book too. "If you're not going to kill me yet, could you at least let me lie down? Like that...dead guy on the table over there?"
Damn, this is really sweet.
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swiftgold Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! ^^ I should re-read it now and see what other ideas come up. It's a fun book, especially since other novels that are that old don't always hold up so well...
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KyleBroflovskiFan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007
Oh, do! There are many extremely expressive images that come to mind that I'd love to draw but am not sure of doing justice. Here are some (you don't have to take these as suggestions, I just wanted to share them):
In the chapter "Jean Valjean," which is the long expositionary history of Valjean's life and background, this scene comes to mind: "Jean Valjean was of that thoughtful but not gloomy disposition which constitutes the peculiarity of affectionate natures...Jean Valjean had just attained his twenty-fifth year...He returned at night weary, and ate his broth without uttering a word. His sister, mother Jeanne, often took the best part of his repast from his bowl while he was eating,--a bit of meat, a slice of bacon, the heart of the cabbage,--to give to one of her children. As he went on eating, with his head bent over the table and almost into his soup, his long hair falling about his bowl and concealing his eyes, he had the air of perceiving nothing and allowing it."

Also in the same chapter, this passage, which I find heartbreaking: "What an ominous minute is that in which society draws back and consummates the irreparable abandonment of a sentient being! Jean Valjean was condemned to five years in the galleys...On the 22d of April, 1796, the victory of Montenotte, won by the general-in-chief of the army of Italy, whom the message of the Directory to the Five Hundred, of the 2d of Floreal, year IV., calls Buona-Parte, was announced in Paris; on that same day a great gang of galley-slaves was put in chains at Bicetre. Jean Valjean formed a part of that gang. An old turnkey of the prison, who is now nearly eighty years old, still recalls perfectly that unfortunate wretch who was chained to the end of the fourth line, in the north angle of the courtyard. He was seated on the ground like the others. He did not seem to comprehend his position, except that it was horrible. It is probable that he, also, was disentangling from amid the vague ideas of a poor man, ignorant of everything, something excessive. While the bolt of his iron collar was being riveted behind his head with heavy blows from the hammer, he wept, his tears stifled him, they impeded his speech; he only managed to say from time to time, "I was a tree-pruner at Faverolles." Then still sobbing, he raised his right hand and lowered it gradually seven times, as though he were touching in succession seven heads of unequal heights, and from this gesture it was divined that the thing which he had done, whatever it was, he had done for the sake of clothing and nourishing seven little children."

The whole scene in "Champmathieu More and More Astonished" with the three convict witnesses, Brevent, Chenildieu (I love his pun-sobriquet, Je-nie-Dieu) and Cochepaille I find very interesting.

When I read this (in "The Trap") I was like "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD": "'Be easy,' said Bigrenaille to Thenardier. 'He still holds by one leg, and he can't get away. I'll answer for that. I tied that paw for him.'

In the meanwhile, the prisoner had begun to speak:--

'You are wretches, but my life is not worth the trouble of defending it. When you think that you can make me speak, that you can make me write what I do not choose to write, that you can make me say what I do not choose to say--'

He stripped up his left sleeve, and added:--

'See here.'

At the same moment he extended his arm, and laid the glowing chisel which he held in his left hand by its wooden handle on his bare flesh.

The crackling of the burning flesh became audible, and the odor peculiar to chambers of torture filled the hovel.

Marius reeled in utter horror, the very ruffians shuddered, hardly a muscle of the old man's face contracted, and while the red-hot iron sank into the smoking wound, impassive and almost august, he fixed on Thenardier his beautiful glance, in which there was no hatred, and where suffering vanished in serene majesty."

Et finalement, this one from "The Seventh Circle and the Eighth Heaven," in which Marius is a jackass and Valjean reprises his weeping: "Marius made sure that the door was securely closed.

'Poor Cosette!' he murmured, 'when she finds out . . .'

At that word Jean Valjean trembled in every limb. He fixed on Marius a bewildered eye.

'Cosette! oh yes, it is true, you are going to tell Cosette about this. That is right. Stay, I had not thought of that. One has the strength for one thing, but not for another. Sir, I conjure you, I entreat now, sir, give me your most sacred word of honor, that you will not tell her. Is it not enough that you should know it? I have been able to say it myself without being forced to it, I could have told it to the universe, to the whole world,--it was all one to me. But she, she does not know what it is, it would terrify her. What, a convict! we should be obliged to explain matters to her, to say to her: `He is a man who has been in the galleys.' She saw the chain-gang pass by one day. Oh! My God!' . . . He dropped into an arm-chair and hid his face in his hands.

His grief was not audible, but from the quivering of his shoulders it was evident that he was weeping. Silent tears, terrible tears.

There is something of suffocation in the sob. He was seized with a sort of convulsion, he threw himself against the back of the chair as though to gain breath, letting his arms fall, and allowing Marius to see his face inundated with tears, and Marius heard him murmur, so low that his voice seemed to issue from fathomless depths:

'Oh! would that I could die!'"

That concludes it, I guess. I apologize for the long-ass quotes, I hope I didn't warp the dimensions of your page or anything.

This picture really is amazing, though. The coloring is fantastic. I like how closely you adhere to the book, too, in inspiration and design.
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swiftgold Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, once I'm comicked out for a while, I'll see about playing with Painter more and doing more illustrations for a change, heh. Would definitely be fun to do some of the less-used scenes, so I'll keep those in mind!
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timmeeker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
poor Javert, I'd be mad to if I were tied to a pillar all night long
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LaMoonstar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2006  Student Writer
yay, I'm gald someone actually did a fanart of Javert at his erm..post. I like the expression too, like "I'm right here, why not kill me now?"
The coloring is spectacular, I am completely blown away by this fanart!

Nice job!
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