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Modern Enjolras - The People by ColonelDespard Modern Enjolras - The People by ColonelDespard
I let time get away with me on this...

It's a take on the Modern Les Miserables competition. Enjolras, in any age, has to be consumed with the idea of freedom if he's to be Enjolras at all.

The burgeoning democratic movements across the Middle East - the Arab Spring - have a large student component. I hestitated over making him a woman, as Enjolras is a privileged individual and thus the argument should be made that he should still be a rich young man, but I've been so struck by the role of women in the uprisings.

The specific flag is Syrian, but the Arabic motto - which translates as "The people want to overthrow the regime" - is used in many of the countries where people are struggling to overthrow regimes and regain their voices and their freedom.
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LilaBlack Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, I love this!
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paintaire Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I love the idea as well. Good job!
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LemonFerret Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
This is so beautiful - amazing idea and incredible art! Great job!
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franinconverse Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Amazing concept and beautifully done.
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Zirems Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely inspiring..
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Never-trust-a-Duck Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
This is amazing. It really struck a chord. Well done.
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avadaxxxkedavra Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
freaking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
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WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Fantastic!
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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student General Artist
so...beautiful. and meaningful
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Leomann Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
A powerful piece, very moving. As someone from a country struggling for better days myself, I've really loved seeing people rallying around the positive things going on in our part of the world and our shared humanity rather than just the negative.
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TakingLiberty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Beautiful. Very well done. Hope springs from my heart for the freedom of humanity everywhere.
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TakingLiberty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Beautiful. Very well done. Hope springs from my heart for the freedom of humanity everywhere.
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meimei808 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. thisisamazing.
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Stars-Bread99 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WOW! incredible! :D :D
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AustrianArtemis Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My immediate reaction: Woah.
This is... really good, and really powerful. And very true. Certainly the modern embodiment of "Do you hear the people sing".
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Triphon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
This makes me think again about history.
Since the Revolution of 1789 and the First Republic of 1792, French had to wait for a century to end with some kind of true democracy.
Switching from republic to consulate,
then from consulate to empire,
from empire to monarchy,
from monarchy to republic,
from republic to empire
from empire to republic (but the republican got scr*wed when the "citizens" elected a Royalist-Imperialist majority at the Assembly)...etc.
All the way punctuating with more or less bloodsheds (but at least, they won't say we didn't try everything!).

I hope the Arabs won't have to wait for so long.
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JoyNoBara Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !! I totally agree with you
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deathgal Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
And look at Syria now it's a blood bath -_-
And no one gives a damn what have happened to everyone there.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
It seems very hollow for those, like me, who are outside of Syria to say that we do care - I've been following unfolding events and like many feeling very helpless. I hope for the best for the Syrian people and for them to be able to determine their own fate.
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deathgal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I live in Syria now, I had so much that I wanted to do but everything is crushed now I hate this world -_-
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ArgotMck Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A truly amazing and powerful piece
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xXxGermainexXx Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is simply amazing.
Your picture has so much power and hope that it nearly brought tears into my eyes!
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geek-de-la-musique Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this.
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avi17 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This is so powerful and wonderful. The imagery and the two halves of the face are fantastic, and I love your decision to make him a woman.
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xxkyasurin Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
I saw an article in TIME a while ago comparing the Arab Spring to 1848 in Europe, which is a parallel I see down in the comments right now. This is fantastic.
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Liz24601 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Words cannot express how much I love this. Like...wow. I sound like such a silly fangirl but it's so much more than just squeeing over Enjolras...The concept here is AMAZING. That's the part that's hard to describe and I wish I was better with words...but your picture literally took my breath away! Vive la revolution, no matter where or when in our world...<3
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Thank you! I'm sorry it has taken me so long to reply, but I was thrilled that you liked it that much. You're very kind :)
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AceofGallifrey Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
This may be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I created an account just for the purposes of commenting on this. There is something incredibly, INCREDIBLY powerful in this, and I hope you know you've created something wonderful here!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
I can't tell you how pleased I am you had a reaction like that to this work - your comments have made my day!
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ReveveR Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Wonderful. Simple and straight to the point. New better world still under construction but the idea is always alive. And that's why this art is so moving.

And perhaps that's the best art I've seen from you. :)
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
I'm delighted you felt the idea worked...I'm a bit of an optimist, even when it seems our progress is two steps forward and one step back and the darkness threatens to overwhelm us.
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ErikaRBarker Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
This is so awesome! Nice research I commend you. This is just amazing. The application of the original story to modern times is just amazing! Way to go.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Many thanks! I'm glad you thought it resonated well with modern events.
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ErikaRBarker Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
No problem. :D It really did trust me.
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't say how much I love this. It's amazingly powerful, beautiful, and just wonderfully conveys everything that inspires me about Les Mis.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Many thanks - it's so much of what inspires me, too. I'm glad a sense of that comes across.
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DuchessaIbby Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
This is breathtaking. I love the idea too, it's great :D
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thank you! I'm so pleased that people were on board with the concept!
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EmberDeamon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing, and such a brilliant concept to :)
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thank you very much!
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bluesun777 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
This is wonderful.
Do you mind if I ask what medium you use?
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bluesun777 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Also, I wouldn't worry about making Enjy a woman. He was supposed to look like a girl anyway. ;P
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thank you very much! Yes, I thought it would be an interesting play with his "girlish" appearance.

I sketched the central figure, scanned, and then coloured it and added the background elements in Photoshop elements with an Intuous 4.
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow - not just a great idea - the picture also realy caught me. It is so intense.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Cheers, Meg :) I always appreciate your comments!
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coconutkittycat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
I think this is the most incredible color piece I've seen from you. It's absolutely striking. Revolution is a worldwide phenomenon that occurs in every age. This definitely captures that belief. I also think that making the other side of Enjolras a woman was very effective, considering their large role and partly because of Enjolras' feminine elements. Beautiful.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Thank you! I both wanted to ground it fairly solidly in their respective periods but also emphasise certain aspirations in common.
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Kittybriton Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
"Imagine all the people, living life in peace ... You may say I'm a dreamer..."

And the only constant in the universe is change.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
:) Always glad we have those willing to dream and to dare!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I stand by what I said earlier about this concept... And you made it very beautiful. The both characters are beautiful, and the comparison is very clever. Great job - this'll turn out to be an interesting contest, so many entries I like!
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