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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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