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Glöm aldrig bort mitt namn... Glöm aldrig bort mig, 25601...

The amount of hours I spent on this and the amount I like the result aren't in harmony. But maybe this is still worth uploading. Maybe.

Some Prologue-era Jean Valjean and Javert, drawn mainly because I think Valjean needs more love than he gets. If all copies of Les Mis disappeared and someone had to reconstruct the book using only fanart as their source, the parts with the barricade boys and Éponine would be five times longer than anything else and JVJ would be a footnote there somewhere... ;D
Once again inspired by ÅST but done mainly without reference pictures. Can't help it - that production just is Les Mis to me. So, the number 5 on Valjean's chest isn't a mistake.

Les Mis is not mine.
Textures used: White crumbled paper texture by ~Babybird-Stock & Grungy paper texture v.6 by ~bashcorpo
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EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Oddly enough- I'm not sure if this was on purpose- I like that Javert isn't looking at Valjean. He had no way of knowing, at that time in life, that this guy would be of further importance.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think it was on purpose... But glad if it looks like that! ;)
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EpiphanyBlue Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Isn't looking *directly* at him, anyhow. Now that I see it again... Anyhow, something just reminds me of that fact. Valjean's future was stained, but Javert's was practically untouched. It's amazing to think there was a time when the events which have come to define them were unknown and seemingly unlikely points in a field of possibilities, when the saint was thought cursed and the lost one would "mark out a straight path through the most tortuous thing in the world."
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ensignbeedrill Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, I like it. They both look so intense, and I love the rich colors.

So I'm curious... why'd they change it to a five? Would it just sound weird with a four?

And no way... Javert and Valjean are my favorite characters. The rest are incidental to me. :)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, it'd sound weird. Four is a two-syllable word in Swedish, fyra, that wouldn't fit to the lyrics. :)

But thanks so much! :aww:
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Valjean definitely needs more love ;_;
I really love the way you colour now.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much!
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Merrinella Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist
Oon näköjää favettanu tän mut en tiä oonko kommentoinu XD

HIENO ON. ;W; Millä sä värität hyvä ihminen, saat niin älyttömän nättii jälkee aikaan! Ja noi on niin näköset! :heart:

ÅST-ikävä kasvoi juuri asteella vaihteeksi...

PS Oon miettiny. Et. Miks Javert ei halua JVJ:n unohtavan sitä? Osaaks vastata tähä?
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Starlene Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Kiitos!
Copic-tusseilla. Maksavat täyttöpulloineen suunnilleen saman verran kuin yksisarvisen veri, mutta saa niillä hyvää jälkeäkin! :D

Äläpä...

Voi kauhu. Ikinä en ollut ajatellut tuota sen syvällisemmin, mutta nyt kun sitä miettii... Mitä hittoa!
Hmm, ehkä se on vaan sellainen pelottelupuheenvuoro. Älä unohda minua (= lakia), pysy kaidalla tiellä -hengessä? Eeee...
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student General Artist
these are SO awesome.......... :) I think it's literally the best drawing of convict-Valjean I've ever EVER seen.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks so much! :la: (Though, seeing there are about three convict Valjeans to be seen in the whole dART, maybe that's not such a great accomplishment... ;))
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I really, really like this one. Their poses, expressions, and coloring all just say so much about their characters -- if someone had to reconstruct the book using only fanart as a guide, this would be a vital part of the puzzle! :D I love the dark, muddy layering used on Valjean; it has more depth than your usual shading, I think. I also love the presence of both the candlestick and the yellow ticket of leave.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much for all the lovely words!
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
You're welcome! I still intend to go and leave more of those words on your other art from Christmastime, too!
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EntirelyInsane Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
young!Javert is so cool, and awwww, poor Valjean.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ÅST-ish young!Javert ftw! :D Thanks.
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Lady-Sarah14 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I totally agree, Jean Valjean doesn't get nearly enough love. It's always Enjolras and Eponine. Great picture, it's one of my favorites of yours!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much!
Yep, very true... Though I get it's easier, and sometimes funnier, to draw young pretty people like Éponine and Enjy... Each character is amazing enough to have some fanart for themselves!
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Lady-Sarah14 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
You're welcome. And definetly. I'm working on a Valjean piece myself.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet!
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Fangfairy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!
Just one thing though... 25601? Is it not 24601?
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As said in the artist comment - it is not a mistake. In the Swedish translation of the show, Valjean's number is 25601 because the word four, fyra, has a syllable too many to fit the lyrics. This picture was inspired by Åbo Svenska Teater's Swedish production of the show. :)
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Fangfairy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, sorry! I just kind of skimmed the comment... I guess I skipped over it :S
Nevermind :P
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Don't worry about it, it's okay.
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bluesun777 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
"If all copies of Les Mis disappeared and someone had to reconstruct the book using only fanart as their source,"
Actually, that might be horrifyingly interesting:
"This is the story of Enjolras, a super-hot French revolutionary leader and his boyfriend Grantaire. We also follow the tale of a poor young French woman named Eponine, who kills this chick named Cosette to win her man Marius. Oh, and something about a loaf of bread and a hot inspector..."
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XDD This is painfully accurate.
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PiippaB Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist
ÄÄÄ oikeesti, en pysty kykene ymmärtämään miten värität noin kauniisti! :heart:

JVJ:n takki on kyl niin paras! Tälleen by the way. Mulla on joku pakottava tarve aina ilmottaa kuinka joku yksityiskohta on hieno... Ja no, mitäs referencejä sä enään tarviit, näit ne paikan päältä livenä niin monta kertaa! ;D

Toi Les Misin uudelleenrakentaminen vois kyllä olla aika siisti juttu. XD Vois tulla kyllä aika mielenkiintonen uusintaversio fanartin perusteella kasattuna... :D

Kyllä JVJ:täkin varmasti rakastetaan, vanhoja miehiä on vaan hankalampi piirtää kuin nuoria ja nättejä. y____y
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Copicit, Copicit... Ja niiden sisäänhengittäminen eritoten. Hhhh. Aivosoluja kuolee joka kerta. :noes:

Mutta kiitos! Itse asiassa, tarvitsen paljonkin referenssejä - kuvallinen muistini ei ole mitenkään erityisen kehittynyt... Lunttaan yleensä vaatteisiin vähän, mutta kasvojen kanssa yleensä sävellän omasta päästä - tässä ollaan kuitenkin piirtämässä Valjeania ja Javertia, ei Alexia ja Söreniä... :D

Kurjat: Enjolras & Grantaire - dramaattinen rakkaustarina. Muutamalla sivulla seikkailee joku Valjean-niminen heppu.

:D Tottahan tuokin!
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PiippaB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist
Woaaaah :heart:

Ja ei mitään! :)
Mulla on kans kauheen huono kuvallinen muisti! Ois tosi kätevää omistaa hyvä sellanen, tälleen piirtämisen harrastajana...
Ja joo, kasvojen kanssa voi onneks hyvällä omallatunnolla säveltää mitä mielii. :D

XDDD SO TRUE!
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, the older folks need more love! And this is the sort of love that is wonderful!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Les Mis: A story about sad old men. So of course they need some love! :D Thanks!
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MmeFeuilly Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful job!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks!
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hun-tun Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
good job!

After apocalypse, The picture which was folded to four is excavated from the Finnish remains. There was a signature of Starlene. It is displayed in the museum of the alien. (sorry, I am over-reading of old Si-fi novel. :B )

This is interesting. In Japanese musical , director was changed to 24653 for easier pronunciation.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

:giggle: Haha, if the aliens put whatever they can find from my room in their museum of human culture... They'd have a really weird understanding of us as a species! XD

24653? Neat! To think that some have been shocked by Swedish productions changing only one number... :D
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cinekimi Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Love it!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks!
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tweedandtea Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
(and there would inevitably be the slash subtext between JVJ/J...)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed. :D
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littleperson1832 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. That's wonderful. I love how Valjean looks remorseful, guilty and angry all at once, and Javert's just the law who is not mocked ;)
Great picture, bravo :)
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :aww:
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Tavata Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
I like very much Javert's uniform. =D
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks!
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potoperson Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Awesome picture! I like the intense expression on Valjean's face, and the pose just works perfectly for this. Great job! :D
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks so much!
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CoralBR Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Oh, awesome!
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Thanks!
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CoralBR Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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Cor-Angars Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Javert looks funny for some reason, mainly the loose hair and the hat kind of looking like one of these [link] :laughing:
But without reference pictures I'd say it's pretty accurate.
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Starlene Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I admit, I've always hated drawing those hats, and it shows. :D But thanks!
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