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Camille Desmoulins by suburbanbeatnik Camille Desmoulins by suburbanbeatnik
This is a drawing I did as a Christmas gift for a friend who is a fan of the famous (or infamous) French revolutionary, Camille Desmoulins. He was a journalist and pamphleteer, the so-called "enfant terrible of the Revolution," who was well-known for inciting mobs to violence- often urging them to string up "enemies of the revolution" to lamp-posts (hence the grisly scene in the background). Camille is the chief protagonist in the excellent novel "A Place of Greater Safety," by Hilary Mantel; he is also the hero in the (unfortunately)somewhat less excellent "The Gods are Thirsty," by the otherwise fabulous Tanith Lee. This is drawn with ball-point and Koh-i-Noor pens.
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Aloyse13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love how you draw his face ! And the background is brillant ! Well done !!!

If your friend is a huge fan of the 1789's french revolutionary, in France we have a new musical, called "1789, Amants de la Bastille". A French show, with both theater and songs about a love story in 1789. Characters are Camille Desmoulins (by Rod Janois), Marie-Antoinette (Roxane Le Texier), Robespierre (Sebastien Agius), Danton (David Ban), and main roles : Olympe (Camille Lou), a girl in the castle who will fell il love with a soldier, Lazare (Mathieu Carnot), and Solene, Lazare's sister (Nathalia). A little bit strange ; we are all waiting for the premiere in september (but songs are available on itunes).
Maybe you have heard about the musical "Mozart opera Rock", it's from the same producers...
PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That sounds really cool! Glad I saw this comment!
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll let my friend know about it-- I think she'd probably be interested! She used to be a fan of "Les Miserables," I think.
FernGaze Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! The likeness is fantastic. :la:
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
coconutkittycat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This is incredible. Dear Camille is my favorite revolutionary, for his charm and emotion (he had a tough time in prison and on the way to the guillotine, poor man). I've got "A Place of Greater Safety" on hold at the library. CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a great book! Thank you, I'm glad you like my drawing-- would Camille have liked it, you think? ;P
coconutkittycat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
It's quite flattering, so I'm sure he'd appreciate it!
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure he would! :XD:
Freckledlouise Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student General Artist
... in some portraits, he seems that his right eye had strabismus ...
But, never minds.
How is this "The gods are thirsty"? I've read somewhere in the net that Danton is in it!
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