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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...
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PageOHaraWriter Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That sounds really cool! Glad I saw this comment!
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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.
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FernGaze Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! The likeness is fantastic. :la:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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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.
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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
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coconutkittycat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
It's quite flattering, so I'm sure he'd appreciate it!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure he would! :XD:
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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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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmm, it's not one of Tanith Lee's best. I'd recommend "A Place of Greater Safety" by Hilary Mantel, though.
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Freckledlouise Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student General Artist
He he he ... funny. The book in which everyone is womanizer - horny!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:XD:
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MiseryAndChocolate Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
Ahhh the Lantern Attorney...you make him seem so French Revolution-y :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, that was the time period he lived in... ;P
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AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner May 19, 2008
I absolutely love the hatching on this. The contours of his face are exquisite. What reference were you using, if any?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I used the usual portraits of Camille as reference, like these: [link]
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Glad you like it! :)
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
This is such a beautiful portrait of one of the more interesting figures of the French Revolution. I love how you have made him look - beautiful, and still there is a feeling of terror about him!

Absolutely lovely. I must fave!!
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kissakuningatar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Mmmm great ispiring to draw somethings immediatelly...
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livviebway Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
Amazing!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Axel-von-Fersen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007
Joanne,

Wonderful rendition.... You have his look and beyond that his personality... the steely determination of the journalist who will foment REVOLUTION!!... he barely has a moment to look up from his quill and latest invective.... already singed and ready for publication... and in the background ... the product of his work... and aristo or perhaps opponent ... a la lanterne!!... right down to the title STARLIGHT ON THE BROW OF LUCIFER... outstanding art ... truly "story art"....ooo so hope you return to Marie Antoinette and tell more of her story too ... with the gift of your eye, understanding, composition and art!!

your olde friend,
Axel

1644 / 1789
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Wonderful illustration: its the background and composition I love.

Ahhh, you're a Tanith Lee fan too? Then you can guess where my Online name comes from...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I actually own that very book, although it's been a while since I've read it. My personal fave by La Tanith is "A Heroine of the World," with "Tales of the Flat Earth" coming to a close second. Oh, and I can't forget "Red as Blood," "The Birthgrave," "Gold Unicorn," etc etc...
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
I also read "Red as Blood"; my list includes, well, Cyrion, The Silver Metal Lover (and its comic book version), the awful sequel Metallic Love, Lycanthia, Sung In Shadow (her nod to Shakespeare), HeartBeast (her nod to Stephen King) and a host of others that I've now forgotten.

Are you aware of her site? [link] She updates it every so often and has alluded to ill health, poor dear.

The site "Daughter of the Night" [link] meticulously catalogs every one of her works, as does [link] There are even two books about her!

Well, I've chatted on enough of her, but I am so glad to have found a fellow fan.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm, how could I have forgotten Silver Metal Lover? Wonderful book! But I couldn't even make it through the sequel... gah!

I've been checking out the official Tanith site and "Daughter of the Night" sites for ages now, and I've been trying to read all the short stories I can get my hands on. BTW, if you can ever find yourself a copy of her short story collection, "Women as Demons," I'd highly recommend it. Some of the short stories in there are amazing!
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
Finding her old stuff just isn't easy anymore for me. There was a time that you could be guaranteed one of her books in any Used Book place; now such stores have gone the way of the dinosaur in my neck of the woods. Sadly, even the libraries have cleaned house and added her tales to the rubbish bin.

However, I shall keep in mind your particular recommendation.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Try abebooks.com, or ebay. That's how I've found a lot of her older stuff. Where do you live, if you don't mind my asking?
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
Yes, I've used abebooks before, including for a T Lee book.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, so you're not going to tell me what state you live in? Come on, I'm curious now! :)
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kyria Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
i love your soft shading.
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
he looks stylish in that outfit! :) and the background adds just al little pinch of humor sprinkled with irony!
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