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Les Miserables 2012: Valjean by ThreshTheSky Les Miserables 2012: Valjean by ThreshTheSky
Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean from the 2012 film version of the musical Les Miserables

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Valjean and Les Mis are property of their respective owners. The reference photo used is available here. The texture brushes used for the skin and fabric are available here and here.

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:iconluki-chan12:
Luki-chan12 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
His eyes. <3
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it. :)
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:iconlonesomebookworm:
LonesomeBookworm Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those eyes...damn. <3 <3 <3
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks
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:icondebbysh:
Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Hi :)
This amazing piece has been featured in my journal: [link]

have a wonderful day!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Much appreciated! Thank you for the feature. :)
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:icondebbysh:
Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
It's a pleasure ^^
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:icongamerteel:
GamerTEEL Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How you do this? idk
Work of the gods? yes.
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Hardly. But thanks. :)
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:icongamerteel:
GamerTEEL Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, if only u could come to my house and give me lessons no homo
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Oranjes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Listen. I don't mean to be awkward or cause a fuss, but I saw your Cosette piece and was like "Wow! Impressive! That looks just like a photo". Long story short, I looked at the reference pictures and layered them over your paintings and all the lines match up exactly. You clearly have a talent for painting, but all signs point to tracing, like you have one layer of the reference picture and you're painting over top so the proportions are all exact.

I can show you what I mean if you want me to put together some pictures.

But basically, if you just drew it freehand with the reference picture next to your painting, there would be some errors. Say, the ear would be a little high or the eye distance would be off or the nose would be tilted a little. That's just natural when drawing freehand. But your Cosette, Valjean and Javert paintings are all EXACTLY lined up (i layered them over each other) it's impossible for you to have drawn them freehand.

I'm not trying to attack you, so please don't be offended. I'm just saying that somebody will notice eventually and they might get upset. If you want to challenge me, I'd love you to prove me wrong! Just post your sketch stages or record a video of you doing the drawings and I'll shut up.
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually don't mind people asking about this. And I know exactly what you mean when you say that placing the reference photo overtop of many of my paintings will match up. I've been very open in comments about the fact the I use grids on many of my paintings, especially the "photorealistic" ones, to get the proportions and likenesses exact. I also make no claims of having come up with the pose, lighting, or coloring myself. In fact, I openly invite people to make these comparisons in that I always post a link to the exact reference photo that I used.

So with all that said, I take no offense to your questions, nor do I see them as an attack. However, I will say that it bums me out a little bit when I get these kind of accusations/requests when I have a link to this information in the description of every painting that I post (including this one) as well as on my FAQs page and homepage. I also have occasionally posted WIPs in my scraps before a painting's final version is posted.

If the fact that I post my stages or WIPs for a few of my paintings but not every single one isn't good enough for some people, that's fine with me. Those people can just choose to not view my art. I prefer to spend my time making more drawings and paintings rather than making and posting tons of WIP progressions anyway.

Thanks :)
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Oranjes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for understanding, and I do feel bad for commenting about it. And it was my fault for missing the link to your process images. It would be interesting to see the grid layout you use because the images are just so precise.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries. It's all good. :)

Yes, I do need to update my process overview. The one I have up now is getting old. I have a bunch of tutorials that have been suggested too that I hope to get to when I have time.
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:iconziarashid:
ZiaRashid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Is this digital or hand painted??
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It's both actually, in that I drew and colored the whole thing by hand, stroke by stroke. If you mean digital or traditional, it's digital. :) (Photoshop and a tablet.)
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ZiaRashid Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :DD
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:iconfoxxylover:
FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Just saw the movie today. Was NOT expecting it to be a tearjerker. :(Great job on Valjean. It looks so realistic!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's something I was talking about with some fellow diehard Les Mis fans before the film was released. All the trailers for the movie make it look like this uplifting, happy story that's great for inspiring Christmas cheer. But those familiar with the story know this is absolutely not the case. :XD: I hope you enjoyed it anyway. I actually haven't seen it yet.

Thank you very much! I'm glad you like this. :)
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FoxxyLover Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Oh, be sure to bring plenty of tissues. It's an emotional powerhouse of a story. The cast was very well-chosen, the music was FANTASTIC, and the scenery looked so gritting in some parts.
Did you know that the director has the cast sing live rather than lip-sync pre-recordings? He wanted it to seem rather realistic with live singing.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I did hear that they sang live. I'm looking forward to seeing it, though I know that I'm going to be insufferably picky. Haha.
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Lady-Lisette Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Writer
Wow, that is amazing!
I HAVE to see this movie!! :eager:
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you think so. Thank you!
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:iconcatderson:
catderson Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome! I seriously can't wait for this movie to come out.
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm really looking forward to it too.
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DuchessaIbby Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
wow wow wow that's amazing!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing painting! :wow:
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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AlatusAquae Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
His expression is so determined! Nice work! I'm so excited for this movie! :la:
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm so pumped for this movie! December can't come soon enough. :eager:
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AlatusAquae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
It's going to be so awesome!! :squee:
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:iconavthreads:
AVthreads Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Amazing! I adore your portraits, they capture so much detail and life in them!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! Your comment is so nice and means a lot. :)
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:iconavthreads:
AVthreads Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
>w< Excelleeeent~ xD I'll have to show your paintings to my aunt sometimes. She's crazy obsessed with HJ. She wants me to draw him for her, and I'm like, "..........LOL NO."
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! Maybe you can get her to go see Les Mis with you in December.

And I second her motion to have you draw Jackman. :meow:
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
xD I'd hope so, but she finds the play depressing. I told her I didn't know what she was expecting, with it being called "Les Miserables", and everything.

YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO BELIEVES I CAN DO THIS. xD;;;
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*chanting* do it. Do it. Do it! DO IT!
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:iconelphieofkiamoko:
elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
-w-;; Ngeeeeeeeeh....
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Tane-P Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks beautiful. Kind of reminds me of his role in The Prestige
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I can see that too, now that you mention it.
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, as soon as I saw the new poster I thought of you :P
Great job =D:thumbsup:
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol. Thanks. When I saw that the posters were all headshot portraits with dramatic lighting, the part of me that wasn't overwhelmed with excitement was thinking, "Wow. It's like they want me to paint them..." :XD:
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Zippy1 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Saweeeeeeeeeet. so awesome.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Thanks. :D What do you think of the new posters?
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Zippy1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Filmographer
I like them...poor Russell Crowe looks incredibly sad as Javert though!
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SteffanieMoore Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Wow!! Beautiful!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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