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Les Miserables Family Portrait by ThreshTheSky Les Miserables Family Portrait by ThreshTheSky
Family portrait of Valjean and Cosette from Les Miserables

This is my half of an art trade with *Starlene of some of the actors from the Åbo Svenska Teater production of Les Mis. The Les Mis-related awesomeness that Starlene drew for me is posted here:


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:iconstudiolights:
StudioLights Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
She's so beautiful!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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StudioLights Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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RootbeerGolem Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture. I don't know but for some reason Cosette just looks like a rebel teen (well yeah I guess she is one) and it just makes the picture so much more awesome. :D
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I like your interpretation. :)
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LacrymosaDiesIlla Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work. You paint clothing folds so perfectly. Especially around Cosette's shoulder.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I'm glad you like the way the fabric looks here. It's something that I still need to practice. :)
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HARLEYQUINN81 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I like it ^^
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad. Thanks!
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InvaderPhantomstar1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Sorry, dude but, I don't think you lived up to your end of the trade.....
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My bad.
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InvaderPhantomstar1 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
XD
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:iconladyvinca:
LadyVinca Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student
Great, i m impressed!
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:iconthreshthesky:
ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
>w< This is so sweet!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it! Thanks!
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Gnewi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Gorgeous portrait!!! I love it! Her curls are amazing! And their features are so detailed!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm really happy that you like the way her curls look. I was thinking of the way that you draw thick and intricate curly hair and was trying to emulate it here. :D
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fine portraiture at its finest. Will this company be using it for the show, its advertisement or something? Or this wasn't made directly for them, but for a fan? Either way, they definitely should use it :P
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. No, this production's been closed for a while now. *Starlene is a friend who just happens to be a big fan of this production and requested a painting of some of the actors for her half of the trade we did. :)
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aemiliuslives Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, ok :P I suspected so. I still think this sure is worthy of being in the show, it's press or something. It actually reminded me of the (subtly animated) Christine Daae painting from "Love Never Dies" at the Phantom's aerie.
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justwant2behappy Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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rosepetal179 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
that is so pretty!! i love it a lot! jean and cosette are so pretty together!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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rosepetal179 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
ur welcome!
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wickedphoenix93 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awww I love this!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that you do. Thanks!
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Who are the actors? They look familiar? I remember seeing Les Miserables on the stage twice. I don't recall the first cast I saw and barely remember what the second cast looked like.


~Lady B
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This Valjean was played by Alexander Lycke and this Cosette was played by Mikaela Tidermark. The theater in which they performed this particular production of Les Mis is located in Finland.
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theLadyBarbossa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Ahhh...


~Lady B
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xSakuraChu Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very nice. I haven't seen Le Mis, but I simply love how did these two. ^^
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! I'm glad to hear that people outside of the Les Mis fandom can enjoy this too. :)
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:iconpjenz:
pjenz Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful work :heart:
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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pjenz Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very very welcome :heart:
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V-o-L-T-a-i-C Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Writer
That is one dapper Valjean :3 And I love how Cosette has a fun twinkle in her eyes!
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It was fun working with references of actors that I hadn't seen much of before. "Dapper Valjean" was especially fun. :)
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BiancaNeve92 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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AnneCat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Whoa, whoa, whoaaaa! This is just beautiful! Great color choices. Valjean has such haunted eyes, and I love how Cosette looks so fresh and young and sweet, you can just see how she brings light into his life.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it. I really like hearing different people's ideas about my art. Their interpretations, including yours, tend to be much cooler and intelligent than anything I thought of while trying to draw it. :D
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Stars-Bread99 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow very very nice! :D
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheWickedKid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
But Cosette had dark hair in the book.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As stated in the description, this isn't an imagining of the novel. It's a portrait of actors from a specific stage production. And I don't think that hair color or appearance is really all that important to a character. Shouldn't it be more about the performance?
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TheWickedKid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I posted the comment without really thinking about it, sorry.

It does bother me a little, because producers always flip-flop Fantines and Cosette's hair colors. I don't think any of them actually read the book.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha. Please don't apologize. I didn't mean for my response to sound combative. I just made it for the sake of discussion.

I suppose I understand what you mean about the hair color changes. But I'd disagree that changing certain things from the book, especially visual aspects like character appearance, are in anyway indicative of the producers or directors having read or understood the source material. If the actors, casting, and direction of the production are able to successfully convey the feelings, motivations, and personalities of the characters within the plot, then I really don't care about their appearance. Having the right "look" or being handed a certain wig may be helpful. But in a truly good production, those aren't the things that the people in the audience are going to come away remembering. :)
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TheWickedKid Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It was just some very memorable writing that stuck with me; that's why I'm surprised most producers make Cosette blond and Fantine a brunette.

Regarding Fantine:
"For her dowry she had gold and pearls, but the gold was on her head and the pearls were in her mouth."

Cosette is compared to a dark-feathered bird repeatedly, and described from several characters' points of view.
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ThreshTheSky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone's bound to remember varying things about a book. Everyone is different, so different things stick with them. I personally don't tend to remember the visual/physical descriptions of characters in books. To me, their thoughts/motivations and subsequent actions are far more important to defining a character than the amount of pigment that their hair follicles produce.

With all that said, I actually think there's a good reason why Cosette and Fantine are usually given their respective haircolors in theater productions. Hair color is often used to represent certain archetypes and personalities. And since hair color is always visible to the audience in a movie or play but not in a book where it's only "visible" when explicitly mentioned, this convention becomes more important in certain mediums.

Fantine is a character that ends up going through the wringer. She endures incredible hardship and thus has to [eventually] come off as experienced and "older" in terms of what she's seen of the world. Cosette, on the other hand, is portrayed as a sweet, sheltered ingenue. Brunette and blonde, respectively, are often used as visual shorthand to help convey this to the audience. Eponine helps to support this idea as well. She's a blonde in the book but is almost always a brunette on stage. Whose experience, Fantine's or Cosette's, does hers more closely follow? Fantine's.

But again, I stick with my opinion that hair color isn't important in the big picture. :)
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