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Les Heureux, part 3 or A Mother's Love by LuxCompagno Les Heureux, part 3 or A Mother's Love by LuxCompagno
Come to me, Cosette, the light is fading
Don't you see the evening star appearing?
Come to me, and rest against my shoulder
How fast the minutes fly away and every minute colder.
Hurry near, another day is dying
Don't you hear, the winter wind is crying?
There's a darkness which comes without a warning
But I will sing you lullabies and wake you in the morning.

This brings my Les Heureux series to a close and is my most deeply personal work, fanart or not. It's the first render where I tried to copy a specific pose, instead of tweaking a purchased one.

It's said that a girl's most important relationship is with her mother and I wanted to capture that; Fantine had given her life for her daughter. That closeness was captured in this stock photo [link] and I based their cuddle on it. As I become more proficient with 3D Art I will probably revisit this piece and re-do the pose.

The primal nature of a mother's self-sacrificing love, embodied in Fantine, is the reason why hearing her described as a prostitute gets up my nose; it misses the point entirely. I feel those who label her as such display a profound lack of understanding of any version of Les Miz, are willfully ignorant or intellectually lazy.

I went through different techniques to try to "improve" this because I was inspired by the beautiful works of :iconkaser:'s and :iconmeikoe:'s

But in trying to render Fantine as a soul I wound up distancing myself from the piece and losing the emotion.

It took me a week to realize I was trying to be too clever by far and in the end went for simple filters on PS.

The result made me "cry like a sorority girl" to quote my late and much missed screenwriting mentor.

Dedicated to my mother, my wife, her mother, all mothers and mother-figures regardless of gender and to all women. :heart:

Technical details: Modeled in Daz 4.5, lit with DimensionTheory's awesome Skies of Reality sunset IBL, rendered in Reality 2.5 and LuxRender 1.0, post-work in PS (Sharpen More and Red Paw Media's Beautify filters).

Disclaimer: Fantine and Cosette are properties of their respective owners, this art is mine.

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sadboy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I really Like the lighting on this, it gives the image a kind of dreamy atmosphere. Also great work on the pose, couples poses are bloody hard to get just right.
Bobeagle77 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very awesome render. Great theme and literature.
ianessom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool work
mercedesk Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tobaltrix Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Woooow you have immediately won over all my respect o-o

Ive been doing a lot of study as to how to make 3D character models, never figured out how to do it, so im limited to... whats in my gallery XD

But wow, this is like, amazing.
kanundra Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Such a deep piece. I love how real they look. Beautiful my friend.
LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey gurl :wave:

Thank you so much, hon :love:
linvanoak Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013   General Artist
I absolutely love this image in so many ways. I find the pose turned out very touching!
The warm light absolutely supports the emotions of the characters!
The grass and tree environment looks so realistic with the dark tree set against the sky!
LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much,linvanoak :) Sorry for the late reply :blush:

I still get misty whenever I look at this :happycry:

And your work is totally awesome! I'm glad I found your DA through the thread :dance:
Starlene Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is lovely (as always)! :heart: I think the pose looks great, very natural. I also like the warm colour scheme. :)
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