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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.
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Bobeagle77 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very awesome render. Great theme and literature.
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ianessom Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
cool work
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mercedesk Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent!!!
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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.
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kanundra Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Such a deep piece. I love how real they look. Beautiful my friend.
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LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey gurl :wave:

Thank you so much, hon :love:
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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!
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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:
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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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LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Sirii :wave: (Sorry for the late response, classes started this week :phew: )

The Les Mis Club's Les Heureux competition was an inspiration for this series :heart: And I always knew that it would end with Fantine and Cosette. I had originally wanted to portray Fantine as a soul to reference the part where she tells her father her mother must have been a saint and Valjean replies "through martyrdom". I had initially wanted to do it that way because our family knows what it's like to lose a member.

Their expressions were also carefully considered. While it might make sense for Cosette to cry her eyes out in her mother's arms, it seemed to me that would be the initial reaction (and maybe later when her mother had gone again); a mother's embrace being the safest place in the world was what I wanted to capture :hug:
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AntaraNN Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Filmographer
Great poses and expressions.
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LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, Anna; that's high praise coming from you :wave: (I looked at your blogspot :blush: )

Sorry for the very late reply, it was an emotional weekend; yesterday was the funeral of a cherished family friend who was a great influence not only in our life but also to the cause of freedom in the country. When the dictator muzzled and controlled the media Fr. Jim kept the only reliable radio station broadcasting and during the revolution kept one step ahead of the military and secret police who tried in vain to shut it down.

Your work is beautiful and I can relate to 3D freeing one from the limitation of drawing/painting skills. Break a leg for 2013 and I wish you the best in your artistic journey :heart:
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AntaraNN Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Filmographer
You are very welcome. This is a very emotional artwork, and I especially appreciate the emotion itself, since I don't often see such pure kindness and affection portrayed in any static media, be it 2D, 3D or photography.

And it wouldn't have occurred to me to perceive your reply as late, since any response to comments within 36 months is not late in my book and as per my own record :).
I am sorry to hear about your friend. What country are you referring to? (I didn't find location mentioned in your profile. Could be a blind spot...)

Best of creative inspiration to you in 2013!
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LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi Anna,

This response is really late (maybe not by your standards but still :blush: )

I sent you a note ;)

I guess kindness and affection aren't as "sexy" as other imagery. And I think for it to work the artist has to be willing to take a chance and wear their heart on their sleeve; without that risk and sincerity it'll ring false. That's my theory anyways :lol:

But I do have to admit that A Mother's Love leaves me emotionally vulnerable and misty everytime I look at it so I must have done it right :heart:
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lesmislover88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Aww! I love this!
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LuxCompagno Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, sweetie :)

I've reached the stage where I have a greater appreciation of my parents (after years of being a butthead :rofl: ) It's kinda sad Ma didn't have any daughters; my wife pointed out when it comes to spending time with one's mother boys are pretty much useless :P She should know; she's the eldest of six girls and even though we live right beside her mother she visits everyday.

But there are exceptions: a close friend and her Ma have apartments in the same building and they rarely see each other because her Ma's out all the time. Go figure :shrug:
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