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
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.
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.