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Long Live Us! by punker--rocker Long Live Us! by punker--rocker
"'Ow do you do? My name's Gavroche.
These are my people, here's my patch.
Not much to look at, nothing posh,
Nothing that you'd call up to scratch.
This is my school, my high society,
Here in the slums of Saint Michel....
That's Eponine, she knows her way about,
Only a kid, but hard to scare.
Do we care? Not a cuss!
Long live us, long live us!"
(from Les Miserables -- "Look Down")

This is a belated birthday present for my friend (that's why it got moved to the front of my queue and temporarily became more important than homework, heheh). But anyway, these are my two favorite characters from Les Miserables--Eponine and Gavroche. Gotta love the street rats! I don't know if these two ever really associate in the play since I've only seen the 25th Anniversary Concert and it seems like they must have left out a lot of dialogue but I think they'd be good partners in crime. :D I drew Eponine with Samantha Barks in mind, and Gavroche, well...he sort of just came out as if he wouldn't let me draw him any other way. So sassy. :)

JUST KIDDING. I HAVE LEARNED THINGS. Eponine and Gavroche are siblings. Cue torrent of feels.

Anyhow, hope you guys like it. I'm officially going M.I.A. from dA until Christmas break now, but I had to get this done. It was fun! I even strangely enjoyed doing the background...probably because it wasn't super complicated and I got some good texture brushes. Done entirely in Photoshop, maybe around 8 hours.

So, helpful feedback is appreciated, whether you love it or hate it or somewhere in between. And PS, yes, the title is meant to be somewhat ironic.

Edit 12/13/12: gave Eponine a facelift....people probably can't tell the difference but anyway. :)
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Melyrea Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazing and makes mw both smile and cry this is probably my favorite fanart ever
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crowanimation Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
love Gavroche and Eponine!
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Altentertain Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
love your username. i am a big fan of punk and musicals as well.
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prongsandpadfoot Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is truly amazing!! Did you draw this out first or was it painted?
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew it in Photoshop, or Gimp or something I don't remember haha. But yeah I always start by making a line drawing. :)
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prongsandpadfoot Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa! I really love this! I want to become a better artist but I barley got photoshop on my computer so I kinda suck :P
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you don't suck! But nobody starts out where they want to be. Just keep working at it!
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GhostMaster12345 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That boy almost looks like my character Luke Truman...XD just add a blue newspaper boy hat and there. XD This is very good!
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HareAndTheHatter Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Words cannot describe how much I love this :D They are two of my favourite characters, and I really feel that they should have interacted more in the musical. Anyway, great job! :D
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ElphieGravity Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
THEY'RE SIBLINGS?!?!! To many feelings.
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SnapePwnsAll Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmkay
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Mairelyn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're Siblings?!?! REALLY?!

oh Les Mis-- break my heart even more why don't you? DX

*but this is lovely and you got Samantha!Eponine spot on!! very lively piece.
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Les Miserables is literally the most heart-wrenching thing ever but I love it sooooooooooooo much. And thanks :D
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DaydreamerGurl13 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE this!! I saw Les Miserables this past weekend on the stage and Gavroche is officially my favorite character (Used to be Eponine, but hey, I can still love both of the Thenardier kids). I feel like he's a truly unsung, underappreciated character in the story. If it weren't for his eyes and ears, Javert could've gotten them all killed! ...Not like they don't anyway, but I'm sure Marius and Jean would never survive.
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brack07 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! LUV LUV LUV LUV LUV IT!!!!!!!!!!
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LesMizLover Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
this is soooo aweomse!!
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Squirt95 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Have you seen the youtube video parody of Le Mes?

[link] It is pretty funny, but makes sense in a way...
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MarenMoo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*looks at description*huh...huh!!!huh.....intersting i had no idea that they were reated...oh well i guess i would have found out soon enough i just orderd the book :D im very excited!!!anyway great job on the picture <3 it!!!
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Hermyonee Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
wow wonderful work! kudos my dear! and yes, they are siblings, and actually supposed to have another sister just younger that 'Ponine, Azelma, dunno why the productions cut her off! :p
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
probably because she's not important to the plot at all? idk haha.
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Hermyonee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student General Artist
exactly! lol
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG love it :D
Very nice background and the characters just look so good!!!!!! :D

You draw a really nice Gavroche, he looks like a Gavroche!!!! I don't know how to explain...

you've ssen the movie, musical and read the book? :)
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :) I've seen the movie like eighteen times hahaha, and I've seen a bootleg recording of the West End musical and I'm reading the book. :D
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :)

18 times!!!?!!! already?? :) I saw the movie last thursday, because it premiered that day in Denmark and the DVD release in the US is the day after... way to go.... I was completely blown away :O always wanted to see the musical, but haven't got a chance yet :) But I've seen recordings of the 25th anniversary concert with Lea Salonga, Samantha Barks and Nick Jonas. It's really amazing! :D
I'm going to read the book as well :)
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well 18 is probably a slight exaggeration. I saw it like six times in the theater and then have watched it a few times at home through less than legal methods..??? But in my defense I just bought the deluxe combo pack thing and spent plenty of money on it at the theater so I figure I've done my part to support it. :)

The 25th is AMAAAAZING. :D Samantha Barks is literally the best. I have never seen a version of the musical without her as Eponine because the West End bootleg I have has her in it haha.
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow :O I just think I need to buy the soundtrack.... And maybe watch it a few times more ;)

I really like the 25th, the songs are so much more powerful - especially Samantha's parts :D you can really see/hear her talent :)
How did you find that bootleg? Was it a coincidence she was Eponine? :)
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I still need to buy the soundtrack. :)

Somebody posted a bunch of bootleg links on Tumblr and no it wasn't a coincidence she was Eponine, I downloaded that one on purpose. :) I'm just a massive fan of hers hahaha.
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too :)

really? I don't follow anyone who reblogs Les Mis, unfortunately.... but I prefer to follow blogs that don't just reblog one thing like Les Mis, but I could definitely use some on my dashboard ;)
Samantha Barks is really gorgeous and she has a lovely smile :) I really hope she'll make another movie or an album - I think she deserves a proper recording of On My Own (not that the movie version isn't good, but it's different....) :D
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha she is almost absurdly gorgeous. :) I think she's shooting a movie right now actually, I heard something about it online. And yeah I wished the full-length album was a studio recording. The live vocals were perfect for the movie and I wouldn't have wanted it done any other way but just to listen to, it might have been nice to hear the cast do the songs in a studio. People like Samantha Barks had a lot to contend with while they were singing, like that insane corset she had on. O_O
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TheWildWestPyro Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Writer
Really good drawing! Beautiful Eponine, and utterly adorable Gavorche.

And nice touch with the hat....BECAUSE HATS MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER!
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RFakonWolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Amazing!!!! LOVE THIS PIC!
Eponine is so beautiful ><
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAH thank you!! Glad you like it. :D
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Bryseyas Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thiz AWSOME, really great

and the book is a master piece

congrats it's Perfect
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I'm reading the book right now and it's incredible.
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harrypotterfan16 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
this is a BEAUTIFUL drawing of Gavroche and Eponine :D
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!! :D
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Audreyfan1001 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ASDFGHJKL I LOVE THIS!!
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha thanks! :D
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LadyRiverwolf Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Oh, this is perfect.
I love how Gavroche is Eponine's little brother, and I wish it was a little more obvious in the musical.
I love the (potential) relationship between them, and I think you captured it perfectly.
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah I had heard they were going to say something about it in the movie, but they didn't. Got deleted I guess.
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LadyRiverwolf Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
I never heard that, but it would've been nice... Ah, well. The movie was amazing anyhow.
I didn't cry during a little fall of rain.
I cried when we saw Gavroche's face.
I suppose knowing they were siblings made that worse for me.
**shrugs**
As I say, I love this illustration. :)
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was in the script that Universal released.

Oh, I bawled my eyes out during A Little Fall of Rain. Actually...I do every time. And I think I would even more if they'd left the whole song in. And then I cried even more when Gavroche was crying, poor bby had to watch his big sister die. :cry:

But thank you! :)
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melli-melian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
Finally, someone who loves Eponine and Gavroche as much as I do. I don't feel like Gavroche is ever given enough attention and there are very few people who fully understand Eponine's role in the story.
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude they are the best! Eponine is my all-time favorite but Gavroche is a close second.
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timmyp93 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: why does Gavroche look like Ben 10?
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, I don't know? I've never seen that show so I don't really know what Ben 10 looks like.
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timmyp93 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haahaha okay. just do a google search or something
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CalidoniceYork Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
just as an interesting note -Gavroche and Eponine are actually siblings in the book, but they don't portray that in the musical. But in the book, Gavroche still leaves on the streets away from the rest of his family anyways.
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punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, don't the Thenardiers kick him out or something because Mme Thenardier only cares about her girls?
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