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The Life She Might Have Known by punker--rocker The Life She Might Have Known by punker--rocker
"One more day all on my own,
One more day with him not caring.
What a life I might have known,
But he never saw me there."
~Eponine, "One Day More"

I was incredibly moved by this scene from the Les Miserables film where Eponine decides to go to the barricade, and we see her—covered in dirt, sitting in this dark, squalid room—binding her chest and hiding her hair to disguise herself as a young man. It was sort of a punch-in-the-gut moment. She's desperate, and she's taking on something that is way too much for even her to handle. I pictured her having a moment of fear where she started to doubt her decision again, where she understands that she could be killed.

And then she realizes she's led such a wretched, hopeless life that it doesn't matter what happens to her, not if Marius would notice her. Not if he would really care about her, just this once.

Basically I couldn't handle my emotions.

Sorry about the movie spoilers. GO SEE IT ASAP. It was the best movie ever, and I personally thought Samantha Barks (who I used as a reference) as Eponine stole the show just a tiny bit. That could be due to personal bias and my love for the character but it could also be due to the fact that Sam was freaking amazing.

I think some stuff still looks hinky and saving it as a .gif screwed up the quality.....I'll fix it later. :shrug: And yes, the almost-dark moon is my failed attempt at symbolism..... Tell me if you like it! And I'd appreciate constructive advice too, on the lighting especially and if my semi-realism attempt was successful. My muses were the Les Mis movie soundtrack and "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran on repeat. :D

Anyhow hope you all like it!
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LadyRiverwolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
This is so utterly perfect... you captured her character completely.
Stunning work.
Mairelyn Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is Gorgeous~ you capture SamathaBarks!Eponine So well
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
CassDoubleME Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!! xD I've done two drawings with Eponine and Enjolras, would you want come to see 'em? C:
FaeryRaven Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
I absolutely love this. I feel the very same as you == the scene when she binds her breasts is one of the best in the film. Despite Eponine's sadness & hopelessness, I also see her taking back her own power at this moment. Wonderful work!
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah someone had a stroke of genius when they came up with this scene. There was plenty that could have been better but this particular scene was extremely effective.
1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How can you draw windows....?!
Love the expression on her face and the description kills me :)
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Speaking of windows under this lighting there would probably be some kind of a reflection....oh well. :) But you just have to make the glass not completely see-through I guess.

Thank you!!
1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess if you have a light source behind her in the room, you should have made a reflection, but it's not a huge mistake :)

It looks so nice and if you are able to draw a reflection too, I would envy you forever!!! :D

You're welcome :)
punker--rocker Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeahhhh I don't think a reflection is going to happen haha, I spent too many hours of my life on this picture already. :)
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