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Enjolras Meets Angst by ColonelDespard Enjolras Meets Angst by ColonelDespard
A product of the Barricade Weekend in Paris...among many long meta discussions, I was on my usual grumble about fanfic writers who invest Enjolras - the least neurotic character imaginable - with angsty little self-doubts. You know - the "we're all going to fail!" "Why am I doing this?" "OMG...what if I get everyone killed??!!??!111"

Often because they want him to fall into Grantaire's Manly Arms for comfort.

Marianne/Orestes Fasting brought up a comment I once made along the lines of a Blackadderism: "Enjolras wouldn't know an Angsty Self Doubt if it put on a nice frock and danced a can can around him while waving a sign in his face saying "I'm an Angsty Self Doubt".

It was then suggested I draw said flamboyant Angsty Self Doubt.

You can blame the jet lag.
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MLG-History908 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
XD This made my day
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MissSpock Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm later than the rest of them.

But I don't know why authors think it's a good idea to give Enjolras angsty self doubt and then have Grantaire comfort him? Like, that is the most counterintuitive thing. They seem to forget that Grantaire is the self proclaimed cynic? I'm just saying, but he's more likely to diss the cause than help Enjolras with his OOC self doubt. I mean, yes there's the whole "I believe in you" thing coming from Grantaire but at the same time he'll probably be like "tbh, yeah, you're going to fail and get everyone killed, glad you finally came around." 
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TheRandomPhangirl Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I showed my friend this when she was giving Enjy an angsty moment. I don't think she's gonna do it again.
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TCRegan Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I giggled so hard at this. The first thing I could think of was, "That's not Enjolras' self-doubt. That's Grantaire's!" Only Grantaire's would be wearing a green dress I think. Just because.
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avi17 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I was totally confused about this, until I read your description. At which point I literally burst out laughing. XD Love it.
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insanely-elegant Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so true about him!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Hah! Thank you!
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student Writer
...Maybe it's just the hair, but the angsty self-doubt rather reminds me of Courfeyrac.
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And now I can never get that image out of my head. *shudder*
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HMaschine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me chuckle : B
But it's pretty much true haha.
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Bubesgirl Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
i know i'm horribly late but i MUST comment on this!
First, i have to tell you that Enjolras is really perfect: delicate but not feminine, strong and rebel but not ridiculous!
In the end, your character isn't the usual stereotype of the young-gay-french revolutionary. Damn, the best of Hugo's Enjolras is his strenght, his almost inhuman idealism, why on heart people has this loosy hurge to transforme him in a ninnie?

My english is so very bad, i'm not a native speaker!
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xXMoonOwlXx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Oh the angst, it burns!

Hehe, this is wonderful!
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aizou-blue Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
...and look, he still doesn't see that Angsty Self Doubt! Point proven.
But come on, we have to make up some sort of excuse for Enjolras to fall into Grantaire's manly arms. :XD:
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Spirit-Lily Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student Writer
Well, that's Enjolras for you.
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phangirloftheopera Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
I would do that. To him. Just to have him look at me with that face.
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kira-chan20 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
XDXDXDXDXDXD
This made my day. Week. YEAR. XDXDXDXDXD
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Very pleased you liked it!
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kira-chan20 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
:)
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Sierraness23 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
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YES.
This is soooo made of win.
Especially his expression.
WIN.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Thank you! And sorry about the delay in responding - I'm a bit slow lately.
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Sierraness23 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
pshh, not a problem.I was out of town for a coupe of weeks, and when I came back there were only a COUPLE OF HUNDRED things I had to take care of...so really, there's no rush.
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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
LOL!!! Oh, I nearly died laughing. At both theicture and the artist's comment. (And OMG, you went to Paris for Barricade weekend. I'm quite jealous.) Anyway, leave it to you to combine humor with amaziiiing art. This is just brilliant. Welcome back!!!!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Thank you for the WB! And I'm very glad you like this bit of silly humour - I hope it doesn't come across as too mean spirited. I'm just so bemused by angsty, self-doubting Enjolras in fanfic.
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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Not getting a mean-spirited vibe at all! This is priceless.
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TheSylentPhantom Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
AMAZING ON SO MANY LEVELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Many thanks!
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Thank you! Glad you like it!
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I don't know whether to cheer because (1) you've smacked all those emo fanfic writers in the face with this incredibly evil (and thus awesome) drawing of Enjolras not knowing angsty self- doubt if it danced a can-can around him, or (2) you finally got around to trying your hand at digital colouring! :D [Oh hell. Cheers for one, and then the other.]

I'm proud of you for taking the plunge. :D
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Well, you did encourage me :) I did it in pencils first, but thought it really should be rendered in primary colours and simplified a bit to get the cartoon feeling across. Figured I might as well start with this, as the lack of subtlety in shading wouldn't be inappropriate for the subject matter. I still haven't worked out layering!

Thinking of investing in an art program, as all I have at the moment is Photoshop Elements...would you have any recommendations for something really user friendly, given my level of aptitute is - erm - not astonishing?
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
[PS: Lemme know if you're not sure what the tools do!]
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
I'm a very slack moo for not responding to your kind suggestions! I'll give the Corel free trial a go after we move and I can spend some time playing with it.

And thank you for the offer of help with the tools...your tips have already been invaluable (I wonder how long it would have taken me to figure out "opacity" with the brushes if you hadn't told me? lol! )
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
It really depends on what you intend to use the programme for. My best friend is Corel PhotoPaint (part of the Corel Graphics Suite), because it's a versatile little thing - has enough tools for graphics work, and good enough for "serious" painting (at least, if you can call *any* of my pictures serious!) - and it's one of the most user-friendly programmes around. You can download the free trial (I think it's 1 month? or 15 days) here [link] to see if it works for you. It's on the expensive side, though, although I know a site where you can buy a legit copy for USD 109. If you just want to do serious, painty stuff, there's Corel Painter and Corel Painter Essentials (if you want CPE, I'll *send* you a copy; I get them each time I buy a tablet!) - though I should warn you that they take a *little* getting used to. And then there's also GIMP, which probably isn't as powerful as Photoshop/PhotoPaint, but it's *free*, and I've seen some pretty amazing works of art created with it, and ArtRage which is free if you just want the starter edition, but costs a little more for the more fancy stuff.

[If you decide to try out PhotoPaint, I wrote a tutorial sometime back that may help you get acquainted with some of its features: [link]]
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This just made my day. Or week. Possibly month. I wouldn't doubt year.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Chuffed you liked it! Very silly idea, but I was egged on by the girls and it was too tempting.
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FlammableWolf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I make this my desktop image? It's so wonderful.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Oooops - I'm late answering! I'd be rather honoured if you did...am pleased it amused you!
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HistoryKnightLS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
So whimsical and cute and fresh! Jetlag, hehe. I SOOOO vant to see more of this kind of arts by you. I also like the usage of primary colors, because they stand out so boldly against the neutrals. Primary triads are always fabulous, as well as Archangel. (He looks so awesome and adorable and glorious and angelic ESPECIALLY when he's vexed. Maybe Combeferre and Courfeyrac think so, too, hehehehehe)

Sweet tats she has, that Mlle ASD. I wonder if I can pull that look off. XD

Welcome back! SOMEONE HERE REALLY MISSED YOUUUUU. :heart:
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
:) I'll try to do some more cartoon stuff...it's a bit difficult for me to simplify it as things I do are so sketchy and murky, but I'll try.

Missed you too - wish you could have been there, but you've got plenty of time for Paris in the future! Thought of you with all the Mucha that was floating around in Paris - there were plenty of prints of his work for sail.
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HistoryKnightLS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
EEEEEEE, to buy Mucha stuff in the very place in which he spent most of his life would have been faaaaaaabulous, but yesyes, I do have a buttillion more years or so to run away from here and see her.

UNTIL THEN, let us sit and admire the beauty of allegory. :heart:
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Brambles-de-la-Fox Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Oh WOW. This is one of the most epic things I have ever seen with Enjolras...and his face! That bewildered look of 'well, this is strange' just KILLS me!! :rofl:
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Lol! I love that characterisation of his look!
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wellcome back :tighthug:
I love Enjys expression. :rofl: That would defenetly be more like him the all that self doubt some writer give him.
I envy you for staying the Barricade Weekend in Paris. I wished so much to go there.
Meg
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Thanks for the welcome back! I've got so much to catch up on. Barricade Weekend was brilliant...hopefully we'll all do it again so you can come over :)
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to.
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
BAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Enjolras' face!!!!!! That expression!

I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
So glad it tickled you! I couldn't help but picture him with complete bemusement..."What is this 'angst' you speak of?"

That, or "wait...no...I should know you...you're not Marianne...are you Columbia? Polandia? Britannia? Justicia? Are you Combeferre's mother?"
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't know what he's more confused over... the fact that it's angst... or a woman trying to get his attention.

Also, the lights kill me. It makes me love you even more.
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ColonelDespard Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Ha! Yes...perhaps ASD would have more success if it dressed like Saint-Just or Robespierre?
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collectingbees Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
oh, if dear Enjolras won't respond to her, surely Montparnasse or Courfeyrac will take her off his hands.. and turn her into Unrepentant, Abject Debauchery. ;)
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