my darling sath and i had very long and heated discussion about enjolras’s body language. I wanted more closed off and distant, she wanted more charismatic and passionate, and we agreed on a charisma that is carefully and very consciously composed.
I’ve almost drawn all the amis, the end is in sight! So close! Then i will clean up the drawings, color them, and make a mega post with all of them!
Character design for grantaire. it was a really unusual experience coming up with a design for a character i have been drawing over and over and realizing that i haven’t been drawing him the way i want to?
mainly i just changed his nose, because i feel it would have been badly broken during an ugly boxing match that he was too drunk to have even attempted.
Sometimes i think about maybe making his face more square and his features broader and more unpleasant, but i really enjoy imagining grantaire’s ugliness as being conditional rather than inherent. Like, he wasn’t born ugly, but his life made him ugly. Grantaire as a wasted man with a wasted face.
Perhaps he was mildly pleasant to look at as a youth, with a charming smile, until he got older and his eyes grew sad. Then with the drinking and the opium came a sickly and worn face. Years of drifting between jobs in different towns with different lives wore him down until he looked haggard, ugly, and aged beyond his years. By time he fell in with the Amis he’d learned to embrace his ugliness and mask the bitterness with his now cynical smile, but maybe that haunted look never quite left his eyes.