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Le Fin des Amours du Fantome by thegoldfish Le Fin des Amours du Fantome by thegoldfish
"Yes, Daroga... I felt her tears flow on my forehead...on mine, mine! ...They were soft...they were sweet!....They trickled under my mask... they mingled with the tears in my own eyes...they flowed between my lips...Listen, Daroga, listen to what I did...I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her tears...and she did not run away! And she did not die! She remained alive, weeping over me, with me. We cried together! I have tasted all the happiness the world can offer..."

--Le Fantôme de L'Opéra by Gaston Leroux, de Mattos translation.

This is for the Scenes of Leroux contest on PFn [link] in which entrants must choose a line from Leroux and illustrate it as though making an illustration for a book.

My idea: Use the tearjerking "mingling of tears" scene at the end of the novel, and illustrate it like a classic storybook or fairy tale, complete with a border, a chapter title at the bottom, and various elements relating to the story in the border itself.

Erik and Christine mirror one another always--from their beginning (literal mirror) to their tragic end. I wanted to show that, and it's incorporated in their clothing (Erik's tails and Christine's bow, also their light/dark complementary look) and, obviously, in the symbolic border.

Since I was unhappy with the painted version of the center, I combined the original sketch with the painted border. When I'm not on a deadline, I plan to fix the sloppiness of the edges...

UPDATE 8/27/05: This drawing won first place in the Illustrate Leroux Contest! *is thrilled* I can't believe it. There were so many other ones that were better than mine. o_o;; But hey, I'm not fighting it! :D
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smoonwish Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Writer
the best chapter of the book , but so sad T_T
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mendedpixie Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so amazing. Erik looks pretty much perfect. He doesn't look like a handsome man with a deformity, or even a sort of "handsome skull"...he looks very frightening in his deformity, but you also captured a beautiful expression on the characters face in your drawing. Christine is very well done too. And I love the border. ^_^
IdrisY Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
This is absolutely amazing!
RedRoseBlackRibbon Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite pieces of POTO fan art ever. I love everything about it.
PersephonelovesErik Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This drawing is so fantastic I regret tearing my eyes off of it to leave this comment!!!! No matte how meny times I read the ending to phantom I shall cry each time!!! God bless Gaston Lewis Alfried Leroux and may he rest in peace.
Thalia343 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
Love it! Beautiful!
Mrs-Crocker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So much love... soooo~ much love!~...
ERICOperaHaunter Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Beautiful work, it reminds me of the illustrations for a children's adaptation from the 1980s that I saw once, Except that yours is better and more realistic. I really like the framing design around the main picture. Very beautiful.
HPAmortentiaLove Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful...........................I'm quite speechless.
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