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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.
FinAngel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww... so beautiful:)
iheartslashers Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
AWWWWWWWW! You made me cry mental tears! :cries:

Erik, I hug you! :tighthug:
Madame-le-Fantome Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
*sob* Lovely...

Oh, poor, unhappy Erik! *sniffle*

...but yeah, very nicely done! (And Christine's dress is a thing of beauty!)
Argetlam97 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
you just might have made the best, most realistic erik ever ^^
xadore Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful and so heart-rendingly (not sure if that is a word, lol) sad! Poor, poor Erik! :cry:
vamped66 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
So sad, and so, so lovely.
GrandfatherParadox Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist

I just noticed that you have the scorpion and the grasshopper!

GrandfatherParadox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww, I want to cry.

Beautiful work
tine-schreibt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love the pic and how much thought you put into the composition.
ultrastjarna Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
this is amazing!
I congratulate you on this piece.
Lord44 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i cry every time i read this part.

good job on this
BlueSaltwaterTaffy Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Hobbyist
Absolutely too beautiful.
MadameGiry Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
I've featured your wonderful Phantom of the Opera artwork in my journal! [link]
DaaeChristine Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
It is wonderful, it makes me cry.
finncullen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
rosutosan Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
:dies: this is just soooooooo amazing...
KawaiiAyu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
Wow... I can't even describe how much I love this. It so realistically depicts the characters to me wooow~!
Kirstieheartsmusical Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008   Writer
Hauntingly breathtaking! seriously, OMG!!
Kirstieheartsmusical Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008   Writer
congrats on so deserve it because yor drawing almosty made me cry, it is so good. so detailed!
my-daroga Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
I love everything about this. The hazy quality of the drawing gives in an old-photograph quality, and I love the border and title.
darkixi Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
This is so amazing, there is so much emotion in this picture!
I love this scene in the book and how you've drawn it just makes it come alive.
I'm gonna :+fav: I love it so much.
Completely amazing work!
hihibucket24 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007
Oh, my goodness, I haven't commented this yet?! It's been in my favorites forever!

I love this so much! You captured the Leroux description to the very last vein on poor Erik's neak. This is stunning.

Interesting story, this Erik was actually the star of a dream I had a while ago. The best dream of my life too. I thank you most gratefully for giving me this new vision of Erik! Really wonderful!
Lamome88 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007  Student
I love his expression, you can feel all his emotions with him gazing up at her... I always thought he would be standing for some odd reason in that specific scene, but THIS is perfect
Dracunnum Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I cried so much when I read that beautiful book! :tears:
Finsterne Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
So beautiful....
yumichan89 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
This part always made me cry. And still does. Thank for such an awesome pic.
gckinsey Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007   Digital Artist
This is the part of the book where I began to sob uncontrollably the first time I read it (and every time since), so naturally this drawing brought tears to my eyes. There is such a powerful, beautiful tension in their gaze...
This is such a heart-wrenching moment, and you portrayed it perfectly. The emotional reaction it evoked from me was beyond words.
Five stars, and an instant fave.
thegoldfish Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Thank you so much! I'm really glad it means something to you; this part in the book always makes me cry like a baby too.
thegoldfish Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
Thank you so much! I'm really glad it means something to you; this part in the book always makes me cry like a baby too.
GGJ5 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2006
Awwww.... que triste!
Me encanta... it is so very Leroux!
Anna-Fuinwen Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2006
Wow that's really touching... And of course beautiful :clap:
Dragon-hobbit101 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006

Margarita: Darling........

Erik: MY LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *:glomp: Margarita*

Sabatuar Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
still can't get him over Christine eh Margarita
Dragon-hobbit101 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Marg: :blush:

Erik: :love:
Sabatuar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
lolz, at least you managed to keep him from dieing
Dragon-hobbit101 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
Marg: :D
cardowl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006   Writer
javert24601 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005
I know I've already commented but I just had to do it again. This is undoubtedly my favourite rendering of Erik in any form that I have ever seen anywhere. No contest. I get chills every time I look at it. God i love you thank you so much!!!!! *cries herself to sleep in the middle of the day*
thegoldfish Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005
:hug: Oh my gosh. That's ... SO ... sweet. Ahh! Thank you very, very much, not just for reviewing once but -twice- and for saying such nice things. I'm so glad I was able to communicate something powerful even just to one person. This is a really emotional piece for me and I'm so happy you understand. Thanks again!
javert24601 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2005
Awesome, no prob! Are you a Tolkien fan, by the way?
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