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Don Camillo e Peppone by The-French-Belphegor
Don Camillo e Peppone
Je cherche toujours leurs têtes à la pointe du crayon, à ces deux-là, mais je crois que je les ai trouvés :) J'ai dessiné Peppone avec en tête l'histoire "A Poacher's Penance" (je ne sais pas comment elle s'intitule en français ni en italien), mais dire pourquoi il fait cette tête-là serait divulgâcher, comme le disent si joliment les Québécois ;)

Still looking for those guys' faces with my pencils, but I think I found them with these drawings :D I drew Peppone thinking about "A Poacher's Penance", but I'm not saying why he has that second expression. Spoilers ;)
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Little world stories by The-French-Belphegor
Little world stories

L'autre jour j'ai attrapé un crayon et commencé à faire des petits dessins basés sur certaines de mes nouvelles de Don Camillo préférées... Et petit à petit c'est plus devenu des mini-illustrations ? Enfin bref, je les ai colorées avec GIMP en essayant (wow) de bosser les arrière-plans.

  • “Péché confessé” est la première nouvelle de Don Camillo écrite par Giovannino Guareschi. Parfait pour présenter le petit monde et ses personnages. Et pour démontrer qu'on peut bien résoudre des problèmes avec un coup de pied au cul :D
  • “La défaite” - ça, pour savoir qui gagne et qui perd, voyez le premier livre/ film. De toute façon ils ont tous les deux soudoyé l'arbitre alors
  • “The Whistle” - "le sifflement", que ne j'ai trouvé qu'en anglais, est l'une des histoires les plus tristes des livres. Malheureusement la perspective et moi ça fait deux, alors la tombe est trop petite pour un enfant de 13 ans...
  • Au contraire, je n'ai trouvé “Automne” nulle part ailleurs que dans ma version française du premier livre - cette nouvelle n'est même pas dans la version italienne (sans doute dans un autre livre). Enfin bref, c'est une histoire courte mais poignante sur la Première Guerre Mondiale, les médailles et les commémorations. J'adore quand ces deux-là baissent les armes et parlent à cœur ouvert.
  • “The Best Medicine” ("le meilleur remède", encore une fois seulement en anglais) montre que la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase peut aussi l'envoyer à l'hosto à l'occasion à cause d'une broutille. À un moment donné, don Camillo (qui peine à se remettre d'une attaque) demande à Peppone (en le culpabilisant un peu, vu que c'est un peu sa faute à la base) de lui amener en douce de la "vraie" nourriture. Peppone lui apporte du pain, du salami et une bouteille de Lambrusco, et avec un souffle de bon air du Bas-pays ; ce qui fait que son meilleur ennemi est assez vite remis sur pied, for le meilleur et pour le pire :aww:

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So I grabbed a pencil and an A4 paper and started doodling stuff from some of my favourite Don Camillo stories… Somewhere along the way the doodles turned less doodly and slightly more realistic? Anyway, I thought I’d try to colour them and (gasp) try to draw backgrounds.

  • “A Confession” is the very first Don Camillo story Giovannino Guareschi wrote. Great introduction to the characters and their little world. And yes, in that case everything can be solved by a kick in the arse :D
  • “The Defeat” - heh. Wouldn’t you like to know who won and who lost ;o) They both bribed the referee anyway
  • “The Whistle” is one of the saddest stories in all the books. Seriously. It’s got its own entry on the TV Tropes Tear-Jerker page for the series. Since I suck at perspective and three-dimensional drawing, the grave is much too small for a 13-year-old…
  • I couldn’t find “Autumn” anywhere but in my French copy of the first book - it’s not even in the Italian version (must be in some other book?). Anyway, it’s a short but great story about WW1, medals and commemorations. I love when those two lay down their arms and just talk.
  • “The Best Medicine” is about the straw that can break the camel’s back and send him to the hospital over what seems to be a trifle. At some point a seriously unwell Don Camillo half-asks half-guilt trips Peppone into sneaking some proper food (the titular “best medicine”, I guess) into the hospital. Peppone brings bread, salami and Lambrusco, and with it a breath of air from their sweet valley and a taste of home, and soon enough his best enemy is back, for better and for worse ;)
Still gotta work on that perspective thing…
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Little world doodle dump - Don Camillo by The-French-Belphegor
Little world doodle dump - Don Camillo

In one of the stories of the first book (some of which made it into the 2nd movie), the little town hosts a boxing match between their local champion and the city champion. The local guy does well until the city champ delivers a dirty blow, which enrages our Comrade Mayor Peppone so much (not that it usually takes a lot to get him riled up anyway) that he jumps on the ring to take on him himself. Now Peppone’s a burly fellow who knows a thing or two about fighting… Except he’s so angry he can’t see straight, so the other guy lays him out pretty quickly. Funnily enough, someone else then jumps on the ring and proceeds to kick the champion’s arse, to the delight of the townspeople ;)

Now, this doodle dump (started as one, anyway) is a bit different from both story and film, but I had this in my head and the bug wouldn’t let go. I was looking for Don Camillo’s face (now I draw him a little leaner, though not much) like I was looking for Peppone with this one, and I think I found him. Mostly.

I really can’t with those two :D

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Little World doodle dump - Peppone by The-French-Belphegor
Little World doodle dump - Peppone

You know when you read a book and you have a pretty clear mental picture of some characters that you’re not sure comes from the movie adaptation or not? And you have to doodle and doodle until you get that picture just right? It’s kind of like this right now with the Don Camillo short stories. I’m letting my pencil do my mental picturing.

(Also it’s good exercise to try to get a character’s features to stay the same but with different expressions, and it’s something I always have trouble with, so. Y'know. Working on it :) )

So I’ve got a doodle page for both main characters, and this one’s Peppone’s. He’s smarter than he lets people think he is, but he’s just as short-tempered, hot-blooded and prone to shout or hit things to solve problems as Don Camillo is. Seriously, watching/reading those two troll each other is just hilarious. (Fortunately they also have equally good hearts, which tends to balance their hard heads...)

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Frenemies by The-French-Belphegor
Frenemies

For all that the Don Camillo films are classics (not Casablanca classics, but still) here in France, I’ve only started watching them recently, and then I fell so hard I hadto read the short stories by Giovanni Guareschi, too - and fell again, just as hard. That’s why, while my Peppone isn’t too far from his portrayal by Gino Cervi, my Don Camillo looks nothing like Fernandel (whom I love nevertheless). Read the books if you can; they’re charming, often hilarious and sneakily touching (not to mention downright brutal sometimes, but then what do you expect just after WW2?).

For context, these two are respectively the Communist mayor and Catholic priest of a little town in 1945-1955 Northern Italy. They both fought in WW1 (more or less willingly), went up in the mountains to fight the Germans after the Italian armistice in WW2, and now they fight each other on everything and anything (with fists, words, rifles, sticks - anything they can grab), mostly for political reasons. Each is also probably the other’s closest friend, and they help each other out without even thinking in times of need. Here’s a longer explanation (of sorts) of why I love these two idiots so much.

Since I now have the middle-aged versions of Peppone and Don Camillo pretty clear in my mind (after a bunch of doodles I’ll probably end up posting here as well), I thought I’d try my hand at them as kids. The only reason why Peppone doesn’t have a slingshot is that he lost it in the scuffle. Did they fight each other? Side by side? Your call, but they’re ready to face the consequences ;)

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And now for something completely different

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2012, 4:56 AM


There can never be too many nods and winks to the Monty Python on the Internet. Just sayin'.

As it turns out (and as witnessed by my suddenly better stocked "Fics and snapshots" folder), my spark for writing made a surprise return at the end of last year; since then I've been writing frantically in case it's temporary and goes away again (lately I've been slowing down and consequently been afraid that the urge to write was getting diluted into other interests/fandoms... typical).

Two things have really been a big encouragement, though: the fact that I now know that I can actually complete a chaptered story (that had never happened before!), and the Papa Bear Awards. Every year, readers/writers of Hogan's Heroes fanfiction hold an election for the best HH fanfiction in the past year, and I'm still reeling (in a very good way!) from the fact that people actually nominated, then voted for my story, Soul Food. I won Bronze for "Best Story of 2011" (!!!),  Silver for "Best Long Comedy" and "Most Unique Story", and Gold (!!!!!!) for Best Portrayal of a Canon Character (LeBeau, and I'm told Schultz - the other character I was nominated for in this category - actually made fourth place!). I mean, wow. I still can't believe it. It's a bit daunting, too, because now I'm afraid the stories I have cooking (in plot bunny form, or the ones I actually got started on) won't be that good... Which goes to show that sometimes you just have to switch off your self-doubt and questioning and just write the darn thing. We'll see where it goes from here :)

In other less cheerful, Real Life-related news, I'm still on the dole, because librarian jobs are hard to come by where I live... Technically, it should mean more time to write/doodle, but somehow, it doesn't much. I'll have to kick myself in the rear to get at least this kind of activity going. It doesn't bring bread on the table, but it's something that makes me happy. I guess it's important. And who knows? Maybe some day I'll be able to write something original. A girl can dream :lol:

Checked into the Pottermore thing (I still like "Belphegor" better than "FlameScarlet5995", but we're not allowed to choose our own names) and it's a lot of fun - except I'm stuck at the end of Philosopher's Stone and I have no idea 1) if the "Chamber of Secrets" part is accessible yet, and/or 2) how to access it. Little help?

That's all (for now), folks :)

Skin by Shinji-bpm
  • Listening to: Firefly soundtrack
  • Reading: fanfiction on my Kindle! Yay!
  • Watching: The Muppets
  • Playing: Ode to Joy on my ukulele
  • Eating: Leftover Easter chocolate
  • Drinking: Orange juice

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The-French-Belphegor
Pantxika Passicot
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I'm a 30-something French girl who lives in the South West of France, doodles a lot and likes to sing in her shower. Hi there :)

I mostly do fanart, although every once in a while I'll get a picture in my head that hasn't got anything to do with fandoms. Please don't repost my art or save it elsewhere without my permission. My art Tumblr is the-french-belphegor dot tumblr dot com; I usually post more art there than on DA. Can't wait to see you around!

Feel free to peek around my little gallery, and don't forget to leave a comment if you liked or didn't like something to tell me why :)
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
What should we do for Hogan's Heroes' 50th anniversary, coming up in September? I think it would be cool if whatever we did, we let Robert Clary and Kenneth Washington know about it. Maybe Nita Talbot, too.
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great idea, but I must admit I have no idea what :| (Blank Stare) Maybe compile together our favourite fanfics (they'd have to be one-shots, though) and fanarts, make a book out of it (which we wouldn't sell to anyone - or maybe send the link to people who'd want to buy it but make it private in the settings? I know lulu.com does something like that), and send it to Robert Clary, Kenneth Washington and Nita Talbot. There's have to be good LeBeau, Baker and Marya stuff among the stories, but that's easy to find :) We could also collectively write a foreword or a note telling them what Hogan's Heroes mean to us, and how much we enjoy reading and writing stories based on these characters they incarnated 50 years ago.

What do you think?
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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's not a bad idea. It might take some work to find their mailing addresses. Robert Clary's website isn't current, but as far as I know, his nephew's email is.
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Jaboon Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday! Happy Birthday Grin 
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :party:
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KimberlyGB Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Happy B-Day girl!! :hug:
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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Felhesznelenev Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake::party:
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The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks a lot! :dance:
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Knight-Watcher Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually saw Je Suis Charlie painted onto a brick wall recently.
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