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Basmachi Finale by charcoalfeather Basmachi Finale by charcoalfeather

The train trip would be long and harsh, Chinghiz realized as he looked at the notes he had made. So many twists and turns and so many transfers to make, he thought to himself. 

But he would make it, he decided as he walked towards the train station where Nurana and Ilyaz were waiting for him.

After all, as he had said to Shavkat, Baldja, Mansur, and Aynabat just a few hours ago, “Turkestan was just a dream, really. I don’t think I could last here for very long anyways. I am what I am, a failed revolutionary.” 

“And our dreams are dead, too,” he had added with a smile, as if he had been liberated from a great burden.

He paused for a while and took out the picture of Mitya once again. So it ends like this. You and I are going to New York together, in a way. 

“Chinghiz! Hurry up! The train is leaving in two minutes!” Nurana yelled as she waved her hand at him.

“Coming!” He responded as he put the picture of Mitya back into his front pocket. 

Notes:
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And so it ends.
-Yes, it's already autumn in this picture (autumn came earlier than usual to Turkestan in my story). 
-Originally, it was just going to be titled "page 69", but I think this title is better.
-Yes, the mountains in the background are basically the ones from here: fav.me/d7h17p1, which was the "beginning" of Chinghiz's life. Now Chinghiz is finally leaving Turkestan, for good. Those flowers--were they really there? Now, instead of a field of flowers, we have dry grass and a railroad. Industrialization has changed much of Turkestan since Chinghiz was a child. 
-All textures by me.

Thank you, everyone, for your support these last nine months or so. It's been such a great time getting to know you all and I appreciate each and every comment you've given me about the Basmachi series. 
Tomorrow, school begins, and I'll probably not be able to draw very often as a result. However, whenever I have time, I will go back to the series, make some "updated" versions of pages I don't really like, and perhaps, as I said to some other people, make some sequels/prequels as well as more detailed promotional art of the characters. 

The series:
Previous page: fav.me/d7xg1vr
See whole series here: charcoalfeather.deviantart.com…

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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your lovely comment! :hug: Yeah, I managed to finish it before school started, which was surprising to me as well. I figured that I should finish it, since I've never really finished such "artistic projects" before and always just put them on the backburner once school started. 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOAH! :hug: Thank you so much for taking the time to read through the series and leaving this comment here!

I'm glad you thought Chinghiz was a realistic character; that's very nice to hear!

As for the cinematic quality--I agree. I'm kind of inspired by "artsy" movies as well as imagery in literature I've read.

Thanks again!
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Lady-Dragonrose Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I told you I would! :) You're welcome, it was a really good read .

 Movies and books can really do wonders for inspiration, this is true.   
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks again :)
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TylerReitan Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great scenery, I always enjoy warm colors especially in landscapes :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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IsabellaMichel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student Writer
aw caramba. This is so beautiful I could just stare at it forever. Great colors. And the texture of everything looks perfect
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your great comment!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm happy that you're interested. Good luck with your studies during this time, as I know you're busy (aren't we all).
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for following it to the end! Your comments have been a pleasure to read :)

And poor Anna, indeed...
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Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
I've yet to tell more stories of her and the people she's encountered in her long life.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for your great comments all this time!
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can count with me D:<
I do wonder if I'll get to hear from you as often now, though.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably...law school is pretty chill so far. We got the syllabi for all the courses today and last week, and some of them don't even have assignments. They just have a huge exam at the end of the year which makes up 100% of the mark.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit...
Better watch out for that exam.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah :( It's pretty crazy that the entire course mark is based on one exam.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right :l
It's tyrannical.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Apparently the professor is not responsible for this though. That's what he said today. It's dictated by whomever controls the law school. Even the prof thinks it's stupid.
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SECONDARY-TARGET Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I have your fascinating skill for drawing landscape XD
School starts today too XD 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Good luck to you at school.

School already started for me last week.
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xXShaddowHunterXx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student
Great work and great perspective!
I also love the little lantern in there^^
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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xXShaddowHunterXx Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student
Welcome!
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Nyaah-Chaan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! I love the mountains and the perspective with the tracks. :nod:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Nyaah-Chaan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! =)
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maybe-paper-hearts Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Photographer
this is beautiful - again I have an impression I looking at a photo.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Henxer Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
This is so beautiful! The photo just makes me go into another world. Great Work! ^^
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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st277 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   Photographer
GORGEOUS! 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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paul1820 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
that is incredible depth perception in this drawing, wonderful.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Scr1b3 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought this was a photo at first!! :wow:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:bow:
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ZeeShiKing Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! :)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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ZeeShiKing Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome! :) :aww:
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Miniiyu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I love the autumn background~ It goes well with the rails. +fav Shocked 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Miniiyu Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
You're welcome~ La la la la 
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Demonic-Fantasy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Gorgeous <3 I love it. 
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