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.
-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:
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.
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I love that in the end, Chinchiz' rescue of Yura make him close with a part of the past that was tormenting him ..it was like he redeemed himself by doing that, and even more so because he didn't know at all that Yura was Mitya brother, it was beautiful.
I am sad because i enjoy reading your pages once in a while..but i am glad Chinchiz got an happy ending, as you may had understood i was afraid Chinchiz was not going to ever forgive himself and never get a chance for a new life, instead this is what is waiting for him... a whole life to live with a more peaceful mind and choosing what to do by his own will, finally, beautiful story! About the artwork, this is so telling and beautiful, and in general you improved a lot while working on this project!
I'm glad you could see the improvement! I learned a lot not only about characterization and symbolism while working on the project, but of course, also about colours, composition and anatomy. Before Basmachi, I worked very slowly and found anatomy really difficult. Now I think my anatomy has gotten a lot better and my figures no longer look as stiff as they used to.
I hope you get over the block soon! Don't worry about the stuff. I realized when I started Basmachi that if I kept on thinking about every tiny anatomical detail and every mistake in my picture, I'll never get anywhere and never will get any part of the story finished. xD Previously, I was like, oh no, I messed up the face, and I would not touch the drawing for days or maybe even weeks, so that was why drawing was painfully slow for me.
Yeah, Chinghiz finally summoned the courage to leave Turkestan. Now Chinghiz has to create his own path and not follow a twisted version of Daniar's ghost, which had so dominated his thoughts.
For some weird reason, a lonely train track makes me feel lonely at times, like when I'm on a train station waiting for a train, and I'm all alone. This looks like alot of the same, the sky have the right color for a lonely day.
The mountains in the background are very beautiful.
Very beautiful picture. You never fail to amaze me.
For this particular image, it has an atmospheric quality that really matches a finale. The railroads are leading to another part of his life. The mountains matching the beginning is a nice way to bring the story to a full circle. It almost has a cinematic quality to it.
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.
From what I've read, this is a wonderful story, the scenes, characters, places, atmosphere, everything was so lifelike. You did a great job on it. Cheers !
The story helped me think of some things in Anna's life during the Russian Civil War, such as her role with a local Bolshevik militia she was in.
And poor Anna, indeed...
Nice ending page It really gives that nostalgic feel.
"Originally, it was just going to be titled "page 69", but I think this title is better." Yes it is
Cool story bro
I do wonder if I'll get to hear from you as often now, though.
Better watch out for that exam.
School starts today too XD
I also love the little lantern in there^^