There, at the maktab, Daniar learned Chagatai Turkic and Arabic script. It was not until he had discovered Ismail Gasprinski’s writings that he began to seek higher education. Aged 15 and already one of the top students at the local maktab, Daniar became obsessed with Gasprinski’s ideas of pan-Turkism and modernization through Europeanization. Feeling that his father’s nomadic lifestyle was soon to be a thing of the past, due to Tsarist expansionism, he started believing that if Turkestanis were to maintain their identity in the face of European colonialism and expansionism, they first had to strengthen themselves through modernization.
-Maktab: traditional Islamic school in Central Asia and elsewhere. Equivalent to elementary school.
-The child in grey is Daniar. The teacher there isn't Ismail Gasprinski--he's just a local teacher at the maktab.
-The children (except Daniar) are wearing traditional Uzbek chapans and skullcaps.
-Year and location: Russian Turkestan, 1876.
-Daniar is not 15 years old in the picture (of course). The picture shows when he was starting his education at the maktab.
-Ismail Gasprinski (1851-1914) realized the need for education and cultural reform in Turkic and Islamic communities. He was a Crimean Tatar intellectual, publisher, educator, and politician. He published the newspaper Terciman starting in 1883, which would be around the time when Daniar was 13.
-Thus, Daniar was born in ~1870.
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By the way, Chinghiz is still narrating this, right? I got a little confused and had to go back and check, because his narration is too … narrative (gahh I should learn to express myself properly) I mean like, he's telling the story as an author might a character - as if it is almost his own story, and he knows it very well. This is also to do with his speaking style, although I assume that's intentional as he is a well-read character.
I don't even know what I'm saying anymore. xD
I guess I could end with suggesting you make it more speech-like, perhaps with pauses, actions in between, him taking some time to gather his thoughts or think about something in his past that was significant to him but not to the story he was telling. (Eg. if I was retelling my life to somebody I wouldn't mention my playground achievements that I'm still proud of, because I know they wouldn't care. But it's these little things that reveal a character, because done right, the readers will care. )
The teacher...yeah, he's just like, kid, you're taking this way too seriously. Because most people at the maktab--including the teacher himself--were really not that interested in education, especially not in political ideologies. They were more focused on religious studies, so whenever (the few times that they did, anyways) they brought up anythign to do with politics, Daniar went crazy. The teacher thinks it's kind of hliarious now. And the fact that Daniar is always trying to get the highest mark is funny to him, because Daniar is just so desparate in a way he's never seen before. Daniar's arrogance doesn't help. The teacher is almost tempted to give him bad marks to see his reaction. xD
Thanks for the suggestion! But I was aiming for a play-like, surreal quality that will be replicated in future scenes as well (I answer this in more detail in another comment reply).
Aha I know people like that at my school. They get so intense and almost always start debates with the teacher in English whenever there's an essay question on politics … and the language they use is the type that you find in Textbooks For Poncy Professor People and nobody has any idea what the hell they're saying … we just sit there going "Not. Again…"
Daniar never struck me as being an arrogant character though, I thought he was very wise all the way through .. but then, the story is told in Chinghiz's point of view.
Hmm … I think I get what you mean, although I'm not sure I've ever seen it in a written narrative. Were you going for the type of effect in movies where it starts off with someone narrating, then goes into a flashback (possibly with old music) and the narration sorta fades away?
i see theres an arch shape light falls on the wall behind the teacher but i didnt see the light falls on the teachers body
but the pillar behind the teacher got highlight n shouldnt being all way up, just the part of the light that crosses on it
or if the light didnt cross in front of the teacher it should cross behind him n the blue door/bookshelves? should be highlighted
i hope u understand wat i mean
And you're right about the pillar. I guess I just wasn't thinking lol.
You sure handle Photoshop well I wonder how many layers this has.
Oh, this took maybe around 4 layers or so, not counting the texture layers. 1 layer for the background, 1 layer for Daniar and the teacher in the middle, and then 1 layer for the other students. The last layer was for the highlights.
Oh, I should mention that the man in the middle isn't Ismail. He's just a teacher at the maktab. Daniar never got to meet Ismail. I'll add that in the description now!
the colors and the lighting is great!!
I can't believe I'm putting out so many Basmachi pages this week! It's quite a surprise even for me! At this rate, I might be able to finish it before the end of August!