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Basmachi Page 29 by charcoalfeather Basmachi Page 29 by charcoalfeather

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. 


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-Maktab: traditional Islamic school in Central Asia and elsewhere. Equivalent to elementary school.
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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.
-Tile texture from fav.me/d24kfdx
-Carpet texture from fav.me/d52071f


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:iconmy-sword-is-bigger:
My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah lol, I feel so outdated right now. XD Have you actually started the spinoffs now?
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol no. Maybe in December after the exams.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, good luck on your exams!!!! :) How long are they?
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not very long. Some of them are 50 minutes and the others around an hour and a half. I only have four of them anyways. 
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the comment. I don't htink the light should cross the blue door, though. There's only one arch and that's the one there, so why would it go there?

And you're right about the pillar. I guess I just wasn't thinking lol.
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. I'll have to think about how I can rework it if I go back to work on this, then :D Thanks!
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
u r welcome ^^
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TylerReitan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome atmosphere in this piece, I really love your choice of colors and the character designs :D
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! This one was fun to do, especially with the greens (which kind of help with the hazy feel).
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Sevenlole Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Again, love the whole atmosphere. The expressions of the characters look very natural, the story is very interesting. I might see the other ones you've made before.
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah :D

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.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :B

I see.
I at most use layers simply to place things back and forth :P
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's useful too. I think layers aren't that useful in shading for the most part, though, unless there's a lot of different parts to colour.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why I shade objects individually :nod:
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novus41 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great work
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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novus41 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You`re welcome:)
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ArlanEAkyl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ote ademi salyngan!
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your great comment! Yes, the clothes are always fun to draw.
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :D The story will get more dramatic very soon!
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Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Cant wait!
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ChrisDonnell Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The level of detail you seem to catch is brilliant! I really like your style of work, something very unique about it, the colouring and shading are perfect! 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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Lotus-Pen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Writer
S'okay :)
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MonicaLikesGiraffes Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Oooh i really like the lighting in this piece, you did a fantastic job on it!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, thank you for your great comment! :hug:

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!
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:iconhalowing:
Halowing Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wonderful job!!
the colors and the lighting is great!!
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your support as always, Halo!
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:iconhalowing:
Halowing Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're very welcome~~ ^^
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:iconcharcoalfeather:
charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad the lighting was good. I think without it, the scene would seem a lot more sterile/boring. 

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!
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you maybe sell your soul in exchange of supernatural power doing everything in that FAST :D and great way :dummy: this scene never would look boring, I think, with any type of lighting it will looks like chilling one :)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, thank you and I'm glad you think so! The next page is already in the works :) Might see it tonight or tomorrow :P I'm currently writing the end of volume 2 and OMG it's so difficult and my feelings and...yeah, it's going to be dramatic and crazy as hell. And I don't really know how I'm going to draw parts of it, since I don't want the next 10 pages after the Daniar part to be just pictures of Chinghiz and Mitya in the yurt from different angles. I've already drawn that three times in the previous volume :lol:
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
where? I looked for them and yet there is no in your gallery. or they are you are working just now? :meow: well, I think I will see them soon. you can add someting from Mitya memories, to make it a bit messed in the drawing series, and I think, Mitya's execution must be outside the yurt. Interesting, how will you draw it, and... if it happend of course. Do not worry, I wish you happy time with creating, everything will figure out for sure. Me waiting :meow:
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