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Basmachi Page 31 by charcoalfeather Basmachi Page 31 by charcoalfeather

Those four years were the best time of Daniar’s life.

For the first time in his life, Daniar felt that his academic pursuits were recognized and appreciated. Unlike his parents and the Turkestani street vendors whom he had worked for, his peers and professors were just as enthusiastic about ethnological and political studies as he was.

After he graduated, he remained an integral part of the university, where he continued to do research on Turkic culture and on politics. In particular, he became intrigued by the entire concept of modernity as exemplified by the ideal of liberal democracy, and thus, sought to bridge Turkestan with this particular conception of modernity. This was the topic of research, ultimately, that eventually led him to the United States.

Because living with Daniar naturally meant always listening to his accounts of the past, as such, I grew to greatly value education, in much the same way as Daniar had. I studied a lot, preferring the company of books to that of my peers. I thought of all the possibilities, of how I could one day lead a new Turkestan, but I suppose”—and here Chinghiz laughed—“I would have never thought I would become a basmachi.”

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-The buildings behind Daniar are somewhat referenced from this: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
-Daniar's pose is a reference to this famous Soviet poster: quizilla.teennick.com/user_ima…
-His books says "Manas" (Манас)--Manas is the Kyrgyz national epic, one of Daniar's obsessions/focus of studies.
-Sky somewhat inspired by this: fav.me/d6svrqa by :iconkoko-stock:
-Location and year: Moscow, Tsarist Russia, 1890-94 (ages 20-24).

The series:
Next page: fav.me/d7rvb2h
Previous page: fav.me/d7ra2tm
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! 

Yeah, he is very happy here indeed.

:nod: Well, as you know already, Daniar didn't have the best ending...he was killed.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Well, it has been--but then he died. I mean, Daniar did become rich and sort of famous because of his research and later went to America with his research team because of that. But then he went to Turkestan in order to liberate Turkestan from the Soviets and then died (thus, you can say the second part of his dream wasn't fulfilled). 

It's supposed to be sort of ambiguous, because I wanted the sky to symbolize a kind of forboding as well. Daniar has achieved his university goal, but then, the sky suggests the future will not be as bright as it seems...sunset would symbolize the end of his career (eventually) and sunrise would be the start of something new, again. 
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
waaa..ur sunset n sunrise interpretation is deep Sweating a little... 
n i see that chinghiz isnt gonna fulfill the daniar dream, no? otherwise he wont become a basmachi
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Chinghiz, as revealed later in the story, joined the basmachi because 1) at the beginning he wanted revenge. 2) he was paid well, since the basmachi work with the Brits to overthrow communism 3) he can't leave because they would kill him for being a suspected spy and betrayer of secrets 4) he wants and always has wanted to be better than Daniar. Daniar also wanted to be the hero of Turkestan, but he was killed by the Reds, so Chinghiz started to think he needed to be more radical in order to be better than Daniar and achieve Daniar's goals at the same time.
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
seems like chinghiz try to fulfill daniars dream in some ways n will chinghiz face the same fate like daniar? being killed? or maybe lead a more miserable life?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You will see (eventually). I'm actually almost done the series now (around page 54 or so). The ending's around page 70. 
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blekimaru Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
not 100 pages?
geeees..im so lagged behind :( (Sad) im still at page 31 LOL 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mitya actually dies around page 45, haha. 

Nah, I don't have time. The last few pages are kind of condensed as a result. This week, I'm trying to get all of it finished.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure! :D

I see now. Not grinning also serves to make the overall setting more solemn, too, now that I think about it.

Woah, you've gone into a lot of characterising detail, even thinking about how he changes his hair. That deserves a clap. :clap: (When I draw different stages of my characters' lives, I just change the hair a little depending on practicality or sometimes just for the sake of not having them look the same.)

Ah so it's almost a switch of viewpoints into Daniar's story, but not quite. I think it actually works quite well, it eased you in really nicely and the only reason I noticed it was when I commented and realised it didn't seem to be part of Chinghiz's narration anymore. So in other words, very well done!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, haha. I always base these kind of things on real life (I've had a lot of exposure to middle aged people so I know what they think about thinning hair and the like).

Yeah, as you said in another comment, it's kind of like a movie when it fades into a flashback, but it's still technically "said" by Chinghiz. 
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TylerReitan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The depth and the warmth of the colors you chose are amazing, also the expression you chose for him is very well done. You can feel his sense of accomplishment and pride :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad the expression matched the rest of the picture!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you think so! He looks so positive here, doesn't he.
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Devine-Escapes Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Again, the warmth and depth here impress me. And again--I assumed it was an oil painting at first.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your great comment, again! 

Haha, I'm glad you liked the sky--I'm actually quite surprised I managed to pull it off, seeing as those clouds are actually just some scribbles with some shading and blur thrown in. 

And thank you for commenting on the background! Yes, it does appear a bit blocky, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. I just figured a blur would help make it look less distracting when compared to the character, but you're right, adding some more details would probably help...maybe also a couple of people walking around town, as well.
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josegoncalo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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Alithographica Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student
Love the background! The softness really makes it recede to the background in a really nice way.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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AikaArfeiniel Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work with the details of the background on the building, nice expression of the character too, I just love your coloring style is so soft and warm! great job :clap:
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Nice!
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the Soviet posters are really useful for poses sometimes, haha! A lot of the time, I honestly don't know what pose I should use so I look at them (and it's not considered plagiarism since they're public property--that's another reason).

Thanks!

:nod: Great analysis, as usual.

Next page will go back to Mitya and Chinghiz's scene in the yurt, by the way. 
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never thought using picture as ref pose can be called plagiarism ))) hehe. You welcome, waiting for new page :))
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes, it can be, I think, if you used a pose of a picture that's trademarked (some people on dA think it's tracing if you do that). That's why I only reference poses from pictures that are stocks or on wiki commons, to avoid these accusations. And of course, I make my own refs with Daz and the mirror xD
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Ktoya Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, got it. well, I think, I would not like too, if someone will copy all poses of every of my characters just one in one. so there is some sense exist when people calling its plagiarism and tracing. I am usually when need ref, looks for several different photios in web, and later company them in my head. i.e. from one ref photo I use hand pose, from second, tips how to make shadow-lights, third - bg, fourth body structure and so on :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: Definitely. 

I think that's a great thing to do :D The more refs, the better sometimes. 
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RawrNinjaArtist Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That character looks a bit like Michael Jones from Rooster Teeth
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really, I don't think.
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RawrNinjaArtist Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Around the mouth and eyes
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Hafiye Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well chingiz as Cengiz as in turkish
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, you're right!
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Hafiye Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have question for you why you so into turkish culture ?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it's hard to answer this, but in general, I like history, and this particular frame of time (ie. the Russian Civil War and the early 20th century in general). The Basmachi (the anti-Communists in Central Asia at the time) were Turkic bandits, so that's why? 
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Hafiye Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh Im glad you are into my culture ^^ also is that telling the USSR s opression in the Turkistan ?
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)

Well, yes, it can be read in that way. At the time, the USSR hadn't really formed yet (it was later in 1922) and it was still technically the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, and yes, they were expanding into Turkestan and trying to "Communize" the locals. 
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Hafiye Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but they didnt cuz we didnt gave them to chance and we protected our culture
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod:
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