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.”
-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
-Location and year: Moscow, Tsarist Russia, 1890-94 (ages 20-24).
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i like his facial features, oww the last line yvy the different routes that unexpectedly appear on someone's life
Yeah, he is very happy here indeed.
Well, as you know already, Daniar didn't have the best ending...he was killed.
this really looks like an old photograph, somekind like a memorabilia but too bad the person in the pic had gone n i dont think his dream has fulfilled?
the background sky gives me a little curiosity, is it dusk or dawn?
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.
n i see that chinghiz isnt gonna fulfill the daniar dream, no? otherwise he wont become a basmachi
• And his triumphant pose and expression ~ I can't help but feel happy for Daniar finally getting so far after so much hard work.
• I noticed that you only draw close-lipped smiles, and never grins … is that just because you haven't practised them or is it a cultural thing? My mum told me that the Chinese considered it rude to open your mouth too wide and traditionally close-lipped smiles were preferred … not sure if there would be a similar thing here.
• Daniar seems to have carried that flick of hair all his life now.
• Dat sky.
• Continuing with what i said in the last two comments, basically you've done it here in the last paragraph. Ah, now it's explained why he knows Daniar's past so well. But I'd still suggest telling the story more noticeably from Chinghiz's viewpiont and what he thinks of it.
And yes, one of the reasons they don't grin is because of their culture. Moving your face too much is considered foolish and unmanly. The other is that I don't it really fits their personalities (well, the characters so far, anyways) or the situations. Maybe if they're playing a prank or something I can see them smiling "openly," but in moments like the ones I've drawn so far, I just can't see it personally.
Yeah, Daniar does have that flick of hair--but he loses it when he gets old (he gets a different hairstyle that makes it appear he has more hair, because as he got older, a lot of his hair started falling off).
One of the reasons I didn't tell the story very noticeably from Chinghiz's view was because I wanted it to be as immersive as possible (ie. Mitya and the audience are so drawn into the contents that they forget what's actually happening in the real world). It's almost a kind of performance for Chinghiz, because he's told himself this story so many times already (and perhaps it's not clear at this point, but he's glossed over a lot of things and romanticized many other things. It becomes clearer in the third volume). Remember, so far, we only have seen Daniar from Chinghiz's point of view.
The whole night that Mitya and Chinghiz spend together is rather surreal and at points, becomes almost like a play. Later dialogue makes this clearer.
But thanks for your suggestion! When I rewrite the story in novel format, I'll keep that in mind
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. (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!
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.
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.
Great analysis, as usual.
Next page will go back to Mitya and Chinghiz's scene in the yurt, by the way.
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.