Mukhamet Shayakhmetov and Comic Books

As I’ve been working on this comic book I took the time out to make a little illustration from a book I came across called “The Silent Steppe” written by Mukhamet Shayakhmetov. It’s described “the story of a Kazakhs nomad under Stalin”. I really liked the historical photographs of the life and times of the writer. Here’s a drawing I made from one of the photos of the author (standing) and his friend in 1938. I love the clothing, the body language and the boots! My goal for the end of the year, hopefully by the fall I will get a chance to start in on a comic book that takes place in Kazakhstan. This summer I hope to do a bunch of research so I can make the comic look and feel like Kazakhstan.  For now we have this image to think about how it may look.

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