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Chapter 27

~RESILIENCE~

Welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns” the crime fighting/adventure comic that is drawn and written by Pia Langfeld and Jaime Leos based on words selected the drawing game, Monkey Sidebars.  Twice a week, Monkey Sidebar members select a theme/word and you draw accordingly. Many of the members are very creative in their draws.  Yet writing a storyline with the themes selected is very tricky and require tons of brainstorming.

Previously, on “As the Jungle Turns”…..Our heroes had caught up to The Twins and as they escaped down a Bobsled track!  Fortunately, Gunnar was familiar with bobsledding and told the team that if they followed his lead, they could get down the track fast enough to catch the villains.  As they made their way down the track they found a bobsled turned over with someone moaning inside….it was Thomas!

Pia Langfeld- "Resilience- the ability to bounce back...which in Mary's case proved quite beneficial to Wayne..."
Pia Langfeld- “Resilience- the ability to bounce back…which in Mary’s case proved quite beneficial to Wayne…”

When we started this comic series, Mary had just broken up with Thomas and was heart broken.  She cried her heart out but soon came into the arms of Jerry (whom we find out later in the our chapters that he was Thomas’ brother!)  Thomas used Mary to frame her for his murder.  Thomas was behind on gambling debt and to get access to his trust fund, he decided to stage his death.  However, with “resilience” our heroes were able to catch the scoundrel and bring him to justice!

Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Jaime Leos- "After capturing Thomas on the bobsled track, he was taken in for questioning.  However Thomas wasn't too cooperative.  He was biding time thinking he wouldn't be extradited to the U.S.  However, he wasn't under arrest yet.....Mary had ways of making him talk!"
Jaime Leos- “After capturing Thomas on the bobsled track, he was taken in for questioning. However Thomas wasn’t too cooperative. He was biding time thinking he wouldn’t be extradited to the U.S. However, he wasn’t under arrest yet…..Mary had ways of making him talk!”  (Mary’s image was referenced from Hoang Nguyen’s Carbon Grey)

Thomas had no intentions of talking and giving up his brother Jerry or his sister Faith!  His sister was fundamental on taking them to countries where they could not be extradited.  Arresting him would be tricky although they had enough evidence.

However, Mary is not an officer of the law nor a secret governmental agent….she is a common citizen.  She was simply here to help identify the Twins and assist with clearing her name of murder.  She just wanted to know why he framed her for murder.  Finally Mary was done talking….questions were going to be answered!

Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- "Mary had enough with Thomas' sarcastic attitude and was thinking of how he framed her for his murder...it was time for some payback!!  He caved in pretty easy!  Gunnar told Swedish Police that the bruises and bleeding on Thomas' face was from the bobsled accident."
Jaime Leos- “Mary had enough with Thomas’ sarcastic attitude and was thinking of how he framed her for his murder…it was time for some payback!! He caved in pretty easy! Gunnar told Swedish Police that the bruises and bleeding on Thomas’ face was from the bobsled accident.”

Mary was able to find out that Jerry and Faith were at a night club called “The White Room Dance Club” in Stockholm.  Through the team’s resilience, they were close to capturing the villains.

So in our next chapter, Mary will have to put on her best dancing shoes and party dress.  But this wasn’t going to be all pleasure…this was going to be all business! 

Until next time, dress to impress and bring your glow sticks because we are going #Dancing!

I’ll leave you with this video that defines the word Resilience….


Monkey                          Round                         Date                     Day                    Word Selected


@rachysuzanne            #59                          March 2             Sunday                  Resilience


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/resilience/

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CHAPTER 26

~BOB~

Hello everyone and welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns”, the crime fighting/adventure comic that is drawn and written by Pia Langfeld and Jaime Leos based on words selected the drawing game, Monkey Sidebars. Twice a week, Monkey Sidebars members select a theme/word and you draw accordingly. Many of the members are very creative in their draws.  Yet writing a storyline with the themes selected is very tricky and require tons of brainstorming.
The word selection for this chapter of “Jungle Turns” and Round 58 of Monkey Sidebars was selected by our own, Pia Langfeld.  Pia stated she selected this word as the 2014 Winter Olympics were just about to start and she was inspired to select “BOB” as in bob-sled.    The theme “Bob” has so many possibilities for an artist to draw but imagination would need to be utilized.
Pia Langfeld- "After opening the armored door, Mary, Wayne and Gunnar were faced with an interesting map....but no sign of The Twins."
Pia Langfeld- “After opening the armored door, Mary, Wayne and Gunnar were faced with an interesting map….but no sign of The Twins.”
The idea was to have a bob-sled track that the Twins can travel down to escape.  The bob-sleds can travel as fast as 90 miles per hour so a quick getaway could be feasible.
Pia Langfeld- "Bob, from the Jamaican bobsled team, pointed the trio in the right direction...and the direction was down!"
Pia Langfeld- “Bob, from the Jamaican bobsled team, pointed the trio in the right direction…and the direction was down!”
Pia’s idea for this draw was to incorporate the famous Jamaican bobsled team and Bob Marley into her draw.  Of course, Pia nailed the portrait draw using the colors of the Jamaican National Flag!!
Jaime Leos- "The Twins had a good solid lead ahead of the team but fortunately Gunnar was skilled in bobsledding!  He told the team that with turns 3, 6, and 10, if they followed his instructions, they could gain on the twins and catch the fugitives!"
Jaime Leos- “The Twins had a good solid lead ahead of the team but fortunately Gunnar was skilled in bobsledding! He told the team that with turns 3, 6, and 10, if they followed his instructions, they could gain on the twins and catch the fugitives!”
The Twins were not Olympic bobsled members and their inexperience could slow them enough for our heroes to catch them.  I spoke to Pia at this time and told her that I was ready to catch one of the Twins!  These guys had eluded our heroes’ attempt to apprehend the villains but I told Pia that we should catch one of the Twins.  Separating the two-headed snake would help to slow the other down.
Jaime Leos- "Upon reaching the bottom of the track, the bobsled was found belly-up with footprints heading south.....and the moan of an injured villain!!  After further investigation, even with the helmet, Mary knew it was Thomas!  Anger began to coarse through her veins as he was the BASTARD who used her to frame his own death and cash out on his Trust Fund.  Wayne was somewhat relieved that their resilience had paid off and now the hunt for the missing brother now begins..."
Jaime Leos- “Upon reaching the bottom of the track, the bobsled was found belly-up with footprints heading south…..and the moan of an injured villain!! After further investigation, even with the helmet, Mary knew it was Thomas! Anger began to coarse through her veins as he was the BASTARD who used her to frame his own death and cash out on his Trust Fund. Wayne was somewhat relieved that their resilience had paid off and now the hunt for the missing brother now begins…”
Thomas was quickly apprehended and after mending his wounds, he was taken to HQ for questioning.  What the team did not expect was the fact that Thomas was RESILIENT.  He would refuse to talk.  Can our heroes extract information from Thomas?
Tune in to the next chapter for RESILIENCE and find out.
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http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/bob


Monkey                          Round                             Date                    Day                 Word Selected


@piabela                            #58                       February 26       Wednesday               Bob


 

CHAPTER 25

~ARMOR~

Welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns”, the crime fighting/adventure comic that is drawn and written by Pia Langfeld and Jaime Leos based on words selected .
When we last left, Mary and Wayne had recruited the help of the specialist, “The Scandinavian” or Gunnar.  Gunnar was able to locate The Twins with the illegal use of cellphone triangulation and listening to cellphone conversations of known acquaintances.  However The Twins are protected in a heavily guarded compound and to extract the duo, they would need to use stealth and strong armor.
Pia had the brilliant idea to use a weapons expert similar to the James Bond movies.  In the movies, “Q” would develop guns and rockets that would shoot out of his Aston-Martin or bubble gum that explodes. Pia’s version would be a Scandinavian native named “Å”.
Pia Langfeld- "With the help of "Å", the Scandinavian gadget Meister, they were able to deck Mary out in appropriate armor..."
Pia Langfeld- “With the help of “Å”, the Scandinavian gadget Meister, they were able to deck Mary out in appropriate armor…”
I told Pia that I wanted to draw Gunnar’s armor similar to the new ROBOCOP suit.  Robocop was just about to appear on the big screens when we did our draws.
Jaime Leos- "Gunnar debriefed the team and lays out the strategy to raid the compound using stealth and nifty gadgets provided by "Å", the weapons expert."
Jaime Leos- “Gunnar debriefed the team and lays out the strategy to raid the compound using stealth and nifty gadgets provided by “Å”, the weapons expert.”

 

While researching reference draws I was wanting to draw Wayne using stealth while entering the compound.  Pia had the idea of using sonic grenades called “Paralyzers” that would cause the compound soldiers to double over and begin vomiting after detonation while the team raided the compound.  I then began to think of the video game, “Splinter Cell” and the hero of the game, “Sam Fischer.”  This was the result draw.
Jaime Leos- "Wayne snuck into the compound with stealth using a zip line and night vision.'
Jaime Leos- “Wayne snuck into the compound with stealth using a zip line and night vision.’
With the use of the “Paralyzers”, the team was able to raid the compound without being detected but the activity outside alerted The Twins to escape out an “armored” door.  Their escape route would lead to a bob-sled track so they could leave but travel quickly!
Pia Langfeld- "and now...what next?"
Pia Langfeld- “and now…what next?”
In the next episode our team find that The Twins have left and are speeding away at blazing speeds in a bob-sled.  The team will need to catch up to them before they get away again!!

Until then….


Monkey                             Round                  Date                               Day                Word selected


@meluminatti               #57                      February 23               Sunday                 Armor


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/armor/

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CHAPTER 24

~SCANDINAVIAN~

Hej alla or hello everyone and welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns”, the crime fighting/adventure comic that is drawn and written by Pia Langfeld and Jaime Leos based on words selected the drawing game, Monkey Sidebars.  Twice a week, Monkey Sidebar members select a theme/word and you draw accordingly. Many of the members are very creative in their draws.  Yet writing a storyline with the themes selected is very tricky and require tons of brainstorming.

For the theme “Scandinavian” we decided to introduce a new character.  When we last left our heroes they were searching for The Twins.  However leads they were following only lead to dead ends.  At the suggestion of Headquarters, Wayne and Mary find an ex-military soldier and martial arts expert known simply as
“The Scandinavian.”

Jaime Leos- "The Scandinavian was classified and only a handful of people have seen his face.  What was known about him was very little, however he was the right man to raid a heavily armed compound.  He was court marshaled but given an honorable discharge for saving 12 captured soldiers from a heavily guarded enemy compound without one friendly death."
Jaime Leos- “The Scandinavian was classified and only a handful of people have seen his face. What was known about him was very little, however he was the right man to raid a heavily armed compound. He was court marshaled but given an honorable discharge for saving 12 captured soldiers from a heavily guarded enemy compound without one friendly death.”

When I suggested that we add a new character named “The Scandinavian”, Pia immediately thought of Dolph Lundgren.  Pia works at Lufthansa Airlines and met Dolph as he was boarding.

Dolph Lundgren’s autograph boarding pass- Pia Langfeld

  While researching Dolph Lundgren, I found a lot of interesting items about him. The above drawing features interesting facts about him including being a 3rd dan black belt and champion martial artist which was helpful in getting him into action movies… AND did you know that ‘Ivan Drago (“I must break you”)’ also has a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and was working towards his doctorate before he went into movies?!?!

Pia Langfeld- "Mary and Wayne meet the The Scandinavian."
Pia Langfeld- “Mary and Wayne meet the The Scandinavian.”

Pia is an awesome portrait artist so I had to recruit her to draw Dolph.  She challenged me to draw him in the Pop Art style but I “chickened out”.  Maybe one day I can return to this challenge in the future.

Mary and Wayne met the The Scandinavian whose real name was Gunnar.
Gunnar got straight to business and used the latest technologies to triangulate The Twins’ location.

Jaime Leos- "Using highly illegal methods to locate the Twins, the Scandinavian was able to listen to a cellphone conversation of a known acquaintance of the villains and traced them to Stockholm, Sweden."
Jaime Leos- “Using highly illegal methods to locate the Twins, the Scandinavian was able to listen to a cellphone conversation of a known acquaintance of the villains and traced them to Stockholm, Sweden.”
Pia Langfeld- "The Scandinavian has access to some state of the art technology.  With his help, Mary and Wayne finally knew an exact location of The Twins."
Pia Langfeld- “The Scandinavian has access to some state of the art technology. With his help, Mary and Wayne finally knew an exact location of The Twins.”

Gunnar found the exact location of The Twins.  However they were heavily protected in a compound and by heavily armed bodyguards.  The team would have to use stealth and technology to enter and capture the Twins.  They would also need to suit up in the newest “armor” to protect themselves.

Our next chapter will reveal the required “armor” needed to enter the compound and provide protection.
Until then….

Monkey                  Round                  Date                               Day                      Word Selected


@papaojam                #56               February 19              Wednesday          Scandinavian


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/scandanavian/

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Chapter 23

~Lollygag~

It’s been a whole 10 days since my our last posting of “As the Jungle Turns” but this was in the spirit of our next selected word….”Lollygag”!!
As you can tell, trying to fit a storyline with the selected words can be difficult as mentioned in previous chapters.  Lollygag was no different.  Pia and I were confused on how we would fit this word into our story.
When we last left out heroes, they were in the Forest of Endor and I began thinking of the old fairy tales that took place in the dark forests of Germany as told by the Brothers Grimm.  I mentioned to Pia that we should lollygag in Germany to which she selected Berlin.
Pia Langfeld- "Mary, Wayne and Mr. Sides arrived in Berlin via their "speeder bikes".  They needed to regroup and figure out their next steps...the regrouping however turned into some lollygagging."
Pia Langfeld- “Mary, Wayne and Mr. Sides arrived in Berlin via their “speeder bikes”. They needed to regroup and figure out their next steps…the regrouping however turned into some lollygagging.”
At this point, we decided our team would also part ways with their guide, Mr. Sides.  We felt that since Mr Sides is so much into World War II and German military, we would leave him as the new curator of a museum dedicated to the weapons of the German Reich.
Pia Langfeld- 'Mr. Sides, the German history buff, was totally in his element in Berlin.  Mary and Wayne would have to continue their search for the Twins on their own.  Having friends in high places, Mr Sides did set up a connection with his agency at HQ by the former Checkpoint Charlie border crossing..."
Pia Langfeld- ‘Mr. Sides, the German history buff, was totally in his element in Berlin. Mary and Wayne would have to continue their search for the Twins on their own. Having friends in high places, Mr Sides did set up a connection with his agency at HQ by the former Checkpoint Charlie border crossing…”
While Pia decided to draw areas of Berlin such as the Brandenburg Bridge and Check Point Charlie, I decided to draw the Berlin Wall.  There was so much art references for the Berlin Wall that I had difficulty in deciding which wall to draw.  That’s when I stumbled on the art of Thierry Noir.
I wasn’t able to find the artist name however for reference.
I drew Mary as tourist with some personalized graffiti.
When I posted this draw on Instagram, I am assuming that the #BerlinWall hashtag must have grabbed the artist Theirry Noir’s attention because he liked and commented on my draw.
Check out his website

www.galerie-noir.de

Jaime Leos- "Mary and Wayne wait for HQ to give them Intel on the whereabouts of the Twins.  Meanwhile, the two are lolly gagging in Berlin and taking a much needed break while visiting the Berlin Wall."
Jaime Leos- “Mary and Wayne wait for HQ to give them Intel on the whereabouts of the Twins. Meanwhile, the two are lolly gagging in Berlin and taking a much needed break while visiting the Berlin Wall.”
The next word in the Monkey Sidebars game was “Scandinavian”.  We would have to tie in the word with our story so we decided that our next contact would be known as “The Scandinavian.”  He would need to be a man who could locate the Twins using the latest technology.
Jaime Leos- "Wayne alerts Mary that the Twins have not been located!  Mary feels that their lolly gagging may have cost them their change at catching the Twins.  Their last chance to locate the villains is to find an ex-military/ex-spy simply known as "The Scandinavian".
Jaime Leos- “Wayne alerts Mary that the Twins have not been located! Mary feels that their lolly gagging may have cost them their change at catching the Twins. Their last chance to locate the villains is to find an ex-military/ex-spy simply known as “The Scandinavian”.
Our next chapter will take us to “the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.”
Until we meet again in the halls of Valhalla….

Monkey                      Round         Date                              Day                             Word Selected


@cosmokimmy       #55             February 16                Sunday                      Lollygag


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/lollygag

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~Star Wars~

Welcome back and I see the “Force” has guided you back to another chapter of “As the Jungle Turns.”  We left our heroes searching for a mode of transportation down to the land below as the Twins are para gliding away.  The team has found an alien mode of transport and are searching for the villains in the clouds and debris.

Pia Langfeld-
Pia Langfeld-

Pia began drawing this great piece before finishing Chapter 21.  Fortunately we were able to tie chapters 21 and 22 together.

To tie in the Star Wars movie theme, we decided to part ways with our friend, “Harry the Yeti” and twist our story a bit.  For the rest of this chapter, I’m going to assume that you (the reader) has seen the first trilogy of Star Wars.  In Return of the Jedi, the droid C3PO has found the tribe of the Ewoks and is able to speak their language.   The Ewoks are amazed by his golden metal and believe he is a god.  In our story, the Ewoks are amazed by Harry’s huge size as he has a furry exterior like the Ewoks but he is much more massive.  The Ewoks embrace Harry and want him to protect their tribe.

Jaime Leos- "The group has landed in the Forest of Endor and located the hand gliders but no sign of the Twins.  A small tribe of creatures called the Ewoks surrounded Harry in amazement by his size and stature."
Jaime Leos- “The group has landed in the Forest of Endor and located the hand gliders but no sign of the Twins. A small tribe of creatures called the Ewoks surrounded Harry in amazement by his size and stature.”
Pia Langfeld- "Among the Ewoks, Harry realized he no longer felt lonely.  In the Forest of Endor he had found his purpose as Leader and Protector."
Pia Langfeld- “Among the Ewoks, Harry realized he no longer felt lonely. In the Forest of Endor he had found his purpose as Leader and Protector.”

 

Jaime Leos- "No signs of the Twins....the remaining trio leaves for nearby Berlin in a new mode of transportation possibly left behind by the aliens...Speeder Bikes!  Mary was definitely enjoying the bikes.  The team hasn't had the opportunity to unwind and lollygag in sometime since hunting the Twins."
Jaime Leos- “No signs of the Twins….the remaining trio leaves for nearby Berlin in a new mode of transportation possibly left behind by the aliens…Speeder Bikes! Mary was definitely enjoying the bikes. The team hasn’t had the opportunity to unwind and lollygag in sometime since hunting the Twins.”

Since Pia is from Germany, I suggested that we take our heroes to Berlin for a bit of “lolly-gagging”  until more intel could be gathered on the Twins.  So until the next chapter…..and may the Force be with you.

 

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@mmoriniere #54 February 12 (Wed) STAR WARS
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/star-wars

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Chapter 21

~ALIEN~

 Welcome back to another Out-of-this-World episode of “As the Jungle Turns” or “Mary’s Saga.”  We last left off with the team of Mary, Wayne, Harry the Yeti and Mr. Sides exploring the ‘Enigmatic’ cave but suddenly the cave began collapsing  around them.  We last saw large plasma arcs flowing outwards from the cave, but to where?
The team ran out of the cave but what they saw was unbelievable!!
Mary could not believe her eyes…..
Pia Langfeld- "Mary couldn't believe her eyes: The whole side of the mountain took off like some alien spacecraft....now, how to follow??"
Pia Langfeld- “Mary couldn’t believe her eyes: The whole side of the mountain took off like some alien spacecraft….now, how to follow??”
The plasma arcs supplied energy to the alien spacecraft.
We had the idea that the Himalayan mountain served as a conductor for thunder storms and transferred the power to the generators.
This is why the cave was collapsing.
Jaime Leos- "The team comes out of the collapsing cave alive to find part of the mountain floating away!!  It felt as if this was part of an Alien dream!!  In the distance they could see The Twins escaping....they would need to find a mode of transportation to catch them.  They would also need to be cautious of the floating islands because the crumbling rocks and earth was falling and revealing a spaceship!!"
Jaime Leos- “The team comes out of the collapsing cave alive to find part of the mountain floating away!! It felt as if this was part of an Alien dream!! In the distance they could see The Twins escaping….they would need to find a mode of transportation to catch them. They would also need to be cautious of the floating islands because the crumbling rocks and earth was falling and revealing a spaceship!!”
The idea for these floating islands came partly from the movie Avatar.
We imagined floating islands but soon reveal a spaceship.
The Twins are in the background hand gliding from the floating islands to the land below.
Floating islands
Floating islands
Pia Langfeld- "Interestingly enough, the aliens had left behind a spacecraft...now they would have to figure out how to fly it...."
Pia Langfeld- “Interestingly enough, the aliens had left behind a spacecraft…now they would have to figure out how to fly it….”
Pia drew this flying ship and I thought how it resembled the flying craft from the movie John Carter.
The flying craft on the movie used light to obtain its power.
John Carter
John Carter
While transitioning to the next chapter, “Star Wars” I decided to draw the floating island and reveal that after all of the rocks and earth had fallen off, it had revealed a “Cloud City”.

Jaime Alien 2

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@CYCLOPS68 #53 February 9 (Sun) ALIEN
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/02/alien
 Stay tuned for the next chapter, “Star Wars” as the team continues their search for their villains who follow the Dark Side!!

Also check out below a link to our Alien Invasion with posts from all monkeys for this round.

http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/monkey-alien-invasion
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Thanks,
Jaime Leos

Chapter 17, 18,19 and 20

~INCANDESCENT~

Welcome back for another episode of “As the Jungle Turns” featuring three chapters dealing with Mary and Agent W-D40’s adventures in the Himalayan Mountains.  The word selected for Round 49 of Monkey Sidebars was “Incandescent” selected by Gaile Hughes or @natpatg.  The ideas we had were Buddhist monks surrounded by candles and The Twins along with their sister, Faith are seeking sanctuary in the Monastery.
Pia Langfield
Pia Langfield- “So off they went, toward the land of the rising sun-the roof of the world…ready for their incandescent adventure.”
Pia and I spoke of introducing a new cameo scene with Mr. Sides as our contact in China and someone who could get our heroes up the mountainside.  My original idea was to draw Mr. Sides as an anime character but Pia brilliantly said, “Why don’t you draw him in his style of drawing?”  To which I replied, “What do you mean?  In BONDAGE?!?!”  Besides his seriously sexy drawings, his military art is also amazing.  I studied his draws on Draw Something 2 to learn his style.
Mr Sides
Mr Sides
Mr. Sides
Mr. Sides
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
On this draw, we recruited the services of Pia’s husband to help us with the names of the elite forces in Germany.  We now had Mr. Sides trained by the GSG9 and KSK.
One other item was to address Agent W-D40’s name.  It was beginning to become a pain in the arse to say and since we were building a relationship, we needed a name.  Pia listed names that started with the letter ‘W’ and ‘D’.  Pia selected Wayne and I selected Duncan (being a San Antonio Spurs fan).
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia was super excited about drawing the Dalai Lama.  Pia has the talent for portraits…. as for me… well not so much.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- “The crew arrives to the base of the Himalayan Mountains and have located The Twins at a possible monastery hideout with the help of Mr. Sides.  Wayne makes a vow to Mary that nothing bad will happen during the climb or possibly forever.
This draw almost never happened because it was lost on Draw Something 2.  Luckily I drew this for fellow Monkey member, Joanie Sween or @jasween116 who sent the pic back so I could screen capture it.
We were working on building a relationship between the two and incidentally we will refer to this draw in future draws.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- “Explanation of draw not needed.”

~EFFORT~

During the writing process, we knew it would take great “Effort” to climb up the Himalayan Mountains.  I spoke to Pia about one of my favorite authors, Jon Krakauer and the book Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster.  She said she owned the movie version so we looked at scenes and came up with ideas to draw.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld- “Mary, Wayne and Mr. Sides started their journey up the Himalayan Mountains to the Twins’ Hide out.
The idea was to draw the ice crevasses with Wayne slipping and almost falling into the crevasse.   It would take a great effort to get him out or otherwise he would be found frozen next to a Wooly Mammoth!
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
In keeping with the Into Thin Air we decided to throw a vicious storm in the mix.  The heroes in the book die from a freak storm on Mount Everest so I drew a storm that would jeopardize the team.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- “After the great effort to beat the storm, the trio seeks shelter at a secluded cave…or so they thought.  Mr. Sides tells Mary and Wayne of stories that his grandfather had told him as a child….stories of a selcouth creature that dwelled in the Himalayan Mountains…half man/half bear known as Yeti.
This drawing is referenced from the comic series Carbon Grey and added the start to the next chapter, Selcouth.

~SELCOUTH~

While coming up with ideas for Selcouth, I mentioned to Pia that I had just seen a childhood movie, Big Trouble in Little China.  While looking for ideas for the Yeti or the Selcouth creature, I wanted to use one of the creatures on the movie.
Big Trouble in Little China
Big Trouble in Little China
However, we went another route because we wanted him to be loveable and cuddly yet scary to look at…. and we would name him “Harry”.    I started looking for reference draws for the Yeti which there weren’t as many as there were for Big Foot.  However I found a great one referenced from WYV1 on Deviant Art.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia drew this scene with jewels added to lead to the next chapter, “Enigmatic”
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- “Mary befriended the creature as ‘Beauty can soothe the savage beast!’  Realizing that Yeti’s are omnivores and are harmless…she named him Harry!”
With the previous draw featuring Mary in a fur coat and fur hat, of course it would make sense that she had a furry set of lingerie!  This scene shows Mary calming the savage beast similar to King Kong.  In fact, the other idea we had for this draw was Mary being abducted by a large White gorilla but we scrapped that idea.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- “Wayne and Mr Sides tracked Mary to the Yeti’s lair to find her unharmed!! The guys were ready to attack when Mary stopped them and told them that he was harmless.  She also pointed to some ‘Enigmatic’ markings that were in the cave.
Again, I had just seen Big Trouble in Little China and wanted to draw something that would honor this movie.  I found this reference draw from Supajoe on Deviantart.com.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia drew these symbols referring to the Elvish writings on The Hobbit.  The team would need to decipher the code to go further into the cave.

 ~Enigmatic~

While brainstorming for Chapter 19, “Enigmatic” we also took into account the following chapter, “Alien”.  While our journey took us into a strange cave that had a “Selcouth” creature, jewels embedded in the cave and unusual writing in the cave we shouldn’t have any problems coming up with an enigmatic concept.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
To decipher the enigmatic markings in the cave and determine what was behind the door, Mr. Sides had a German Enigma Machine.  The machine was used by the Germans during World War II to read codes sent by the allies.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld- “Cracking the code was easy enough and opened the door to a whole new Enigmatic world.”
Once the code was interpreted by the team, they moved on to a whole new Enigmatic World!!  What was found in the cave was something that should not be!  A jungle-like atmosphere inside the Himalayan mountains!  But how?  The team would press on to explore this enigmatic cave while trying to find the Twins and Faith.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos- “As the team explored the caves of the Himalayan Mountains, they came across an enigmatic mural with people worshiping a tall God-like man who is pointing to a constellation.  Above him are unusual symbols that are not recognizable to Mr. Sides’ decoder….Is this tall being and this enigmatic cave from another planet?
Here we were transitioning to the next chapter, “Aliens.”  Speaking of which, this drawing was inspired by the movie, Prometheus (2012) which was directed by Ridley Scott and was intended to be a prequel to another movie he directed, Alien (1979).
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos-“The large generators suddenly came alive producing large electrical plasma arcs that flowed towards the final door.  The generators made a rhythmic hum similar to a heart beat….lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub, lub-dub….it seemed as if the mountain was coming alive!!!  As the noise became louder, the mountain began to TREMBLE!!!!  Rocks began to fall over our heroes heads and they quickly ran towards the final door of the cave.
In this scene, we gave the cave…LIFE!!!  We would see the cave beginning to collapse and large amounts of energy being transferred out of the cave as if it were a large power source to a great machine!!  But what would require so much energy and where was this energy being generated from?  The idea was the mountain collected energy from electrical storms  outside of the mountain that were stored inside the generators.
These three chapters tested our imaginations.  So many strange ideas came about but because of words like “Selcouth” and “Enigmatic” we knew that our world could be no less than unusual!!
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@natpatg #49 January 26 (Sun) INCANDESCENT
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/incandescent
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@Jimpeterson1970 #50 January 29 (Wed) EFFORT
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/effort
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@Geopebbles #51 February 2 (Sun) SELCOUTH
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/selcouth
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@LAWRENCEHYDE #52 February 5 (Wed) ENIGMATIC
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/enigmatic
 Thank you for reading and please follow @jungleturns on Instagram.

Jungle Turns – Chapter 15/16

~Zaftig~

Welcome back for another episode of “As The Jungle Turns” with your host, Jaime Leos. And as always I am joined with my talented partner, Pia Langfeld!  So sit back and enjoy!
We are going to combine both Zaftig and Voluptuous as they both take place at Zaftig’s House of Bodacious Women!
Before drawing Rabble for chapter 14, Pia and I began discussing how we would transition to the word Zaftig.  Pia lived in Germany and told me that the word sounded like the word, “saftig” which meant “juicy”.
Zaftig
Zaftig

After checking on Google images, we decided that we needed to chase Faith and the Twins to a strip club named “Zaftig’s House of Bodacious Women.”  However, because we are still on Faith’s turf the club will be very risky and dangerous.

While looking for reference pictures I came across a draw from one of our Monkey Sidebars members, Straylightv,  who mentioned an artist named Babs Tarr.  I began researching her and found a drawing that would be great for our Zaftig club theme.  There is a restaurant here in San Antonio, Texas called “Old San Francisco Steakhouse” which features an older, gold rush ambiance and a swinging girl from the ceiling.
This picture brought me  home.

Babs Tarr
Babs Tarr
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
I wanted a draw that would give an introduction of the dangerous and disreputable establishment.  A place that was frequented by both politician and criminals.
Mary and Agent W-D40 would begin their search for the Twins and Faith.  Yet as fate would have it, a pair of  “twins” found them!!
The Zaftig dancer led the duo to Heidi, the bar owner.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
 Pia’s idea for Heidi was draw a bodacious barmaid and in keeping with the German Zaftig theme, she would be dressed like a Bavarian Oktoberfest lady with a name like Hilda or Heidi!
I immediately thought of the St. Pauli Girl.
St. Pauli Girl
St. Pauli Girl
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia drew her in the style of Angelina Jolie with her zaftig-like lips and other ‘juicy’ credentials.    Heidi’s character was that of a savvy business owner.  There was nothing that happened at Zaftig’s that Heidi didn’t know about!  She looked at Mary and demanded a dance on-stage in exchange for information.
Pia’s idea for the dance was to do something that would distract the audience while Agent W-D40 could search for the Twins and Faith.  If there was ever a scene in a movie that strip club patrons were distracted and amazed it would have to be the scene from Flashdance where Jennifer Beals pulls that rope making the water drop on her!  This was the inspiration for Pia’s next draw.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld

 ~Voluptuous~

When brainstorming for the Voluptuous draws, Pia and I began throwing up ideas that “with all of the voluptuous girls at Zaftig’s House of Bodacious Women, Agent W only had eyes for Mary.”  We wanted to draw an escalating relationship between Agent W and Mary.  We wanted to build something as the next word for Monkey Sidebars was “Incandescent”.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
I decided to draw Mary coming off stage with her clothes all wet!
She would come off stage, strutting her stuff yet playing innocent….
“My clothes seem to be all wet Agent W!  Help a lady?”
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Agent W being the gentleman that he is decided to give Mary ‘the shirt off his back’ revealing his voluptuous self.  Pia’s idea was to draw a voluptuous male figure since we had all of these half naked women so I drew this for our lovely lady-monkeys.  Claire Austin’s response was the funniest to me because the ‘love-trail’ of hair under the umbilicus made her chuckle.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
We continue with the chivalrous acts of Agent W as he assists Mary with the shirt to keep her from getting cold.  I believe Mary is impressed with his gentlemanly gestures!
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Agent W and Mary were getting off track and off the mission.  They approached Heidi to gain their information on the Twins.
Heidi led them to the land of voluptuous mountains….Tibet.

Monkey                Round               Date                             Day                       Word Selected


@lizzieagosto      #47                January 19                  Sunday                  Zoftig


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/zoftig/


Monkey                 Round                 Date                              Day                      Word Selected


@xantise                  #48                 January 22                Wednesday            Voluptuous


http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/voluptuous/


We had a lot of fun with these two rounds of words and our fellow Monkey Sidebars friends also had some HOT submissions!!  Freddy Mercury said it best when he said, “Fat Bottom Girls You Make The Rocking World Go Round!”
Thank you for reading and please follow @jungleturns on Instagram.

Thank You,
Jaime.

Jungle Turns- Chapter 14

~Rabble~

Welcome back for another chapter of Jungle Turns!
This chapter was a strange one but fun to create!  When Pia Langfeld and I began to throw up ideas, Pia’s idea was to draw panic in the eyes of Mary and Agent W-D40 followed by the #Rabble breaking out into a “Flash Mob” dance scene like Micheal Jackson’s Thriller Video!  In the meantime, I was looking up references for the chapter- Zoftig.  When Pia suggested the flash mob scene, immediately I thought of Weird Al’s Fat video!
Weird Al's Fat Video  http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/music-videos/picks/results/7973/best-parody-music-video
Weird Al’s Fat Video

Michael Jackson's Thriller http://www.nbcbayarea.com/the-scene/events/1023-25-Largest-Simultaneous-Dance-to-Michael-Jacksons-Thriller-65751102.html

Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Pia’s idea was Michael Jackson’s Thriller’s dance scene with the Zombies.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
With the Rabble surrounding Mary and W-D40 the question was, “How are we going to get our heroes out of this one?”  When Pia suggested the Flash Mob idea and Michael Jackson, I started watching MJ videos and came across this scene.
Michael Jackson's Beat It http://www.tifr.us/tifr/2010/05/26/beat-it-with-a-real-jo-bro.html
Michael Jackson’s Beat Ithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0 

It was perfect!  Agent W-D40 was going to have to fight his way out.  A duel with the gang leader!  A knife fight choreographed similar to that in the Beat It video or West Side Story.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
After I drew this scene, I realized that the gang leader looked just like one of our fellow Monkey Sidebar members, Mr. Saul Osorio!!  I did a double take and couldn’t believe my eyes.  I knew I had to tag @sawoooly on this one!!  And this is how our first cameo came about!  I sent this drawing to Pia because I was hesitant to use it as not to offend Saul.  I’m glad we used it and Saul commented on Instagram, “Man this made my day! LOL!”
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Unfortunately for @sawoooly, he had to go down or otherwise we end the comic saga…LOL!  Mary had to flash some boobs or something along that line to distract Saul long enough to lose.  Agent W-D40 agreed to spare his life if he told them where Faith and The Twins were.  They ran off to Zaftig’s House of Bodacious Women!!

Monkey                       Round              Date                     Day                         Word Chosen


@airedelapaz              #46              January 15      Wednesday               Rabble


 http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/rabble

Stay tuned to the next installment and please follow @jungleturns on Instagram.
Thank you, Jaime.