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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.
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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 13

~Faith~

Hello Everyone!!
Back again to share how the ideas for faith came about.  Several ideas came about between Pia and I.  We spoke about chasing the Twins through dark alley ways since our next word was “Rabble”.  I had an idea to have Wayne calling for backup while before entering the ghetto.  Mary would get too anxious and want to chase them before they got away but Wayne would tell her, “Have Faith.”  We scrapped this idea and came up with the following draws.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
While Pia was researching reference draws for “Faith”, she came across several graffiti draws with their faith being depicted.  She went with this idea and got many religions and faiths into her draw.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
On this draw, I came up with the quote from Dante’s Inferno while Dante and Virgil enter Hell, they are greeted with the phrase, “Abandon all hope ye who enter here” but we changed the ‘hope’ to ‘Faith’ to go along with the new character we were about to introduce.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
I drew Faith as the leader of a ruthless gang.  She would have to be able to move the Twins with little notice, able to obtain weapons, fake ID’s, etc. so she would need to be connected.  Someone who would not want to be arrested nor someone who would be willing to go quietly.  Of course, she would need to be bad ass.  On the captions, I did not want to use “….and this is my ‘hood!!!” but I couldn’t think of anything better at the time.
Posting time was coming up soon and I couldn’t think of another word for ‘neighborhood’ or ‘turf’ due to mental constipation (or brain farts).
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
Here, I drew Faith wanting to ‘put a hurting’ onto Mary but her priorities were to get the Twins out of the country…. preferably somewhere they couldn’t be extradited.  I drew Faith with Iron Crosses as a symbol of Faith.
Since our introduction of Faith we have only shown her in one draw (Dance) but not recognizable since Faith is drugged.  But we will come up to that in future Jungle Turn posts.  I hope that we can get a great word selected by our monkey friends where we can have Mary and Faith finally face each other and have a great fight with plenty of action or maybe an oil wrestling match!!

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@pickledpink #45 January 12 (Sun) FAITH
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/faith

Until then, thank you for reading and I hope you have enjoyed our posts so far.
Please follow @jungleturns on Instagram.  Thanks.

Jungle Turns- Chapter 12

~Rock N Roll~

Hello everyone!
Back again with a narrative of the thought process Pia and I go through to make our draws and storyline work with the words selected for Monkey Sidebars.
As I have mentioned in the past, sometimes when a word comes along and I can’t come up with a plot to go behind the word then I will ask Pia if she wants to skip the word.  My idea was to draw a Rock Tribute.  I wanted to draw Mary sporting a Metallica t-shirt or something like that.  Maybe draw her with headphones listening to The Beatles. Maybe we could draw Pia dressed as a punk rocker.  Pia on the other hand said, “We can work with this.”  We started to throw up ideas and before you knew it we had a storyline for “Rock N Roll”.  I thought they should dress as a KISS tribute band since the villains were trying to lay low and not be noticed.
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
The first draw was done by Pia heading to the Belly Up Tavern.  An actual bar that Pia said she used to visit in her college years in San Diego.
It was the kind of place that you hoped to get out of alive.  It’s where Pia got her training to become a Crime-fighter comic artist!
Pia Langfeld
Pia Langfeld
The next draw shows Mary and Agent W-D40 searching for the Twins.  Only they did not know that The Twins were right in front of them!
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
I’ve seen so many cover bands and tribute bands in the Austin/San Antonio area but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a KISS tribute band.  Anywho… our tribute band playing at the Belly Up Tavern (notice how I wrote Bottom’s up Tavern on the draw…doh!) was Destroyer!!!  I didn’t know if there was a tribute band by the name “Destroyer” but I figured there would be so I Googled their name and there is an actual band called Destroyer! They actually played 30 miles from my hometown this weekend! Weird.
Jaime Leos
Jaime Leos
WTF indeed!  Pia and I discussed how we would make the GRAND REVEAL!  I thought this idea was crazy but we actually pulled it off.  I was so glad that we stuck to the storyline and not drawing some random draws.
Stay tuned for some exciting changes in the Jungle Turns saga!
Will Mary return from the DEAD!! Will she be a WALKER
(see what I did there Walking Dead fans).
Please follow @jungleturns on Instagram.
Thanks – Jaime.
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@Nora_a_f #44 January 8 (Wed) ROCK N ROLL
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/rock-n-roll

JUNGLE TURNS – CHAPTER 11

~CRUELTY~

Mary’s graduation from Mr MiYodas training gave her a cruel idea on how to get to Viktor….

Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld

Mary is about to get Medieval on this henchmen to find out where Viktor Cherubiev is hiding….

Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos

If there was one thing that would make Viktor talk, it was the cruel abuse of the love to his cat Mr. T

Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld

Mary learns that there is more than one way to skin a cat…

Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos

Stay tuned…

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@romanowieweet #43 January 5 (Sun) CRUELTY
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/cruelty-2

JUNGLE TURNS – CHAPTER 10

~ANTAGONISTIC~

As the Jungle keeps twisting and turning…

Mary was feeling a bit antagonized by her new training partners….
ANTAGONOSTIC2 - Pia
Artist: Pia Langfeld
The antagonism continued with Mr. Miyoda….
ANTAGONOSTIC1 - Pia
Artist: Pia Langfeld
Antagonize - Jaime
After Mary was reminiscing on her training with Mr MiYoda among the many others, she was now ready to face her enemies.
Antagonizing Viktor may have not been wise as he can be very “Cruel” in his methods of torture. Stay tuned….
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@Zombiepanda2007 #42 January 1 (Wed) ANTAGONISTIC
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/25/antagonistic

Jungle Turns – Chapter 9

~Illuminate~

Hello everyone, With this chapter, I want to take everyone into the thought process that Pia and I go through before each draw is submitted.  As our fellow Monkeys can imagine, making the storyline fit with the “Theme” that is picked for Sunday or Wednesday can be difficult at times.  I must confess that sometimes I have told Pia that “maybe we should skip this theme” but Pia always kicks my butt and we figure a way to make it work.

Pia and I message each other on Facebook days before the drawing is due.  Usually we look at both the “theme” that is due next AND the following “theme” so we can tie the storyline together.  For example the Chapter 8 theme “RPG”, we discussed how Agent W-D40 would tie a rope to an RPG so Mary could get out of the Quagmire.  I drew Mary becoming furious as she felt weak and found herself being the victim of these despicable men.  We tied in the following theme, “Illuminate” by showing Mary training in the “RPG” training or Role Playing Game simulators.

After submitting my draws for the current theme, I anxiously await the reveal of the following theme on @monkeysidebars so we can work on our storyline.

Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld
Artist: Pia Langfeld

The ideas behind Pia’s draws were to show how Mary was seriously training.  She was in the Role Playing Game Simulator with bombs exploding behind her.

Meanwhile, Agent W-D40 is mesmerized by her beauty and becoming “Illuminated” with love.  However Mary stays focused with her training because clearing her name and revenge is on her mind.  Also we wanted to build the relationship slowly.

Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos
Artist: Jaime Leos

Again, more bombs exploding behind Mary in her new black spandex uniform!  For my first draw, I wanted more of an old comic style draw with “Booms” in the background like the old Batman comics.  The second draw shows Mary with a new hairdo and a new deadly attitude!

Mary has become a new force to contend with!  This draw was loosely referenced from the comic series (which has become one of my favorites), “Carbon Grey.”  This was my homage to artist, Hoang Nguyen and Khari Evans. Hope you enjoy and please follow on Instagram: @monkeysidebars and @jungleturns.

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@jojojamomo #41 December 29 (Sun) ILLUMINATE
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/illuminate

Jungle Turns – Chapter 8

~ RPG ~

RPG 1
Artist: Pia Langfeld
Just as Mary thought she would perish in the Quagmire, a tall figure appeared out of the shadows…
Artist: Jamie Leos
Artist: Jamie Leos
Alive and Angry… not a good combination when it comes to Mary…
Time to get even

 

Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@amdecreations #40 December 25 (Wed) RPG – ROLE PLAYING GAME
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/rpg
                 

JUNGLE TURNS – CHAPTER 7

~QUAGMIRE~

Ep 8 Quagmire 1 - Jaime
Artist: Jaime Leos
Cherubiev sends his henchmen to take Mary to the Quagmire.
Quagmire 1 - Pia
Artist: Pia
Quagmire 2 - Pia
Artist: PiaEp 8 Quagmire 2 - JaimeArtist: Jaime Leos
Mary’s life is slipping away….
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@EM_JAXON #39 December 22 (Sun) QUAGMIRE
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/quagmire/

JUNGLE TURNS – CHAPTER 6

~CHERUBIM~

Ep 7 Cherubim 1 - Jaime
Artist: Jaime Leos
Cherubim1 - pia
Artist: Pia
Ep 7 Cherubim 2  - Jaime
Artist: Jaime Leos
Viktor Cherubiev AKA ‘Cherub-Faced Killer’ reveals his plot to frame Mary for the death of Thomas to gain access into the trust fund to pay off gambling debts…  Now Mary knows too much!
Ep 7 Cherubim 3  - Jaime
Artist: Jaime Leos
Mary finds herself in serious trouble. She was in love with Thomas and he broke her heart leading her to a state of ebullition. Then he sets her up for humiliation on ‘The Heraldo Show’ and ultimately sets her up as his killer only to find out that he is not dead but involved in a conspiracy! How did her life spiral out of control!
Stay tuned to the next episode of ‘Jungle Turns’.
Cherubim2 - pia
Artist: Pia
Monkey Round Date Day Word chosen
@missvickysv #38 December 18 (Wed) CHERUBIM
http://msbweb.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/cherubim