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 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.
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 was super excited about drawing the Dalai Lama. Pia has the talent for portraits…. as for me… well not so much.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This drawing is referenced from the comic series Carbon Grey and added the start to the next chapter, 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.
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.
Pia drew this scene with jewels added to lead to the next chapter, “Enigmatic”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!!