Day 26 – Planet You Would Most Like to Visit – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Bajor

Day 26 - Planet You Would Most Like to Visit – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Bajor

Bajor

I think the Planet Bajor is one of the absolutely most interesting and culturally rich places made up for Star Trek.  I mean all the other cultures are interesting and stuff but a seven year story arc following the development of this recovering planet following a savage occupation and then it’s new found importance after the discovery of the stable wormhole really solidifies Bajor as a character.

Everything we see of Bajor seems very tranquil and beautiful. A lot of good honest agriculture and spiritual reflection.  I just really like the place.

This illustration was a bit of a revelation in itself, I don’t think I’ve ever really committed to drawing the architecture of Star Trek (or any really) and I’m surprised that I was able to transfer my style to the task and make it feel very much mine.  I really enjoyed the process and I’m really happy with the end result so I think you’re going to see more of this in the new year.

Any planet requests?

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Day 25 – Favourite Enterprise Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Carbon Creek

Day 25  – Favourite Enterprise Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Carbon Creek

Carbon Creek

Surprisingly enough this was a tough call, almost all of season four of Enterprise could land in my favourite list and there are episodes sprinkled throughout the other three seasons which are real treats.  Enterprise really shines on repeat viewing and it’s such a shame we’ll never get a chance to revisit these characters unless T’Pol shows up in Discovery.

Carbon Creek is just a fun episode, ironically full of emotion with an extremely satisfying ending.  These are the Vulcans, not the hyper arrogant race we’ve been bombarded with.  They are extremely smart and awkward when it comes to emotional races and this is captured perfectly.

Like The Inner Light I feel slightly guilty picking an episode that doesn’t feature the whole cast but this is just plain good storytelling.

If I ever actually make it over to the US I do plain on visiting the street that served as Carbon Creek.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

 

Day 24 – Best Overall Space Vessel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit

 Day 24 – Best Overall Space Vessel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit

USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A Constitution class refit

What can I say, the Constitution Class Refit is my first love. As much as I loved the original series of Star Trek I really got hooked by the films and therefore the refit movie model.

It’s a beautiful design, it takes the original Enterprise and revamped it completely for the big screen without losing the ship’s essence.  It even had an on screen explanation why it looks so different.

I hate drawing the ships, they are so technical and I feel I struggle with them but I do love getting to know the design better, more intimately than you get just by looking at it in pictures.  I remember doing one of the models and I just loved that it drew my attention to small details that washed over me previously.

Drawing a starship is a little like that experience because you have to really examine it, especially in my style of drawing, you have to work out what it is that defines the ship and retain that whilst dropping other details.

This is actually part of a seven part commission series so I’m going to be getting to know ALL the Enterprise’s quite well over the coming month or so.

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Day 23 – Best Trek Tech – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – The Hypospray

Day 23 – Best Trek Tech – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – The Hypospray

The Hypospray

I thought this was going to be a hard one until I started listing off all the tech in my head and realised that I didn’t care about transporting places, or shooting stuff and I already have a communicator.

No the one piece of tech that would improve my life immensely is the simple hypospray.

I hate needles.

I mean that I really HATE needles.

The hypospray is one piece of Trek technology that I cannot wait to arrive.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day 22 – Favourite Trek Movie – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Star Trek III The Search for Spock

Day 22 – Favourite Trek Movie – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Star Trek III The Search for Spock

Star Trek III The Search for Spock

The way I always answer this question is which Trek film would I most readily watch at the moment and it shifts a lot.  But Star Trek III has enough stand out stuff that makes me love it slightly more than the others.

The soundtrack is exquisite and probably my favourite of them all.  Kirk’s reaction to the death of David, the Enterprise limping home under the eye of Janice Rand and of course the destruction of the Enterprise are all amazing.  The Klingons are great villains in this and the return of Spock is hugely satisfying.

I’m also looking forward to revisiting this poster next year when I do the complete series of posters again!

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Day 21 – Least Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – Chakotay

Day 21 – Least Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge - Chakotay

Commander Chakotay

Man I really didn’t want to do this one at all.  I thought long and hard about all the characters and I realised that of all of them poor Chakotay was the one character who I feel they gave absolutely nothing to do and then on the odd occasion that he did get stuff it’s just stuff that I wouldn’t bother rewatching.

Now that’s nothing to to with Robert Beltran’s performance, I just remember thinking in the first season of Voyager, this is going to be an interesting character and then he never really was, and never really got to do anything.

So to make it up to him I at least went the extra mile with this and put him in an interesting place doing what he would have loved!

Ironically “least” favourite doesn’t really mean anything – give me a Chakotay episode any day over a Transformers movie

 

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

PS you all would hated me if I said Q 😛

 

 

Day 20 – Character You’re Most Like – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

 Day 20 – Character You're Most Like – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Commander William T Riker

Now this is one that is fraught with danger.  Rather than over analysing this one I decided to go with the character I could most easily cosplay.  I mean I say easily but of course I would have to wait a couple of months for my hair to grow back.

Commander Riker is not a bad character to be compared to anyway and I’ve always had a soft spot for him and felt that he was under utilised throughout the films. And yes there were episodes where he probably should of just had a cold sonic shower but he really shines as Number One and Jonathan Frakes seems to really love being involved with Star Trek.

So I’m not going to scratch any deeper into this than here is photographic evidence I could pull together a pretty okay Riker cosplay:

Okay fine Jones the cat isn’t convinced… everyone’s a critic.

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Day 19 – Favourite Voyager Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day 19 – Favourite Voyager Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Year of Hell – Part Two

I didn’t want to do the obvious choice which is Year From Hell Part 2 but some very wise people on Twitter reminded me to be true to my choice for it is what it is.

Also it’s true.

I don’t even feel cheated at the end of the episode when everything reboots, it’s a relief to be honest because the alternate time line is truly horrifying for our intrepid crew.  So with this being the predictable choice I’ve decided not to go the predictable image to draw.

I chose the shot of Seven of Nine before Tuvok and her leave the ship.  I spotted the screencap over on TrekCore where I do all my reference shot browsing and it really struck me as quite poignant.

Mainly because of the hair, Seven’s hair is always so immaculate and for it to be messed up like this speaks volumes, especially as she is caring for Tuvok at the same time.

So apologies to everyone waiting on the Janeway pocket watch but I kinda really love drawing Seven.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day 18 – Favourite Non-Aligned Race – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

 Day 18 – Favourite Non-Aligned Race – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

The Mugatu and Ensign Ricky

This was really a toss up between the Gorn and the Mugatu.  I’m not sure if the Mugatu is considered a “race” as such but I decided that they would be more fun to draw anyway.  I like the idea of this giant monster of the week kind of creatures which I don’t know if the other series captured quite so well.

So the Mugatu are just fun and probably not as well known to non-Trek fans, certainly no one I know connected the dots between Zoolander’s Mugatu character (Ben Stiller is a massive Star Trek fan).  For a modified gorilla suit it’s surprisingly well put together though I think unicornirilla would have been a superior name for the species.

This was a really fun piece to draw.

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Day 17 – Favourite Trek Novel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day 17 – Favourite Trek Novel – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

The Borg encounter the Voyager 6 spacecraft

There are literally so many fantastic Star Trek novels, growing up I was a massive fan of the James Blish adaptations and the Alan Dean Foster books. I must have read the film adaptations 100s of times but the book that really jumped out at me was the ultimate in fanboy stories – William Shatner’s* The Return.

It has Spock, McCoy, the TNG characters plus some DS9 characters thrown in for good measure all fighting the Borg.  It was often thrown around by Shatner as his solution to the dismal Kirk death in Generations but in reality it just wouldn’t have been film-able.

That being said there is one aspect of the story that I personally accept as canon (even though it really isn’t) and that is that V’Ger was of Borg.  The machine planet that Voyager 6 crashed on was the Borg home world and they were the ones who repaired it and give it the ability to assimilate all that was learnable.

I mean their missions weren’t that dissimilar, the Borg assimilate biological and technological distinctiveness into their own and V’Ger was learning and digitalising everything it encountered. Same mission just different evolutionary pattern.

You could even wonder if Voyager 6’s simple programming set the Borg off, assimilating everyone.

It’s a good fun read and more importantly because it wasn’t strictly canon it showed what kind of imagination could be brought to the Star Trek universe.

Now if you’re a keen Star Trek historian you might notice something familiar about those Borg (apologies to Durinda Rice Wood).

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*I’m under no illusion that Shatner wrote much of this apart from general storyline but it’s still cool.