Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
This is actually the most recent addition to the blu-ray collection so I suspect I’ll hold on to it for a little while longer. I actually thought I had a copy and went to watch it and discovered that it went in the DVD giveaways.
I have a soft spot for Talladega Nights, there are so many quotable lines in the film and at least two or three of them get used around our house. For some reason, I latched on to this scene to draw and I kind of regretted it immediately after starting the inking. Just because I don’t think I captured him in full flight and I think drawing a cougar in the car with him would have been fun.
This is part of a series of illustrations drawn from my blu-ray collection and drawn in ink with a nib pen.
Just like apparently everyone else I binged watched season 2 of Stranger Things over the weekend, I mean it was hard not to. This show is so well put together and the characters are all so damn lovable it’s hard not to get sucked into their story.
I think I enjoyed this season more than the first and that’s really saying something.
Normally I would do Drawlloween but this year I spent most of October in the Tasmanian wilderness so I didn’t get the chance to take part, so my only Halloween drawing for the season will be this one!
Original illustration available on Etsy
I’m enjoying Star Trek Discovery for what it is right now, an entertaining drama set in the Star Trek universe. I’m not overly focused any more on the continuity issues the show has or even the mean vibe that I get off some of it. People who are enraged over the departure from traditional Trek are probably giving themselves blood pressure issues and I don’t really care for it. On the flip side the people who are claiming this is the greatest show ever to grace television and easily the best Star Trek series are a little too much for me as well.
Hate it or love it it’s completely up to you but I think it probably falls within the middle ground for me. It’s very watchable but I think they’ve made some mistakes and I’m not a fan of some of the aesthetic decisions, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen and Star Trek needs to be an evolving beast to stay relevant. A lot of the pro and con arguments are way too extreme and I think a little perspective is needed.
I am enjoying having new characters to play with though and that’s a very good thing.
I will feed him.
It is potentially one of my all-time favourite Data and Worf interactions from the episode Phantasms:
WORF: Commander. I will have to confiscate your sidearm.
DATA: Of course. (hands over the phaser) May I ask a personal favour?
DATA: Will you take care of Spot for me?
WORF: Your animal?
DATA: I am afraid if I have another waking dream, I might injure him.
WORF: Of course. Spot, come here.
DATA: Unlike a canine, Spot does not respond to verbal commands. (hands him to Worf who holds him at arms length) Goodbye, Spot. He will need to be fed once a day. He prefers feline supplement number twenty five.
WORF: I understand.
DATA: And he will require water. And you must provide him with a sand box. And you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat, and a good cat.
WORF: I will feed him.
DATA: Perhaps that will be enough.
(Worf leaves, sneezing)
Transcript courtesy of the BEST Star Trek transcript website: Chrissie’s Transcripts Site.
Thanks to the patron who ordered this Star Trek commission piece!
The Enterprise D Trio
One of the requests from the Star Trek commission pieces was for Picard, Riker and Data to be jamming together on board the Enterprise D. It’s a nice idea and I really enjoyed drawing them, except I really dislike drawing musical instruments as I am the least musically gifted person on the planet LOL.
Overall I think this comes off really pleasant a little like the show itself, I find TNG really comforting to watch.
The Dominion stand-off – a DS9 crew illustration 2017
I’ve had a number of Deep Space Nine Crew commission requests and whilst I love drawing them, I try and give everyone something a little bit different. So on the last one, I went in closer and made it a larger group portrait for this one I pulled right back and made them all much smaller and included the Dominion trio.
I thought about including Dukat or Damar but you can get carried away by these things and I wanted to draw Weyoun as I don’t often draw him or the Jem’Hadar and I’ve never (to my recollection) ever drawn the Founder.
I really like how this turned out, it’s my preference structurally to draw the characters quite small with minimal lines like this and I’ve got a few coming!
Composer Jerry Goldsmith – 2017
One of the reasons I’ve opened up commissions and left them open for longer than normal is that it can be a surprise what people order and it can help with any artist inspirational block that can come along. So this commission piece falls well within the unexpected requests. I get it though, it’s a cool idea to ask for Jerry Goldsmith, arguably the most influential Star Trek composer, I just wouldn’t have thought to do the drawing myself.
Old friend… 2017
I’m making my way through the backlog of Star Trek commission pieces and I always love a good Year of Hell request. I think Year of Hell is probably one of the most imaginative ways to do an “it was all a dream” episodes and in the end, I wasn’t disappointed that it would leave no lasting impact on the show. It was a pretty grim what-if but it gave them a chance to do some really interesting things.
I had to reframe this scene for my particular style but I think it came up really well. Sometimes I get requests to do a Star Trek colouring book so I grabbed the linework so you can download it and colour it yourself if you’d like (post a link if you do!)
Old friend – Voyager colour in
The crew of Deep Space Nine
The first of my crew commission pieces is a season four Deep Space Nine crew. I did this one a little different to how I’ve been doing the crew drawings and I’m actually pretty happy with how it’s come out.
It’s a weird coincidence that I happened to watch the finale of DS9 tonight just after painting this, I’d been rewatching season seven and the timing was just right to put me in a DS9 state of mind.
What do you guys think? More crew pics to come!
But what does it do? – 2017
I was given free reign on this commission piece the only stipulation was that it had to feature Captain Janeway, Seven of Nine and B’Elanna Torres. So I thought it might be fine seeing them working on an alien contraption that they have no idea on what it does.
I really like how it came out actually, I’m starting to enjoy putting the crews into imagined environments rather than simply capturing established scenes. These are the really fun ones to do. The only thing is that B’Elanna’s complexion is a little too dark and that was a pigment that worked well on cardboard but seemed to go too dark on paper. It’s a minor thing though and I’m going to suggest her Klingon side is shining through with frustration 😉 .