Battlestar Galactica

Drawing spaceships is not in my wheelhouse so it was with some trepidation that I embarked on this BSG commission request.

Originally there was going to be a lot of explosions and stuff but I decided to stay in my lane a little and keep it nice and simple!

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Deep Space Nine Sketch Cards

Deep Space Nine Artist Sketch Cards by Lee Sargent

So I’m currently in a mad race to finish 95% of the outstanding commission requests before I have to pack everything up here and live like a nomad for a couple of weeks.

It’s an exciting time and the challenge is to give everyone the awesome effort they’re hoping for which has been part of the reason for many of the delays.

I can assure you that when I’m at the bottom of a very deep dark depression well you don’t want me to work on your illustration LOL. The last twelve months have definitely been the most challenging I think I’ve ever faced and whilst we’re not out of it completely there is most definitely real light at the end of the tunnel.

Dawn is breaking as the sparkly vampires might say.

What a great way to kick of this stampede though by doing a batch of really fun DS9 sketch cards!

Remember with these sets I’m not picking the characters (actually I got to pick one which was Jake and Nog) so save your complaints of not including Garak!

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Music to draw robots by

This week’s Creative Prompt is “Inspired by music…” which in part was inspired by last week’s recycle an old idea. Back in 2010 I drew a series of robots whilst listening to specific songs and drawing inspiration from the song. Not necessarily in a literal form, more of a vibe and I actually still have them (I think I’ve got all of them). Sadly one or two I’ve forgotten what song it was they were set to which is a shame!

Time after time
Spaceman (I think – I might be remembering this one wrong)
Thunderstruck
Wanted Dead or Alive
Unknown
Sabotage
Carry on Wayward Son

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Day 14 – The One #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

I will admit that right up until I started penciling this I wasn’t 100% sure how I was going to tackle the awakening of the one. The image slowly revealed itself to me as I worked on it.

Firstly I decided to do it from this angle and then very purposely kept the whole thing very simple and tried to capture the bullet time effect using the greens and blue grey that I’ve been using throughout the challenge.

It was such a lot of fun but I admit I’m glad I kept it to two weeks though I can’t believe how quickly that time seemed to go.

Thank you to everyone who supported and took part in the challenge!

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Day 13 – Sentinel #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

Another late one but then yesterday was a very not normal day so it’s fine and I’ll post the final piece a little later tonight to complete the series.

I actually had a sentinel toy to reference off which is always cool – I didn’t get too caught up in it all but it helped know how many eyes I was dealing with.

As with most of this Matrix series I’ve run it through a couple of filters and yes the above image is the “final image” I do like the uncut “acoustic” version as well:

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Day 12 – Cypher #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

If I was doing a longer challenge then the whole crew would have gotten their own entries but since I was limited I thought Cypher was an important element to include.

The obvious scene is probably his steak dinner but I wanted another real world scene if only to give my green’s a break lol. I struggled to get a good look at the lightning rod so I’ve just tried to approximate it and ise a little short hand.

I have a lot more thoughts on Cypher but I won’t go into them because I have limited bandwidth on my phone!

Only a couple more to go!!

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Day 11 – There is no spoon #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

There is no spoon and currently there is no internet at my house, I’m hot spotting using my phone to check emails and activities like this which take about three times as long because my mobile reception is also garbage.

So this is late because yesterday I had to give in the black dog of depression and ride out a very bad bought of it. It came on fast and it was pretty savage, I mean it’s not completely out the blue, we’ve been living under extreme stress levels but yesterday it all sneaked up on me.

I wanted to do at least one “obvious” piece (well I know I’ve done a couple) and this is such a pivatol moment in the film. I’ve gone a bit rogue with some of the elements but I just wanted to make it all work as I saw it in my head.

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Day 10 – Bullet-Time #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

This one was a bit of an experiment.

I originally drew the bullet waves to capture the effect and to be honest it did a pretty good job but I had it in my head to try the water trail effect and just throw caution to the wind and see how this came out.

I like it but I’d have to draw it again the other way to tell for sure what I would have preferred.

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Day 9 – A Glitch in the Matrix #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

I took a lot liberties with this because I wanted to frame it a certain way and I wanted Neo dressed this way.

I’m actually really happy with the way the “glitch” turned out. I wasn’t quite sure if it would work out.

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Day 8 – Morpheus #WhatIsTheMatrixArt

The only thing that I’m disappointed with by picking this scene over the more obvious blue and red pill scene is that I don’t get to draw Morpheus’ iconic glasses.

I chose this scene because we get to see the strength of Morpheus, he holds out against the torture and then wills himself to break his handcuffs and get up.

I really like that and visually it’s interesting.

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