About A Girl – The Orville

About A Girl

Yeah it was a fair stretch of time between this and the last The Orville episode poster.

I had this image designed for ages but something wasn’t quite right until I realised that I needed to put Rudolph in the middle.

I think I’m getting better at capturing the essence of each of the characters as well which can be a challenge when you’re working in such a simplistic manner.

I’ll also admit to having continued watching episodes without finishing this piece so I’ll probably have to go back and rewatch them again (oh what a burden LOL).

I think this episode was bold, I understand it copped a bit of criticism for being a clumsy approach to the material but I like the idea that the show is trying to stimulate some thought around stuff and it’s a great episode to grab a coffee with a fellow Orville fan and discuss the issues raised.

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The Park

You know what I haven’t drawn for a while?

Anyone who’s been following me for a while knows that before Star Trek stuff I used to draw a LOT of zombies.  As the illustrator and author of The Gentleman’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse I drew well dressed folks dispatching the undead for a couple of years.

Eventually, there’s only so much blood and gore and weapon wielding hipsters you can pump out and I retired from the apocalypse etiquette business. 

I still occasionally feel nostalgic though.

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Soul Hunter – A Babylon 5 sketch card

I have about five B5 sketch cards already inked up and ready to colour, I’ve just not had the time with everything on.

There is, of course, no foreseeable quiet time on the horizon so I’m just going to have to nail them down and do them.

I drew the soul hunter a month or so ago so I did him slightly different, surrounded by his souls.

Not sure what I’m going to be doing with the B5 cards yet, I might consider doing them up in season sets.

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Midnight on the Firing Line – A Babylon 5 Sketch Card

Talia Winters

So my goal with this series is to just pick a character from each episode to feature on the sketch cards so that eventually I should have covered off all the main characters as well as the majority of guests and recurring.

Even though this is technically the first episode and everyone was being introduced something about Talia’s arrival grabbed me.

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The Gathering – A Babylon 5 Sketch Card

Ambassador Kosh

I’m doing a Babylon 5 rewatch and to celebrate I thought I’d do a character sketch card from each episode as I work my way through them.  I’ve got a few to catch up on as I’m about seven episodes in.

I thought Ambassador Kosh would be fun for the pilot movie because he plays such a central role in the story and he is such a cool design. 

These are not going to be daily ones like my Star Trek project, I’m just going to do them as I watch the episodes (once I catch up).  

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Soul Hunter – Babylon 5

Babylon 5 - Soul Hunter
Soul Hunter

My rewatch of Babylon 5 has slowed quite dramatically as the head cold took over.

But last week I did get to watch Soul Hunter which is such an interesting episode as it introduces this weird alien spiritual concept of soul hunters who have this interesting look and all the aliens on board are terrified of.

This concept of someone who knows when death is about to happen and are drawn to it would invoke dread and resentment in people.

It’s a really interesting concept.

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They are alone. They are a dying people. We should let them pass…

Sinclair speaks to Ambassador Kosh in Babylon 5
Kosh: They are alone. They are a dying people. We should let them pass.
Sinclair: The Narn or the Centauri?
Kosh: Yes.

So with a Babylon 5 rewatch there are going to be some Babylon 5 scribbles that should make at least a couple of you happy to see.

I love how well planned out the show was, with Londo foreshadowing how he and G’Kar will die, it really is an impressive and immersive show that deserves an even larger audience than it already has. 

I don’t think I’ve ever drawn Kosh, I have vague memories of drawing Londo and G’Kar but that’s really it.  So I’m excited about taking this deep plunge back in B5.

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Urban sketch – Okinawa, 2199

I loved Star Blazers growing up and then when I learned that it was the Space Battleship Yamato years later (I think in Star Blazers they call the Yamato the Argo) I was beyond excited that the Japanese were doing a live action version.

The 2010 Space Battleship Yamato was the perfect culmination of nostalgia and modern special effects. The music was spot on and it was a joy to see the battleship in full flight.

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The Human Torch was denied a bank loan.

The Human Torch being denied a bank loan.
Just practising my vocal warm-ups.

So I’ve got a new project coming up that I’m starting to get a bit excited about.  

We’re only hinting at it all right now but I think it’s going to be fun and a long time coming as we’ve talked about doing the project in the past (the “we” is Dan and myself, of Lee and Dan’s Midnight Movie Club fame) but it appears this time it’s going to happen.

So stay tuned for more news on that front!

In other news I’ve opened up my Women of Trek Sketch Card set for pre-orders over on the shop so if you’ve been following along with that and are keen to lock your set in go check it out!

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Urban sketch – Isla Nublar

Isla Nublar

I’ve drawn this a few times now and it never gets old.  Such an iconic beauty, I’m so happy they preserved it for Jurassic World.

I’m really shocked that they haven’t released an official LEGO set for the gates, that’s kind of insane that they haven’t.

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