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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Urban sketch – Central Park

Urban sketch - Central Park

I think it was the right idea to increase the height of spook central in the film, the building needed to stand out from the others.

I wonder if real estate agents disclose that a trans dimensional rip of biblical proportions happened there?

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Urban sketch – Devils Tower

Urban sketch of the Devils Tower

One of the places I’d like to visit when I actually get to visit the USA.  I know they downplay the significance of the geological feature’s appearance in Close Encounters of the Third Kind as a reason to visit but I’m sorry, that’s the reason for me.

Close Encounters was such a monumental film for me growing up, a masterpiece that I still love today and the unique look of Devils Tower is definitely a part of that.

So I’d love to do a proper sketch there live one of these days.  Obviously, it probably won’t be as busy as this 😉

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Urban sketch – New York City 2263

Urban sketch - New York City 2263

This is one of those sketches that never quite came together.  Generally because my perspective game is quite shaky (I’m working on it) but it’s also because the scene is so busy and I let the building merge together in a mess of stuff.

But that’s what I like about these, they’re allowed to be really fucked up and they help me identify holes that I want to address in my drawings.  I was super happy though with the Maccas sign.

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Urban sketch – Axis Chemicals Plant

Urban sketch of Axis Chemicals Plant

This is one I did which was really random, I can’t remember what sparked me wanting to draw it.  Something I did notice that I don’t think I had before, or if I did I had forgotten was the giant “smile” on the front part of the building.

That’s kind of neat.

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