I drew our favourite astromech for a “how to” tutorial over on Patreon. If you not a supporter over there yet come on over, it’s only $1 a month and you get access to my daily journal and exclusive previews of tutorials like this one before the rest of the world.
I’m aiming at 100 patrons after which I’ll be getting a tattoo of the Enterprise on my arm!
I used to do these for the Star Trek TOS episodes (there’s a lot of episodes though in one season of TOS) so I’m going to resurrect these pencil & watercolour episode posters for my rewatch of The Orville. Apparently, we’re not seeing new The Orville until December which is a long time between drinks LOL.
Thought this was a great first episode and it holds so much promise for a rich universe to discover.
Now that I’m more or less settled in to my routine for the Star Trek 365 I’m trying to push myself to continue drawing other stuff. To eas myself into that I turned to my Patreon followers who have been giving me some ideas of characters they’d like to see etc.
Kelli asked for Vice Admiral Holdo whom I had no idea who she was as at the time I hadn’t seen The Last Jedi. Since then of course I’ve seen the film and to be fair I’m not really objective when it comes to Laura Dern, I’ll love her in pretty much anything. She has an amazing look as Vice Admiral Holdo so it was a joy to knock out a quick pencil scribble of her character.
I do think she was kind of wasted in the film but then this is a whole conversation I have no interest in starting lol.
Bob was a recurring figure during my web comic series The Gentleman’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. I think I just liked the way he looked so he was a go to figure to feature in crowd scenes. I did have a three parter that he appeared as the focus, before he was turned, then zombie Bob and ultimately his demise (though you can’t keep a good zombie down).
I did up a video showing you how to draw your own Zombie Bob:
Okay I’ll admit it, I am misinterpreting this one on purpose in order to make my life easier. I could have drawn the box to the Star Trek 25th Anniversary game which is my favourite Star Trek game but visually I don’t think it would be very interesting and besides it has such beautiful artwork on it already why try and interpret that?!?
In researching this one I also discovered that one can buy at a very reasonable rate a copy of this game on GOG.com and it works on the Mac so I’m a little bit excited to be playing that on my big screen and hearing the cast read all their lines. It’s truly wonderful fun and in the spirit of the original series. I actually owned this game when it first came out without the voices (I think it was on 3.5 inch disks?!?!? and my computer struggled to play it.)
So this game aside what did I do for today’s entry?
Now, I’m going to let you in a little bit of head canon. In my mind T’Pol went on to be highly respected on Vulcan for her role in the birth of the Federation. Due to her personal experience she took on a special interest in Ambassador Sarek’s half human son Spock, becoming a mentor and before transferring to the Enterprise he sought her council regarding serving on board the flagship and predominantly human ship.
T’Pol was the one who introduced him to 3D Chess.
I read somewhere that Jolene Blalock has been approached about reprising her role in Star Trek Discovery’s second season. I dearly hope this is true as she is one of my favourite characters. Blalock herself was a huge Star Trek fan and I always felt she never got treated well.
Also yes there was a couple of days break in the challenge, my computer died and I lost a day to fixing it as well as doing the Discovery Trekmas piece.
I’m happy enough to admit that whilst I generally did not enjoy the majority of the original Stallone Judge Dredd story I really loved the visuals and some of the epic landscapes in the film. Everything else was rubbish and after reading about what went wrong you can completely see it up on the screen. Stallone didn’t know or really get the character and he thought he was supposed to be funny.
That all being said I do not own a copy of Judge Dredd and nor would I consider it.
Dredd on the other hand I do have a copy of and after watching it again for this project I’m reaffirmed to the fact that Karl Urban is Judge Dredd and for the most part this is a pretty bloody good film. It’s a real shame it didn’t do better at the box office and I’m really excited to hear that they are making a television series and Urban may return as old stony face.
I’m a massive 2000 AD fan from the 90s where I devoured every issue and of course Judge Dredd was such a huge part of that. He was this amazing character that was so angry but detached and for a teenager the violence in Heavy Metal Dredd was glorious.
As awesome as Dredd the film is though it does lack some of the satirical humour found in the comic, Mega City One isn’t quite so bizarre as the books portrayed it. There is kind of a hint at it with the homeless man who will debase himself for money and is squashed by the blast doors as Dredd approaches him to kick his arse on the way out. But the scene is pretty isolated and on its own doesn’t really bring the film up to 2000 AD style writing.
So I really enjoyed watching Dredd again and I think the look and feel for the characters in this are great but I’m sorry to say that this is one blu-ray that is not staying with me. I just can’t imagine me wanting to watch again anytime soon and I’m sure I can find it streaming somewhere if I do. So we have the first film to get the cut from the collection, and it’s not even a bad film, it’s a really bloody good one!
This is part of an ongoing series where I examine each movie in my Blu-ray collection to evaluate if I should keep it (I’m attempting to streamline as I feel it’s growing too big again). Read about the project here.
The commission request was for Han and Chewie from any of the films “as long as they are cool bros” which I love as an instruction! So I thought of instead of them on a planet somewhere or even in the cockpit I’d have them just hanging out at “home”.
The thing that took me the longest was Han Solo’s hair LOL.
It’s always nice to visit the “Wars” star universe 😉
So whilst cleaning out my archives at home I uncovered a series of illustrations I did about seven years ago that I don’t actually hate. The project was a series of illustrations of robots drawn whilst listening to a particular song or inspired by the song or something to that effect.
Some of these came up pretty well but I have no idea what all the songs are!
It’s on the tip of my tongue, I’ll probably wake up some night with the song stuck in my head but I’m not even going to try and guess it here.
Oh actually this could be You Give Love A Bad Name, possibly, I don’t know. I think it’s probably most likely to be Thunderstruck.
I’m going to suggest something depressing? I do like the design of the robot though 🙂
This one I remember because I bought the song on iTunes (this was before streaming subscriptions well before I got on to them or this song wasn’t on them).
*see the bottom of the page – this might have been a Bon Jovi song like Wanted Dead or Alive or Blaze of Glory
I think this was actually the first one that inspired me to do the rest. I had this idea of a robot running through streets and crashing through walls and stuff to the song Sabotage.
I’d say that’s a pretty good bet, nothing else much makes sense.
I think this robot is actually modelled after a Japanese robot. As I type this I just went and checked and it was Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot.
Well you’ve certainly got some insight into how I write a linear blog post, more of a stream of consciousness than an article. But yes this one was Carry On Wayward Son and the other one was probably a Bon Jovi song.
Seven years is a long time obviously when it comes to a developing drawing style but I still like these pics which is why I’m sharing them and they are not sitting in my recycling bin out on the street.
I might revisit this when I have some spare time in the new year, any suggestions for what songs and any guesses for the ones I don’t know (some of you might remember actually – Arjan I’m looking at you!)?
But I can explain why this is in my blu-ray collection. It’s part of the Indiana Jones set which was cheaper to buy than just the trilogy and I don’t think I’ve even played the disc. It was on television when we were travelling and I put it on in the background and I didn’t enjoy it!!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is not a good film, it’s not a bad film because of the fridge scene though the CGI gophers do not help. It’s not even a bad film because of the aliens, though again they do no favours to the film either.
The film just misfires all over the place and there are too many characters who just randomly do stuff. The film suffers from death by a million nitpicks, the skull has conflicting powers, why are the dudes living in the walls of the temple just waiting for other dudes to come along, the car stunts and of course the infamous vine swinging sequence that even if it were plausible (vines don’t work like that, a fact I read in the Indiana Jones official fan club newsletter when I was like ten) but anyone who has ever seen Ninja Warrior knows that there is no chance he’s going to hang on like that.
The film never feels like anyone has poured their heart into it and it all looks so fake and cheap. I know it wasn’t cheap but I think when you see it in high definition the mind starts to see stuff that breaks the illusion (actually some of the James Bond films suffer badly in HD).
So there you have it, it would probably be redundant to just get rid of the disc when the case is still there and you never know I might want to do a complete run through… some day. I would not buy this in 4k on its own.
Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of adventure filmmaking ever produced, if not film in general. It is beautifully shot, the story is great and the acting is spot on. Raiders is iconic and most importantly it is a lot of fun without being stupid. Picking a scene was really hard as there are so many to choose from, selfishly I think I chose not to draw thousands of snakes 😉
Actually, this scene stands out as one of my first introductions to graffiti (in a book) that made me really laugh. Someone wrote a thought bubble on the photo of Indy looking back when he first sees the boulder which says “Oh shit”. To this day that still makes me chuckle and I think of it whenever I watch the film.*
Raiders is definitely going to be staying in the blu-ray collection and I think when it comes out in 4k I’ll probably make the upgrade (again).