Category: Star Trek

Day Twelve – Crew Position You Wouldn’t Want – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Twelve – Crew Position You Wouldn't Want – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Twelve – Crew Position You Wouldn't Want – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
“Humans, Ensign Perez. Us.”

I don’t know, there’s so many positions that I just wouldn’t be suited to but I can’t imagine actively not wanting them, Engineering comes to mind.  I’m not mechanically minded but then working away in the lower decks, eating my cube food and listening to Uhura singing over the intercom might be okay.

I’m going to say Security, there seems to be a lot of standing around and if they’re not standing around they’re being eaten by salt vampires or shoved off cliffs.  So yes I going with Security and I’m drawing Ensign Perez because I like the uniform (I mean it would be horrible to wear and doesn’t feel practical but it always stood out to me).

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day Eleven – Crew Position You Would Want – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Eleven – Crew Position You Would Want – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Sulu in the botanical labs

My favourite character is the Captain and so why not dream big LOL.

I actually really like plants and nature which is odd I guess as it’s not something I’ve ever considered doing in my life.  So if I couldn’t be Captain (and to be fair I’m not convinced I’d be a great Captain) then a botanist sounds pretty good.  Work in the hydroponics or airponics bay, explore strange new plants like “hand plant“, grow stuff, dodge spores and stuff like that.  I don’t think I’d be that great at it as I struggle to keep tomatoes growing but then I’ve never really dedicated myself to it.

Probably don’t get shot at as much and you don’t have to wear a red shirt 😉

Update – I picked this one a few days ago as I was preparing my schedule around making sure I could draw these and what exactly I would be drawing and in the days following this it has been a bit of a revelation.  I never considered learning more about plants than my rudimentary knowledge of them from high school biology.  To be honest it wasn’t until really considering what I would like to do on a starship that it ever crossed my mind and now it is something I’m actually really considering pursuing, not professionally but I had a look at some botanical science courses and I actually think I might sign up for one of them.

It’s just weird, this is a frivolous Star Trek challenge to give me something to focus the illustrations on and yet here I am considering life choices.

 This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day Ten – Most Shocking Moment – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Ten – Most Shocking Moment – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Ten – Most Shocking Moment – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
The Best of Both Worlds Part 1

I remember watching The Best of Both Worlds part one on television in Australia with no idea what was coming, there was no internet to spoil things then.  Ending on that amazingly good cliffhanger was agonising because in Australia we had no idea when the show would be coming back or even if the channel that carried it would show it (science fiction shows have been notoriously handled in Australian prime time – even our own produced Farscape was relegated to late night Christmas binge watching).

So seeing Picard walk out as that Borg was just really damn good, jaw-dropping television.

Whilst Patrick Stewart is always brilliant I think that Jonathan Franks and Riker get a real chance to shine in this two parter, that last scene which tightens in to focus on Riker and he orders Worf to open fire is wonderful and a great moment for the character.

 

Day Nine – Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Nine – Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Nine – Favourite Character – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Captain James T Kirk in EVA Suit

Truth be told it’s Captain Kirk, I know I’ve already featured him but he’s my favourite Star Trek character, despite loving them all dearly.  Not really much else to say that hasn’t already been said, I do want to mention how much I appreciate Chris Pine’s take on the character.  I think he filled some very large and intimidating boots to capture the essence of the character.

He said that he didn’t watch the show to avoid studying Shatner and doing what could have been an awful imitation and so I think that it’s fantastic that there are scenes in Star Trek 2009 that he seems to be channelling Shatner’s Kirk.  Especially the scene where he sits in the chair for the first time, I expect if what he says is true then the direction of JJ Abrams must be applauded.

As a side note, I think the novels (especially the film adaptations) have also helped shape my mind view of the character and I love the uneasy position of admiration Kirk is placed in after the V’Ger incident.  A very public saving of Earth (I assume Picard’s time travelling adventure from First Contact were probably not advertised to the wider population) saw him elevated from the best Captain in the fleet to the saviour of Earth and all the hero worship that followed.

There’s a small line in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country where the C in C says to the President of the Federation “Sir. …Those men have literally saved this planet.”.  I think that’s a nice reminder of where the crew of the Enterprise and Captain Kirk sit in the public consciousness within the Star Trek universe.

I drew him in the TOS EVA Suit because I just like the look of it and I don’t get to draw it enough.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

The Cheshire Tardigrade

The Cheshire Tardigrade - a Star Trek Discovery and Alice in Wonderland mash up
The Cheshire Tardigrade - a Star Trek Discovery and Alice in Wonderland mash up
The Cheshire Tardigrade

Sometimes when doing commission pieces a unique request will arrive in my inbox with a challenge.  A long time supporter of Star Trek Scribbles and Lee Draws Stuff sent me a tentative message over on Etsy asking if I’d be interested in some kind of mash up.  After seeing Michael quote Alice in Wonderland on Star Trek Discovery she was delighted as it is her favourite book and it really resonated with her.

I was heading off to Tasmania at the time so we discussed it, she locked in the request and I gave her the month I was away to really think about what sequence from the book she’d like to see.  I’m familiar with it, I’ve read it and I’m a fan of the novel but I’m not a devotee and not really up to the challenge of capturing that without guidance.

Flash forward and after clearing a few commission pieces I checked back in and was given three sequences from the book to see what I thought.  Well the Cheshire Cat was already admittedly marinating in the back of my head whilst I hiked through the wilderness. So when the conversation with the cat in the tree came up I jumped at it.

Fortunately it was her favourite as well.

So then it was to decide how to mash these two together and this was left to me.  Should Michael be dressed as Alice, should Alice’s world be merged more into the Discovery universe or vice versa?  Some quick research into the classic look and feel of the Cheshire Cat and I saw the page that the passage appears on and everything clicked into place perfectly.

One last decision though and I think I went the right way, should the Tardigrade be smiling?

Of course he should, can’t you see it?

Day Eight – Favourite Federation Enemy – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Eight – Favourite Federation Enemy – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Eight – Favourite Federation Enemy – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
We are the Borg.

This one is a no-brainer because frankly at any given point any of the “enemy” species on Star Trek can flip and become aligned.  We’ve seen it with the Klingons and the Romulans but there are one species that do not give a shit about peaceful cohabitation and that is the Borg.

Also, it’s really fun to draw them.

Whilst I do appreciate all that they did with the Borg I do feel that deep down they weakened them as an enemy by adding the Borg Queen.  Up until that point, they were a relentless assimilation machine that couldn’t be reasoned with.  I mean it’s possible that Locutus also chipped away at this terrifying oppressive force but I get why they did it, some sort of concept of facilitating assimilation more readily to avoid wasted resources as misguided as that may have been.  I try to imagine that they’ve done it in the past and other Borg figureheads have been created and reabsorbed.

But the Borg Queen added a convenient weak point, an interactive point to engage with the Borg and try and reason or negotiate.  The Borg were in my opinion much more terrifying when they were a blank wall of assimilated faces.But don’t get me wrong, the Borg Queen is a great character still and there are patterns in nature that are reflected in this so it’s not unprecedented.

Fun fact: This is actually the 100th Star Trek illustration for this year.

I’ve also posted over on Patreon a video showing the complete process of drawing this – from pencil line to the final touches – only $1 a month gets you access to these kinds of things plus helps me buy ink!!!

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day Seven – Favourite TNG Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Seven – Favourite TNG Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Seven – Favourite TNG Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
The Inner Light

I remember watching this episode when it first aired and being struck by how brilliant a concept this was played out extremely well by Patrick Stewart.  It’s a shame my favourite episode wasn’t one that used the entire cast but this is just a great story and it’s only able to be told so effectively because of all of the episodes that come before it.

It’s a bit of a mind fuck when you realise that Picard has lived a whole lifetime, it has to mess with you.  I’ve only lived forty years and it’s completely shaped me as a person, now imagine living out another 40 years in a different life and having those memories and experience.  The character himself must be forever changed and I appreciate that the flute becomes a regular reminder of this throughout the remainder of the series.

It really does paint Picard in an extraordinary light, the mental fortitude of having survived complete assimilation into the Borg collective, living out an entire life, helping to shape Klingon politics and witnessing the birth of warp drive first hand amongst so much else.

A really nice episode to rewatch for this challenge.

What’s your favourite TNG episode?

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

 

Day Six – Happiest Event – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Six – Happiest Event – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Six – Happiest Event – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
My friends, we’ve come home.

I struggled with deciding this one and then went for the first thing that kept popping into my head.  I remember beaming (excuse the pun) when newly-demoted Captain Kirk sees the Enterprise-A for the first time and says “My friends, we’ve come home.”  The music swells with the original series which to this point has largely been absent from The Voyage Home soundtrack and it adds a nice happy ending for the last three films.

The end scene as they all settle into their roles on the bridge just tops it off and declares that the crew is ready to go off boldly going where no one has before again.

So that’s my pick for the happiest moment in Star Trek, there are plenty more but it’s the one that jumps to mind first.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.

Day Five – Saddest Event – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Five - Saddest Event – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Day Five - Saddest Event – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge
Terra Prime

The natural choice here is almost immediately to go to the death of Spock.  It is one of the most iconic death sequences and funerals not only in science fiction but in film in general.  But so far this list has been very TOS heavy and I wanted to highlight a scene that took me completely by surprise and I will unashamedly admit that bawled like baby when I saw it.

At the end of Enterprise they have done such a good job at being so likeable a cast that it doesn’t matter if the first two seasons were wasted with troubled writing.  In the episode Terra Prime Trip and T’Pol’s child is dying and Dr Phlox leaves them alone with the child and speaks to Captain Archer on his way out:

When you invited me to join this crew, I thought it would be an interesting diversion for a few months. Some time away from the complications of family, which on Denobula can be extremely complicated. I didn’t expect to gain another family. (close to tears) It hurts as if she were my own child.

Even reading that makes me well up a little.  It is a beautiful scene, it is perfectly executed by both Phlox and Archer and it deserves a mention.

This is part of the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge – check out the details here.