Category: Star Trek

The crew of Deep Space Nine

The crew of Deep Space Nine
The crew of Deep Space Nine
The crew of Deep Space Nine

The first of my crew commission pieces is a season four Deep Space Nine crew.  I did this one a little different to how I’ve been doing the crew drawings and I’m actually pretty happy with how it’s come out.

It’s a weird coincidence that I happened to watch the finale of DS9 tonight just after painting this, I’d been rewatching season seven and the timing was just right to put me in a DS9 state of mind.

What do you guys think?  More crew pics to come!

But what does it do? A Star Trek Voyager illustration

But what does it do? A Star Trek Voyager illustration
But what does it do? A Star Trek Voyager illustration
But what does it do? – 2017

I was given free reign on this commission piece the only stipulation was that it had to feature Captain Janeway, Seven of Nine and B’Elanna Torres.  So I thought it might be fine seeing them working on an alien contraption that they have no idea on what it does.

I really like how it came out actually, I’m starting to enjoy putting the crews into imagined environments rather than simply capturing established scenes.  These are the really fun ones to do.  The only thing is that B’Elanna’s complexion is a little too dark and that was a pigment that worked well on cardboard but seemed to go too dark on paper.  It’s a minor thing though and I’m going to suggest her Klingon side is shining through with frustration 😉 .

The Perfect Mate – a Star Trek TNG illustration

Scene from Star Trek TNG - The Perfect Mate
Scene from Star Trek TNG - The Perfect Mate
The Perfect Mate – 2017

I don’t always watch the episode again when I’m doing a Star Trek Commission piece but I remembered The Perfect Mate as a good episode and was interested in revisiting it when this came up. Also, I needed to check out that dress though I don’t feel I got a good look at the bottom of it so I’ve gone with my own thing there.  Also on the dress, I was particularly pleased with the way the veil came out here, I wasn’t sure how to tackle it but white watercolour pigments seem to do the trick.

Anyway, so I watched the episode again and it’s still a really good episode but I found myself considering it well after watching.  I’m not really sure what it’s trying to raise here.  Is it a commentary on arranged marriage because I’m not sure it applies in this given situation.  Also, I think the concepts raised here aren’t really groundbreaking and maybe a little lazy.  The episode actually probably worked better if Kamala was a man and it was a male “companion” being gifted.  I think what saves this episode is a really strong performance from Patrick Stewart though for all his talk of non-interference Picard allows himself to get in a situation that biologically Kamala doesn’t seem to be able to avoid.  Riker was able to do it so that should be a yard stick 😉

Sisko confronts Garak – a DS9 illustration

Sisko confronts Garak at the end of In the Pale Moonlight
Sisko confronts Garak at the end of In the Pale Moonlight
Commission piece from In the Pale Moonlight – 2017

I possibly consider In the Pale Moonlight to be the finest Deep Space Nine episode, I could be wrong as I’ve never consciously attempted to rank them but this episode does come to mind often when I think of DS9.

I went with a thicker pen for this because I wanted to create a little more heaviness in the line work.  I’m not convinced on Garak, he’s a character I struggle with drawing I think I absolutely nailed angry and frustrated Sisko, well I hope so anyway.

Q and Picard – a TNG illustration

Q and Picard in Tapestry - a TNG illustration
Q and Picard in Tapestry - a TNG illustration
Q and Picard in Tapestry – 2017

This is another commission piece and I kind of struggled with it because the scene itself takes place in some sort of Q heaven which is bathed in white light which is not really in my wheelhouse to suitably show the effect.  So I just focused on the two characters, Q is another one that I struggle with and he’s usually driven by the costume to make him.

I really like this episode it’s one example where Q can be used for really good storytelling.  Usually, I’m not a huge fan of the character, I admittedly find his and most holodeck episodes pretty tedious but I like this small journey into the decisions we make.

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No one will give me any paper. A DS9 illustration

No one will give me any paper. A DS9 illustration.
No one will give me any paper. A DS9 illustration.
No one will give me any paper. 2017

The real bonus behind offering up commission requests is the diverse ideas that come through (being able to buy guilt free art supplies is the other bonus).  I would never have thought to draw “Benny” from the Deep Space Nine episode Shadows and Symbols and I really enjoyed working out how to best present it.  I’m really pleased with the end result overall and hope that the client is just as happy.

I think the slippers make the piece despite not appearing on screen!

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Page 100 Project – Engines of Destiny – from the archive

Page 100 Project - Engines of destiny
Page 100 Project – Engines of Destiny – 2010

So quite some years ago Jason Turner started a little thing called the Page 100 Project.  Essentially the gist was that you took the 100th page of a novel and you illustrated it as a comic-book page.  I did a couple of these back in 2010 and semi-recently I’ve been doing one-off illustrations from the 100th page of books I’ve been reading but I think I’d like to start work on these again.

This is from the Star Trek novel Engines of Destiny and I have no idea about what’s going on here apart from Data collapses and a weird small Klingon ship appears and then blows up.

Seven years is a long time, this was when I was going through my comic book illustration phase, where I was working towards being a much more traditional style comic book illustrator.  It never really felt right so it’ll be interesting to see how much my current wabi sabi minimalist approach translates.  I’ve done a couple of short five-page things and I think it works but then I suspect my style is an acquired taste and not for everyone.

The first one up is going to be The Dark Tower book one – The Gunslinger.  Do I go with movie versions or make up my own impressions!

 

You’re out! A Star Trek DS9 Illustration

Star Trek DS9 Baseball illustration You're out! From Take me out to the holosuite - 2017
Star Trek DS9 Baseball illustration You're out! From Take me out to the holosuite - 2017
You’re out! – 2017

Take me out to the Holosuite is a really fun Deep Space Nine episode that takes a break from the Dominion War to have at least a little fun.  This is a Star Trek commission piece which I was given free rein on as long as it was from this episode and we decided to make sure Worf was in there.

Because of the very nature of the episode I made sure this felt a bit fun and didn’t go in for a huge amount of detail!

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Commander Riker, boldy going – a Star Trek TNG illustration

Commander Riker hero pose illustration
Commander Riker hero pose illustration
Commander William T Riker – 2017

The Star Trek Commission Piece request was for a Commander Riker illustration as long as he had the beard. So I wanted to put him somewhere really alien and exploring instead of fighting.  There’s a line in Star Trek Insurrection that resonates with me from Picard, “Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers?“.

Occasionally I feel that’s been lost as Star Trek has struggled to find its way 50 years on.  Whilst I understand that external conflict provides story lines and plot progression sometimes I think the wonder is lost in the battle with the next bigger foe.  Of course Star Trek Insurrection attempted this to critical complaints so what do I know.

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