Sketchbook scenes – 2015

Back in 2015 I was looking for inspiration to fill a sketchbook that I had and so I gave myself a task.  Do a search for iconic movie scenes and then pencil and watercolour sketch them in the sketchpad in the order they appeared in Google images.  I resisted telling anyone what the thread was through these sketches, though I hinted that there was one.

Looking back on them I’m actually quite proud of how they came out, those scenes are very clearly from each of those films and if you know the scene you’ll hopefully recognise it.

I believe that there are still some pencil sketches in that sketchpad that I hadn’t painted yet so I might dig it up and see if they are worth finishing.  I might even be tempted to continue on the work (I do need to finish up my He-Man collection though and a number of commission pieces!) as the search results have changed so dramatically in the past two years.

Not sure if I have a favourite, possibly Leon and I think I captured the colour palette of Terminator 2 really well.

What’s your favourite? I’d love to hear!

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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Hairy Baby – illustration from Big Hero 6

Hairy Baby - illustration from Big Hero 6
Hairy Baby - illustration from Big Hero 6
Hairy Baby – 2016

I really enjoyed Big Hero 6, it was a fun movie and Baymax is the best!  I’ll admit though to never having read the comic or being even aware of it if I’m honest. I did a quick check to see if there is going to be a follow-up film but the news is really sketchy with some articles saying yes to Big Hero 7 and others saying it’s going to be a series on Disney XD.  I am surprised at how successful the film was, I just didn’t think it was that big a hit, but then I don’t keep as close an eye on these things as I once did 🙂 .

If anyone can tell me if there is indeed a sequel coming it would be appreciated!

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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I’ll check out an Obi-Wan film on one condition

Obi-Wan Kenobi Quote

Ewan McGregor has to play him.

Ewan McGregor’s performance as the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi was one of the few standouts from the Star Wars prequel and the idea of a gritty western style Star Wars film featuring him would be kick arse.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Quote
Watercolours, ink & print – 2017

Rumours came out the other day that Disney is ready to commit to an Obi-Wan spin off film and seriously it seems like a slam dunk to get McGregor involved as he’s stated in the past his willingness to do it.

Go back to its Akira Kurosawa roots and do something gritty and awesome.

It’s no secret I became jaded with the commercialism of Star Wars years ago and nothing they’ve released has really been worthy of elevating itself above that but this has all kinds of potential to it and there’s no real reason for them not to do something interesting – it’s already money in the bank for them.  Slap the logo on oranges and they sell!

So fingers crossed they do it right!

Curse you Rocketeer said the Nazis

Curse the Rocketeer said the Nazis

I’ve always loved the aesthetics of the Rocketeer despite thinking that it was an okay film. A lot of this, of course, has to do with the posters which are simply stunning and I highly recommend seeking out the unused posters.  They were very kindly shared with me by someone involved with the production but alas that was on a former site.

I did this piece back in 2014 which surprised me because it must have been one of the very first of my “no nose” era.  I dug another one out of the archives from around the same period and it still had noses (a Planet of the Apes illustration in case you were wondering).

I just dug the original illustration out of my archives and it’s now up on Etsy if anyone is interested.

Curse the Rocketeer said the Nazis
Curse the Rocketeer said the Nazis – 2014

Obviously, I’m dragging this one out of the archives because for some incomprehensible reason Nazis are a legitimate topic of late.  How white supremacists can actively exist in this day and age is simply beyond me.  I’m not that political, having worked in the public service for eight or so years I’ve generally kept my political ideas to myself.  That being said though, it doesn’t seem to be that radical an idea to suggest that one is anti-Nazis.  In fact having to make that statement seems almost ludicrous, it is a given, it’s like saying I’m a human being.  It’s not needed, you already assume this of me.

But in light of recent events apparently, that isn’t an assumption one can reasonably make.  Which again, I struggle to wrap my brain around.

What I don’t struggle with is how awesome this CGI series of the Rocketeer would have been!

Remember the original is available over on Etsy.

Probably not what you were looking for

The evil flying server monkeys

So the other night I was doing some updates and then my WordPress install crashed and got stuck in maintenance mode.  Not a huge disaster but enough that I had to Google the problem and would then have to go in and delete a file to reset it.  I think I’ve actually done it before on a work site but it was ages ago and even in this case I think I just ran repair table on the database which did the trick.

In those moments though where I realised that I hadn’t bothered with a back up in ages and I wondered if the problem was going to be catastrophic (I’d suffered one of those in the past on a previous blog) I wasn’t all that upset.

I’d spent ages putting together an artist website but I didn’t really care about it.

So after I fixed the problem I pulled the plug.

The evil flying server monkeys
The evil flying server monkeys – an illustration that used to sit on the error page of my old blog. – 2010

Extreme, I realise but then I’ve never been one for half measures, my various hair cuts over the years will attest to this fact.  I guess I didn’t feel the website really said anything about me or reflected me.  Most of my work is on display through various social channels and that’s good and embracing the current way of life online but I miss blogging.

Blogging changed my whole life, introduced me to people I love dearly and gave me a whole new career.  I know it’s not in fashion right now unless you’re an A lister or attached to some blogging conglomerate but I miss it all the same and feel I’ve gotten lazy with the 140 character and photo updates that I can instantly publish.

I do have Lee Writes Stuff and I think I’ll keep that site for much longer form articles, things I have to ponder longer or research but I think Lee Draws Stuff is a good domain to just draw shit and write rubbish and to hell with the marketing!  Like I’ll add stuff to the sidebars and you’ll be able to buy stuff but I think I’m just going to go back to throwing up sketches and pics and writing about stuff on a much more regular schedule.

I’ll need to work out what I’m doing with my social channels, what content goes on there that still keeps them engaging but I want here to be the place where all my stuff is kept and you can follow along on my misadventures LOL.

Thanks for visiting and sorry whatever you clicked to come here wasn’t here.  It will show up on here again, I’ve got plenty of days to fill and a lot of stuff in my archives to put back online but for now, why not follow me on Twitter or Facebook to get notifications when posts go up here?

Cheers

Lee