Sketchbook Scenes – Wayne’s World (started 2015 finished 2017)
So after yesterday’s post I went and dug the sketchbook out and discovered that it actually has three pencil sketches in it waiting on paint (well two now). These were only ever meant to be quick little sketches so I’ve tried to maintain that for this two years on (the longest “quick” sketch I’ve done).
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 – 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. 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 – 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! – 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 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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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.
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!
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 – 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!
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