Drawing the Borg – speed drawing video

The other week when I drew the Borg entry in the 30 Day Star Trek Challenge I recorded the entire process from start to finish to show what it’s like when I draw group shots of the Borg.  A few years ago I drew a massive A3 illustration featuring a lot of Borg which really conditioned me to drawing them with ink straight off with only a few guiding lines (where they’ll be standing and how many of them).

The Borg Collective

The Borg from my 2014 Star Trek 365 project

The music was suitably Borg’ish so feel free to watch it without the soundtrack LOL.

The video is sped up x8 to give you an idea of how long this took to draw, as I’ve mentioned in the past especially with the Star Trek Scribbles I really like to move quickly on them.

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

Day 15 – Best First Officer – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day 15 – Best First Officer – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Commander Spock

Best is again a relative term, however I’m going with Commander Spock on this one, I LOVE Riker, Kira, T’Pol, and I’m okay with Chakotay but Spock became an international icon, he’s probably one of the finest characters in all of Star Trek and he’s referred to at least once as the best First Officer in the fleet so I’m going with Mister Spock.

I had a bit of fun with this one and broke out a charcoal pencil I hadn’t had the chance to use yet. Probably not what it was intended for but I do like the scribble nature of it.  You can’t be too precise with it all especially when the painting side of things runs the charcoal into the colours.  Again if you’re going to do a challenge you might as well experiment a little.

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

Day 14 – Favourite Time Travel Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day 14 – Favourite Time Travel Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

The City on the Edge of Forever

This is a toss up for me between City on the Edge of Forever and Star Trek IV The Voyage Home.  I’m siding with City on the Edge of Forever because it is simply an exceptional episode that expanded the scope of an emotional story that could be told within an hour long TOS episode.

I really wish that they revisited the Guardian of Forever in TNG, it doesn’t feel like a massive jump to have this dormant Guardian wake up during this era.  Maybe demand to speak to Kirk and they send for his equivalent in Picard.  Just feels like a great concept to leave on the shelf.

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

This is available as a high-res PDF to download and colour in.

Day Thirteen – Favourite DS9 Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Day Thirteen – Favourite DS9 Episode – 30 Day Star Trek Challenge

Trials and Tribulations

Oh man this was a tough one, there are a bunch of stand out episodes that I really like in this show, the one that is my all time favourite feels like a cop-out but I can’t deny it.  Trials and Tribulations is one of the most perfect homages to the original series that has ever been done.  The attention to detail and the joy of seeing those wonderful TOS uniforms on our DS9 heroes are priceless.

The problem with this choice is that it’s obviously not just their show – the blending of the two really make this episode pop.

I would then like to mention the episodes that came very close to this, In The Pale Moonlight and The Visitor.  Two exceptionally powerful episodes.  I’d also mention that I’m very partial to Emissary and wonder if this is not the best of all the Star Trek pilot episodes.

Just before drawing this I sat and watched the whole episode and I’m more than okay with my choice – a really fun episode for all involved.

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

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

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

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.


Serenity illustration featuring River and Mal

She always did love to dance.

I was a latecomer to Firefly but I was lucky to come to it with almost perfect timing.  I heard vague rumours about the show but for ages I didn’t bother checking it out, I’m not even sure if it actually aired on Australian free to air television, if it did it would have been late at night and I somehow missed it.

So I got a copy of the first two episodes through dubious channels and fell in love with it, immediately, without even realising it.  I bought the DVDs the day after and for the next fourteen nights we watched an episode (novice binge watchers back then). The timing was spot on because barely a month or so on Serenity was released in cinemas.

So it was a real treat to go from watching this amazing show and then jumping straight into the big screen continuation.  That screening was full of browncoats and they were so into it.  It is still one of my favourite shared viewing experiences (I have very few positive shared viewing experiences), we still talk of the guy who gasped so loudly in the aftermath of the Serenity crashing, the whole cinema was silent except for this one guy.  Poor bastard must have have had a heart attack at the next scene.

The soundtrack is beautiful and the film is wonderfully shot with character moments for everyone.  It’s a film that has it’s own problems but none of which particularly concern me.

I still love Serenity, in fact I upgraded it to 4K, I’m not sure I can tell the difference but the film is beautiful in HD and even the special effects still hold up.  So it’s a keeper for me, though I do have to offload the Blu-ray.

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 Cheshire Tardigrade

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?