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 😉

Stranger Things – sketch card set

I’m excited about Stranger Things season 2 because yes the first season was exceptionally good but two there’s obviously a significant amount of nostalgia coming from that second season (Ghostbusters costumes).  It’s interesting for me because they are around my age so I remember Ghostbusters being huge and Gremlins and The Neverending Story (1984 was an exceptional year for films).

It’s a byproduct of getting older LOL nostalgia films and the romanticism of the era you grew up in.

These sketchcards were done earlier this year, a combination of markers, watercolour and a touch of prismacolor pencils :).

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Who else is looking forward to Stranger Things season 2?

Page 100 Project – The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Page 100 Project - The Gunslinger
Page 100 Project – The Gunslinger – 2017

The Page 100 Project – draw the 100th page of a novel in comic format.

Having been a big Stephen King fan for most of my life I’ll admit to not really knowing how it was that I just never got around to reading The Dark Tower series.  Most people praise it and even then I’m not sure I was convinced until I read The Gunslinger.

I really enjoyed it. Loved it in fact and couldn’t put it down, from its perfect first line to the ending that must have been a nightmare for those waiting for the next one to be written.  I highly recommend it.

The 100th page is really dialog heavy and I had to leave out a couple of lines which I really didn’t want to do but I just didn’t have the room.  As it is I crammed extra dialog just to get to that “then we’ll go” line.  I refused to pollute the second panel with words though as I felt the line in the novel describing that panel had to remain (and it’s my favourite panel now.

When I read the book I was a little torn as I’ve seen the trailers for the movie and probably picture Idris Elba as Roland as I’m reading it but then I was reading about how the Man With No Name is the inspiration around the look of Roland so I decided to go with something like that.  I enjoyed playing with the smoke as well, I overplayed it certainly but I don’t think that matters.

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.

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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