Firstly I would like to thank everyone who reached out over the last couple of weeks asking if there would be a Discovery Trekmas illustration this year. It took me a little while to work out how I’d frame this crew as they’re not exactly your typical “Trek family”.
As always the Trekmas scribble is a little intimidating but a lot of fun to do.
I hope you enjoy and have a very safe and stress free Christmas.
The original illustration is available on Etsy (next year we might do Christmas cards – also note that this will not arrive by Christmas if you buy it).
There is also a free colouring page pdf available for you to colour however you’d like this Trekmas season 🙂
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?
I’m enjoying Star Trek Discovery for what it is right now, an entertaining drama set in the Star Trek universe. I’m not overly focused any more on the continuity issues the show has or even the mean vibe that I get off some of it. People who are enraged over the departure from traditional Trek are probably giving themselves blood pressure issues and I don’t really care for it. On the flip side the people who are claiming this is the greatest show ever to grace television and easily the best Star Trek series are a little too much for me as well.
Hate it or love it it’s completely up to you but I think it probably falls within the middle ground for me. It’s very watchable but I think they’ve made some mistakes and I’m not a fan of some of the aesthetic decisions, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen and Star Trek needs to be an evolving beast to stay relevant. A lot of the pro and con arguments are way too extreme and I think a little perspective is needed.
I am enjoying having new characters to play with though and that’s a very good thing.