One of the requests from the Star Trek commission pieces was for Picard, Riker and Data to be jamming together on board the Enterprise D. It’s a nice idea and I really enjoyed drawing them, except I really dislike drawing musical instruments as I am the least musically gifted person on the planet LOL.
Overall I think this comes off really pleasant a little like the show itself, I find TNG really comforting to watch.
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 😉
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.