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.
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.