It is potentially one of my all-time favourite Data and Worf interactions from the episode Phantasms:
WORF: Commander. I will have to confiscate your sidearm.
DATA: Of course. (hands over the phaser) May I ask a personal favour?
DATA: Will you take care of Spot for me?
WORF: Your animal?
DATA: I am afraid if I have another waking dream, I might injure him.
WORF: Of course. Spot, come here.
DATA: Unlike a canine, Spot does not respond to verbal commands. (hands him to Worf who holds him at arms length) Goodbye, Spot. He will need to be fed once a day. He prefers feline supplement number twenty five.
WORF: I understand.
DATA: And he will require water. And you must provide him with a sand box. And you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat, and a good cat.
WORF: I will feed him.
DATA: Perhaps that will be enough.
(Worf leaves, sneezing)
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.
So quite some years ago Jason Turner started a little thing called the Page 100 Project. Essentially the gist was that you took the 100th page of a novel and you illustrated it as a comic-book page. I did a couple of these back in 2010 and semi-recently I’ve been doing one-off illustrations from the 100th page of books I’ve been reading but I think I’d like to start work on these again.
This is from the Star Trek novel Engines of Destiny and I have no idea about what’s going on here apart from Data collapses and a weird small Klingon ship appears and then blows up.
Seven years is a long time, this was when I was going through my comic book illustration phase, where I was working towards being a much more traditional style comic book illustrator. It never really felt right so it’ll be interesting to see how much my current wabi sabi minimalist approach translates. I’ve done a couple of short five-page things and I think it works but then I suspect my style is an acquired taste and not for everyone.
The first one up is going to be The Dark Tower book one – The Gunslinger. Do I go with movie versions or make up my own impressions!
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.