Man I really didn’t want to do this one at all. I thought long and hard about all the characters and I realised that of all of them poor Chakotay was the one character who I feel they gave absolutely nothing to do and then on the odd occasion that he did get stuff it’s just stuff that I wouldn’t bother rewatching.
Now that’s nothing to to with Robert Beltran’s performance, I just remember thinking in the first season of Voyager, this is going to be an interesting character and then he never really was, and never really got to do anything.
So to make it up to him I at least went the extra mile with this and put him in an interesting place doing what he would have loved!
Ironically “least” favourite doesn’t really mean anything – give me a Chakotay episode any day over a Transformers movie
I didn’t want to do the obvious choice which is Year From Hell Part 2 but some very wise people on Twitter reminded me to be true to my choice for it is what it is.
Also it’s true.
I don’t even feel cheated at the end of the episode when everything reboots, it’s a relief to be honest because the alternate time line is truly horrifying for our intrepid crew. So with this being the predictable choice I’ve decided not to go the predictable image to draw.
I chose the shot of Seven of Nine before Tuvok and her leave the ship. I spotted the screencap over on TrekCore where I do all my reference shot browsing and it really struck me as quite poignant.
Mainly because of the hair, Seven’s hair is always so immaculate and for it to be messed up like this speaks volumes, especially as she is caring for Tuvok at the same time.
So apologies to everyone waiting on the Janeway pocket watch but I kinda really love drawing Seven.
I’m making my way through the backlog of Star Trek commission pieces and I always love a good Year of Hell request. I think Year of Hell is probably one of the most imaginative ways to do an “it was all a dream” episodes and in the end, I wasn’t disappointed that it would leave no lasting impact on the show. It was a pretty grim what-if but it gave them a chance to do some really interesting things.
I had to reframe this scene for my particular style but I think it came up really well. Sometimes I get requests to do a Star Trek colouring book so I grabbed the linework so you can download it and colour it yourself if you’d like (post a link if you do!)