Day 173 – Fury

Day 173 - Fury

I have a soft spot for Kes so to have her return in Season Six was kinda of awesome, to have her pissed off and storming through the ship blowing up conduits looked amazing!!! I think it’s a shame we didn’t get her full story, I think it would have been amazing to actually have her live out her entire lifespan during the course of the seven seasons (I think she was already two early on?).  That would have been bold.

So I admittedly made the explosions a little bigger in this one for the dramatic effect.

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Day 172 – Constable Odo reviews the night’s crime report

Day 172 - Constable Odo reviews the night's crime report

For this year’s Star Trek Éire they have René Auberjonois joining them and I was invited to contribute an Odo illustration to their charity auction for which all benefits go to Doctors Without Borders.

Well, Mr Auberjonois has always been very awesome when it comes to my illustrations, two of my drawings have served as his Twitter profile pic over the past year or so and he owns an original Odo sketch card so that was appealing, I also have a friend who’s organising it and Doctors Without Borders is a fantastic charity so how could I refuse???

So the spec was to feature Odo and I can’t picture him any way better than reviewing the arrests from the night before early in the morning in the Security Office.  It was a very fun piece to do.

There will also be signed limited post cards of this so if you’re in Dublin go check this out!!!

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Day 171 – Any suggestions, Admiral?

Day 171 - Any suggestions, Admiral?I wanted to do something different and have been toying with the idea of adding frames in to work with.  The reason being is that when I’m looking at shots from the films they are always framed inside the widescreen format and that works amazing for photos and film but sometimes my poor scribbles can’t quite capture the shot without looking super boring.

So I’ve printed up some frames (unfortunately on the wrong paper and decided to have a play with the format.  This paper does not take on watercolour well so I just used my markers.

I added some smoke in to compensate for the empty space and shadow and slightly altered Admiral Kirk’s direction to make it more friendly for me.

This is more of an experiment so I don’t think it’ll go up for sale.

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Representation in the Star Trek 365

So I awoke to a message on Twitter this morning that gave me pause to think about some things and I sense a little stirring in this awesome community that we’ve built together that I’d like to put in pin in before anyone is misunderstood or feels excluded.  Even with Twitter’s longer character limits I feel it’s not the medium to best express this.

I’ve always maintained that this project that I’m doing and that you’re all a part of is for want of a better term a safe place.  I’ve had the wonderful good fortune to encounter so many people of different backgrounds that it truly is the essence of what makes Star Trek great.  When someone looks at one of my silly little scribbles I literally have no idea what they may get out of it.  I draw a scene or a character because I might see something visually in it that appeals to me on whatever level or a character may be particularly inspiring to me and I’m trying to capture something of them in it.

I don’t always convey this well because I’m often under the pump and don’t have the time or energy to go through the whole process, even on Patreon there are days where they get big thoughts and there are days where I tell them to talk amongst themselves (I actually have done this, I feel like a bad host LOL).  But none of that actually matters because what gives me the greatest joy in the world is the emotional responses that you have.  I’ve been told a drawing that I’ve done because I liked the camera angle completely represents everything that inspires them and is important to them about Star Trek.  And I’m always humbled and moved by these conversations.

So the tweet that I got this morning which I hope Karen will forgive me for republishing was:

Now my initial reaction was to be a little hurt and very defensive, I’m going to be straight up honest and open about this because it’s an important subject and deserves no less.  I spent a good hour discussing it with my wife and working out how best to respond before doing so.  I kind of really wanted to defend myself and there are definitely reasons why men are more represented in the Star Trek 365 that I’m NOT going to discuss here (or anywhere really).  Reasons are not excuses.

I’ve since had some really good people come to my defence and their hearts are in the right place and I love them dearly for feeling the urge to comment.

But here’s the thing, all Karen has asked for is more representation of women.

She didn’t have a crack at me about lack of noses (it happens more than you might imagine) or lack of command pips or a million other little quirks that I draw because that’s how I draw.  She just wants to see more women characters.

I want to be the kind of artist that uses their work to do good, and from a personal point of view that IS positive representation of women, it’s not objectifying or over sexualising characters and it is 100% about including everyone.

So a huge thank you to Karen who took the time to work out some facts before raising it with me and to everyone who is excited to see more female focused character pieces.  And equally thank you to those of you concerned about my artistic rights, that’s fucking awesome, you guys rock and I know none of you are misogynists and I agree 100% that artists should be allowed to do their work freely.  But I want to be an even better artist and I think what’s been highlighted will do that, so “stand down everyone”.

LOL now today’s piece is a Saavik illustration, it always was going to be a Saavik illustration and I’m not changing my plan for the day.

Day 170 – Unwilling participants in the games of Triskelion

Day 170 - Unwilling participants in the games of Triskelion

I always imagined this episode as tedious to watch but I rewatched it the other day and I actually enjoyed it.  There’s some well worn tropes throughout but I liked the concepts in it.

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Day 169 – The Away Team Encounter an Echo Papa 607 Drone

Day 169 - The Away Team Encounter an Echo Papa 607 Drone

We’re about to review The Arsenal of Freedom on the Star Trek First Watch podcast and it’s been ages since I watched the episode, I mentioned to Heath, my co-host that I couldn’t remember the episode at all.  I recognised the name but was coming up blank on what it’s about.

Happily I remembered whilst watching and I really enjoyed the refresher.

Originally I was going to show the drone but I liked how this framed up better.

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Day 168 – Up to no good – Jaro and Winn

Day 168 - Up to no good - Jaro and Winn

The Seige

I didn’t realise how early on Winn makes her appearance in DS9, she is a wonderfully written character with an exceptional performance that you just love to hate!

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Day 167 – Captains in the kitchen

Day 167 - Captains in the kitchen

These are Ktarian eggs…

This was suggested over on Twitter (see I do occasionally follow through on a suggestion!!!)

I always thought that Picard and Kirk have amazing chemistry which I think surprised almost everyone. I think everyone assumed that Shatner would be too difficult to work with but I think they tackle it on screen wonderfully and whilst biased I do think that Kirk steals every scene he’s in.

Because of changes on Etsy I’ve decided to start selling directly through my own shop and this is the first one I’m listing up there so fingers crossed it all works (remember the shop is a work in progress but it is all secure and payments are handled through Paypal.

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Day 166 – my next tattoo

Day 166 - my next tattoo

To finish off this “ship” themed week I thought it nice to finish on one that is special to me.

A while back I made the announcement that when I hit the 100 patrons on Patreon mark I will go out and get myself a Star Trek tattoo.  The intent was always going to be the Enterprise but I had to drag a preference out of my wife for the top view or a side view.

As you can see above the top view won out.

So I illustrated this up to be the design that I’m going to get tattooed onto my arm.  I actually recorded the whole inking process and are sharing it with the Patreon guys right now!

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Day 165 – So it’s me you want, you Klingon bastards

Day 165 - So it's me you want, you Klingon bastards

So this week’s ship theme has been smashing me a little but I knew I wanted to draw this scene.  I kind of wish I’d flattened out the wings a bit but then I would have had to make the Bird of Prey even further away.  Next year I might revisit this one in a big A3 sized one and have the ship closer with its wings fully extended.

I’ll see how I go but this might be the last of the ship ones for the week LOL.

You know whilst I think about this, there are so many awesome scenes in Star Trek V – such a treasure trove.

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