The thing about Enterprise is that when it was really good it was REALLY good and the episodes stood out. For me one of those episode was Detained. It’s a reasonably straight forward concept to put together but it’s executed well and it’s nice seeing Travis have something to do.
The idea that not all Suliban are the enemy and for most they are victims along with everyone else is good storytelling. I liked how at time Enterprise tried to show that there was more to the species than just their basic traits – scientist Klingons for example.
I thought the image of Travis roughed up and eating gruel stood out.
I really enjoyed Yesterday’s Enterprise and it was nice being able to see the Enterprise C on screen. I think it was all a really clever concept and of course gave Denise Crosby a way to come back into the mix and then back again.
I’m not sure how I feel about the C though, originally I loved the fact that it bridged the gap between the Galaxy class and the original Enterprise and I kind of wished that was the TNG Enterprise. But then the Galaxy class Enterprise stole my heart and I accepted her as the marvellous ship ship she is.
Working on drawing this I get a sense of the bulky nature of the ship and I really wish we got to see more of her general storylines to get a feel for the ship.
This is part of a set of Enterprise illustrations that were commissioned last year, there will be a set of prints available when I’m finished.
So I only just did this poster in A5 size (half this size) for last year which was exhausting but interesting and it encouraged me to add the posters to the Star Trek 365 so here I am back again at Star Trek III the Search for Spock. Possibly my favourite Trek film, definitely a contender for best soundtrack.
This one is always going to be a challenge, a little like TMP because there’s not a huge amount for me to do line work wise. So I have to play around with paint and pencils to get it to look approximately like the poster.
Now A LOT of people have been asking about buying the posters, originally I planned on selling them as a set but I kind of don’t want them to just go to one person who can afford the set. I like that if one of these scribbles makes you happy then they’re reasonably accessible and affordable to own the original. So what I’m going to do is when I’ve completed all of the posters I’m going to pick a time when the most people are up and about and I’ll let each of the posters go individually. It’ll be first in, first served.
The posters will also be available as a print set, so everyone can at least get a print set of all of them, signed etc.
I always assume this episode was in the first season of Voyager because I have a very fond memory of it in first run of thinking how unbelievably awesome Captain Janeway was sliding down the chute with that phaser rifle ready to kick some ass. I remember think that this is some Kirk level of kick ass and that is some high praise coming from me.
I can honestly say though that I’ve never been a fan of those phaser rifles, they always seemed too wide to me and I’m surprised the hand holds are comfortable (maybe they’re not). I much prefer the TNG film ones.
Like yesterday I also recorded the inking and painting of this one for the Patreon guys:
In the event of a water landing, I have been designed to act as a flotation device.
I actually like Insurrection, I’ve got one gripe with the film and that’s an over reliance on humour that doesn’t hit the mark. It’s a really good episode film, and that in itself makes it a fun one. Adding cringe worthy line after cringe worthy line really detracts from the overall film. I’ve decided to immortalise one such “joke” in Data’s comment that he’s a floatation device. I’m particularly proud of Anij in this one, I think I got her near drowned look!
I just wish they hadn’t overdone the jokes, but to be fair there are several much worse examples than this one.
As a bonus today I have the inking and painting process on film (the Patreon peeps have already seen this):
Enjoy the part where I get a little too over eager with shading on Picard’s face and have to “fix” it. It worked out in the end LOL.
Odo is a wonderful character who takes a fascinating journey in Deep Space Nine, the ultimate outsider who becomes an integral part of the family and falls in love then discovers who he is and eventually returns to his people.
It’s nice that we get to come full circle with him. I’m glad they didn’t have him abandon his people in the end, it’s a bitter sweet moment but really nice.
Well this one certainly tested my patience for small details, this is a very detailed ship and I was only vaguely aware of the differences between it and the standard Excelsior so that was interesting. It is a lot more streamlined than I got the impression from the film, which is just how it was shot and a testament to the Generations team.
Something that really did surprise me was that the white paint that I mixed in with the blue and grey to form the base was actually metallic and so the drawing itself has a metallic finish to it that is actually just a wonderful bonus.
I didn’t miss the Enterprise A out as I did her in December but I’ve been refining how I approach mapping out the dimensions of the ships (yes I’ve been using rulers more and more) so I’m thinking of revisiting her. What a difference a month makes!
Again this one is not for sale as it is part of a commission set however I’m hoping to offer them up as a limited print series.
I watched this late one night only recently because I couldn’t sleep and I was really taken with the purple planet and the great Zefram Cochrane’s hut. I’d all but forgotten about this one actually. It’s a shame that an episode with such a great premise and feel to it struggles with such an outdated view of gender. Stating that male and female are universal concepts is just a little too naive, it’s one of those ideas that are best glossed over in the history of Trek.
I do like that we are in on the secret of Cochrane and how he lived out the rest of his life.
Man that purple sky gave me drama! But I’m happy with it all now.