Day 213 – Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge – Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E

Day 213 – Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge – Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E

I really struggled with decent reference shots of the Sovereign Class engineering, it’s kind of onscreen briefly in First Contact then the Borg get their hands on it. In Insurrection Geordi ducks downstairs to eject the core.  I didn’t go into Nemesis and I’m sure there was probably more but the problem is I only have a little time to grab the reference shots and I did a whole illustration before this one that was REALLY wrong.

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Day 212 – Lieutenant Geordi La Forge – Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D

Day 212 - Lieutenant Geordi La Forge  - Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D

It was an excellent decision to promote Geordie to Chief Engineer, he wasn’t my favourite character by any stretch but I think he really came to life as the Engineer.

The TNG warp core is pretty iconic too, I was surprised at how much detail I remembered off the top of my head, I imagine it’s an impressive set to visit.

It’s also funny the things you notice when you’re looking at reference photos, this is not accurate by any means but I took special note of the guardrail struts because they were the same in Star Trek VI 🙂

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Day 211 – Captain Montgomery Scott – Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A

Day 211 – Captain Montgomery Scott – Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701-A

For a very long time Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country was my favourite Star Trek film.  I appreciated the aesthetic and the overall Starfleet look and feel.  I think when it came out I didn’t even think about the engineering section being a redressed TNG set.  Which I feel is a testament to the way the film was shot and the effort that went into differentiating it.

Engineering on the Enterprise-A is a dark and claustrophobic place that we only really get a couple of glimpses at.  We do, however, get the money shot of Captain Scott proud as punch of his bairns.

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Day 210 – Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott – Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Day 210 - Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott - Chief Engineer USS Enterprise NCC-1701
I actually really love the TOS Engineering set, it was pretty impressive considering the restraints the show was under and gave us all a glimpse at the powerful warp engines though no warp core to speak of.

It’s a fun room to draw surprisingly, I picked one of the shots from season one and it was quite stark but they added stuff to it later on.

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Day 209 – Commander Charles Tucker III – Chief Engineer Enterprise NX-01

Day 209 - Commander Charles Tucker III - Chief Engineer Enterprise NX-01

I was looking for a theme to keep me on track for the next couple of weeks and was watching an episode of Enterprise, I really like what they did in Engineering which inspired me so I’m going to feature each of our Chief Engineers in their domains.

I’m not sure who decided on brown as a tech colour in Enterprise but I’m really glad they did, I like the earthy colour against all the greys and metallic colours used throughout the ship and I think it also compliments the blue jumpsuits nicely.

I think the set for engineering in Enterprise is really good and well thought out, it’s so much more cramped than the later eras which of course is the point.  It looks like it’s worked in.

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Day 208 – Choose Your Pain

Day 208 - Choose Your Pain

Tilly and Burnham set Ripper free.

It’s interesting that the very first episode of TNG deals with a lifeform being enslaved and tortured by a group of humanoids looking to benefit from a creature’s misery and pain. A theme then repeated on Discovery, except Starfleet were those horrible humanoids.

And whilst I feel most of this storyline got lost in the mess of everything I think I understand what they were going for.  Over on Patreon I kind of praised Burnham for being the one to eventually decide that it wasn’t cool but by the time she does let him go he’s pretty much useless to them anyway – so he essentially had to die before they did the right thing.

So the water is a little muddy there on who I’m going to applaud.

When in doubt I guess yay for Tilly.

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Day 207 – I’m NOT Picard.

Day 207 - I'm NOT Picard.

Q has never really been my favourite character in Star Trek, I think because he’s tied up in comic relief which I don’t always need.  So having Sisko smack him one just to make a point was a truly wonderful Deep Space Nine moment for me.

This took forever to get right, I went through about four versions, simply because I had a vibe I was trying to capture.  I can’t remember how I drew the scene the last time I did it.  Hopefully not exactly the same because I thought I was doing something different.

Deep Space Nine pics can sometimes be a bit of a challenge simply because how busy it is in the background.  There’s always a lot of people and there are so many lines!

I’m not really sure why I resisted doing this one in my usual – take a step back and detach from the scene kind of style (nobody may have an idea about what I’m talking about here but I know, even if I can’t articulate it LOL).  I think I just wanted the feeling of the whole sequence, I want you to feel that hit 😉

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Day 206 – Ensign Ro

Day 206 - Ensign Ro

I’m not sure if anyone ever beamed on to the Enterprise and dropped so much attitude in such a short time than Ro Laren.  Everything is there right in the first seconds she appears.  She was an awesome character.

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Day 205 – You Klingon bastard, you’ve killed my son…

Day 205 - You Klingon bastard, you've killed my son...

I didn’t undertake this scene lightly but I’ve had it on my mind to do for a couple of weeks now.  I was originally going to draw it with the other characters in the frame but when I drew Kirk in the middle on his own, quite small, it just felt right.

Also, I know his pants are the wrong colour but I realised literally as I put the first stroke of ink on them and then I figured it didn’t look all that bad.

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Day 204 – Shadows and Symbols Sketch Card Set

Day 204 - Shadows and Symbols Sketch Card Set

Currently whenever someone asks if I’m available for commissions I have to politely decline as I have a backlog from the end of last year to work through before I’ll allow anyone to go on any waitlist.  So then the next unasked question is when are you going to get those commissions done!!!?!

Well, I’m working on it, commissions are hard because I want to do the best possible job for the client but the reality is I may not be in the mood to draw what’s been requested and I struggle a little with my own expectation to fulfil the hopes of the person requesting it.  Fortunately, I have a very patient client who is happy for me to take my time and dive into pieces when the artistic vision hits me.

This is one such piece.

I’m doing a bunch of sketch cards for my Patreon backers so whilst I have the blank cards out I’m doing up a few of the commission requests.  LOL now I’m just hoping I haven’t already done this one which is a real risk 😉

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