Sunday, 7 April 2019

It's A Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek - Disco 78

 Now that I've managed to get one hastily slapped together post published (yesterday's groyne monitoring shenanigans), it's time for another.  Yes, more Star Trek related nincompoopery with my entry for March's Trek BBS Art Challenge.

 But first, a quick aside:
Thank you, Ms Scarlet, for my Universe on a Chair!
I shall endeavour to rule it wisely, and not get carried away with
delusions of grandeur or a full blown attack of megalomania.
Much better photos can be seen at Ms Scarlet's
I have already been doing some tinkering with the Universe,
as you can see below. But only the bit that can be seen from
the spare bedroom of the DeVice Mansion.
Out of all of this lot, only the constellation of Canis Minor can be seen in full.
Leo, Cancer, Hydra et al were last seen a year ago in
Constellations from a Nightshade Tarot

 And now, the feature presentation:

 Here is the Star Trek art challenge as set by February's winner:

Those in the know will note that this is not the Enterprise-D
from Star Trek: The Next Generation approaching
Earth Spacedock, but the refit original Enterprise,
from Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
I recently took a look at old art contests. Back in the day, whoever started a new contest would include a long list of previous contests. It got me to thinking about something I always was curious about Trek. One of the images I always found intriguing....those starbases big enough for the Enterprise D to fit inside.

I always wished we got to see what they've got in there. We've heard about how the Galaxy Class starship are pretty much cruise liners of the fleet. But the accommodations and amenities we saw on the Enterprise D most likely pales in comparison to what we would find in one of those starbases pictured above.

At the same time, I was thinking about the upcoming St. Patrick's Day and how some folks like to go to bars and drink green beer. So lets imagine what kind of places we might see folks, both Starfleet and civilian ,could go and celebrate something like St. Patrick's Day aboard such a starbase.

It can be anything from a scene of a room full of people having fun, to a sign, to a "trekkized" beer draft counter.

 Leaving it until the last minute yet again, I found a little time on 28th March to sketch out an idea I had: Cetacean Opera (a play on the Starfleet facility/department, Cetacean Operations, aboard the Enterprise-D)!  Although, I  wasn't sure what the celebration was supposed to be.  Maybe it's a musical version of an important first contact to celebrate its 100th anniversary?

 Although, in this case, it's cetaceans (perhaps George & Gracie's offspring?) at the opera rather than performing in it. The humpback whale and dolphin are wearing not-yet-finalised (i.e. completely rushed) Disco Maroons which I'd hoped to have designed for last month's Mix and Match art challenge. I'd planned to work on them at the weekend, along with attempting to make it clearer that the whale and dolphin are in a giant tank, rather than floating in mid-air...
 But then I put the Cetacean Opera picture on hold as I had to get something out of my head: Disco78 - a Calvin and Hobbes inspired Starbase disco:

 Here we have a sketch of a couple of Caitians, a couple of Ithenites, and an Andorian getting down to classical Cetacean Opera played at 78 rpm.  Harpo the Humpback whale looks on in amusement.
 I was concerned that I wouldn't finish it as I couldn't find my fineliners to do the outlines, but had already invested myself into it and hoped to fashion it into some sort of celebration theme for the challenge (as I very much doubted that I'd find the extra time to finish Cetacean Opera picture).

Trying out some colour
I'd found my fineliners!  Added teeth with my white gel pen
Adding more colour
I used marker pens for the watery background
Creating a dancefloor
Adding background lights/viewports
Laying the carpet (peach - yuk!)

And it's done!
 If I'd pulled my finger out and started this earlier in the month, I'd've drawn a bigger scene, making it obvious that this is set aboard Earth Spacedock. I also like to think that I'd've put the Caitians and Ithenites in original poses (rather than copy those that Calvin and Hobbes struck in "Something Under the Bed is Drooling" - but I still would have drawn Hobbes!), and added a few more disco divas (in and out of Starfleet uniforms)!
 This was the first time in many, many years that I'd used marker pens, but as I'm not confident with them yet, I only used them for the background and Harpo's uniform. The rest of the scene was coloured with my trusty pencil crayons, and I used a white gel pen for the distant spacedock interior lights that can be seen through the cetacean tank, the Champagne bubbles, and for the characters' teeth.

The final - winning, I might add - piece of art!


Previously on It's a Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek:

January 2019 - Caught Red Handed
October 2018 - Anomalous T-Shirt
September 2018 - Two Soups
August 2018 - Wild Things (and its prequel: Seeing Double)
July 2018 - Revenge of the Baby-Sat
June 2018 - Making Money
March 2018 - Murder On The Dancefloor
February 2018 - Narwhal in a Spacesuit
December 2017 - Unfinished Business
November 2017 - Let's See Your OC!
October 2017 - Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
July 2017 - Walk Like An Egyptian 
June 2017 - Foreign Relations
May 2017 - Driven to Distraction
February 2017 - Of Prophet's Tears and Verteron Nodes (plus the warm up: The Celestial Temple Cries Golden Tears)
December 2016 - "Did the plan fail, Edward?"
November 2016 - Winter Solstice
October 2016 - Twisted October: Star Trek Art Challenge

  As is now traditional, Senator Vreenak insists upon having the last word:


  1. Best Disco ever!

    Congrats on the well-deserved win!

  2. Makes note to buy Mr Devine some glitter pens! Congratulations on ANOTHER win!

    1. Ooh, glitter pens! A bronze glitter pens would have been ideal for those little Ithenites.
      I'm now at five wins in two and a half years, sharing sixth place in the "Top winners of all time" list. Not that I'm counting or anything...
      Thank you, Ms Scarlet!

  3. YES - I knew them moves, hobbsing around in Calvins. The wonders of music, the universal language ! (Glad they never went for the dachshund.)

    1. I thought you might recognise a little something here, Mago. In fact, I did think of you when I was drawing the Calvin and Hobbes-a-like dancers.
      On a related note, I've just bought a new C&H book (well, new for me, it was published in 2014): "Exploring Calvin and Hobbes" an exhibition catalogue - I'm looking forward to reading it (I'm sure there'll be no dachshunds in sight).

  4. I love C and H. And your artwork is pretty damn' good!

    1. Thank you, Dinahmow! I recently bought a new C & H book that is an accompaniment to an exhibit held a few years ago. I haven't read it yet, but I will soon, and then I might do a book post (as I've also managed to read several other books lately).

    2. Quick! Put C and H on your uncomfortable chair before you flog it to the trendy hipsters!

    3. Oh, yes! What a splendid idea.


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