For the June art contest, we'll be giving LGBTQ month the Star Trek treatment!
Fancy depicting Culber and Stamets at the Kasseelian Opera? Or showing the Enterprise warp streaks with a distinctly rainbow tinge? Then this is the thread for you!
The blurb might be succinct, but this post isn't. I know, I really spoil you!
The first thing I did was to check if my new(ish) markers (Winsor & Newton ProMarkers, don't you know!) included the colours of a rainbow. They did. Just about... (Ruby, Bright Orange, Canary, Forest Green, Sky Blue, Amethyst, and Rose Pink).
After I'd tried out the colours with the broad nibs, I sketched a little Star Trek alien into each stroke, whose skin tone matched that colour (or as near as my colourblind eyes could manage).
A Rainbow of Races
This is much larger than actual size which shows just how hopeless the likenesses are, so, to aid identification, from left to right we have: a Caitian (not a teddy bear - I was reaching a bit here, as Caitians are more of an orangey-brown), Tholian (not Munch's The Scream. In hindsight, I should have swapped with the Caitian, as Tholians are more red), Aurelian (not Big Bird), Gorn, Andorian, Betelgeusian, and a poor boggle-eyed Saurian.
As it's been 35 years since the release of ST III: The Search For Spock, I decided to try an IDIC/LGBTQ/TSFS mash-up next:
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations, i.e. IDIC, the basis of Vulcan philosophy
The little ships are all from STIII, from left to right: amethyst Enterprise, indigo Excelsior, green Grissom, yellow Bird-of-Prey, orange Merchantman, and the red ship is the Ralph McQuarrie Enterprise seen in Spacedock when the actual Enterprise comes home. I was going to do an orbital shuttle instead of the red Enterprise, but it just looked like a blob at this scale (IDIC spiral is only 9cm across).
Other ideas I was toying with included a Vulcan couple (both male) doing the finger greeting/foreplay thingy, and a Drag Klingon - teaser below:
I settled on the Drag Klingon. However, I messed it up. Here he his looking more like a camp panto wizard than a fierce drag queen:
It's his hips and left leg, I think. It's not clear which leg is carrying his weight, which makes his pose look a bit off. I decided to scrap it and do a more "fighting stance" pose, losing the staff and finger blades, and probably the cloak, too.
FYI, the big hair is based on the emblem of the Klingon Empire, the bodice/corset thingy is borrowed from Valkris' wardrobe (STIII:TSFS), and the silver head-dress was inspired by her decorative choker.
This is my second attempt:
Although I didn't go with a fighting stance, I did get rid of the staff etc, and I think the pose now looks more "pop star" than "camp wizard" - a bit more appropriate. Boldly Go in Infinite Diversity!
I posted these work-in-progress pictures in the Trek BBS art forum yesterday and received some constructive criticism: "Cool. The only issue I see is that if you hadn't said it was a Klingon drag queen, I wouldn't have recognized it as a Klingon..."
It's this sort of critique that makes me wish I hadn't left all this to the last moment again, as I didn't have the time (or inclination) to re-do it. Especially as the deadline was midnight!
The critic did have a point though. As this is such a small sketch, one has to look very closely to see the head ridges (and the fact that they're covered in "make-up" probably doesn't help?). At that point I thought that I could have put some ridges on his feet like Worf has, which may have helped to identify his species but, again, I couldn't be bothered. Oh well - I'll just have to hope that the Klingon costume (however exaggerated) is enough.
(I also don't like the white "glossy sheen" highlights now!)
So, this is it - I think...?
Although, I found myself feeling sorry for the little boggle-eyed Saurian and his friends from my initial idea, as they didn't make the final cut. So, as this month's theme is all about inclusion, I found a space for them:
Previously on It's a Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek:
April 2019 - Oops-A-Daisy!
March 2019 - Disco78
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