Oh, and my pikhmit/pixmit cards won last month's Trek BBS Art Challenge, which meant that I got to choose the theme for this month's challenge:
It is Spring!* Warmer weather and longer days bring new growth, spring flowers, and the promise of brighter days ahead. Inspired by a weekend spent out in the garden, the final episode of ST: Picard, and recent Trek art by Donny, ashefivekay, and Dryson, I've decided on a floral theme for this month's art challenge.
I'd love to see your interpretations of flowers & plants in Trek, whether it be a look inside a starship's arboretum, the plantlife of a Trek race's homeworld, a Kressari botanical cruiser, a bunch of flowers given by one crewman to another, or something else. Whatever it is, make it bright and colourful!
* In the northern hemisphere, at least...
Right. On with the show:
A couple of days after setting the challenge, rather than strike, inspiration sauntered vaguely by and I managed to sketch out my ideas so far: a giant space flower made of starship parts (above), and a more traditional starship arboretum filled with non-traditional (and even a few non-Trek) botanical specimens (below).
Five days later, I'd made only slightly more progress:
But by halfway through the month I knew what I was going to do and had, in fact, half finished it:
(Un)Fortunately, Saturday morning (the 18th) brought rain which thwarted my plans to get out and work in the garden, so I worked on my indoor garden instead. Yes, I finished my arboretum!
|The arboretum of USS Percy Thrower is stocked with many species of plants -|
- some of which aren't even native to this universe!
If you want to have a guess or know some/all of these plants, please give your answers in the comments. But for those who can't be arsed with all that, just highlight the blank space below to reveal them.
If one was to wander along the path from right to left (front to back), on your left you would see:
- Pet vine - the green edged/centred leaves
- Capellan flowers - the pink & purple flowers withthe yellow stamens
- A couple of "Beauregards" - the pink flowers with thick brown stems
- Two spiky cactus-like plants from Ledonia III
- A singing plant from Talos III - with the blue disc-like flowers
- Three retlaw plants - the pink pom-poms on "legs"
- On to the first interloper: the Rangdo from 80s British game show The Adventure Game - the aspidistra on the pedestal "talking" to the Starfleet science officer and the Kressari botanist by the Vortex Grid (both the shaking aspidistra Rangdo and the Vortex Grid scared me silly as a child)
- The second interloper is the leaf pile from Calvin and Hobbes - barely visible next to the door at the far end
- A Phylosian crew member - on the path partially obscured by the Capellan flowers (a Phylosian starship can be seen out of the viewports near the planet)
- A Kaferian apple tree - palm-like leaves with yellow-green fruit (there's one at the end over the door, too)
- Pod plants from Gamma Trianguli VI - the purple flowers with yellow centres
- A K-G running vine - it seems to be happy being stationary (this is the plant from the Gold Key comics - the Kressari botanist is wearing the same type of coverall as those worn by Captain Kirk and Janice Rand in the comic)
- Audrey II from The Little Shop of Horrors film
- Red weed from War of the Worlds
- Triffids from the 1981 BBC adaptation of The Day of the Triffids
Because I'd finished so early in the month, I thought I'd start something else - an idea similar to the first one I had. But instead of giant flowers made of starship parts, these flowers (and other lifeforms) are actually machine lifeforms which may be harvested to make starships (and other spacecraft).
This quick sketch is of Deflector Lilies (and their saucer pads) along with associated lifeforms - Warp Shuttlefly, Workbees, Shuttlefish, and Naceels.
The intention is to come up with a watercolour (or pencil crayon) illustration for an encyclopedia of space-based plant life - Stellar Botanica - but I don't know if I'm going to have much time to work on it (the dratted sun's out - again! - which means I simply must get out into the garden and sort things out before the end of Spring).
Now, with this post
Anyway, Previously on Art Trek (née It's a Faaaake! Not The Art Of Star Trek):
March 2020 - Brighter Future
August & September 2019 - Artwork does exist, but I haven't published it on the blog yet (I don't know if I'll ever get around to it?), so here are the links to their existence on the TrekBBS: And it was *this* big! & Under the Sea... (August 2019), and Spytember (September 2019)
July 2019 - Blue Food (and the warm up: Baby Plastic Sperm Whales...)
June 2019 - Boldly Go in Infinite Diversity
May 2019 - (the leaked final scene) X Marks The Spot, and the main attraction: Treasure Map
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