I had stopped creating fan art with very much regularity a while back. Why? Well, it’s time consuming. It’s fun, mind you, but time-consuming and for the most part I feel like I should put that time into creating my own stuff. Writing alone takes so much of my free time, so adding art in there that isn’t for my own projects is another time suck. But, here’s the thing. Doing fan stuff is FUN.
I was astonished to find it was Deep Space Nine’s 30th Anniversary. “I was there at the start!” I say, shaking my cane at the sky and reaching for a Werther’s Original. DS9 is a little bit of an oddity for me. I love, love, loved the show. I watched it just as religiously as TNG and Voyager. The weird thing is, I can never seem to successfully rewatch it. Part of it is it takes the show a while to really get going. But I never want to skip over anything because I really liked the Bajoran intrigue and the character stuff in early episodes. But, I almost always drop off. So, maybe this year I can start in earnest. It’s kind of like Fringe. I still have not seen season 5! And that’s because I hit a wall in rewatching the rest when I hit season 4. I like season 4, but for whatever reason I keep running into that wall. So maybe this will be the year of DS9 and completing Fringe! Two shows I greatly admire that I just can’t seem to get back to.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 30th Anniversary Art
I’m really excited with the way this turned out. I’ve been exploring different techniques with coloring and getting a more painterly style with my illustration explorations for UnHeavenly Hosts. This is one other benefit of fan art. Especially when you’re trying to render likenesses. It helps you remember the human body and all the different shapes and things it can take. The way features are rendered. It’s easy to get into a mode where you just draw some idealized version of a human being all the time. So, hopefully this will make my design-work on UnHeavenly Hosts even better. UnHeavenly Hosts is my own project. You can see more about it in the development posts here.
The 15th Doctor & Ruby Sunday
I’m very, very, very excited about the upcoming 60th Anniversary Doctor Who specials and the new series beyond. Russell T. Davies returning to the helm has me more excited about Doctor Who than I’ve been in a while. This is not to throw any shade at Moffat, Chibnall, and company. Everyone who has put in effort toward keeping Doctor Who going has my admiration in different ways. Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, and Jodie Whittaker were all fantastic Doctors. But, I’ve just not connected with Doctor Who as much as I used to. I just miss RTD’s skill with character and really drawing you into a story. And his ambition! I rewatched the 9th Doctor stories and they really are a wonder of fantastic, exciting, and ambitious storytelling. I am keeping the rewatch going with Tennant’s first series. I at least want to watch all the RTD era episodes. Anyway, that’s a very long-winded way of saying that I’ve wanted to draw the new TARDIS team since the moment their costumes were revealed. Finally, I have gotten to it! I used what I learned with the DS9 piece, and I’m really happy with how things are progressing.