Star Trek’s Captain Picard, This Time in Color
Back in December 2017, before I switched over to color drawings, I sketched a scene with my three favorite characters from Star Trek. It featured Captain Picard, La Forge, and Data in a crazy dream sequence from one of the more bizarre Star Trek the Next Generation episodes. Although I was pretty happy with how it turned out, I’ve wanted to give another nod to the show – this time in color. In fact, I would really like to circle back around for some color drawings on some of my favorite black and white subjects, like the band Faith No More, the Dallas Cowboys, and a few extended family members. Some ideas to keep in mind going forward!
As I mentioned in that original Star Trek post from December, I’m not actually much of a Star Trek fan. Or more accurately; I’m a fan, but only in a narrowly-focused and specific way. I am fairly ambivalent about the original series with Kirk, Spock, and the rest, and I never watched the shows after the Next Generation. I also didn’t really care much about the rebooted movies. But Star Trek the Next Generation? Yes indeed, I’ve enjoyed that one since I was a kid. I’m sure some of my fondness is rooted in nostalgia, but I really do think the Next Generation had a special cast of characters that sets it apart. And Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) is probably the best of a great bunch.
So, for this new sketch, I went with a very classic pose from the series. This one features Captain Picard giving the command to get the ship moving; raising his hand, saying, “engage.”
This sketch turned out well I think, similarly to the original black and white I did. I’m not sure, but I guess Patrick Stewart/Captain Picard is just someone I can draw successfully. My only real issue with this one is that I intended for him to have a slight smirk, which he often does in the show. But this version of the Captain ended up looking very stern; that’s in character for him too, but it wasn’t exactly what I set out to do. But, slight smiles are very tricky, and aren’t something I’ve mastered.
Also, I included a couple polls in that previous Star Trek post, so I thought I’d pop those into this one as well. For fans of the show, I was curious who their favorite Captains were, and for fans of the Next Generation specifically, who their favorite characters were. Let’s see if those previous trends hold!
I’m not sure what exactly is next. As I mentioned, I want to return to a few subjects again from the black and white sketches. But, I also just watched Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, which I loved, and I think it would be fun to sketch those characters. We’ll see what happens, because I’ll probably do something later this evening.