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inktober 2020 day 16

Rocket

Picard and warp drive inventor Zefram Cochrane share a moment in Picard’s past, Cochrane’s present, and our future.

Browse This Year’s Star Trek Inktobers

I created a collection to house all of this year’s Star Trek Inktobers, so you can easily browse your favorites and skip over the clunkers. It’s easy!

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober. It featured the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 15

Outpost

Researching today’s prompt outpost in memory alpha, I hit upon the Starfleet outposts that are built into asteroids on the edge of the neutral zone between the Federation and the Romulans. In the original series episode Balance of Terror these outposts are being destroyed by an unknown ship.

I decided not to reference those particular outposts since their fate was pretty dire.

Instead I focused on Asteroid Outpost 37, so named because my favorite number is 37. (And if you’re wondering, I’ve never heard of Paurian bacon either.)

I wouldn’t mind doing a few of these asteroid outpost strips. Maybe we never see inside the outpost. We just hear the dialogue from a couple of Starfleet members manning this outpost built into the asteroid.

Oh, I should also mention that yesterday I bought some stickers from deepspacenineties.com. This designer has some great Star Trek stickers. I can’t wait until the Janeways are back in stock.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober. It featured the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 14

Day 14 Armor

An armored Klingon from the Kelvin timeline for today’s strip.

This morning I woke up early and did another inked version, but ended up going with the original. Though the inking feels super clumsy on today’s strip, this version was more interesting than the second version I did.

I’m not entirely sure my execution on this strip is successful. The wasp is supposed to be going into the Klingon’s helmet in that third panel, but I’m not sure it reads clearly.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 13

Day 13 Dune

I read Dune for the first time in January. I’m re-reading it again now. Taking it much slower this time. Enjoying it more.

If you haven’t read it before, you should give it a shot. The first 60 pages or are difficult, Herbert throws everything at you and expects you to pick it up, but it is worth it. I’ve encountered few novels so full of ideas.

Speaking of ideas, here’s a photo of the original sketch from my sketchbook.

Here’s the pencils from my first attempt before spilling ink everywhere and having to do it all over again.

Today’s Art Influences

When researching Dune this weekend, I discovered the artwork of John Schoenherr. It’s his sandworm design you see here in my strip.

Schoenherr’s sense of scale is awesome, and the gaping maws of the worms is…terrifying.

The other influence on today’s strip was Bill Sienkiewicz‘s artwork for Marvel Comic’s Dune movie adaptation. I’d seen some of this a few years ago, before I’d read Dune. This piece and this one are particularly influential to today’s strip.

A third influence (and less obvious) on today’s strip is my favorite Star Trek comics cover artist, JK Moore. As a kid picking up Star Trek comics I was always excited to see one of his covers. He did the best likenesses and I loved the design of them as well. I looked at the way Moore did his transporter beam lines when I drew them in panel 2.

Sienkiewicz, Schoenherr, and Moore are masters, and I really don’t deserve to be lifting from them for my silly gag, but perhaps it’s worth it if you go check out their amazing work.

inktober 2020 day 12

Day 12 Slippery

Today’s slug-like creature was really inspired by Peter David’s run on DC Comic’s 1984 Star Trek series.

David embraced The Animated Series’s ability to populate the crew with non-humanoids, since it’s not any more expensive to draw a character with three arms than it is to draw a traditional humanoid.

Sketches

Here’s the idea I drew in my sketchbook last September.

Slugs

My first drawings of the slug were pretty generic, so I decided to learn a little more about them to help make the drawing more convincing. (For instance, I had no idea that slugs have 4 tentacles. The two on top are optical sensors, and the two lower ones, around the mouth, are sensory. And there’s a protective layer called the mantle that covers the sexual organs, so I thought that would be the best place for the slug to wear the starfleet uniform.)

Inking

I wrote on the top of the paper to ‘Slow Down.’ I also wrote the word ‘Delicate.’ I’ve been trying to get a thinner, more delicate line, and today’s effort was the closest I’ve come to it, particularly with the background.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 11

Day 11 Disgusting

For today’s prompt, I pretty much stole the hilarious teaser of the season 2 episode from Next Generation, Time Squared, where Riker prepared ‘Owon Egg Omelette’s for his friends. (For some reason, I inexplicably called them ‘Owog Eggs in the panel.)

I removed Data from the scene entirely, added a little projectile vomiting, and wa-la.

(I think Geordi puking might be one of my favorite things I’ve ever drawn.)

I made the ‘Owon Egg omelettes as Wattersonian as possible.

And should I erase the pencil lines or is it kind of cool to see them? I dunno. (I stopped erasing them after I smeared the ink on like, day 3.)

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 10

Day 10 Hope

Just a single image today.

A moment from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Scotty, Kirk, and McCoy, where Kirk gives them hope for survival by destroying his own ship.

I think most of my Star Trek love comes from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and this movie, which was the first Star Trek movie I saw in the theatre.

Process

This is the largest I’ve worked so far. This image is about 10.25 inches by 10.25 inches.

I did that thing where you just keep adding more and more lines to the piece until it looks good enough.

Here’s a look at the full piece, ink blots, notes, pencil lines, and all.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 9

Day 9 Throw

Counselor Troi and Lt Worf doing a little judo.

I was inspired by the Next Generation Episode Second Chances, where I thought they were doing judo, but apparently I wasn’t paying attention, because Worf was actually leading a class in Mok’ bara.

I am a bad Trekker.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 8

Day 8 Teeth

For the longest time, I didn’t have a story for this one.

The prompt of ‘teeth’ led me right to the Gorn, and so the image of McCoy reluctantly acting as dentist on the Gorn wasn’t far behind.

But all I had was that image.

It wasn’t until I realized that this image needed to be the last panel of the strip and not the first,that I was able to unlock the strip.

The image of Mccoy doing dental work on the Gorn, was the twist.

Now I could say, “Ok, how do I get to this point?”

Ideas and stories are weird. Please go make some.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 7

Day 7: Fancy

Inspired by that episode of DS9 where the crew play baseball against a team of Vulcans, I chose to depict Ezri Dax with some ‘fancy’ skills.

I saw this episode recently, but didn’t remember Ezri Dax mentioning ‘Fancy Dan’ to Dr. Bashir, but searching fancy in the memory alpha must have been how I stumbled upon this episode as inspiration.

I was also no doubt inspired by the legendary Bo Jackson.

Process note: Used a lot of white-out on this one.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 6

Day 6 Rodent

Data, Geordi, and Spot (Data’s cat) make their first appearance in this year’s Star Trek themed Inktober.

Though I tried to research all of the prompts for this year’s inktober in advance so I didn’t have to try and come up with an idea last minute, this was a last minute idea.

Hopefully the idea for this strip comes across without explanation (Data’s cat, Spot, hunts a mouse and brings it proudly back to Data) but sometimes I worry that my lack of panel borders and background detail makes things confusing.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 5

day 5 ‘blade’

Worf and Jadzia sparring.

I gave Worf and Jadzia the weapons and outfits they wore when sparring in the opening teaser of the 14th episode of season 4, ‘Sons of Mogh.’

If you’re deep into the details of Star Trek, (I’m usually not, but when working on this sort of project, I have to dive deep), Worf has a mek’leth and Jadzia has a bat’leth.

sketch

Here’s the sketch I jotted down in last month’s sketchbook, when researching ‘blade’ on memory alpha.

You can see where little guy turned the first drawing into a face with 4 arms.

I did some preliminary drawing in Photoshop.

I printed the preliminary drawings at actual size (5 in x 5 in squares) and then traced them in pencil on the bristol board.

I refined as I went, learning how to draw a mek’leth and a bat’leth from a variety of angles, and figuring out how to get two characters with giant heads and tiny bodies to convincingly embrace and kiss.

Here’s the pencils page before inks.

At this stage, I’m like, ‘Better take a picture, before I screw it up with ink.’

Inking

My inking continues to improve.

A confident under drawing helps, but maybe the most important aspect that has helped improve my inking is simply slowing down. Slowing down my drawing, slowing down each stroke, and slowing down my breathing.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 4

Day 4: Radio

Inking this strip last night was my most confident inking this month. I think it’s because I spent more time on drawing the characters, though I did get lazy on Uhura’s control panel.

I’m also getting more comfortable with my tools, which also helps.

I should also note that I leave the pencil lines on the bristol board

A Note on Yesterday’s Strip

I’ve gotten some excellent feedback on yesterday’s strip. A lot of people couldn’t tell what was going on without reading the description.

Which means a total failure on staging on my part.

Kirk and Spock are walking down a corridor. Kirk isn’t paying attention and walks into a bulkhead. That’s it.

To solve that problem, I need to do a better job of designing the stage and how the characters move on that stage. I need better blocking. Hopefully those of you who come back here every day will see that get better.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 day 3

Bulk

Prompt: bulk. That leads me to bulkhead. I looked at a lot of pictures of bulkheads on memory alpha. I looked at a lot of pictures of bulkheads for boats on the internet. I’m still not sure what a bulkhead is.

But Kirk ran into it.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

inktober 2020 – day 2

Day 2 Prompt: Wisp

A quick search of ‘wisp’ in Memory Alpha turned up…not much.

Apparently in an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise, the Enterprise and its crew get swallowed by a giant ship of non-corporeal beings, aka The Wisp, and have to escape.

Full disclosure: I’ve never seen an episode of Enterprise.

I loved the design of the Wisp Ship, so hopefully I did it justice for all of you Star Trek ship-ophiles (probably not a real word) out there.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much for reference the exterior since the crew seems to spend most of the episode inside the ship.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

Inktober 2020 Begins

Day 1 Fish

The first prompt from Jake Parker is ‘fish’, so that’s where we’ll start in my Star Trek themed Inktober.

A quick search of memory-alpha, the online trove of Star Trek knowledge, turns up a game of go fish in the final episode of Deep Space Nine between Quark and the self-aware holosuite program, Vic Fontaine, in Vic’s club.

I haven’t seen this particular episode, or most of Deep Space Nine really, though I’ve recently been catching reruns on the H & I network.

Getting to Work

I penciled in the drawing last month, hoping to get ahead on Inktober this year.

Last night, after first stress eating some Tostito’s scoops and some cheese dip, I got to work.

I worked on my old art board from college, laying on my belly in the living room, an episode of DS9 playing on the tv.

My nib was too thick, but I couldn’t find a tinier nib, so I’ll have to run to the art store today.

My nib was too thick. I want thinner lines, so I’ll have to make a run to the art store today.

Then, every stroke of the pen was a struggle. I’d just start to pull the point of the nib across the paper, and I’d be out of ink.

It didn’t occur to me until the last panel that perhaps my inkwell was simply too low on ink.

I added more ink to the well and dipped my pen, and the inking process finally began to flow, both literally, out of the pen, but mentally as well.

Failure

I’ve added ink washes to past Inktober drawings and tried that her as well, but the results were less than spectacular, so I decided to redo the entire strip.

I pulled out my light board and re-inked the piece, tracing over my previous effort, panel by panel. The second try went much faster, looked better, and by the time I reached the final panel I felt like the results were much better. The fourth panel is much better than the first panel.

Inktobers Past

You can visit (or revisit) my Zelda themed Inktober 2019, where I did some strong work but ran out of steam and time halfway during the month. In 2018 I completed a Metal Gear themed Inktober, and 2017 was my first themed Inktober featuring the world’s greatest detective.

Inktober Hasn’t Even Started Yet and I’m Already Behind

I’ve selected a theme for Jake Parker’s Official Prompt list for Inktober 2020.

Star Trek.

Why Star Trek? I’ve been watching a lot of Star Trek on the H&I network since the pandemic started. Comfort food.

To put that television watching to good use, it’s become… inspiration.

Sometimes I have an idea for a Star Trek gag from the prompt. Mostly though, I plug a prompt from Jake Parker’s official Inktober 2020 prompts list and run a search for the prompt on memory-alpha, the Star Trek wiki, to give me some inspiration.

The other nice thing about relying on memory alpha is that it helps spread the gags around between the different Star Trek series through the years. Otherwise they’d all be TOS and TNG gags.

My plan was to have all of the strips drawn by the end of September, so that when October 1st hit all I would have to do is ink every day and wouldn’t have to worry about drawing, too.

Unfortunately, all I’ve managed to do so far this month is pencil in the panels on half of the pages of bristol. (That’s what you’re looking at in the boring photo at the top of this post.)

Being behind like this is making me nervous…

gearing up for inktober 2020

Jake Parker released his prompt list for Inktober 2020 a couple of weeks ago.

My first impulse was to not participate this year. I felt I didn’t have any ideas.

Then your brain starts working on it in the background.

“You could do this for Inktober,” your brain says. “Or you could do this.” Then your brain says, “Of course! This is what you should do.” And your brain is right, so then you have no choice but to do it.

Then you pick up the pencil and get it moving. Just drawing simple shapes and lines suggests ideas.

Before I know I know it, I’m doing actual research to help ignite more more ideas, and I’m off and running.

I’ll talk more about the research and all the prep work I’m doing in September to prepare for Inktober so that next month, all I have to do is ink.

september sketchbook

I’ve talked about this before, but at the start of every month I start a new sketchbook.

This month’s sketchbook happened to be one of those mead composition books that comix artist Lynda Barry loves. So in honor of that, I’ve been filling it up with comix.

I divide the page up in to 4 panels, than sprinkle in text as I move through my day.

I don’t always have an idea for an accompanying image in the panel, so I leave them blank.

Then, a few days later I revisit the panels. Re-reading them helps spark an idea, and I’ll make a drawing.

cs50x, computer science, and scratch

began cs50x two weeks ago

the first assignment for week 0 is to create something in scratch, the drag and drop coding platform

here’s my submission. (i think i may leave this link up just for a week or so. we will see how it goes.)

this is my first foray into programming and what you see is about 14 hours of work

i originally envisioned this as a side-scrolling platformer, like super mario brothers, for little guy, but as you will see, this game falls well short of that.

I’m learning a lot but right now i can’t even get the character to jump facing left when the character is facing left

i’ll share the process on this game, and anything else i make as i continue to work on the project over the course of the ‘semester’

caribou sketch

drew this while watching ‘one planet’ on netflix.

trying to get faster (and looser, obviously) with watercolor so i’m going to keep doing more of these tv sketches and keep dropping my standards

(tv sketch definition: sketch done while the tv is on)

collages and sketches

the last couple of nights when drawing with wendy mac before bed, little guy has been cutting up his drawings and pasting them in his sketchbook and mine, collage style.

based on the pile of leftover paper triangles, i think he enjoys the physicality of cutting the paper more than the act of drawing.

the orange puppy i drew is my childhood stuffed toy, Orange Puppy. Drawing your stuffed toy was the latest assignment in Wendy Mac’s Draw Together.