Cyfa's art challenges and other bits & bobs

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Cyfa, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. gazomg

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    good to see you back in the fan art section cyfa
     
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  2. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @gazomg. It's nice to be back - even if only in fits and starts at the moment. I've had another "start" today, and found a few minutes to muck around with my hand prints again:

    Here's another take on the Star Trek version of the Red Hand Gang. The staff of Starbase 11 keep finding these hand prints popping up in the Jefferies tubes...
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    And here's a logo from the Pre-Cog Corps - a little known department within the Terellian Ministry of Intelligence:
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    Before and after I used a Linear Halftoning filter from FotoSketcher in an attempt to make it look like an embroidered patch...
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    Not entirely convincing. Needs more work that I don't know if I can be bothered to do!
     
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  3. gazomg

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    not sure if you know the significance og the red hand in Ireland.

    Traditionally it was always the main crest of the "O Neill" family crest, the most dominant family in Irish history, which produced more Kings than the Stuarts, Tudors and Windsors of the UK did in the UK.
    Always seen as the catholic o neill symbol, when the troubles started in Northern Ireland, the loyalist, predominantly protestant terrorist organistations used the red hand.

    Not only were they they too lazy to come up with a logo of their own but stole a logo that symbolised the very thing they had an issue with in the first place.
    The red hand is also on the flag of tyrone, one of the 32 counties that make up Ireland and home traditionally to the O.Neills.


    Here is the real crazy part, when the troubles were going on in Northern Ireland , no political party alligned with the so called terrorists were allowed be have their voice on tv so the politicians were dubbed with voice overs doing the voices.
    This was due to a rule in the Irish Criminal law that made world news at the time.
    The name was....section 31.
    I have often wondered if star trek got the name from the news in Ireland at the time
     
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  4. Cyfa

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    No, I had no idea about the significance of the red hand in Ireland, @gazomg. Always good to learn something new. I do remember that Jerry Adams, Sinn Féin, and others had to be dubbed over when appearing on TV - Well, I mainly remember the hoo-hah when the law was changed and we got to hear their real voices!
    And Section 31... Interesting.

    I'm not really loving the hand prints, so I might fall back on this idea I had for the secret-ish (more like almost unknown) Trill group called the Watchers who were always on the look-out for the return of the Bluegill parasites. Only a few sketches at the mo - a combination of the Trill Symbiosis Commission logo and a watchful eye:
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  5. Cyfa

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    Well, I've had a go at the Watchers logo. It's a bit primitive as all my art stuff is packed away in a box in my sister's garage until I move into my new house (next month, hopefully). I had to make do with my 18 month old nephew's "My First Crayolas" and a gel pen (similarly, the hand prints were made using his finger paint).

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    It's a bit on the wonk, but I think it'll have to do.
    I'm still not sure whether to use this or the Red Hand Gang logo for this month's art challenge? Unless anyone has any favourites/suggestions, I'll decide later...
     
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  6. Michael

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    I can only speak for myself, but while I really like both, I think the Trill logo is much cooler and more interesting. It's something that could have fit right in as a background graphic for the show proper. Were it a vector graphic it would be something that Mike Okuda could have designed for the encyclopedia way back then. :)
     
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  7. gazomg

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    nice design in keeping with the style as it reminds me a lot of the trill symbiosis commission logo.....
     
  8. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @Michael and @gazomg! I went with the Trill logo as the 'Red Hand Gang' stuff seemed a little too sinister - it probably would have looked better if it'd been a child's handprint (but I wasn't even going to try to attempt to get my nieces or nephew to try and make a Vulcan "salute" :lol:). And, the Watchers logo is based on that of the Trill Symbiosis Commission which is probably why it looks familiar.
     
  9. Cyfa

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    I found a little time today to sketch out an idea I had for this month's Art Challenge: Cetacean Opera! Although, I'm not sure what they're celebrating yet. Maybe it's a musical version of an important first contact to celebrate its 100th anniversary?

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    Although, in this case, it's cetaceans (perhaps George & Gracie's offspring?) at the opera rather than performing in it. The humpback whale and dolphin are wearing not-yet-finalised (i.e. completely rushed) Disco Maroons which I'd hoped to have designed for last month's Mix and Match art challenge. I'll work on them later or at the weekend, along with attempting to make it clearer that the whale and dolphin are in a giant tank, rather than floating in mid-air...
     
  10. Cyfa

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    I've put the Cetacean Opera picture (above) on hold as I had to get something out of my head: Disco78 - a Calvin and Hobbes inspired Starbase disco.

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    Here we have a couple of Caitians, a couple of Ithenites, and an Andorian getting down to classical Cetacean Opera played at 78 rpm. Harpo the Humpback whale looks on in amusement.
    If I ever finish it (I can't find my fineliners to do the outlines), I'll probably try and fashion this into some sort of celebration theme for this month's art challenge, as I very much doubt I'll find the time to finish Cetacean Opera up there in the previous post.
     
  11. Cyfa

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    I found my fineliners!
    This is the finished (*ahem*) picture for March's art challenge:

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    If I'd pulled my finger out and started this earlier in the month, I'd've drawn a bigger scene, making it obvious that this is set aboard Earth Spacedock. I also like to think that I'd've put the Caitians and Ithenites in original poses (rather than copy those that Calvin and Hobbes struck in "Something Under the Bed is Drooling" - but I still would have drawn Hobbes!), and added a few more disco divas (in and out of Starfleet uniforms)!
    This is the first time in many, many years that I've used marker pens (I was inspired by @Atolm's work), but as I'm not confident with them yet, I only used them for the background and Harpo's uniform. The rest of the scene was coloured with my trusty pencil crayons, and I used a white gel pen for the distant spacedock interior lights that can be seen through the cetacean tank.
     
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  12. pl1ngpl0ng

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    The coloring really made this come alive, nice one!
     
  13. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @pl1ngpl0ng! Haven't seen you for a while, but it's good to see you back. Are you working on anything?
     
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    heya Cyfa, thnx =) nah... nothing in the creative department,..
    That stuff goes up and down,
    Have a nice sunday Cyfa! keep up the artwork!
     
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  15. pl1ngpl0ng

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    i just come in here very quickly to let you know...



    that i'm A CAPTAIN NOW!!!
    <--- LOOK!!!
    i'v already started ordering people around :lol:
     
  16. Cyfa

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    Hah ha haa! Congratulations Captain @pl1ngpl0ng!! Welcome to the club!
     
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  17. gazomg

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    good job on your entry Cyfa.
     
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  18. Cyfa

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    Uh, oh...
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    Lt. j.g. Caddorshath ch'Thir falls foul of a turbolift malfunction...
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    I thought I'd make a start on my entry for this month's art challenge: "Oops A Daisy!" I plan to do three more pictures featuring hapless redshirts coming a cropper due to various malfunctions (other than the Turbolift above, I've got plans for Wardrobe, Kirk-Fu, and Captain's Log malfunctions).
     
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  19. pl1ngpl0ng

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    That looks really good Cyfa, more than really good actually...
    You leveled up here... composition are great!
    It's a wonderful clear and whimsical moment captured. I love it:)
    Really like that the lines are slightly slanted, also the body posture of the Andorian makes for a great movement. Cool with only a few popping colors. Did i mention that i love it?:biggrin:
     
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  20. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @pl1ngpl0ng. I think you might have mentioned it... :D
    The original image was straight-on, but I'd previously taken a wonky photo of it partially coloured and thought the off-kilter viewpoint worked well with the subject matter, so I did the same for the finished one.

    This next one I'm not nearly so pleased with. And neither, I should think, is Captain Szilka - not least because this is the first time I've ever drawn a Saurian (other reasons are that his legs are too far apart, I don't like the colours, and those boots are too kinky!).
    This time the slanted view is due to a malfunction in the inertial dampeners or artificial gravity.

    Edit: I've removed the image as I'm not happy with the suggestiveness of the pose. I'll do another one.
     
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