Cyfa's art challenges and other bits & bobs

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

  1. BorgMan

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    That dish... Omg. It looks handsomely alien. Love it!
     
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  2. Cyfa

    Cyfa Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    - Why, thank you both! Although, I'd recommend almost anything else on the menu apart from this... :barf::lol:

    - It was intended to be, but I think that Bajoran springwine is a better accompaniment to plastic bath toys... :lol:

    - It certainly smelled otherworldly while I was cooking it :barf2::lol:
     
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  3. Santaman

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    Guess we're happy there's no virtual reality smell :p.. but looks great indeed. :mallory:
     
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  4. Cyfa

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    Cauliflower and pickled onions are definitely a combination to be avoided, @Santaman!
     
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    The end of the month is fast approaching, and I've only just had a thought as to what I might do for this month's art challenge:

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    This is my very hurried interpretation of the squales (and Aili Lavena) from Christopher L. Bennett's ST:Titan novel, Over a Torrent Sea.
    I didn't have a particular scene in mind when I sketched this out, but the over-excitable orange/red squale seemed to be describing something - the one that got away, perhaps? The squale in the foreground looks like she's saying "Actually, it was only this big..."

    I need to spend some time refining their anatomy (I'm not happy with how the tentacles join their bodies - @Christopher, any pointers you have would be gratefully received), and coming up with a scene in which to use them. Hopefully I'll have something ready for the 31st!
     
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    I am not sure you need to work out scales sizes, after all these could be alien species so there are no parameters...lol
     
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  7. Atolm

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    I like it!!!
     
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  8. Cyfa

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    Thanks, @Atolm! Although, I gave up on the squales idea, as the way I imagine their tentacles are joined to their body doesn't really match the description in Over A Torrent Sea. So, instead, I came up with this v.quick attempt at a Starfleet away team mission to the Arcadian homeworld:
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    This is the second appearance by Harpo the Humpback whale (he first appeared in this thread here), this time with a dolphin crewmate, as they encounter an Arcadian (whose head is too small/not bulbous enough). And, yes, that is a Z-Ray/Sinker Zoid repurposed as a Starfleet submersible - I don't know if it's clear enough, but there's a type-11 shuttlecraft in place of the Imperial Zoid cockpit.
     
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  9. Cyfa

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  10. Atolm

    Atolm Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Ferengi!!!
     
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  12. Cyfa

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    Cyfa Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Well, it's been...? Crikey! Six months since I last mustered up any enthusiasm, ideas and time for Trek art, but this months Art Challenge has stirred me into action with the promise of Looking Forward to a Brighter Future.

    I have a couple of ideas for the challenge, and have actually made a start on one of them:
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  14. Cyfa

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    I've been fascinated with Romulan pixmit cards (or pikhmit, according to the Starfleet Museum on Star Trek: The Cruise, courtesy of TrekCore) ever since they first appeared in Picard. The urge to make a set has been almost over-powering, but life (and laziness) kept finding ways of thwarting me, so I only got as far as cataloguing the cards seen so far (link is to my blog - no Picard spoilers there unless you count the existence of these cards as a spoiler, in which case: Too late!).
    That these pixmit/pikhmit cards could be a Romulan take on tarot cards is a good enough reason to use them to fortell a brighter future for this month's art challenge. Here's my progress so far:

    After settling on a size (9cm each side), I cut out ten triangles from a piece of parchment coloured card (too thin for proper pixmit but I didn't have any thicker mounting board-like card), and had a play around with pen and ink using the leftover card. I used a gold metallic marker for the border, dark blue fineliner for the curlicues, and a gold fineliner for the outer text border. The curlicues were far too big on the trial card, but I just wanted to see if I could do them relatively quickly/easily. And the border text was too yellow so I had to walk into town to buy a different, darker pen.
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    As you can see below, I managed to get a couple of cards prepared for their central image/icon (I added radial lines with a gold pencil crayon). As yet, though, I haven't finalised designs for the "brighter future" icons - and only have a few ideas (a sun, a book of prophecies, a Romulan Klingon & human standing together, amongst others) so any suggestions would be welcome. Nothing too complex though, as I'm not confident with my ability to draw anything even remotely recognisable in such a small space! :D
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    Gods, these are time-consuming to make! I hope I haven't picked something too obscure? What am I doing?? :eek::crazy::rommie:
     
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  15. SCE2Aux

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    This fits in perfectly with the monthly art challenge, and they're coming along great.

    Best avoid drawing The Destroyer card for this month though!:D
     
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  16. gazomg

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    good to see you back in the saddle cyfa........

    aint watched picard yet, waiting for it to finish and binge watch it, but can see how that pixmit would be your thing
     
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  17. Michael

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    Yes, it's good to have you back, @Cyfa! Can't say I'm the biggest fan of Picard thus far, but I love the way in which they (finally) fleshed out Romulan culture. The Romulan tarot cards were a neat idea and it's so cool that you're doing something with it! :bolian:
     
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  18. Cyfa

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    Thank you, all :)

    I've finally got the ten pikhmit (I'm going with pikhmit, not pixmit) cards prepared for their central icons, plus a gold bonus/joker/get-out-of-jail-free card which I call the Open Door (a more positive card than Seb Cheneb, The Destroyer :D). The gold card is not seen in ST: Picard and is entirely of my own creation. Like one or two of the other cards, it has openings on all three sides, but these openings are all the same - meaning, one can only approach and turn left into the card on any side (unless one exits an ajoining card with a right-turn-in opening opposite, like the lowermost card in this photo, in which case one can travel from that card directly into the Open Door) :
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    I was just about to ink the blue curlicues of the penultimate card, when I noticed on my reference screenshot that some cards had what looked like a little head in place of the two quarter-circles on the lower sides. Of the 31 different cards I've counted on screen, 11 of them have the "head", while the rest have the quarter-circles. To make up for the lack of "heads" in my limited selection, I included one on each side of the gold card to guard the opening between the quarter-circles.

    Now all I've got to do is design the icons for the centres and paint them on without ruining the cards! :rommie:
     
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  19. Cyfa

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    I've done it. I've actually done it! I've finished my pikhmit/pixmit cards!!
    This isn't my final piece for the Art Challenge, though - I intend to create a scene in which these cards are the focus.

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    Four of the icons can be found in Star Trek, two are from other IPs, and the remaining four I plucked from my experiences in witchcraft. Can you make out any of the images and tell what they are/where they're from? (This is where it may all fall down because of my questionable ability to draw anything recognisable in such small spaces...)
     
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  20. SCE2Aux

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    I can pick out a Starfleet insignia superimposed with a Romulan Raptor. I can also see a Romulan bird of prey. The phoenix symbol is also a nice touch, given the theme of this month's art challenge.

    Beautifully intricate work!
     
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