Another entry for the Famous Ladies, Star Trek Editionseries!
Guinan, portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg, is a mysterious bartender who runs Ten Forward, the lounge aboard the USS Enterprise-D. Guinan is an El-Aurian, a long-lived race of “listeners” who were scattered by the Borg. Q, however, once suggested that there was far more to her than could be imagined. Guinan and Picard shared a long-time relationship, which, according to Guinan, went “beyond friendship and beyond family.” She often advised Picard and the senior staff in times of dilemma.
Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedian, author, and television host. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. She was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar. Goldberg got the role of Guinan after she expressed interest to the producers, being a fan of Star Trek: The Original Series – mostly due to Nichelle Nichols, one of the first black women to be regularly featured in an American television series. Goldberg hoped to play the new ship’s doctor after Gates McFadden was fired, but the producers did not see her as suitable for the role and instead rewrote the role of Enterprise’s bartender for her.
Two near identical pictures of me smiling too big and trying not to freak out in the presence of Gates.
She was so funny and so nice and loved the portraits I drew for her. Seriously a dream come true. Still not over it.
Gul Madred, and his offspring Jil Orra. Gul Madred is hardly the first military officer to bring his child to see his “work”, but his offspring is one of the most noticeable.
Whilst grey and blue are most common, followed by red, Jil’s colour is the most rare among Cardassians. That she is so unusual gives away a time long ago when Cardassian society was not so homogenous, when pockets of civilisation had been isolated from each other. Even now, the branched filaments of her mane (far different in texture to the unbranched filaments of Cardassians such as Garak or Dukat) are most commonly associated with the green colouration, even though branched and semi-branched filaments can occur in any Cardassian (Seska is one such example). Jil inherited her colour from both of her parents, and the slight green tint to Madred’s scales can be seen in the correct light.
An unusual trait Madred and Jil both share are unbranched filaments on the body (noticeably the chin, but also appearing on the arms, legs and spine). Around only a quarter of Cardassians have this, but it appears on any colouration in equal measure. Jil’s other parent does not have unbranched filaments on their body. As well as inheriting Madred’s unbranched filaments, she also inherited his eye colour - again, the rarest on Cardassia, making Jil a very unusual sight.
So like a month ago or smth crazy like that I started a portrait of Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation because the love I saw him getting on tumblr made me want to draw his face so that I could become artistically acquainted with it and then I hit an artistic slump, as I am wont to do, and abandoned it.
But after going through @readysteadytrek‘s blog I was inspired so thank u borg queen for inspiring me to both start and finish this portrait, you’re great!
For a homework assignment we were doing diptych portraits so I decided to draw one of my childhood (and adulthood) heroes.
I love Mae Jemison.
I wondered while doing this if Mae Jemison ever gets tired of the fact that she is most remembered for her time as an astronaut and an appearance on Star Trek even though she’s still doing lots of things. But then, if I was an astronaut I’d be excited about that for the rest of my life. The same is probably true of getting to appear on Next Generation honestly.