|melannen (melannen) wrote,|
@ 2009-05-14 03:26 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||admin:embedded media, fandom:fake news, fandom:star trek, fannish:fanart, series:uss bill of rights|
Captain Maddow of the United Star Ship Bill of Rights, with her department heads, left to right: Lieut. Commander Olbermann, Chief of Science; Chief of Operations Lieutenant "Andy" ch'Cuper; Lieutenant Stewart, Communications; and CMO Lieut. Commander Dr. Stehpen (DFA Vulcan Science Academy, and *don't* mention the ears.)
Q: Why does Captain Maddow wear the miniskirt & go-go boots uniform?
A: One, because it's an incongruity, and every time she walks into a Command meeting all those Admirals are forced to remember just how rarely women's uniforms get worn in command gold. Two, because it reminds Captain Kirk that he's never, ever going to get to sleep with her, and this makes her heart glad. Three, because it gets her all the girls. (Four, she still thinks Lieut. Commander Olbermann is only teasing when he asks her to please stop for the sake of his blood pressure.)
Q: Why USS Bill of Rights?
A: Because if there's any ship Captain Maddow serves, it would be that one. (A starship called Bill of Rights actually appears in the novel Best Destiny, one of the still rare Starfleet ships with a human female captain; Maddow's ship is the Constitution-class ship which bore the name before that.)
Q: What's up with Dr. Stehpen's ear?
A: Seriously, don't mention the ears.
Q: Why is the art so bad?
A: Because I don't practice enough. Also, I did this entirely with GIMP's inking tool, set to default (and eraser tool). It was good practice, both for brush inking, and for drawing in general; line weight depends partly on speed, so the greater the accuracy, the lower the precision. It *forces* you to use quick free strokes and be confident in them. Which I need much, much work on. But at least on the computer you can erase as much as you have to! And I would have failed totally without lots of reference from this ST:TOS publicity shot: http://greatbignerd.files.wordpress.c
Q: No, really, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?
A: Because Star Trek is awesome, and Pundit Round Table is awesome, and they both share the same commitment to freedom, diversity, and knowledge, and believe that evil only wins out over good if good is careless. I've wanted for ages to put them on the bridge of a starship anyway. Also, I'm a complete sucker for crossovers. And the art was actually flowing; that's even rarer than days when the fic is flowing.
Also, I was getting tired of The One Pig as my journal header.
(For those unfamiliar with the terminology, Pundit Round Table refers to a Real Person Fic sub-fandom in which Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Keith Olberman, and lately also Rachel Maddow hand out together, snark a lot,
Also, drawing this has made me realize that part of the reason I love Keith so much is that he exactly matches my mental image of Lieut. Harb Tanzer, Enterprise's chief of Recreation. (Also it makes me want Captain Maddow/Dr. Dehner. Or at least want to draw Ana Marie Cox in Dr. Dehner's uniform.)