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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: April 16, 2016, 07:22:50 PM »
And here's the completed character art sheet for the senior staff of the Federation starship USS Odyssey:



I really enjoyed working on this so much that I might draw some more characters from other ships / factions. Stay tuned!

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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:49:58 PM »
Another update - I altered the shoulder areas of all the existing characters to better match the original design from the Star Trek Online MMO, and added the Andorian Chief Engineer:



TODO:
 - Chief Medical Officer / Ship's Doctor
 - Ship's Counselor

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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: October 08, 2015, 04:41:10 AM »
So, it's been quite a while, but after settling down at my new job and generally being busy for a good part of a year, I finally found some time to revisit this little project - I've inked and colored the Andorian Security Chief and the Cardassian Science Officer:



TODO:
 - Chief Engineer
 - Chief Medical Officer / Ship's Doctor
 - Ship's Counselor

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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: January 23, 2015, 07:33:10 PM »
Yeah I always thought those two were too similar.

Ryker was basically a less reckless and less ambitious version of Kirk.

-snip-

With great beard, comes great responsibility.

Indeed :)

Althought, while Ryker is awesome, if you start making the fanfic I think I'd be more interested in the originality of the characters, generally in Star Trek characters tend to be all very different from each other and with personality traits that stand out a lot, to make their cohabitation in the ship more interesting I think.

Agreed wholeheartedly - that is the beauty of IDIC.

I'll be PMing you with some stuff in just a moment.

Some are very exaggerated, like Data or Worf.

Flanderization, especially of non-human characters, makes it easier for the writers to make social commentary on the "human" condition in Trek.

Worf is a particularly interesting case because his passionate and morality-driven strict adherence to an idealized version of honor is actually the exception rather than the norm compared to other Klingons, who are portrayed as little more than Proud Warrior Race thugs (a case of My Species Doth Protest Too Much).



I've decided to post a sneak preview of my first four main characters from Twitter (in hindsight, I need to fix the left shoulder thingy on the operations officer):




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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:42:25 PM »
Ah haha yeah it was to much of a coincidence not to be Will Ryker.

-snip-

 :hmm: Wouldn't worry too much about that, I recall Riker being with Deanna Troy at some point.. or someone else, I can't quite remember well. Still, that didn't stop him from getting laid with the entire galaxy anyway. Even the Klingon ladies fell for his epicness in an episode I remember.

Yeah, Riker and Troi briefly dated prior to the start of TNG, and they broke up when Riker was reassigned and had decided to focus more on his career. They would eventually rekindle their relationship in Insurrection and get married by Nemesis.

Fun facts -

 - Riker was originally an expy of Kirk, but once the former grew his beard, he gained a bit more gravitas and became more responsible

 - Riker and Troi's relationship was partly based on that of William Decker and Ilia from The Motion Picture; Decker and Ilia were originally slated as new senior officers aboard Kirk's Enterprise in the cancelled Star Trek: Phase II TV series

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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: January 21, 2015, 09:11:43 PM »
Your pencil sketches are pretty good, the inked and coloured ones are....A-meijin ahaha-*gets shot*

Heh - I'm also really tempted to suggest that the Tactical Officer's red uniform and Advanced Tactical Training would make her three times as awesome as her colleagues XD

Yup. Starfleet Academy. You should really play it, it's really not the same to just watch a playthrough than actually playing it and blowing up Klingons as if their ships were made of paper mache, trust me it's really fun and a totally different experience, it's really well done. I never finished it though, so I never what happened with Giia and the Captain. ::) (But I'm pretty sure what happens with those two in end  ;))

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll check it out someday.

The colored character seemed neat and proper and well done, I like the simplicity of it.

:)

Moreover, I notice the X.O has that Ryker's hairstyle and a bit of his epic beard of manliness, is that on purpose?

Another happy accident ;)

The appearance and personality of the XO, Cmdr. Thomas Richardson, is loosely based on a good friend of mine, a great chap with a mild stubble. When I realized how similar he was to Riker, I decided to develop his fictional counterpart as being the confident and steadfast Manly Man foil to the Sensitive Guy captain.

Of course, the difference between Riker and Richardson is that Riker was a bit of a womanizer, while at the start of my fanon, Richardson is already engaged to his long-time girlfriend, the Odyssey's counselor.

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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:11:53 PM »
Cheers for the kudos, guys :)

Ohh, now this is something new; manga and Star Trek! I like this a lot!  :thumbsup: I can't wait to see how this develops  :dance:

Actually, Tokyopop published four volumes of Star Trek: The Manga between 2006 and 2009. The first three was based on The Original Series (Kirk, Spock, Bones et al), whilst the fourth volume was based on The Next Generation (Picard, Riker, Data, Worf et al).

I saw some scans of the TNG volume a while back, and it featured a story where Wesley Crusher (the alleged kid genius son of the ship's doctor) gets caught in a transporter accident that causes him to rematerialize (in no particular order), a girl, a Klingon and an Afro-American. The expressions on the bridge crew's faces after each transformation were priceless XD

Nice, can't wait to see how the Enterprise is portrayed (or whatever ship they are in).

Captain Zhang and co. are assigned to the USS Odyssey, an Intrepid-class Long Range Science Vessel and the last of her kind by the time of my fanon series' setting - it just so happens to be the same class of ship as the more-famous Voyager.

I drew up a Master Systems Display (MSD) for the Odyssey, and I would love to share it with you guys. But I'm not sure where I would post non-manga art on these boards (or whether I should just PM you guys with the URL).

As for the Enterprise, because my fanon is based on the official Star Trek Online MMO continuity, the Enterprise-F is captained by an Andorian named Va'kel Shon.

The Sec. reminds me of Ensign M'Giia from the old star trek game

Spoiler

Ah, Starfleet Academy? I went on a YouTube binge one lunchtime watching a playthrough!

Now that you mention it, there are indeed some similarities between M'Giia and my Security Chief (Mirra Shran).

ASIDE: Mirra as Security Chief was a bit of an accident - when I first started playing Star Trek Online, she was one of the default starter Bridge Officers available to new players who completed the tutorial. Later, I was able to recruit other BOffs of the species and genders I wanted, but by then I had grown quite fond of her presence, so I kept her in my crew.

Also, as her surname suggests, one of her ancestors is Commander Thy'lek Shran from the Star Trek: Enterprise TV show.

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break Room / Re: Favorite Hobbies BESIDES Drawing
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:06:17 AM »
I'm quite fond of watching Star Trek re-runs on TV - TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY and ENT.

I'm also a fairly avid gamer and modder, particularly in Kerbal Space Program.

Finally, I also dabble in hobby electronics. I made a microcontroller-operated high-power RGB LED mood lamp.

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break Room / Re: Why your avatar name
« on: January 21, 2015, 04:01:31 AM »
sumghai is pronounced "some guy".

I came across the name on a faux movie poster made by an artist who wanted a placeholder name for one of his fictional movie stars, and I thought it was quite funny. The spelling is also a playful jab at my own oriental heritage :)

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break Room / Re: Does anyone else have a problem with character aging?
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:58:27 AM »
I've been fairly careful with the ages of my characters.

As I'm devising a Star Trek fan series centered around the crew of a Federation starship, I've opted to have the crew introduced as being in their late-20s / early-30s - old enough to realistically be senior officers aboard said starship, but young enough to have plenty of adventures at the outset.

I accept the fact that the main characters will age eventually, which is why I intend for them to be supported by a revolving cast of younger junior officers / enlisted crewmembers, who will do most of the legwork if required :P

Another example of aging not being the death knell of adventure for your characters - for instance, in the early Indiana Jones movies, Indy was able to take on all sorts of perils, cultists and Nazi mooks. By the time of the fourth film, he has aged significantly, so he has to fight smarter, not harder. That in itself could make for interesting character development.

Of course, you could always reboot your continuity, or explore side stories from when they were younger.

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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Artwork of a Soul Hacker.......
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:43:00 AM »
I definitely concur that the posing and fabric folds have been executed well. The bust is properly proportioned, too.

As for the issue of the masculine-looking face, I think it's the mouth and the adjacent creases that's probably causing issues.

Also, is that a stud piercing on her nose?

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Manga Art Gallery / Re: Amano learning to draw V0.2
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:38:15 AM »
The proportions, linework, colors and shading for the first piece in your OP is fantastic. However, I'm a little unsure about the mix of drawn characters with photorealistic 3D models / textures.

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Manga Anime FanArts / Re: sumghai's Star Trek gallery
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:36:05 AM »
At first I looked at the pencil drawings and thought to myself "Way too light." But then I looked at your inked version of the Captain and the level of detail is awesome.

Thanks for the compliment!

Yeah, it's a tad bit light. However, before I imported the scanned sketches into Paint Tool SAI, I did increase the contrast so that I could make out the finer details. I must've accidentally uploaded the unadjustmented version to dA.

Are you trying to make a fanfic?

Sort of. I've been working on adapting the MMO missions into individual story episodes for a hypothetical TV series, or possibly even a fan-made anime.

So far, Season One covers the Klingon War storyline, while Season Two consists of the Romulan Mystery, the Secrets of Nimbus and the Reman Resistance story arcs.

At the time of writing, I'm 1/3rd of the way planning out Season Three, which will cover The 2800 (aka the "lost" Dominion fleet that disappeared into the Bajoran wormhole) and the Breen/Deferi conflict.

One of these days, I'd like to figure out how to share on these forums links to my notes, but that will have to wait until I come out of new user probation :P

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Manga Art Gallery / Re: The Mangaraider
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:27:27 AM »
Looks interesting!

I'll echo Coryn's sentiment that the proportions may need improvement - specifically, the arms are too short/thin for the torso, while the head is a bit too large.

The mascot also seems to be somewhat androgynous - is it meant to be male or female? If it's the latter you're aiming for, then the bust size may need to be increased (remember, female breasts are shaped like droplets hanging down due to gravity, not spherical balloons).

As for the quality of the lineart, that can always be fixed digitally when you go over them in Paint Tool SAI or similar software.

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