Sunday, October 2, 2011

Frankenstein 012: Frankenspock

It's high time I added to my somewhat neglected 100 Frankensteins Project. So here, straight from the final frontier we have a mash-up of two of my favorite things: Frankenstein and Star Trek. It's Frankenspock and his lovely fellow officer... Lieutenant Bride of Frankenspock

When I was sketching out this idea, I originally drew the Monster much, much skinnier, similar to the real Spock. The slim build was truer to both characters, but it just looked sort of meh as a drawing. So I decided to forgo accuracy and beef up the Monster's frame considerably.

I had planned on drawing the Bride's leg's wrapped in bandages like the original character, but I ultimately decided against it. I wanted her to look sexy, and bandaged legs just don't look very alluring. 

Unlike a lot of people, I don't like listening to music while I draw. I will sometimes turn on the TV though for some background noise. I had the TV on while I was drawing this and guess what came on? Yep, Bride of Frankenstein! Synchronicity!

About those female Starfleet uniforms: What kind of an organization would make its members wear such a thing? I get the real-world reason why the women on the show all wore ultra-short miniskirts: To boost the ratings among the male demographic. And boost them they did! But that doesn't explain the in-universe reasoning. Starfleet is supposed to be this progressive, high minded equal opportunity organization. These women are all highly trained officers. So why make them dress like cocktail waitresses?

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Here's the original sketch. Well, one of them anyway. I did a lot of them. In this one you can see I had the look of the Monster down pretty well, but I wasn't quite sure how to draw the Bride. Probably because she was going to have a somewhat realistic look. It's always easier for me to draw an exaggerated monster than a normal looking human.

Here's a tighter digital sketch. The Bride is shaping up a bit, so to speak, but she's still not quite there. I think the problem was with this pose. I could see it in my mind, but it just wouldn't translate to the screen. So I scrapped it and tried something different.

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