The final detail shots of this painting are of the characters. I made up a fun little back story character description which kept me going as I painted. From left to right is...
MIGUEL FUENTES – New Commanding officer & Aquanaut war vet - Human male - Born Dominican Republic - Earth
Personal Log Quote #2 " It's all fun and games until someone gets blown out an airlock "
There typically isn’t any ethnic diversity in the humans depicted in sci fi fantasy illustration for whatever reason. So here was a chance to add an African American male and Japanese woman to the scene. Nothing stereotypical or stupid. I wanted him to have a heroic yet contemplative gaze. More of a Benjamin Sisko vibe than “Homeboys from Outer Space”. I felt his complexion and suit color would give a nice color accent and color contrast to what is essentially a blue painting. Here is a close up of the face. I’ve really been inspired lately by the work of portrait painters like David Kassan, Simmie Knox and Garin Baker.
SIVA – (former) Chief Medical Officer - Amphibious Humanoid Female from small moon orbiting former commander’s homeworld. Hates Dreq's species due to a little issue of the enslavement of Siva's race and subsequent genocide of 3/4 her population. Arrested for multiple assassination attempts on Dreq.
Personal Log Quote " Dreq? Dreq can suck my left pouchling sac! If she gets injured on an away mission she's on her own. Believe that!"
Personal Log Quote #2 “When I find a way to kill something whose organs and limbs grow back…your ass is mine!”