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Andorian sketches by AlainaM Andorian sketches by AlainaM
An Andorian character for a possible upcoming comic collab with my husband. I'm totally on a Trek kick, so this artwork trend may last awhile. I don't get off trends easily. ;)

Just a character sketch to get the feel of how to draw her. I even slapped some quick color down with my prismas. I would have used copics, but apparently they melt higgins black magic ink like butter and that's what I used for the ink work. I need to invest in a sturdier ink that will stand up to the markers, because I love my dip pens. Multiliners just aren't the same.

Anyway, I'm diggin' the dreads... I think they're gonna stay, with maybe some color changes here and there. Red can be a distraction. She may not be in command, either. Might make her security or some sort... Who knows. She doesn't have a name yet.

EDIT: Okay, she has a name now: Lt. Larhei Sh'Talh. And she's Chief of Security (obviously there will be a uniform change in the final draft, as she's wearing the wrong color now).
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LizzyChrome Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the red streaks in her dreads! Andorians are so much funm, it's a crime we didn't get to see more of them (outside of ENT.) You're a great artist. 
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :) And I agree, their later designs make them look really cool. 
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dauntless77 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I like this
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Sorcery-Trek Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful!!!
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Jukesette Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Very beautiful! Her hair is so pretty and love her look. :)
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Sorianumera Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god, she's awesome! :heart:
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toonbat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Love that hair! Chief of security? Can we hope to see her wrassle an orion assassin eventually? ;P
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mylochka Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I absolutely love this hairstyle! It gives a perfectly alien sort of feel. I must see if I can reproduce this as a 3d model...
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
I would love to see that. :D
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SophieValentine Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
I love the design, and it is helping for the design of my own Andorian character. I still cannot deside where I want to put those darn antennae - the front or the back of the skull. Hmmm.

But, and I'm sure you've heard this before, as it is a sketch that was submitted months ago, but on a nerd commentary point, her last name should probably be Zh'Talh, as she seems (at least to me) a bit too feminine to be a shen.

But other than my geek out moment, I think she's much better than the 3-D rendered obscenely-endowed Andorians I had to sift through to get to this one.
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Thomas-ap-Ailil Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I can't help but politely disagree. Pava Ek'Noor sh'Aqabaa from the Starfleet Academy comics and the Titan book series is VERY feminine (She's got huge... tracks of land...).

The only gender I remember a clear discussion on appearance and gender was a comment about Shar who was said to appear more androgynous than anything else.

That said, I'd love to see more Andorian artwork, figure out that ages old quandary and lets see yours!
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SophieValentine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Well, I will admit, she does have a pronounced jaw now that I look at her. I had always heard there were the two genders that looked "normal" (masculine and feminine) and the other two were androgynous. Just goes to show how many varied opinions there are about a race of fictional people.

Well, I have always had a hard time uploading art (lazy) because most of my art isn't digital (lazy), and I'm not very good with a camera (lazy). Fortunately, this time, my little doodle of my character I'm soon to start running in a ST campaign IS digital. Wonder of wonders. I suppose I should actually upload art to an art site for a change. ^-^;;

[ I'm just glad someone's in my ballpark of nerd-dom ]
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Thomas-ap-Ailil Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
You'd be surprised how far into that park I land. I'm a HUGE TrekLit fan. Waiting with baited breath for the Typhon Pact books to come out.

If you're interested in Star Trek role playing, my wife (AlainaM) and I are a part of a play by post Star Trek RPG. We're always looking for new players and someone with your kind of knowledge is invaluable! Because we're play by post its gaming on your own schedule, peruse the boards at your leisure and post when you have time sort of thing. If you're interested, check us out at [link] for our main site and [link] for our gameplay forums.
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SophieValentine Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Neat. I'll check it out.

Now, before you get carried away, I have been told I know absolutely nothing about Star Trek. By my mother. Who can wipe the floor with my ST knowledge, but I suppose I know reasonably more than the average joe...ett? jane?

My friend Jen does a play-by-post thing because she can never make it up to the store to play, so yeah, it'll be interesting to at least scope out. Thanks!
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Thomas-ap-Ailil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Here is what I have to say to you about your trek know how:

You know the difference between a Zhan, Shen, Chan and Thaan. I don't know many people who could do that, at least not that many who aren't on TrekBBS.com

I'm sure you'd do fine if you joined up. We're all pretty nice people and very rarely bite. Okay, we do bite, but only when we're hungry.
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chaosphaere-rp Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Diggin' it :) Love the dreads. Check out my gallery - that's my character, wish I could draw instead of just doing photomanips.
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
But you're good at the photomanips. :)
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chaosphaere-rp Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009
But I can't draw worth a damned, I'd much rather be able to draw. I can't whip out a computer and do a photomanip in a park or at a bus stop! Sigh. :)
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Mad-But-Happy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Love the colored pic :D Nice work!
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
thanks :)
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GrayscaleArt Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist
Wicked, I love the dreads, really great idea. She sure looks like she could be a security officer, she has that don't-mess-with-me-look in her eyes. :) Keep up this trend, I love your Star Trek works!
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) And like I said, I don't get off kicks easily, so I'll most likely be putting up a lot more character sketches as time goes on.
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turquoisedragon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Wonderful character design!
Andorian + dreads = awesome
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I'm an absolute fan of this! :excited: I think this character design is easily one of the best I've seen for an Andorian (or any sci-fi character) in a long, long time.

She is quite beautiful, and the choice of hair styling adds a rare flavor that enhances her exotic alien qualities.
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the wonderful comment. I've come to be quite fond of this design myself. Thanks again! :D
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Hylanvahr Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I've played a lot of Andorian characters (Kressari, Bajoran, and Romulans too) over the years (and still do), so if you ever need inspiration for names, I'm willing to help if it makes pre-production a tiny bit easier for you. :)
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
I'd never turn down free inspiration. :) If you'd like to make a list feel free to send them via a note. It's appreciated.
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Bernouilli Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
lovely,I like the colored sketch the most. Im going to look at the rest of your work, I would appreciate if you looked at mine!
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AlainaM Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sure thing! And thank you. :)
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