I had a lot of fun drawing this. While drawing (As is often the case) I like to watch TV programs that I’ve seen a thousand times but don’t mind listening to one more time. It is visual eye-candy that is fun to look up at every once in a while but not distracting enough to knock me off the task at hand. I started out drawing captain Nemo’s ship, but because I was watching Star Trek (TOS) on NetFlix, this mashup was inevitable.
Huh? Not making any sense? Although Artiste’s vignettes are non-linear, it can help to read the back story: • The Artiste Gullible back story. Of course you could just read them randomly, and trust that it will all come together at some point.
[text] It should not be surprising that Verne’s archetypal ship’s captain, recreated in the speculative fiction of all subsequent ages, is based upon a real man. This man, larger than life, roguishly romantic, and a natural leader, had at his disposal a submersible craft made of iron. The fact that this craft would sink came as no surprise to those who watched him set to sea. However, the fact that the ship could surface again from the icy depths was amazing.
With boldness and absolute authority, the captain exercised a kind of benevolent autocracy that fanned woman’s passions and instilled loyalty from his men. He and his crew enjoyed many adventures as they sought out new life, and new civilizations, amidst the cold, dark, icy, depths of the world’s oceans.
When the occasional danger pointed itself at the ship, the captain would signal a “red alert;” a call to action that would muster a special segment of the crew. This elite praetorian guard wore crimson tunics, a badge pseudonymous with their courage. In all other respects, they they were nondescript, anonymous interchangeable faces who were never-the-less willing to die in the service of their captain.
Wearing the red tunic meant that your time aboard ship may
be short, but most agreed it was better than being the