Blake’s 7: Stardrive

Stardrive (2021)
Acrylic with digital additions

This painting appeared in the Blake’s 7 Annual 1982 from Cult Edge published in 2021. It’s a fan-created book to fill the gap left by there being no actual Blake’s 7 annual celebrating the final series of the show in that year. It’s chock full of astounding stories, articles and illustrations of which mine is but one minor part!

I chose the episode Stardrive not because it’s a particular favourite of mine (although it has an iconic ending) but because the characters were so much fun to paint and the chase scene with the Scorpio, three Federation Pursuit Ships and an asteroid seemed like an opportunity for an interesting composition. The actors are Hammer icon Barbara Shelley as Dr Plaxton and Damien Thomas as Atlan.

The piece is fully painted except for the green HUD behind the Scorpio spaceship which was, as they say, added in post-production.

I’d only done one Blake’s 7 painting prior to this: Two Ships.

Artwork copyright © Iain J Clark 2021.

Blake’s 7 is copyright © British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). No infringement of this copyright is either implied or intended.

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