Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Olga Shvartsur  Watercolor and Colored Pencil 2016

June 16 is the day on which we celebrate one of our most beloved captains, Captain Jean-Luc Picard.  Traditionally, Captain Picard Day is celebrated more as a children’s holiday. School children across the galaxy are encouraged to create portraits and sculptures in the likeness of Captain Picard.  As such, it is also seen as one of the great art holidays of the year.

Captain Picard was born in Labarre, France and went on to have a long and distinguished career in the Federation.  After his stint as the First Officer of the USS Stargazer he became Captain of the USS Enterprise-D.  He was also a POW survivor of Borg assimilation.  His Federation honors and awards are numerous.

An amateur archaeologist, an avid reader, an equestrian, flute player, and a diplomat, Captain Picard is a well-rounded role model for children of all ages.  He was married for 35 years to his wife Eline and had two sons and a grandchild on Kataan, which was only an astonishingly short 25 minutes on the Enterprise.

Olga Shvartsur is a Seattle-based artist best known for her portraiture in graphite.  She has recently started using watercolor and colored pencil, which are the mediums of this piece.  You can see a lot more of her work on her etsy site here:  OlechkaDesign

There are a lot of portraits of Captain Picard out there, so it was hard to choose one.  I really like the way she used the colored pencils to get the detail of his skin and face, but uses watercolor on the uniform and the starry background.  It’s such a great likeness of him.

So enjoy a cup of Earl Grey, hot.  Read some Shakespeare.  And of course, do what should be done on Captain Picard Day, create a likeness of our favorite Captain of your own.  Make it so.


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