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Commodore Decker - II by Ralphmax Commodore Decker - II by Ralphmax
Commodore Matt Decker was a human Starfleet officer assigned as the commander of the starship USS Constellation in the episode “The Doomsday Machine” of the American classic Science Fiction TV show “STAR TREK”.
As I mentioned before, “The Doomsday Machine” is one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek, so here goes another drawing based on this fantastic episode. I do hope you enjoy it.
Commodore Decker was superbly performed by William Windom.
I made this drawing using coloured pencils in 200 g/m2 A4 paper. It took me around 6 hours to finish it.
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:iconbigsteviecool:
BigStevieCool Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice job, rip William Windom.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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dogatemyshrooms Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
rest in peace.us
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dogatemyshrooms Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest im peace dude =(
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, great guys who portrayed incredible characters with their art and their talent are all departing from this world.
Rest in peace William.
Thank you very much for being a great actor!
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Captain34 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Wow! Very well done!:clap:
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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FlyHigh20 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
yeah the crazy guy! who flew into that monster! I don't know..I've never liked Decker..I've never liked his son either.

it's a great picture! :)
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:iconralphmax:
Ralphmax Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
I like both Deckers, although I like the father a little more.
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FlyHigh20 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
He is a little more likable :)
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Paudraic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent drawing.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!!!!
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Artman2112 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
"aw forget yer theories, that thing is OUT there!!"
great episode, one of the best examples of storyltelling, great characters and strong performances compensating for budgetary limitations!

if i understand my Trek universe properly the Dekker unit of ST the motion picture was his son? or perhaps nephew, some sort of relative i belive.

anyway nice job, great drawing, always liked that actor! he is in To Kill a Mockingbird as well.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree 100% with your comments!
The Doomsday Machine could even be used as the plot for a movie in the new Star Trek cinema movies. I've heard comments on lots of episodes, but The Doomsday Machine would be fantastic on the big screen.
I've also heard that Will Decker was the son of Matt. That makes sense. Two space heroes.
I'll do more drawings of this episode, also some 3D. I'm analysing how could I draw the machine in 3D, but I'm still thinking on which material texture to use. Just some ideas yet.
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Artman2112 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
you inspired me to break out my DVD set and watch Doomsday Machine, The Changeling and a few others, thanks!!!
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good idea! I'm glad to hear that I inspired you! By the way, I think i'll watch another of my favourites tonight, The Immunity Syndrome.
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Artman2112 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
oh man that is one of my all time fave episodes! its so well done and once again showing that good writing and excellent acting are all that's needed. (The Twilight zone was the same way) i am gonna watch it tonight too, thanks for reminding me of that one!

one of my fave lines "SHUT UP SPOCK, WE'RE RESCUING YOU!"

last night i watched "Wolf in the Fold", "Trouble with Tribbles" and "Gamesters of Triskelion" - someday i am going to do a pinup picture of Angelique Pettyjohn, she is just friggin amazing and what a classic outfit she wore in that!
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to see that I was able to remember this classic episode to you! Well, when I finish drawing the 3D Enterprise, I'll use the same 3D model to darw the Constellation and the Intrepid. Those ships deserve that!
I'm looking forward to see the pinup picture of Angelique Pettyjohn. Please... do it.
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Artman2112 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
i've been watching Star Trek episodes all week now, lol! it has been a while and i was ready for it, you definitely gave me the final push i needed to get going on it :D

i'm looking forward to seeing your next ST art whatever it might be!

yeah i added her to my list of projects, not sure when but i WILL get a picture of her done at some point!
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to see that you're enjoying your Star Trek episodes again!
I'm looking forward to see your ST drawings!
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BobRedding Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
I don't recognize your authority to relieve me!
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You wouldn’t dare.
You’re bluffing.
No, I don’t suppose that they do.
Very well Mr. Spock. The bridge is yours.
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Hummakavuula Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
excellent likeness.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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MaciaPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
I've always argued that "The Doomsday Machine" was Trek's finest hour. Not to discount anything before or after, as there were many great episodes, but nothing ever like this. The acting was spot-on, the danger felt real (in spite of the hokeyness of the original SFX), and it was an unstoppable adrenaline rush from beginning to end. This episode defined the dramatic suspense of the "reveal" when the mystery of the machine presents itself, and all anyone can do is stare at it in either awe or pure, abject terror. Decker was the quintessential guilt-laden commander on the verge of insanity over his loss, and the perfect "Captain Ahab" to the Machine's "Moby Dick". And Spock and McCoy were at their finest as they are divided by duty, then Kirk and Spock, even separated by the vacuum of space and the threat of the machine, work together to destroy it as the clock literally tick-tocks away. All the while Sol Kaplan's intense cues blaring in the background, the final confrontation with the machine being the inspiration for the Jaws Theme 10 years later.

It literally does not get better than this until "The Best of Both Worlds", 23 years later, one Summer in 1990...
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic comments. You read my thoughts!
I saw a lot of people commenting on possible stories for the new Star Trek movie, even some episodes that I do not consider that good. Now my question, why not to use this episode as the plot for the new Star trek movie? It would be superb with today's effects.
In the future I'll make more drawings of this episode.
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MaciaPaladin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
I'd see it theatrically no less than 4 times.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too!!!!!!
Yes, it seems that we think the same way about this classic episode.
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IscritRisana Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Oh...my god. Captures every bit of the crazy and desperate. I just wanna give the poor guy a hug.

Beautifully done...you should use your awesome skillz on not Trek.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That was the idea, to capture that incredible expression.
Thanks for your kind comments.
I have some other drawings in my gallery of non Trk characters, please take a look.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very well done. I remember the planet eaters...
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I plan many more drawings of that episode in the future, including the Constellation in 3D, maybe even the Planet eater in 3D.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I look forward to seeing them, aye.
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Ripplin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Nicely done! He was a great character. :)
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:iconralphmax:
Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Yes, one of my favorite characters in the Star trek universe.
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The-12th-Doctor86 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student Artist
Some people don't know it. But Matt Decker, was the father of Will Decker from the first Star Trek movie.
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good info!
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The-12th-Doctor86 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student Artist
Yeah it is. ^^
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TreborNehoc Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Photographer
instantly recognizable

i'm not a big trekkie but the first thing i said to myself when i saw this was, "why is william windom in a starfleet uniform?"
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I also made a drawing of William Windom in The Invaders. He played great characters!
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systemcat Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
I came so close to painting the other Decker last night in my latest deviant (Llia painting).
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love to see it coloured. Please go ahead and let me see the final result.
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talos4 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
You really nailed this... especially the look in the eyes. FYI, I once asked Mr. Windom at an autograph show if he was copying Humphrey Bogart's obsessive-compulsive mannerisms in "The Caine Mutiny" when Decker played nervously with the data cartridges, and Windom said yes. (Bogart's Captain Queeg did the same thing with ball bearings.)
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Ralphmax Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your nice comments! Interesting this information about Bogart's Captain Queeg and the ball bearings. I didn't know that. Anyway, Windom did a superb job and I wanted to put that in a drawing. One of the greatest characters in the Star Trek universe.
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