"Dilemma in Space" also known as "Spaceman's Folly" or "Pon Farr, Tangean style".
Pardon me in advance for the long explanation here, I've always wanted to do a sci-fi paperback cover, plus I needed another excuse to depict Ms. Nova, plus Buzz
Actually, this is based on an actual novel cover painted by Robert Stanley for a story by Cyril Judd, entitled "Sin in Space". For your info, Robert Stanley was one of the more prolific cover artists working in that era (mid-60's).
I just changed it up a bit. The story is actually quite tame.
A long time ago, I had picked up this actual paperback at a flea market, where it was promptly confiscated by my mother because she became worried after looking at the cover... so maybe I'm rebelling against Mom, take that!
The premise here is that similiar to their Vulcan cousins, Tangeans go through a 7 year mating cycle, so what's poor old Buzz going to do...?
Probably do the noble thing, lock her up in her cabin, and then initiate a series of cold showers... unfortunately, she's just "ghost" out.
Artist's note: I decided to render the background first followed by shadowing, thereby completing the difficult (for me) parts as line work is becoming a lot easier for me.
Buzz and Mira (c) Disney