Juan Ortiz has created 4 new TOS Retro Art Prints, which are available now.
Star Trek.com chatted with the artist. Here’s what he had to say:
Let’s start with “The Enterprise Incident.” Take us through your choices in terms of the colors and imagery…
ORTIZ: I originally had a Busby Berkley idea with this one. It was leaning more towards an Art Deco feel, but I felt that the elements and also gradients were a bit too distracting. So I toned it down quite a bit.
Great use of the chess motif in “Court Martial.” Did that come to you instantly, as if it was obvious?
ORTIZ: Chess has always been an important element on Star Trek. When we first meet Kirk, he’s playing chess with Spock. In “Whom Gods Destroy,” Kirk and Scotty use a passcode based on a chess move. In this episode Spock plays chess against the ship’s computer and is able to make a discovery that will later exonerate Kirk of negligence.
You’ve got a rare quote, a piece of a review, on the print. What went into the decision to include that?
ORTIZ: I wanted a paperback cover feel to this one, so I thought why not have a review on it? The name of the fake magazine derived from the TV tubes used in the old TV sets.
“The Gamesters of Triskelion” is next. It’s got a comic-book cover feeling to it, as well as lots of copy, including credits and dialogue, plus action-oriented imagery. Take us through how/why you went with each of those elements… and is ZKOW! a tip of the hat to Batman?
ORTIZ: I always wanted to try a comic book cover for this series, but I didn’t want to just copy the Gold Key versions. I wanted limited colors with more of a pop-art feel to it. I’ve always been a big comic book fan, especially any by Jack Kirby. The sound effects add to the pop-art feel.
What inspired the “That Which Survives” print?
ORTIZ: This was another Russian inspired poster.
We’re particularly love the Enterprise — it’s so stark, particularly the hull — and also the way you’ve rendered the episode’s title. Break down those choices for us.
ORTIZ: I wanted something graphic, with little detail. The hard part was not rendering lines and windows onto the Enterprise. The placement of the episode title came out of necessity. Once the illustration was done, I had to figure out how to fit the title and credits.
Of the four, which would be the most likely to make it on to your wall… and why?
ORTIZ: I think “The Gamesters of Triskelion” is the one. Even though it has a lot going on, the limited colors would make it work in any room.
The StarTrek.com Shop is offering the four prints as a set of plated-printed lithographs on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. Each print measures 18×24 inches and the set of four is $34.95. US and Canada fans can purchase the sets there
Pyramid will have the images available in the UK on Wood for £39.99 (43x59cm) and £49.99 (45x76cm), Canvas for £59.99 (60x80cm) and as Framed Art Prints at £49.99 (60x80cm). UK fans will be able to purchase the items at Amazon.co.uk, ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk and Oneposter.co.uk.
Original source Star Trek.com