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 get to this month’s prints. “Errand of Mercy” is clearly a dagger stabbing at the Earth. Take us through your inspiration for this piece.
ORTIZ: It was initially a sword stabbing the planet. But as most fans know, that is the symbol for the Federation in the Mirror universe. So the challenge was to make it Klingon.
The copy for “The Changeling” and also the imagery (with NOMAD looking a lot like a robot running amok) is very retro and playful. Guide us through coming up with those ideas and then realizing them on paper.
ORTIZ: The image derived from the opening scene where Nomad fires upon the Enterprise. I wanted Nomad to take on a more human-like form. The antennas here work as arms, while his body is removed so that I can add speed-lines. It gave me a sort of “super-villain” feel to it, so I added the copy.
“The Deadly Years” has a Seventh Seal feel to it. Are we right there? If so, take us through the connection as you view it. If not, what were you aiming for?
ORTIZ: The only connection between the two would be the appearance of Death. The attempt was more of the implication of Death, looming over the Enterprise as Kirk and some of his crew rapidly aged.
At first glance, the triangle in your “Return to Tomorrow” print looks like a tractor beam, but a closer look at the piece as a whole has the feel of a dollar bill… with the pyramid and the eyeball. What were you aiming for here?
ORTIZ: Although I was aware of the Masonic assertion, it was not intentional. I again turned to Russian posters for my inspiration and I had always wanted to try placing an eye within the Enterprise hull, simply as a design element. The stripes are a recurring element within Russian posters.
By the way, whose eyeball is that?
ORTIZ: I wanted Diana Muldaur’s eye, but I was unable to locate a high-res image. But I would hope that her character in the episode is evoked in the poster. It can also be interpreted as the Enterprise’s eye, since ships are called “she.” In which case, the beaming down concept also works.
Which of the four this month was the hardest to get right, and which came together with the least difficulty?
ORTIZ: The images came to me fairly quickly. It was just a matter of execution. In that regard, “The Changeling” proved to be the most difficult. It was only after altering Nomad’s design that I was able to feel happy with it. “Errand of Mercy” may have been the easiest.
If you were going to display one of these on your wall, which would it be and why?
ORTIZ: My choice would be “The Changeling.” I like the starkness and how gradient dots contrast the straight lines and angles.
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