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:
“The Devil in the Dark.”
ORTIZ: I always try to design a poster with a new viewer in mind. Elements from the episode are there, and they’re just placed into a design that gives an expression of space rather than being underground.
You went with the Horta’s handiwork rather than an image of the Horta. Interesting choice. Take us through the decision.
ORTIZ: For the sake of those that had never seen the episode, I did not want to show the Horta on the poster. As I re-watched “The Devil in the Dark,” the smoldering imprint of a man left on the ground made for a powerful image. It’s reminiscent of the “shadows” left behind by the bombs dropped on Japan.
Tomorrow Is Yesterday.”
ORTIZ: It didn’t start out as a magazine cover, but the design led me in that direction. It was fun to imagine myself back in 1967 designing a magazine cover with the term Trekkies on it. Trekkies were new back then, so it was nice to finally include them in this poster set. Originally, the blurb on the bottom read, “Are The Beatles Time Travelers?” It may have been a copyright issue, so we went instead with the moon-landing question.
“Whom Gods Destroy”
ORTIZ: This was actually the second design. The first had photos of Yvonne Craig and William Shatner in a Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!-inspired poster. CBS did not have the rights to Yvonne’s likeness, so I had to rework it from scratch. Maybe someday the original can be shown.
So how did you go about capturing the sexuality and deadly green-ness of the character?
ORTIZ: To avoid any conflict, I went instead with a James Bond-inspired poster. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I don’t miss the original concept at all.
“The Lights of Zetar”
ORTIZ: It wasn’t until I got to the last scene of the episode that I was able to form an idea for this poster. Once I had it, I had to make sure that the colors didn’t mimic my “Trouble with Tribbles” poster. The idea for a spotlight effect derived from it looking a bit flat. The spotlight and the tiny Enterprise above helps add some depth to it.
Of the four for July, which was the easiest to create and which was the most complicated — and why?
ORTIZ: “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” seemed the quickest. I think it’s because it was the most fun to create. “Whom Gods Destroy” may have been the toughest, but only because it had to be done twice.
Last question: Of the four prints, which would you put on your own wall… and why?
ORTIZ: My personal favorite is “The Devil in the Dark.” As you mentioned earlier, it evokes an emotion. I also think it’s a decent layout.
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