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:

“Shore Leave”

Shore LeaveLet’s start with “Shore Leave” from this month’s quartet. What inspired this one? And you just couldn’t resist including a rabbit, eh?

ORTIZ: It began with the rabbit. I tried several different illustration styles, but couldn’t quite get the right level of seriousness. The collage direction was the way to go, for me. The grays and muted colors give it a more mature look, away from the obvious guy-in-a-rabbit-suit aspect of the episode.

Our understanding is that this is your favorite of all 80 of the prints. If that’s accurate, what is it about this one that you like most/are proudest of?

ORTIZ: I seem to have a different favorite depending on my mood, but this one keeps popping up. I like when an idea comes together with ease, like this one did. It’s simple, but works without being too illustrative or too colorful. It’s the right balance of seriousness that I was trying to achieve, especially when your main image is a rabbit in a suit. I wanted it to be more thought-provoking. If you’re a Star Trek fan, you’ll get it. If you’re not a Star Trek fan, you will hopefully want to watch the episode.

“Where No Man Has Gone Before.”

Where No Man Has Gone BeforeUp next is “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” How did you go about creating that very cool, 3D-ish effect for it?

ORTIZ: The image was created in Adobe Illustrator. A lot of it is by trying and failing until I get it right. I may have spent more time figuring out the color before finally settling in on the blue.

How much of an inspiration was The Motion Picture on this particular piece?

ORTIZ: That thought did enter my head at first. And for a while I considered going in that direction, but it worked better for “Where No Man Has Gone Before.”


MetamorphosisWhat were you aiming for with “Metamorphosis?”

ORTIZ: I wasn’t trying for anything fancy on this one. I felt like I had a pretty good layout, so I kept it as is.

“Turnabout Intruder.”

Turnabout IntruderLastly, there’s “Turnabout Intruder.” It’s got much more copy than usual, or if not more copy, than at least it’s bolder and fills more of the page. Take us through your decision to go that route.

ORTIZ: I had been inspired by Japanese posters. That’s why the copy is so bold. It morphed into more of a magazine cover, instead. But that’s okay. Where I start is not as important as where I end. I did spend a lot of time at the magazine section of the Japanese bookstore. So that may account for the course change.

How about the color choices, particularly the pink and blue?

ORTIZ: Despite the obvious, I did not pick the pink and blue because of the male/female switch in the episode. I wanted something bold and the blue and black both really popped against the pink. I was worried that this one may not sit well with the rest of the group, but it makes a good segue into the more brighter Animated Series prints that I created the next year.

Which one of these four would you put on the wall in your own home and why?? (we’re assuming “Shore Leave” if that’s really your favorite of all 80).

ORTIZ: I would pick “Shore Leave.” But I would pick a wall that doesn’t need all that much color. Like an exposed brick wall, maybe.


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.ukForbiddenPlanet.co.uk and Oneposter.co.uk.

Original source Star Trek.com