Tuesday 3 September 2013

September's retro prints

A new month, a new set of TOS retro prints from Juan Ortiz. As has been the pattern of the past few months MTV Geek and Entertainment Weekly have shared the reveal of the four new designs. While Ortiz has been using the Gold Key font throughout the series this time he's gone all out and made a new Gold Key style cover as one of the designs too.

UPDATE: StarTrek.com have posted their usual article about the new posters, with commentary by the artist, quoted below:

The Enterprise Incident
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
The Gamesters of Triskelion
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.
Court Martial
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.

That Which Survives
This was another Russian inspired poster. 
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.

Posters, T-shirts, and glasses featuring these designs should all be on the way soon.

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