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Juan Ortiz Art Prints

Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints - Set 16

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  • Dimensions: Each print measures 18 inches x 24 inches
  • Made Of: 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper
We've taken the voyages of the starship Enterprise one adventure further with a series of original movie-style art print sets commemorating every episode of Star Trek, the iconic American television series that aired from 1966 to 1969.

The Original Series has become a cult classic, and its leading-edge plot lines and mores have influenced many science-fiction TV shows and movies that have followed.

Designer/illustrator Juan Ortiz talks about the inspiration for our sixteenth set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:

Episode 13: The Conscience of the King. A shadow of the Enterprise is seen in pursuit of a fugitive governor who executed half of the population on Tarsus IV during a severe food shortage. Ortiz's bold, photorealistic design 'started with the mask. Since it's gray, I thought the whole piece should be in black and white. I think that's why it has a photo look to it. The mask is such a strong image that I didn't think it needed too much more. The mask and shadows were created in [Adobe] Illustrator. The background is a photo that I put through high contrast in Photoshop and then converted to live paint in Illustrator.'

Episode 37: I, Mudd. Ortiz takes a whimsical turn by superimposing Harry Mudd's face on a planet and giving his moustache a twirl. Captain Kirk's old nemesis has crash-landed in a strange paradise where androids pamper but control their human captives. The artist says this design and the one for Episode 6: Mudd's Women (Set 15) were 'inspired by the romantic comedies of the 50's and 60's. It wasn't until I added the hand that I felt I was able to convey that sense of lightheartedness.' As for the added line, 'Journey to the most pompous planet in the universe' at the top of the print, Ortiz says, 'I felt the design needed something along the top for some balance. In keeping with the episode, I went with a humorous tone. I think maybe that's why it was signed off on. It just fit the image well.'

Episode 48: A Private Little War. In this episode, Captain Kirk restores the balance of power among primitive peoples of the planet Neural who are corrupted by the Klingons, who have introduced flintlock rifles. Ortiz based his design on 'the scene where Kirk and McCoy are attacked by a mugato (a white ape-like creature with poisonous fangs). This was one of the first three prints that I made and it inspired me to create the next 77. What I like about this one is how the white of the mugato and the white negative space creates a shape across the center of the page and how the mugato appears to fade into the background. The Enterprise crewman forms within a beam that mimics the mugato's horns.'

Episode 51: By Any Other Name. For this episode about the Kelvans, who hijack the Enterprise in order to make their way home, the artist created what looks like the backing card for a toy. Ortiz says, 'At first, I wasn't sure that I could get away with this one. But since it was my first idea, it was hard to let it go without trying it. I was inspired by the old action figures from the '60s and '70s, like Mego and G.I. Joe. I knew that it had to look authentic, so my experience in consumer products and retail came in handy with the copy and legal verbiage. I would love to own one of these non-action figures, but based on the recommended age, I'm not old enough (it's recommended for children over 200 years old).'

The Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints - Set 16 consists of plate-printed lithographs on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. Each print measures 18 inches x 24 inches.

The set and all others in this series will be available for a limited time only. None will be repeated or reprinted after they're gone.
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