Dimensions: Each print measures 18 inches x 24 inches
Includes: 4 prints
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 twentieth set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:
Episode 3: Where No Man Has Gone Before. This second pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series was produced after NBC turned down the first pilot, "The Cage." Here, the Enterprise finds the damaged flight recorder of the U.S.S. Valiant, an earth spaceship that mysteriously self-destructed 200 years earlier. The crew discovers that extrasensory perception -- heightened by a force field at the edge of the galaxy -- was and still is a key factor. Ortiz recalls, "The image was created in Adobe Illustrator. A lot of it is by trying and failing until I got it right. I may have spent more time figuring out the color before finally settling on that blue."
Episode 15: Shore Leave. Members of an Enterprise landing party on an uncharted planet realize that their thoughts are coming to life as Dr. McCoy encounters a large white rabbit in a waistcoat and Captain Kirk runs into his old nemesis from Starfleet Academy, Finnegan. In his design for this episode, Ortiz says, "it all 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." This is one of the artist's favorite print designs out of the 80 he's done for the TOS series. He says, "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."
Episode 38: Metamorphosis. Ortiz admits he "wasn't trying for anything fancy" in his design for an episode in which a shuttlecraft ferrying Kirk, Spock, McCoy and a seriously ill Federation diplomat back to the Enterprise is hijacked by a mysterious energy cloud.
Episode 79: Turnabout Intruder. When a distress call from Camus II reconnects Kirk with a former love interest from his academy days, she swaps bodies, transferring her personality to his body and his personality to hers. For this print design, Ortiz says he was 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," he explains. And what of his vivid color choices? "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," he says.
The Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints - Set 20 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.