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 second set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:
Episode 1: The Man Trap- 'I tried to picture what Kirk's view was while he was having the salt sucked out of him,' says Ortiz of this tale of a deadly shape-shifting creature that needs salt to survive. 'By filling the page up completely, I hope to give the viewer the sense of being smothered or trapped.' li>
Episode 7: What Are Little Girls Made Of? - Nurse Christine Chapel is reunited with her missing fiancé on Exo III, but the scientist's obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk. Ortiz comments, 'Just having Ruk (a massive android bodyguard) with that title would have been creepy enough, but having his shadow loom over Andrea (the scientist's comely assistant) creates more drama. I also thought about Frankenstein a bit while I worked on this one.'
Episode 24: This Side of Paradise- Flower power is vividly on Omicron Ceti III, where plant spores keep colonists healthy, blissful and placid, despite radiation from deadly Berthold rays. Enterprise crew members fall under the influence of the spores, including Spock, who feels love and struggles to return to his post. Says Ortiz, 'The hand symbolically represents Spock, having rejected love, reaching out from paradise for life aboard the Enterprise and his pursuit of logic.'
Episode 47: The Immunity Syndrome - Here Ortiz has drawn a representation of the gigantic energy-draining amoeba that threatens an entire galaxy. He says, 'The paint splatters are actually fonts or dingbats. The only laborious part was arranging and colorizing the splatters into a layout that fell into an organized mess.'
The Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints – Set 2 consists of plated-printed lithographs on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. Each print measures 18 inches x 24 inches.
The set and all others that follow in this series will be available for a limited time only. None will be repeated or reprinted after they're gone.