Recently, courtesy of Netflix, I’ve been re-watching the original Star Trek. It’s not like I haven’t already watched all of these episodes multiple times over the years, but they’re always entertaining (even the lesser ones have something to recommend them). Yeah, I’ll admit it: I was a bit of Trekkie growing up. I probably built the Enterprise model three or four different times (always hoping that maybe this time they’d figured out a way to engineer it so the nacelles wouldn’t sag outwards). I even did my own little homemade 8mm Star Trek movie when i was in elementary school (but that’s another story).
Watching the episode “The Corbomite Maneuver” again for the umpteenth time, I got struck by this silly idea for a retro-styled ad. It was one of those things that gets stuck in your head, and you feel like you have to do it in order to get it unstuck. So here it is! If you’re as familiar with the show as I am, you’ll get it.
Though my history with Illustrator goes back quite a ways (Illustrator 88, anyone?), I tried a technique I haven’t done before on this. I’m used to Illustrator always looking pristine clean, so getting more of a textured look was something different. I’d guess in the pre-digital art era when people did illustrations like this, it was likely done using an airbrush set so it would spray in a more textural way. Or maybe it was done by painting with a sponge and frisket material.
It occurs to me this also kind of works pretty well as a year-end piece! I wish all my site visitors the best, and may 2021 be a much better year for us all!