To Boldly Go where No Tastebuds Have Gone Before!

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!

2 thoughts on “To Boldly Go where No Tastebuds Have Gone Before!

  1. Lyle Alan Dodd

    Too fun­ny!
    It’s strange how the cos­tumes recall a romanesque qual­i­ty to them, you did a good job of cap­tur­ing that here as well.
    To be hon­est, this looks like some­thing you might see on the wall in a Pixar film, it real­ly is too perfect.

    1. Mark Post author

      Thanks! Yeah, it is kind of Romanesque, isn’t it?
      My fam­i­ly did­n’t own a col­or TV until after I grad­u­at­ed col­lege, so I still kind of think of these shows in b/w. Watch­ing them again in col­or on Net­flix, I can’t help but be struck by just how col­or­ful they are! Of course, that kind of dic­tat­ed how this piece went too.


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