To mark the premiere of CBS All Access/Amazon Prime's Star Trek: Picard, I decided to take a trip down memory lane to the fall of 1987 and the show where it all began. I was probably about 4 or 5 years old when I started watching this show. I think it's safe to say it may have left an impression.
For this collection, I wanted to produce poster art depicting each of The Next Generation's seven seasons. I decided to build each composition around a uniform layout, set to the 'Starfleet Delta' that has long been the insignia for the franchise as a whole, with the 'Enterprise' centred and the characters of Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart), Cmdr. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Lt. Cmdr. Data (Brent Spiner) featured prominently across the range. I also wanted each poster to represent two iconic episodes from their respective seasons, with one 'space' scene featured inside the Delta, and a memorable 'Picard' scene featured outside the Delta.
I then decided to carry that composition over to the posters depicting the new Picard series. I also chose to make two variants, one depicting new characters introduced in the series and another depicting 'legacy' characters from prior entires in the franchise. This allowed me to carry the Picard/Riker/Data triumvirate that has featured throughout the rest of this collection without overlooking thew new arrivals.
And, finally, for the sake of rounding this collection off to an even number, I threw together a quick alternate poster depicting the episode 'The Big Goodbye' from the first season of The Next Generation.
Star Trek: Picard is available to stream now on CBS All Access (US) and Amazon Prime (UK).
Click or tap on any of the thumbnails below to see the full size image.
New Merch Store!!!
I have now officially launched a new online store over on Redbubble.
I have already made available a collection of old favourites and one or two new additions from my portfolio that you can buy as coffee mugs, T-shirts, phone and table cases, wall art, bags, and many more.
I will also be adding more new designs and artwork to the store in the coming months.
So if you have somebody in your life who is into dragons in a big way, you know where to come to get them something nice.
To see my full list of products, CLICK HERE!
New Artwork: 'Avengers: Endgame'
As a follow up to last year's Infinity War one sheet, I thought I would have a go at designing one for this year's sequel, Endgame.
I produced this at the start of the year, when details of the movie were scarce (and reference material was even scarcer), so there was a lot of guess work involved, most of which based on nothing more than the first trailer and a handful of low resolution images leaked from the set.
I only really had three concrete concepts in mind when I started working on this:
1. Thanks with his back to the viewers, as a way of depicting the Avengers stuck in his shadow/thrall.
2. The composition of the Avengers, themselves, to harken back to the now iconic circular shot from the first movie.
3. The entire composition to be at an odd angle, touching on the idea that everything has gone off kilter since the events of Infinity War.
I also knew I wanted to have the Grand Central Station set piece from the first Avengers film feature prominently, as word was already out that time travel would be involved in the movie, and that moment would feature prominently. It's just a shame i didn't go with an initial idea I'd had of framing the station in front of Odin's palace from Thor: The Dark World, given how much time was spent there in the movie.
I do have half a mind to go back in and edit the characters to look more like they did in the film. Well, I say characters, I really mean just Thor...
"Monster are the patron saints of imperfection"
Guillermo Del Toro
A poster design celebrating the work of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, best known for his Oscar-winning films Pan's Labyrinth (El Labertino del Fauno) and The Shape of Water.
This was a piece I originally uploaded back in 2012 and while I've always been generally happy with the layout, I have grown increasingly unhappy with my technique at the time, so I decided to take another shot at it.
I was originally intending to just re-colour the original line art, but upon closer inspection it became obvious that the sketch needed some refining (and four of the portraits needed re-drawing altogether). It's still not perfect, I had to cut my losses in a few areas because my elderly computer was screaming at me to stop toward the end, but it still looks a helluva lot better than it did before.
New Artwork: 'Light the Fuse'
New Art: OxCon Sketch Cards
From my stint in Artists' Alley at last weekend's Oxford Comic Con, some examples of the 2.5"x3.5" sketch cards produced for and during the event:
New Art: Daily Sketches
Over the last few months, I've been aiming to do at least a couple of warm-up sketches each day, with one being a pre-existing character or IP and the other an original creation of my own.
As someone who has more or less been working exclusively as a digital artist these last couple of years, I've increasingly felt that I've fallen out of practice using traditional brushes and ink, this has been my attempt to rectify that.
Below are a selection of these sketches, all of which will be available to buy at any comic-cons I'll be attending this year.
I was asked to imagine what the poster for a potential Batman/Superman crossover film from the Michael Keaton/Christopher Reeve era might look like.
Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the poster, and watch a time-lapse recording of the colouring process...
New Art: 'Avengers: Infinity War'
A tribute to both the upcoming Avengers films and George Pérez's iconic cover art for the Infinity Gauntlet comic event.
I started working on this long before they started releasing images from Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok, so while I was able to make alterations as time went on, there were some details I just didn't get round to adding in time (hence no bearded Cap or Iron Spider suit). I also wanted to maintain as much symmetry with the Pérez cover as possible, so despite not appearing in this year's movie, I decided to keep Nick Fury in his place (if anything just because a Samuel L Jackson appearance makes everything better).
My one biggest regret was not including Black Panther (and apologies for a criminal lack of Groot).
Check out the gallery below for variations, initial drafts and details...