Interview with Juan Ortiz
Titan Books was SUPER AWESOME to arrange an interview with Juan Ortiz, the creator of the amazing artwork in Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz. You have to get this book if you are a fan of Star Trek. Each episode of the series is reimagined as a movie poster, which you just wish you could blow up and hang on the wall. It is really no surprise that the images are impressive because Ortiz is a big Star Trek fan. Read about how he illustrated each episode and his experience at comic-con in the interview.
Did you do any research, such as re-watching the show, before illustrating an episode?
Not all of them. Just the ones that I couldn’t remember well or if I was looking for an idea to base my poster on. Sometimes I would just have an episode playing on the screen next to me just to let it absorb sub-consciously. There is also a wealth of information on the internet that was very useful, especially some behind the scenes stuff.
After seeing the positive reaction from the Star Trek community, would you consider doing something similar for other sci-fi shows?
I didn’t, until just now. I don’t want to say what it is, but it may take a while to actually execute. I’m still on the Trek roller coaster ride. I will mention that my Star Trek: The Animated Series is currently being unveiled this week over at Startrek.com for the 40th anniversary of that series.
Were your favorite episodes easier or harder to illustrate?
I tried to approach each episode equally. For the most part, I think I succeeded. My favorite episodes may also be someone else’s favorite, but I can only please myself and hope that others will just like them too. I just had to be true to myself and trust my design choices.
Are there any artists that inspired your Star Trek artwork?
I grew up with an appreciation for all types of art and artist. Some of them are Andy Warhol, Jack Kirby, Saul Bass, Terry Gilliam and Spanish book cover illustrator Joaquin Pertierra. But I also admire Stanley Kubrick’s design and use of one point perspective in his films.
I attended my first comic-con this year and had immense fun being around people passionate about the same things I am. How would you describe your experience at comic-con?
I’ve been to the con with my own comics, but this was really my first time on the other side of the table as someone that folks wanted to meet. So it was a bit nerve racking. I just had to dive into it and hope that I could enjoy it and try not to disappoint much.
Thank you Ortiz and Titan Books!
Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz is available from Titanbooks.com