While we all have been speculating, arguing, and mostly just waiting for more details on Star Trek: Discovery, there’s a segment of the fan community that has been doing its part to fill the void. Without a lot of visuals to work with, some fans have been creating their own Discovery-themed art.
This fan-driven effort to bridge the gap is reminiscent of what happened in the 1970s following the end of the original Star Trek series, and its revival as a feature film franchise. Fan publications like Bjo Trimble’s influential “Star Trek Concordance” were full of fan art. But this time, the art is being shared onwebsites like DeviantArt or Tumblr, and on social media.
So while we wait for whatever CBS has to reveal, we thought we’d share some of this Discovery fan art that has been holding us over.
Posters by Aaron Harvey
I have been one of those indulging in Discovery art. I have always been interested in unused ship concepts and have had a Starlog magazine with the Ken Adam/Ralph McQuarrie Planet of the Titans U.S.S. Enterprise sitting on my shelf since I was eight years old. So when the Discovery was revealed last summer I was pretty exuberant, and happy to be one of the first ones out there to do Discovery fan art. I have found that sharing images of the U.S.S. Discovery from different angles has even changed a few skeptical minds.
In my latest creation, I have taken a crack at a cast poster featuring Jason Isaacs’ Capt. Lorca, Michelle Yeoh’s Capt. Georgiou, and Sonequa Martin-Green’s Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham … plus a little of James Frain’s Sarek if you look closely.
Fan trailer by Trekyards
We are all waiting for the first trailer for Star Trek: Discovery. In the meantime, the guys at Trekyards have put together their own.
The TrekYards crew also kindly created an exclusive render for TrekMovie.
For more more ship obsession, visit trekyards.com.
Posters by Damien Devlin
One of the other most prolific and shared Discovery fan artists is Galway, Ireland’s Damien Devlin, also known as “The Irish Trekkie.” He told TrekMovie that:
“My fan art is a representation of my passion for Star Trek and Star Trek: Discovery and it’s a way for me to connect with the community and to inspire conversation and thought about the possibilities that lay head of us, and to maybe help people see things from a different perspective or light.”
Devlin, with the 3-D assist from David Combe, is also fond of making posters featuring the U.S.S. Discovery.
Animation by Michael Williams
Michael Williams has created an interesting and moody 3-D flyby of the U.S.S. Discovery.
Crew Uniform Sketches by Michael McDonnell
Michael McDonnell has envisioned what a Discovery-era uniform might look like based on the snippet glimpsed in the January 2017 trailer.
Visit deviantart for more of Michael’s work.
Napkin pic by Jason Sexton
A piece of fan art that really jumped out at me wasn’t a splashy poster or a slick animation, but this drawing on a napkin by Jason Sexton. Trek fans are passionate and when the mood strikes them, even if they are out to dinner, they express themselves!
See more of Jason’s art at stacksstudios.com.
What about you?
Do you have any Star Trek: Discovery fan art? Or have you seen other Discovery fan art you liked? Share a link to it in the comments below!