Artist John Eaves has been creating iconic designs for Hollywood for 35 years including many Star Trek films and television series, and so the Art Directors Guild Awards has decided to honor his lifetime of work.
John Eaves honored
Today the Art Directors Guild announced John Eaves will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illustrators and Matte Artists at the 25th Annual ADG Awards. The award will be presented to him by veteran Star Trek production designer Herman Zimmerman. According to the ADG, the event will “celebrate Eaves’ artistic contribution to the many space vehicles, sets, and concepts that have become classics in the Marvel, Star Trek, and Sci-Fi worlds that we know today.”
“For the past 36 years, John’s work as a Production Illustrator has been an integral part of over 100 films and television shows. From props to sets, to vehicles, to gadgets, and, most prominent and recognizable, a small fleet of starships for the Star Trek franchise, John has inspired many and left an amazing mark on our industry. We celebrate his creativity, talent, and contributions to the Craft and honor him with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Tim Wilcox, ADG Illustrators & Matte Artists Council Chair.
Eaves first contact with the Star Trek franchise was his uncredited work as a model-maker for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989. Following that he joined the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine art department as a production illustrator. He also worked on three of the TNG-era feature films (First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis). Perhaps his most notable contribution to those films was the design of the USS Enterprise-E introduced in First Contact. He also went on to work as a concept artist for Star Trek: Enterprise.
Eaves was one of the few people who made the transition to the J.J. Abrams-produced feature films. He worked as a concept illustrator for the 2009 Star Trek film, an illustrator for 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and as a concept artist for 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. He then joined the new Star Trek Universe of television shows as a concept artist for both Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.
Much of his work for the Trek franchise was immortalized in Star Trek: The Art of John Eaves, published by Titan Books in 2018.
Outside of Trek, John Eaves has worked as a concept artist on many of Hollywood’s most successful franchises, creating iconic vehicles, spaceships, and designs. These include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Iron Man 3. He also worked as a prop designer and model maker for films that include Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Ant-Man, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 2, Batman Forever, Toys, Die Hard 2, and The Hunt for Red October.
In the video below from 2020 Eaves can be seen at the Pima Air and Space Museum talking about how he likes to draw on real-world sources for some of his sci-fi designs, including Star Trek.
The ADG Awards ceremony, set for Saturday, April 10, 2021, will break with tradition in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be presented on a virtual platform, streaming to a worldwide and more inclusive audience. The event is free to everyone, but registration is required at www.adgawards25.com.
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