Star Trek: 50 Artists Over 50 Years Review

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The new CBS commissioned art book, Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years marks the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic Star Trek TV series with artistic contributions spanning numerous well-known artists including the late Leonard Nimoy and Mayim Bialik.

To commemorate one of the most iconic TV show’s of all time, Star Trek, CBS took it upon themselves to commision a book the celebrated the life and science behind Star Trek. Using the visual and 3D work of fifty artists, Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years will be hitting shelves in nine days. To spotlight this gorgeous book, we have selected twelve artists to discuss in our review with samples of their artwork from the book so you can get a taste for what this book has to offer.

Dusty Abell and Lovern Kindzierski

“Dusty Abell is an animation industry character designer, and has previously worked as a comic book penciler, cover artist, and production designer on King of the Hill. His interest in art began at an early age and was deepened by his love of comic books, fantasy illustrations and sci-fi films and television shows. Abell collaborated on his Star Trek piece with co-colorist Lovern Kindzierski” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

“Lovern Kindzierski started working as a comic book artist in 1987 for Eclipse Comics. Since then he has worked for all the major players, including Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and IDW. Lovern was named by the Comic Buyer’s Guide as one of comics’ most influential colorists of all time. His Star Trek work includes serving as the primary color artist on John Byrne’s IDW efforts, including the Romulans: Schism three-parter” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Dusty Abell and Lovern Kindzierski’s Star Trek work is called Star Trek: The Original Series, and is a 36 x 24 illustration.

Amir Abou-Roumie

“Amir Abou-Roumie is a Viennese illustrator with a focus on children’s and humorous illustrations. He has illustrated and animated for a number of exhibitions, including at the Viennese Museum of Technology, as well as for major advertising campaigns (The Austrian Energy Agency), mobile educational applications and educational projects for kids” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Amir Abou-Roumie’s Star Trek artwork is called Homestead and is a 27 x 36 illustration.

Sue Beatrice

“Sue Beatrice is a freelance commercial sculptor with clients including Disney, Waterford, Hasbro, Warner Bros. Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, and many more. She uses recycled, upcycled, and repurposed objects – usually antique pocket watches – combined with natural elements to create unique, Early-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Sue Beatrice dubbed her 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 mixed media sculpture On The Edge of Forever.

Mayim Bialik and Christopher Ryan Ross

“Mayim Bialik currently stars on the hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, playing the role of Amy Farrah Fowler. Born in San Diego to first-generation Jewish American parents, documentary filmmakers and teachers, Bialik portrayed the young Bette Midler in Beaches, starred for five seasons as the quirky Blossom Russo on Blossom, and guest starred on such beloved 1980s and 1990s shows as MacGyver, Webster, Facts of Life, and Murphy Brown. Other credits include Wood Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water, Fat Actress, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Secret Life of the American Teenager. After Blossom, Bialik earned a BS from UCLA in Neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and went on to the Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, also at UCLA. She completed her doctorate in the Fall of 2007. She is currently the spokesperson for Texas Instruments, inspiring young women to engage in careers that involve STEM. In March 2012, Bialik released her first book on attachment parenting, Beyond the Sling. Her second book, Mayim’s Vegan Table, a family cookbook, was published in 2014. Bialik is a board member of several Jewish philanthropic organizations and contributes to a variety of charitable organizations. She has two sons and lives in Los Angeles” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

“Christopher Ryan Ross is an editorial photography and producer who has spent years shooting stars all over the world. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ross studied fine art painting and various methods of printmaking, and with this knowledge of traditional art processes, he brings a unique eye and approach to the subjects of his photographs” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Mayim Bialik and Christopher Ryan Ross’s Star Trek photography is 18 x 36 and is called Phasers Set to Stunning.

Glen Brogan

“Glen Brogan is an illustrator whose work consists of pop-culture drawings and apparell designs that have been featured worldwide in gallery shows, websites, magazines, and art books. He has collaborated with such organizations/brands as Sesame Street, Marvel, The Walking Dead, Syfy, NASA, Laika and Cartoon Network. His peices have been displayed at Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles), Bottleneck Gallery (New York) and Le Flaq Gallery (Paris)” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Glen Brogan’s 16.5 x 20.5 Star Trek illustration is titled The Bridge.

 Joshua Budich

“Joshua Budich is an independent illustrator working for numerous galleries (including Gallery 1988, Spoke Art and Hero Complex Gallery), movie studios, and media outlets around the globe. Inspired by a love for the pop culture of his youth, his primary focus is on screenprints that celebrate popular movies, television series, animated shows and more” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Joshua Budich’s Star Trek illustration To Bodly Go is 36 x 24.

Mick Cassidy

“Mick Cassidy is currently a character designer for the animated TV series Family Guy. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he likes Star Trek, dinosaurs, Motorhead and Guinness “way too much”. Cassidy has been a professional artist and illustrator since he was just sixteen years old; he has worked extensively in the animation industry for more than twenty-five years, and for such companies as Don Bluth, DreamWorks, Warner Bros. and Fox” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Mick Cassidy’s 24 x 24 Star Trek illustration has been dubbed Risk Is Our Business.

Derek Charm

“Derek Charm is an illustrator and comic book artist who has worked for IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios, Marc Jacobs and Penguin Publishing. He is currently working as an artist on the new Star Trek: Starfleet Academy series from IDW Publishing. Charm attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he majored in 2D animation and illustration. He currently lives in New York City” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Derek Charm’s Star Trek illustration is 24 x 18 and called Fifty Aliens.

Anna-Maria Jung

“Anna-Maria Jung is an Austrian illustrator who produces illustrations for the editorial market, children’s books, graphic novels and apparel. At eighteen, she published her first graphic novel, and went on to study Multi Media Arts with a focus on traditional animation at the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg. She then graduated from FIT in New York in 2011. She lives in Graz, Austria” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Anna-Maria Jung’s illustration is 36 x 24 and is called They’re Dead, Jim.

Leonard Nimoy

“Leonard Nimoy was not only an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, patron of the arts, and Star Trek’s beloved Spock, but he was a lifelong photographer who published several books of his photography and exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Born and raised in Boston, Nimoy moved to L.A. at the age of eighteen and worked his way up from small roles in Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them! to guest turns in The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.

Then, in 1964, Nimoy beamed up to the Enterprise for Star Trek. He went on to portray Spock through three seasons of the original show, an animated series and six features, as well as in Star Trek: The Next Generation and; after nearly two decades, Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Beyond Star Trek, Nimoy’s film, TV and stage credits included Mission: Impossible, A Woman Called Golda, In Search Of …, Equus, Vincent, The Simpsons and Fringe. He directed several films: Star Trek III and IV, the Good Mother, but most notably Three Men and a Baby.

However, throughout his life, he never stopped taking photographs. Nimoy’s first darkroom was the bathroom of his childhood home in Boston. Late in life, he published three acclaimed books of his photos: Secret Selves, The Full Body Project, and Shekhina.

“The photography is a useful outlet for me, for creative ideas,” Nimoy told StarTrek.com in 2011. “I ca get an idea and execute it on my own. I don’t have to deal with large-budget issues and scores of people. I don’t need to bring together writers and designers and very many performers. I don’t need to be away from home for weeks and months at a time. It’s a comfortable way for me to express ideas and to remain creative without it totally taking over my life.”

Nimoy passed away on February 27, 2015″ – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Leonard Nimoy’s 24 x 18 photograph is dubbed Hand in Vulcan Gesture.

David Quiggle

“David Quiggle is a designer and illustrator whose work offers both creative whimsy and intellectual depth in equal measure. It has been utilized on posters, packaging and merchandise for Joey Ramone, Michael Jackson, Sick of It All and Johnny Cupcakes. Quiggle’s work has also been featured in gallery shows focused on Pee-Wee Herman, Arrested Development and Fringe” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

David Quiggle’s Strangely Drawn To It graphic is 24 x 18.

Jean-Baptiste Roux

“Jean-Baptiste Roux is a French illustrator known for his bold, colorful works that capture the essence of movies (300, Captain America: The First Avenger), heroes,videogames, music and more. Roux describes himself as a product of the eighties and nineties, and thus was inspired by the videogames of the day, managa comics and the films of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Ivan Reitman” – Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years

Jean-Baptiste Roux’s illustration A Team And A Spaceship is 24 x 18.

Overall Thoughts

As a huge new-generation Star Trek fan, I can say I loved every second of getting the chance to review this art book. While none of the art is from my favorite Star Trek movies (2009, Into Darkness, and Beyond), I appreciate the artists for their work and believe it is still gorgeous. I would definitely buy any of these prints should CBS have them available for purchase.

Where to Purchase

Star Trek 50 Artists Over 50 Years can be purchased directly from Titan Books and also from Amazon on September 6th 2016 for roughly $40 USD in hardcover only.

Good

  • Gorgeous Printing
  • Well-Known Artists
  • Great Descrptions

Bad

  • Not much variance, mostly illustrations
9.3

Amazing

Quality of Art - 10
Varying Artwork - 8
Book Quality - 9
Print Quality - 10
An avid gamer, journalist, literary reviewer, and lover of all things Marvel; wrapped in a colorful hair-do.

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