Many years ago Doug Drexler was putting together a group of CG artists from Foundation and Eden FX to create pieces of art for one of the Ships of the Line calendars, and he let me paint a piece (Traditional style) to go along with all the awesome computer artists endeavors. I had just got a computer and it was as foreign to me as a ballerina in a gun shop so old school was the comfortable choice!!! We were moving at the time and the Deadlines was unwavering.. Doug had convinced Margaret Clark (the ST editor from Simon and Shuster) that I could make a deadline so she allowed Doug to hire me on. Doug came to my desk, took a deep breath and struck a Clint Walker pose over me and shook a fist,,, you better not be late laddy. (Later I found out he gave me a fake due date way earlier that what was the real deadline,,, that evil little Monkey Scratcher!!!) I promised with trembling!!! I’ll tell you It doesn’t happen often but I have seen Doug’s devil’s eyes appear and you don’t want to have him go terminator on you….twood be very bad! I gave him a double thigh blaster one time and had he been able to run after that mighty blow, I would not have be here today,,,, so back to the other story, HAAAA!!! due to the move I wound up painting the piece for the most part on the hood of my car, made my deadline, and overall wish I would of had more time to really flesh it out more. I was quite unhappy with it to say the least. However the 40th of Star Trek was coming up in 06 and having a little more computer knowledge I had hopes of fixing that old piece to be what I was wanting it to be. So first I did a big scan and pulled all the elements off and reworked and rearranged them to create a new composition and layout. From there I wanted to make the piece into a First day cover/Cachet so the format was changed drastically and then printed the art on #10 envelopes. from there they got stamped and cancelled over at Paramount pictures on the Anniversary date of the television Premier of Man Trap. For nostalgia I took all the envelopes over to the old Desilu stages on the NorthWest side of the lot where the old show was filmed. Here is a view of both the art, and how the cachet’s turned out.