Archive for the 'DS9' Category

06
May
11

greg jein’s k7 space station

Happy Friday, and I just came across some cool pictures of Greg Jein’s beautiful K7 Space Station from the DS9 episode, Trials and Tribble-ations.  Greg Jein is one of the greatest model makers of all time, and his passion for Star trek is equally as great.  This was definitely a labor of love project, and it shows in all the details.  I love Greg and so miss the days of working in his shop back when real models were used for movies!!!  So here are some fun pics to start the weekend, and hope everyone has a great couple of days off!!!

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08
Jun
10

the art of Helix, or an exercise in futility!

Way back almost 10 years ago a new show called “Enterprise” was in the works  and the creative team from DS9 headed by Trek Legends (Production Designer) Herman Zimmerman and (Graphics Designer)Mike Okuda were getting the group together to flesh out Paramount’s new venture into Star Trek and TV. The majority of the DS9 crew came back with some new additions, Louise Dorton from “Voyager” came on as art Director, Anna Packard from “ST the experience” joined on as set designer, and she was very expectant with her first baby making the distance between her tummy and the drawing table quite a reach. all together the art department was this. in graphics and playback there was Mike and Denise Okuda, Anthony Fredrickson, The world famous Jim Van Over, and the iconic Doug Drexler. in the art department there was illustrator extraordinaire, Jim Martin, myself, Fritz Zimmerman, Anthony (Tony) Bro, Anna Packard, and Berndt Heidelman, with Herman and Louise as the designers. Craig Binkly joined us as well as the prop designer. we all started the show running and the first thing to hit the desk was the new Enterprise which proved to be a hellish project that went solely to Doug Drexler about a month and a half into the project. Herman pulled me away from the E to start on ship interiors and mainly the new race of bad guys the “Sulibon” they were to be a gumby-ish, stretch Armstrong, rubbery typed aliens with cup cake sprinkle patterned skin. Anyways this group had a bizarre mathematical style to their existence and architecture so we tried to immolate that in there ship designs. the script read that there main ship  was a massive helix with all their little Cell ships making up a good portion of the ships exterior. so with that came this first massive drawing, that when seen by the producers came back with a note stating; When we say Helix we don’t mean Helix!!! this started a very long drawing process of creating a helix that wasn’t a helix but actually was kind of a helix yet had to be a helix but not exactly a helix but sorta like a helix without being an exact helix that in the end was a great big HELIX!, HAAAA! this brought back a wash of sad and silly memories, HAAA! The drawing itself was a big 24X36 marker, ink, and massive cut n paste, in the old traditional style and is still in pretty good shape today!

the helix

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08
Apr
10

the beast of the book of revelation, chapters 13 & 17, for Deep Space 9 season 7

Howdy all!  Work is insanely busy and the blog has suffered badly!!!  Sorry for the long gaps and no replies back.  I have two bosses on Pirates from two different departments so I’m pulled in two directions all day, HAAA!  So, just to keep the blog alive, here is a drawing of the beast from Revelation chapter 17.  For the final season of DS9 we had to create art and text for a Cardassian ceremonial type (Bible) book, used by “Gul Dukat”, played by Mark Alaimo.  Ira Steven Behr, our producer, said draw anything that is evil for the illustrations in the book.  The beast from Revelation came to mind immediately and was a scripture I so wanted to turn into a drawing…the opportunity arose, and it’s one of my fav illustrations, especially because it is so far from all the mechanical work I usually do and the only dragon drawings that I have been able to sit down and work on!!!  So with that all said, time to hit the drawing board so have a good day, and I’ll catch up with everyone soon.

John

the Beast


From the book of Revalation Chapter 13

1Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name2Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were likethe feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Whois like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Rev 13:1-4

From the book of Revalation Chapter 17,

17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

17:9 And here [is] the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the

18
Jun
09

new stuff from the Jem ‘Hadar battle ship

I just found more images from the files in reference to the Jem ‘Hadar Fighter.  Some of these pics have been posted before, but the quality of the originals here will look much better than what was previously posted,,,,and they’re free!  In addition, I found the early rough and a whole series of bizarre color schemes that go from camouflaged, to almost circus colors!!!  Pretty wacky stuff!!!  These are all from the episode “In Purgatory’s Shadow”.

pretty smooth detail in the early days!!!

pretty smooth detail in the early days!!!

the modified version with the Jim martin flyer flying along side!

the modified version with the Jim Martin flyer flying along side!

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belly detail

belly detail

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color 1

color 2&3

color 2&3

color 4&5

color 4&5

and 5&6. I believe they went with a variation of #5 for the final

and 6&7. I believe they went with a variation of #6 for the final

11
Jun
09

the last of the ds9 christmas cards season 7

here is the last of the Christmas cards and the end of the show, here is the 7th  and final year of DS9,,,, and the end of the crew cards, We all went out as the cast of the nutcracker, enjoy!

 

the big picture

the big picture

 

 

 

 

the left side

the left side

and the right, herman had redeemed himself at this point and regained a more taller stature on this the final card, HAAA!

and the right, herman had redeemed himself at this point and regained a more taller stature on this the final card, HAAA!

the credits

the credits

10
Jun
09

ds9 art dept christmas card season 6

here we are again with another wacky card, the crazy PA with the weird bathroom philosophy has been replaced with Dorit, and everyone else is the same, a little older and fatter,,, except for Doug!!!!

 

the big view

the big view

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left

middle

middle

 

and right

and right

09
Jun
09

ds9 art department Christmas card season 5

Without being to blasphemous, here was my fav of the cards, the DS9 nativity extravaganza card. Herman Z is still the smallest guy on the card because of his “Your loosing your hair too comment” from the previous year. If you know Roger Rabbit at all Herman became Baby herman with his side kick Roger Rabbit,,, Herman missed the joke on his one, But I laughed, HAAAAA!!! from there going to the left we have our PA as the drummer boy and I can’t remember his name but he did have a curious philosophy about going to the bathroom!!!!! I am still a little disturbed about the information that transpired for a heavy Vanover interrogation,  HAA & EEEEEUWWW!  Next is the LONLEY sheep herder Randy Mcllivain, followed by Mike and Denise Okuda as Han and Leia. Baby Herman and Roger. The three wise men are Jim Van over bearing gifts of Spam and Uncle Sam laxative cereal. Doug Drexler bering the gift of a mini Dumbell, and Anthony Fredrickson , with his mini scarab beetle VW car toy and cubits to rods, translation stick. I am in the corner putting fish in the coffee pot, A joke I almost didn’t walk away from,,,  It was proven by that joke that Coffee was a gift from heaven and it was to be treated as the sacred beverage!!! wooooo-weeee, Top row L to R is the lovely laura Richarz and her decorator assistant Dennis, who really is that big!!! followed by the roman guard Fritz Zimmerman, Anthony Bro as King Herrod, and guest art department alumni KC Bernay. Always fun to relive these fun memories and hope you enjoy seeing the pranks from the crew.

 

the full card

the full card

a little closer view

a little closer view

 

and the top row

and the top row

08
Jun
09

the DS9 Crew Christmas card Season 4

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ILLUSTRATOR EXTRAORDINAR, JIM MARTIN, comes this little Christmas card of the the art department. Jim Martin had started this tradition for the art department during his run as conceptual designer on the show and it only seemed fit to carry on the fun. Here is the crew packaged as Micro Machines. Herman Zimmerman had just days before made a hanus comment to me. he was standing behind me looking at what I was working on and out of nowhere he say’s,,,”Looks like your loosing your hair too” WHAT!!!!! So with those evil words that echoed across the lot and deep inside my head, Herman set his fate to always be the shortest guy on the Christmas card!!! HAAAA! fun times

 

DS9 Christmas card 12-95

DS9 Christmas card 12-95 top row, r2l: Anthony Fredrickson, myself, Jim Vanover, Ron Wilkinson, and Anthony Bro, bottom row: Doud Drexler, Randy Mcllvain, Herman Zimmerman, Fritz Zimmerman, Laura Richarz, and Mike and denise Okuda.

08
Jun
09

the Cardassian vessel Groumall

Bernd and the mighty Jorg have a great write up and some screen grabs of this little ship here on the Ex Astris site

http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/articles/groumall.htm

This was a long time ago and it was a very fun project,, This was still the physical model days on Star trek and one of the few new ships to be built for the DS9 series. The call was for a Cardassian freighter that had been fitted with a secret disrupter weapon. The first pass shows a style that has a reminiscent front end to Rick Sternbach’s Galor class ship. This was quickly reject and the second variation was called for and the design went thru a few aesthetic changes once the main shape had been worked out. The changes mainly took place on the front of the ship and the rear piloting station. plans and a color marker sketch were called for and the final model was built over at  Michael Lantieri’s shop. Michael was responsible for most of the model construction on both DS9 and Voyager and the work he and his crew produced was always brilliant. Great attention to detail was one of their staples and it was a great treat to see their work on the motion control stage over at image G. this is going to be a fun week on the blog,,, found lots of good stuff from the 40 footer and can’t wait to get it put up. coming this week will be the 20th Anniversary of everyones favorite Trek movie, ST V the Final Frontier, more Cardassian ships, the Scorpion from Nemesis, Pin up updates, and a desert aviation archeological expedition with the X-Hunters. Enjoy and Happy Monday!

 

sketch "A" with disrupter extended

sketch "A" with disrupter extended

grey scale with disrupter retracted

grey scale with disrupter retracted

 

new design (Approved) in living color

new design (Approved) in living color

the plans

the plans

a bit brighter on the color scale

a bit brighter on the color scale

 

a new bridge

a new bridge

an even newer bridge anda tanked front end design

an even newer bridge anda tanked front end design

27
May
09

ezri dax and her transporter firearm

Nicole DeBoer, WOW!!! was she ever a hoot to work with!!! She was very funny and always very nice!!! After getting to know her a bit you just couldn’t help but to be a little smitten every once in a while.
So DS9 episode #563 titled “Field of Fire” called for this wild rifle with a transporter device attached to the barrel accompanied with a special headset sighting goggle. The script read that Ezri was going to be fashioned with all of this gear so I jumped at the chance to draw a portrait style image of her to put the device sketches on to.
This was great fun and got a kiss on the cheek from Nicole when she saw the drawing …AHHHHH what a great day that was!!! HMMMMM…. OK back to the gun, we used one of the Breen rifles as the basic body and detailed and added all the extras to convert the piece into a new and deadlier weapon the prototype TR-116 rifle. We suggested that they put the transporter device on the end of a bow gun and a sling shot for the kids but the ideas didn’t fly!!!   Say la-vee! (C’est la vie) [thanks Deg!!!] HAAA! Ok enjoy the Ezri pics and imagine getting one of those big cheek kisses!! That is except for you Deanne, you can just ask for a hand shake!!!

Ezri (Nicole DeBoer)

Ezri (Nicole DeBoer)

 

with the sighting device

with the sighting device

the mean and nasty breen refitted firearm

the mean and nasty Breen refitted firearm

picture of the fitted gear

picture of the fitted gear

 

wow and action figure,,, I just found this on line,,, have to get one!!!

wow here it is as an action figure, I just found this online, I have to get one!!!




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