Those of you who follow my bloggish blatherings with any regularity know that, every so often, I like to wax nostalgic about various old-school Trek topics. For example, a couple of years ago, I gushed about the old James Blish adaptations of the original Star Trek episodes from the 60s and 70s, along with some of my favorite covers from that run of books.
Man, I love that stuff.
So, imagine my pleasant surprise when, while reading 8of5’s Guide to the Trek Collective, that I come across this entry spotlighting artist Rob Caswell (aka “Arcass” on DeviantArt.com). Rob, an unabashed Trekkie like so many of us, has built a rather sweet-looking resume contributing art to computer games, RPGs, comics, and websites. Among his Trek-related efforts is work contributed to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer’s Manual for the old Fasa Star Trek Role-Playing Game. Of interest on 8of5’s blog, though, was some pieces Rob had created purely for fun: devising new cover art for the classic Blish Trek adaptations. His inspiration? The Enterprise and other CGI effects created for the 2006 re-mastering of the original series episodes. Rob has created covers for all 12 of the Blish adaptations, and he even threw art for a “lost” 13th entry to the series.
Check out just a sample of the geeky awesomeness Rob has unleashed:
Anybody else notice anything cool about the cover to #9? 😀
Be sure to check out Rob’s entire gallery of work over at DeviantArt.com. In addition to the covers I’m nerding out about here, you’ll find all sorts of other stuff, including art that pays tribute to other SF franchises like Space: 1999 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. He also dabbles in pin-up work, and some of his samples from that department are definitely not safe for work, so proceed with the proper caution.
So, thanks very much to Rob for bringing a smile this geeky Trekkie’s face and for letting me post some samples here, and to 8of5 for bringing to this to my attention.