The first two years of TNG maybe not have always been the best written, but they were the best looking. I love those streamlined Theiss costume designs and Troi’s hair. I also love Tasha Yar. Riker should be beardless, I know, but my audience won’t be as nerdy as the rest of us, and Riker is more recognizable with a beard. I also prefer Pulaski to Crusher, but, again, who needs a dozen comments asking “Who’s she?” Wesley? No one’s noticed Wesley’s missing yet.
As I was sketching the poster out we all learned that Leonard Nimoy had passed. The organizers wanted to know if I could squeeze Spock into the composition. To me that would have been sacrilegious (not to mention too crowded), but I offered to make a second print in honor of Nimoy. The drawing is based on Spock seeing the Romulans for the first time in Balance of Terror. That shot is quintessential Spock: Curiosity mixed with a bit of confusion wrapped in a package of understatement that would be inappropriate for any human character. And, as a friend of mine pointed out, the ear is exceptionally prominent.
Both prints are one of a kind and will be up for auction tomorrow night.