Stanley Chow is an artist and illustrator who is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and has had illustrations featured in Variety, GQ, Wired and Vanity Fair. He received a Grammy Award nomination (Best Packaging Design) in 2008 for his design of a limited-edition flash drive for the White Stripes album Icky Thump.
Chow hails from Manchester, England, where he kicked off his career as a designer of posters and flyers for local clubs and bars. Chow specializes in portraiture and often depicts entertainment and sports stars. In June, 2014, he enjoyed his first solo gallery retrospective, held at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
He lives in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Can you describe your artistic process in creating this artwork?
Initially, it was a choice of whether I illustrated Lenoard Nimoy or Zachary Quinto. Once I decided to go for Leonard Nimoy, it was a case of collating as many images as possible of Leonard as Spock and as himself, so I could “learn” his face. I also watched old episodes of Star Trek to see how the transporter process looked, and then do my interpretation of teleportation. Once I had this information fresh in my head, I started illustrating using vectors on my computer.
What else about your piece do you think Star Trek fans should know?
I completed this piece a few days before I heard of Leonard Nimoy’s passing. It kind of felt like a sign that illustrating Spock was the right decision. After hearing of his death, it made me inclined to find out more about Leonard Nimoy’s life. The more I read about him, especially his work for humanitarian causes, the more I’m pleased to have chosen what I did. I feel the piece is now as much a tribute to Nimoy as it was just a portrait of Spock.
Why go with Spock solo?
As mentioned before, I always felt he was the coolest, and to a small degree I felt I could identify with the fact that he was “different.” I also feel that because of his “logical” mind, his selflessness, his humanity and philanthropic ways, Spock sets himself apart from the rest of the crew. Let’s be fair, if there was a spin-off TV show created around any of the original Star Trek characters it would be called “Spock.”