Ulises Farinas is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer who meticulously blends genres, styles and universes. He is the artist/co-writer of Gamma and has drawn Catalyst – Agents of Change and Judge Dredd: City of Courts.

Over his career, Farinas has done work for Marvel, Dark Horse, Vertigo, Image, IDW, Wired Magazine, Complex, the New York Times, Threadless Select, and MunkyKing. His work has also been featured on io9, The Comics Reporter and SuperPunch.

Born in New Jersey, Farinas attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, but left early to pursue his career. His mission, he says, is to break down the walls between imagination and reality in order to depict super-saturated, hyper-detailed worlds where heroes and monsters are as fantastic as the landscapes they inhabit.

He lives in Brooklyn, NY.


How would you describe your piece?

My drawing is an overview of almost every Star Trek series through how the characters fall on a spectrum of order versus chaos, and logic versus emotion. I draw using a steel nib and black India ink, on smooth Bristol board paper. After I finish inking a piece, I scan it and color it on a computer.


What excited you most about the opportunity to get involved in this Star Trek 50th anniversary art project?

I really wanted to show people my love for Star Trek.


How quickly/easily, or not, did your piece come to you? And how long did it take from start to finish to complete the piece?

I had the idea for a while, so once I started drawing it came pretty fast! It took me about two days to finish.


How did you choose the characters?

I either chose characters that the show spent a lot of time developing or one-off characters that were very compelling.


Can you tell us about a character from your piece that you find particularly compelling, and why?

I think Tuvok is the most-Vulcan Vulcan of the entire Star Trek franchise.


See Farinas' artwork at ulisesfarinas.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.