Matt Ferguson is a graphic designer and artist best known for his association with Marvel Studios, for which he designed the artwork for the Marvel's The Avengers Blu-ray collection and promotional posters for Guardians Of The Galaxy. He has also crafted beautifully stylized, official creations for such licensed properties as Star Trek, Hellboy and Star Wars. Additionally, Ferguson frequently exhibits at galleries across the United States, including at Gallery 1988, Hero Complex Gallery and Bottleneck Gallery.

He has recently had great success with his first solo art show, called Distant Lands, for Bottleneck Gallery in New York. Among his previous Star Trek work, Ferguson created a popular series of Star Trek: The Original Series movie posters available from Bye Bye Robot.

Ferguson lives in Sheffield, United Kingdom.


Can you describe your artistic process in creating this artwork? 

I wanted to depict one of the most-iconic scenes from The Original Series and create a print that had the feel of a piece of art from the 60s. I prepared by watching the episode “Arena” and sketching out a rough idea that had a Western stand-off vibe. The art is hand-painted in Photoshop and then screenprinted.


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

The idea came very quickly. Almost as soon as I was invited to take part I knew that I would recreate Kirk fighting the Gorn. I was working on the piece on and off for at least three months, but in real time I would say it was about a week’s work.


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

Just being a part of the celebration and having a piece of art for it is a dream come true. Star Trek is far and away my favorite sci-fi series of all time.


See Ferguson's artwork at cakesandcomics.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.