Anna-Maria Jung, is an Austrian illustrator who produces illustrations for the editorial market, children’s books, graphic novels and apparel. Jung won the audience prize for her animated short Bloody Fish at the student film festival Filmriss in Salzburg, Austria; exhibited at An Exhibition of Unspeakable Things -- A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft in the museum Maison d‘Ailleurs in Yverdon-les-Bains; and produced more than 150 illustrations for the apparel market.

Inspired by movies, cartoons, comics and other narrative media, Jung yearned to tell her own stories. At 18, she published her first graphic novel, Urbanity, in Austria. At the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg from 2003 to 2007, she studied "Multi Media Arts" with a focus on traditional animation. Jung graduated from FIT in New York in 2011

She lives in Graz, Austria.


In creating your artwork for the exhibition, what was your inspiration? 

The concept of the “redshirt” is a most fascinating trope, and while it’s tragic that so many aspiring men and women at the beginning of their careers were sent into certain death, I also found it quite funny how obvious it was that a certain crewmember was about to die - mainly to show the viewer what dangers lurked on the newly found planet. My design tells this story.


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

Star Trek is a part of my childhood, my teenage years… actually, my whole life. It is one of the founding stones that turned me into a nerd- gal and a cartoonist. Taking part in this exhibition means taking a dive into my nerd-passion and being able to show my love for it to many other people.


What else about your piece do you think Star Trek fans should know? 

While some of the deaths that happen to the redshirts are taken from the series, I did not use the original redshirts. I invented their characters anew because I wanted to have a bit more diversity in their looks.


How much fun did you have playing with the brutal deaths?

Too much fun, I guess. However, I must stress that the phase from rough sketch to finish is a bit painful because there’s a point where your hand is not quite drawing what you’re imagining. This is solved by doing as many sketches as necessary - until the art feels right. My favorite part of playing with the brutal deaths was drawing the facial expression of the characters oblivious to what’s about to happen to them - and the evil grins of some of the monsters!


How did you choose these moments?

I looked at countless websites/lists of redshirts deaths and watched plenty of videos and episodes - then I printed out stills and did the drawings based on that. Moments with monsters, aliens or evil drones in them were favored.


See Jung's artwork at annamariajung.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr