P.J. McQuade is an artist whose clients have included The Hollywood Reporter, CBS, Variety, Major League Soccer, AMC, MTV, Toronto Life, Oxford University, Beefeater Gin, Rykodisc Records, LA Weekly, ESPN and SyFy.

McQuade’s art has been exhibited at the Toy Tokyo Underground, Bottleneck Gallery, Hero Complex and the Gauntlet Gallery. His illustrations have been honored by American Illustration, Creative Review and Creative Quarterly. Additionally, McQuade’s work has been featured online on such popular websites as BuzzFeed, Geek Tyrant, Comics Alliance and Design Taxi. In his spare time, McQuade – who’s a member of the exclusive art collective Illo Confidential -- is working on a graphic novel featuring fantastical cartoon-y characters living in a far-flung land.

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Daria and their dog, Football.


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

My inspiration, besides the general show, was that I wanted to create a poster that honored the actors, their portrayals; they did such fantastic work! I wanted to show them as a team, as a tight unit, a family cluster in the cold void of space.


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 general idea came together relatively quickly, but then it went through a couple of evolutions before settling into its final form. It was initially a more center/center composition until I decided to switch things up and use an Ancient Greek ratio, the Golden Section, offsetting core elements a bit to give a more dynamic sense. Time-wise, it took a while, spread out over the course of about six months, so I’d work on it a couple of days then put it away for a couple of weeks, then work on it again. It was great to work this way; usually deadlines are so breakneck, no time for refection, so I loved the slower pace, letting the creation process breathe.


Why did you take a duo tone approach?

I wanted the poster to have an iconic, classic look to it. I think going with a limited palette of blues and greys helped achieve that.


How did you choose the characters and their poses?

I went with most of the main cast. And Q. Even though he’s technically a baddie (for the most part), I just had to include him as well! Pose-wise and facially, I wanted to imbue each character with their core personality, their essence. For Picard specifically, he’s such a cool character, this mix of military and intellectualism. He’s brash and hardened but caring and refined. To me, the tea highlights his warmer undercurrents, makes him more human and relatable. I hadn’t seen him portrayed this way on a poster and I thought it’d be a unique take. He’s got to have his tea, Earl Grey, hot!


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