Fernando Reza, professionally known as FRO, is a graphic artist/illustrator whose work has been featured on the Huffington Post’s Arts Page, the A.V. Club, NASCAR Illustrated, Men’s Health Holiday Gift Guide and many other publications. He also regularly displays at Gallery 1988, Spoke Art and the Hero Complex Gallery.
Reza has done work for film and television, most recently a series of Inside Out posters for Pixar, and has also counted among his clients Marvel, Skuzzies, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and Paramount. He also creates colorful pop-culture-influenced posters, including alternative movie posters, with subjects spanning from folklore, propaganda and travel to Doctor Who, Re-Animator, Game of Thrones and The Avengers.
He lives in Los Angeles, where his company, FRO Design Co., is based.
Can you talk about your artistic process in creating this artwork?
I knew I wanted to do something to commemorate The Original Series, which has always been my favorite. It was great to revisit those classic episodes and sketch ideas. Once I had a rough idea of the composition, I focused on the portraits of the main cast. One of the things that stands out to me visually about The Original Series is the dramatic, almost psychedelic lighting and I did a few versions with that in mind before settling on a more muted color palette, but still maintaining the overall Star Trek vibe. I went back and watched episode after episode to get ideas. I realized pretty early on that I wanted to do something to encompass the whole series.
How is your Star Trek artwork similar to or different from your other works?
Often times I try to find an interesting take on a theme or a subject and let the concept be the focus, but this time I think because I have such a reverence for Star Trek I ended up just wanting to pay tribute to it. I wanted to do something that captured the spirit of the show and tried to use that as my compass as the print came together.
What made you choose a movie poster treatment?
I had a few ideas that were pretty different, but once I settled on doing one all- encompassing print for The Original Series, I thought a movie poster style was appropriate.