Des Taylor is an English pop art and comic book illustrator who runs his own limited-edition print company, DESPOP. His Prints are produced on 200gsm Satin Paper and High Quality Canvas. They are produced by a high quality full colour print based company in SOHO, London. He created The Trouble with Katie Rogers, a graphic novel that was recently optioned by ITV Studios America for adaptation into an animated series, as well as such comic books as Scarlett Couture, The Vesha Valentine Story, The Blue Lotus Adeventures and forthcoming book The Battling Bombshells.
Taylor’s work is recognized for his signature elements: sexy retro renderings of popular characters and a 50’s pin-up style that have been known to inspire cosplayers at conventions. Clients have included Michael Jackson, Theo Fennell, DC Entertaiment, BBC, ITV Studios America, Hamleys, Citroen, Cosmopolitan, Company, Chameleon Visual and Universal Music, among others.
He lives in London, United Kingdom.
How did you prepare for creating your piece?
I used to watch The Original Series growing up as a kid, and the movies featuring the original cast.
What excited you most about the opportunity to get involved in this Star Trek 50th anniversary art project?
Although my passion for Star Trek resurfaced due to the new J.J. Abrams movies, I always loved the original costumes and designs. I’m a huge retro 60s fan, so I jumped at the chance to be able to recreate those iconic uniforms.
How would you describe your artistic style in general?
I’d call it comic book animated cell style. I try to make every piece I create look like a cell from an animated show that you wished would exist.
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 concept was very easy for me to come up with as I wanted to do a piece that embraced the value of friendship aboard the Enterprise. The piece took me two days to complete. Such was my excitement at being involved with this show.