Trek Untold-Episode 137: Chris & Matt Cushman
The Art of Star Trek Cutaways with Chris & Matt Cushman
Chris and Matt Cushman are the masters of the cutaway, a type of technical illustration that strips away the hull of an industrial-designed object to show its inner workings. Lucky for sci-fi fans, the brothers are hardcore Trekkies and have used their talents for decades to pull back the exteriors of starships to display every nook and cranny of their interiors.
Chris and Matt explain how they went from reading Franz Joseph's technical blueprints in bookstores to creating them on their own. From there, Chris tells how a job with David Kimble changed his career trajectory and breaks down his famous Enterprise-D poster that became one of the best and worst moments of his time drawing starships.
Matt tells us how he joined his brother in this endeavor, and they break down how they create their masterpieces, from the Enterprise to DS9, Klingon and Romulan ships, and everything in between. Plus, a discussion on how plagiarism affects the cutaway industry, using computers to design and draw, and advice and insight for anyone who also wants to become a professional technical artist.
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