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Star Wars meets Star Trek - Han Solo and Uhura by Robert-Shane Star Wars meets Star Trek - Han Solo and Uhura by Robert-Shane
We found out this week that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode 7. And I’m sure you also know he’s also currently at the helm of the Star Trek movies. A lot has been written about how this marks a kind of coming together for the two legendary ‘Star’ franchises – so I thought I’d illustrate that with a couple of symbolic meetings of iconic characters from the two universes.

I’ve never had any desire to draw Star Trek characters. That’s not to say that I don’t like Trek – in fact I’ve been a huge fan for years and think William Shatner is a total legend. But for me the aesthetic of the Star Wars films in much more rich and interesting.

This piece shows a young Han Solo sweeping up Lieutenant Uhura after gunning down a Klingon. I’ve never drawn Uhura before – but I’m pretty pleased with the likeness. Harrison Ford has a more distinctive face with strong features – which makes it a little easier to get an approximate likeness.

I didn’t want to give any appearance of favoring Trek over Wars (or vice versa) – so I’ve also drawn a companion piece featuring Captain Kirk and Princess Leia (in her slave outfit) re-using elements of this image to give a kind of ‘alternate universe’ feel to the two pictures.

And I've added a third and final Star Wars / Star Trek piece to finish off this trilogy:

This is an original depiction of copyright characters I didn’t create and don’t own. This is fan art – created solely to show my artistic ability – it isn’t for sale and isn’t available for reproduction. I drew this in Photoshop using a Wacom pad – this is a low-res version of the original.
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Old-Marcie1234 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
how short is Han Solo? i know Uhura's 5', how tall is he?
AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally love this hehehe~
drakenimmortal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Han shot first ^_^
AngeliqueFantastiq Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Awesome and win win!!!! Seriously, like I need to order this as a print. Like yesterday lol
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: ...glad you like it! 
animekaratepup Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I just.

In these pictures, the focus is on the man, the strength of that man, and how the woman needs to trust in him to save her.  Leia's slave outfit--that was a time when she was being presented as an object, degraded and humiliated.

Whatever, man.  
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:( I hope that doesn't mean you don't like these pictures? Like I say in the description - I only set out to portray the characters in an iconic way - so that meant using easily identifiable costumes from the respective 'Wars' and 'Trek' universes. The 'slave Leia' outfit has certainly become a pop culture icon and has taken on a life of its own beyond the movie. I've seen photos of conventions where there are literally dozens of women attending dressed in that costume and I'd hope that they don't feel that it represents something that would make them feel degraded or humiliated. In any case - that certainly wasn't my intention with either of these pictures.
animekaratepup Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
I like the pictures.
I don't like the way the pictures portray the women in them. 
Make sense?

Gah, I don't like being nitpicky, really does paint both women as damsels in distress, when they're really very capable of fighting for themselves.
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I totally understand. And I can see why the depiction 'might' be seen as stereotypical. However, that certainly wasn't my intention - and I think it's interesting that both of these 'Star' franchises do include strong, positive women in Leia and Uhura. I certainly agree that both of them are more than able to fight for themselves. But I thought up these images very quickly after the news of JJ Abrams taking over Star Wars - and they're not intended as 'serious' depictions of the characters - so I like to think of these situations as 'jokes' that both Uhura and Leia are in on. Indeed, I would suggest that these are both characters with enough confidence and comfort in their own capacity to 'look after themselves' to allow themselves to occasionally use the 'damsel in distress' act to their own advantage. Perhaps it would say more about the men viewing them that they 'could' see Uhura or Leia as vulnerable simply because they are in alluring poses - while, in fact, they would be making a huge mistake in underestimating them!  
animekaratepup Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013

Nice try though. :P
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