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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 5'5...so, how tall is he?
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AloiInTheSky Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
I totally love this hehehe~
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drakenimmortal Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Han shot first ^_^
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AngeliqueFantastiq Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Awesome and Win....win win win!!!! Seriously, like I need to order this as a print. Like yesterday lol
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: ...glad you like it! 
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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.  
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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.
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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, but...it really does paint both women as damsels in distress, when they're really very capable of fighting for themselves.
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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!  
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animekaratepup Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
.....no.

Nice try though. :P
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anubis-x Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WIN!!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what Han said too! :lol:
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You used the wrong kind of Klingon!!! Bonus points if you do another version with a proper Original Series Klingon. Or... would you do it for a commission?
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like I say in my description I wanted to depict "symbolic meetings of iconic characters". I know this isn't the original series Klingon - but I wanted the Klingon to be very easily recognizable as I figured that a lot of people who view this wouldn't have the eye for detail that you clearly have.

The original series Klingon basically just had bushy eyebrows and mustaches - and I think most people wouldn't realize who it's supposed to be (especially from the angle in this image). Their appearance in later series is much more 'iconic' - so that's why I went with that look.

It's only intended as a 'fun' piece that I drew quickly to tap into the buzz about J.J. Abrams signing on for Star Wars. After all... this is a picture with Han Solo cuddling Uhura - it's not like it's representing a scene that actually happened :lol:

Anyways, I just wanted to explain that I did consider this point as part of my thought process for deciding what went into the image (and what didn't).
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Promus-Kaa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I appreciate the thought you put into it. But what would you say to $20 to put in an Original Klingon? ;)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: I can tell you're a true fan of the original characters but I'm sorry - I don't do commissions. And I kind of like this how it is - it represents what I wanted it to - so I won't be returning to it for any 'special edition' style edits.
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cwadeh76 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Solo has great taste..
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:) ...he's a scoundrel through and through!
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
han solo is the man, the star trek universe couldn't handle his pirate swagger.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: I agree - the Trek characters don't tend to have the roughness round the edges of the Wars characters (massive generalization there) - especially if you consider the morally ambiguous nature Han originally had: at least before they re-edited it so that he shot Greedo first instead of the other way round! -sigh-
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
the best thing about han pre-edited was that he was a gangster with a heart of gold. great character and masterfully played by ford (at his best imo).
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting point there... I think Han Solo was one of Ford's best parts - and he played it well - but it seems that he never has a good word to say about his time doing those movies!
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
i met harrison in 97 on camp pendleton, he was a cool dude. it must be tough when the work you're most famous for is some of your earliest stuff, and he's got 3 big ones (star wars, indy, blade runner).
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow - now that's a guy I'd love to meet! I've seen him on TV interviews and he always seems really disinterested - but I'm guessing that's just an act because he doesn't like to be involved with the marketing of movies. Hopefully he was less restrained in 'real life'.
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TheSyFyFan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This is super epic!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: thanks very much!
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RandomAV1 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work! I love this!!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much :thumbsup:
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AG88 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who shot first? loL! I love it.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Han - always Han! Please no special edition :lol:
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MichaelAtaraxia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Drop dead sexy!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what the Klingon thought too! :lol:
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MichaelAtaraxia Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clearly!
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure the Klingon shot first :lol:
Great work again mate!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: don't bring that mess with Greedo up! Han shot first - no faffing around!!!
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha. I don't disagree with you man. :lol:
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Blackpencilninja Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Kirk looked alil cooler in his pic
just a little
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: I know what you mean - I think that might be because it's easier to imagine Kirk showing up and shooting everything in sight just to get a kiss from a scantily-clad female! Solo looks a bit more apologetic - but that seems to be the look on Harrison Ford's face a lot of the time!
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HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I know, I was surprised when I heard about it in the Papers and on CNN


Hehehe, I think Uhura would like him...Maybe XD
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: of course she likes him - he just saved her!
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HanakoFairhall Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
XD!!!
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FireballStardraco Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Nothing beats a blaster at your side :D.

Good job on this and you've really captured both Han Solo and Uhura truly well, specially for a first time in drawing her.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much. I was surprised at how relatively easy it was to draw a reasonable likeness of Uhura - I think it's because, like Solo, she has strong, distinctive facial features. Although I couldn't figure out what was going on with her hairstyle from any of the images I looked at of her back in the '60s! :lol:
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xiao168 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Star Wars FTW!
Great work mate!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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xiao168 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
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