Lower Decks Character Concept Art

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Lower Decks' started by Tuskin38, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. Tuskin38

    Tuskin38 Admiral Admiral

    Jul 24, 2011
  2. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

    Jul 10, 2007
    Aloha Quadrant
    Those are so great to see, thank you! This show definitely needs a comprehensive art book at some point to chart the development of the production. It‘s so interesting to see these earlier versions of the character designs. How early they seemed to have nailed some characters (like Boimler) and how many iterations some seem to have gone through (like Tendi and Mariner).
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  3. Markonian

    Markonian Fleet Admiral Moderator

    Jun 2, 2012
    Derbyshire, UK
    Wow, that's amazing to see!
    Somebody needs to update Memory Alpha with this gold mine.
  4. F. King Daniel

    F. King Daniel Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    King Daniel Beyond
    Loving this. Early Purple alien Shaxs (or Xax) is something else. I wonder if that design has found it's way into the background of any episodes yet?

    I definitely prefer the art style and designs they finally went with. But I find it fascinating the uniforms were essentially finalised before the characters, aside from switching from shoes to boots.
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  5. thribs

    thribs Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 23, 2017
    Looks like Boilmer was always planned to look like Fry and Leela’s kid. :)
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  6. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

    Jul 10, 2007
    Aloha Quadrant
    So many interesting things to discover in this! Like, did you notice that in all sketches Mariner is the only Lower Decker that's actually an Ensign, while all the others are full Lieutenants? Mariner's rolled up sleeves as well as Tendi's undercut are there right from the beginning. The uniforms, while pretty close to what they ended up with on the show in the later version, have a weird break in the white line where the commbadge is attached. And I wonder if the drastic changes on the character models for Ransom, Mariner and Rutherford happened when their respective voice actors were cast, because almost none of them look anything like the actors.
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  7. Hawku

    Hawku Captain Captain

    Nov 7, 2005
    Ontario, Canada
    Love this.
  8. Mark_Nguyen

    Mark_Nguyen Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 24, 2006
    Calgary, Alberta
    Neat! I suspect "Xax" got a name change because of an existing copyright or other character. There are a couple characters named Xax in the Green Lantern Corps.

    I can definitely see them changing assorted characters to better match their voice actors. But it's pretty clear the vision from the start was largely maintained at least for the four main characters. the rank choice is interesting, but busting everyone to Ensign makes more sense because otherwise everyone would be deferring to Mariner despite the rank difference, which would have gotten old pretty quick.

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  9. Orphalesion

    Orphalesion Commodore Commodore

    Oct 19, 2014
    They might have always intended for him to be pronounced "Shax" since in some systems/languages "X" symbolises a "Sh" sound.
    Maybe they just updated the spelling to make it more intuitive.
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  10. WarpTenLizard

    WarpTenLizard Captain Captain

    Mar 7, 2015
    Planet Spaceball
    I LOVE concept art, and I have no idea why it never occurred to me not to look up the concept art for "Lower Decks." Thanks so much for this!
  11. danellis

    danellis Captain Captain

    Mar 15, 2010
    I spotted that too. I have alternate-universe images in my head of them all starting as lieutenants, and the pilot involves her deliberately getting herself knocked down.