Picard's space station painting

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by Mojomoe, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. Mojomoe

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    Heya folks -

    I'm hoping to crowdsource some info.

    The painting that Picard has in his quarters - you know, the one of the space station hovering above a planet that is sitting behind his desk? I know it's a Sternbach. I'm hoping to make a print of it for my son's room, but I need a high-res capture to work from.

    Can anyone think of an episode where it might have been in full focus? I can think of a few, like Pen Pals, that have a portion of it clearly in focus, but I'm blanking on episodes that show it clearly, so I'm relying on your encyclopedic knowledge of every frame of TNG.

    Help a fella out!

    Thanks.
     
  2. bigglesworth

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  3. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    @Rick Sternbach has been known to post here. If anyone knows about getting a print of his work....
     
  4. Mojomoe

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    ^ that would be amazing. Rick, if you're out there, I'd love some info...

    Until then, all I have is snippets I might be able to piece a high res together from. For example, this one:

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    ...from The Battle has a relatively clear section. Can anyone think of other scenes from throughout TNG that might show it clearly?
     
  5. Mutai Sho-Rin

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    Bigglesworth posted it above.
     
  6. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Admiral Premium Member

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    That image enlarged to 32" x 24" isn't pretty. Maybe Rick sells full size repros.
     
  7. Galaxy

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    Who now owns the original?
     
  8. Ar-Pharazon

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    I would guess either Rick or Paramount, unless it was sold at auction or some production person made off with it.
     
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  11. Tenacity

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    ^ Have you considered that the painting might not have been rendered in fine detail to start with?

    It's called a soft focus technique.
     
  12. Tosk

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    Even if so, the painting is much higher quality than those pics. Looks how much better it looks in the TNG cap.
     
  13. Forbin

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    You have to say Rick's name three times to get him to appear.
    Rick Sterbach Rick Sterbach Rick Sterbach!
     
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  14. Ar-Pharazon

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    Exactly what I was saying, but I didn't know the proper term. I don't really know how big a picture the OP wants, but enlarging anything we can find on the internet isn't going to work.
     
  15. bigglesworth

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    It sounds like about 3' x 2' based on the dimensions @Mojomoe gave earlier. At 60dpi, that would be 2160 x 1440 px. I'm not sure that screencaps are going to work. If @Rick Sternbach is still here, he's the best one to help. It is an amazing painting.
     
  16. Mojomoe

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    I'm a concept artist and digital painter by trade, so my goal would be to find some high-res caps and recreate the piece.

    Ideally, for a print we'd be talking at least 24"x36", minimum 300dpi, max of 600dpi.

    I should add that my goal is not at all to infringe on Rick's amazing work. To be honest, I'm amazed there isn't already a recreation out there like there is of the Enterprise painting in Picard's ready room (which I had as a kid, lol). My 3 year old is already a huge TNG fan, and I'd love to have this hanging in his room.
     
  17. Rick Sternbach

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    I wish I had something positive to contribute, but I can't find any snaps of the painting in my files. I believe this was back in the dim reaches of the past when all I had to make images was my Nikon F2 35mm film camera. I did the painting as a bit of a tip o' the hat to Bob McCall, worked on it until like 4 in the morning, snapped a few pix, delivered it to the set decorator folks, and went home to snooze for a while. I've looked through my slide files but nothing so far.

    Rick
     
  18. Mojomoe

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    Rick -

    Hey man, much thanks for looking. It's interesting to hear the story behind this - any inclination people would still be discussing that 4am painting all these years later? I would assume not.

    One artist to another, would you be offended if I did a recreation to hang on my son's wall?
     
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  20. Nakita Akita

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    I'm not even that much of a Trek geek but those are awsome. I'd totally have those on the wall in my living room !