Star Trek/Green Lantern Artist Angel Hernandez opens up about the space-faring epic!
Who are your big artistic influences?
I could not talk about any specific influences but rather about the many authors who over time serve as a reference in different aspects of the work itself. I believe everything you’ve read, in one way or another influences you, or gives you solutions to each project you are developing. From Kirby to Reis, or Altuna to Ortiz, or Mignola to Mazzucchelli through Steranko or Moebius. From each author, big or small, you learn a lot.
Did you grow up as a fan of both Star Trek and Green Lantern?
When I was a child, I really enjoyed watching classic films on the weekends, and then I stopped following the franchise for a while because where I lived it didn’t air until the new versions by JJ Abrams arrived. Regarding Green Lantern, he is a character who has always attracted me. He has a very rich universe that is ideal to let your imagination fly. For me this a is a great opportunity to enjoy two of the richest universes in the industry.
What specific books or movies did you look at when developing your style for the series?
In order to place the action I watched (several times) the new Star Trek films. They have everything you need, the environment, the light, and the visual tone. And certainly, I worked on some scenes while I was listening to the soundtrack of Michael Giacchino.
There’s a lot of large-scale cosmic action happening in this book. How do you approach these big scenes…one character at a time, or broad strokes that narrow down?
Yes, there are many space battles where ships, flying characters, beams of lights, etc. are involved and I’ve tried to show the scale of all the elements as well perceived and as credible as possible. I even looked for references in classic pictures of naval battles. I hope I’ve managed to transmit that feeling of chaos and cosmic light in those scenes.
What do you find most rewarding working on this book?
It is very gratifying to draw many different characters from both franchises. I have not had time to get bored on any page. I have to say that to have the opportunity to participate in this crossover is a real luxury for any artist.
What alien species has been your favorite to draw so far? Which Lantern?
From Star Trek my favourite alien specie are the Gorns. We have given them a new shape for this project and I am very pleased with the result. In relation to the Lanterns, I admit I have a soft spot for Sinestro, I like his aspect, his attitude … He is my favourite Lantern.
Who do you think the crew of the Enterprise should crossover with next?
A meeting between the Enterprise and the Alien Nostromo would be something very interesting of seeing. I think Bones would have a lot of work.
What can you say about your colorist, Alejandro?
I am really lucky to work with him on this project; it is a luxury for me. We have worked on several projects together and the results have always been good. We have very good communication and we understand each other very well, which adds up a lot to the final result. For me it is a real pleasure to work with someone as talented as him.
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