STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Concept Art for U.S.S. Vengeance Phaser and Unused Red Planet Props by John Eaves

Check out Star Trek Into Darkness concept art by John Eaves!

I was actually planning to review the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-Ray, but my digital copy code from BestBuy isn't working (Thanks Best Buy!).

So, while they try and figure that out, I decided to share some concept art for the film from one of my favorite designers: John Eaves.

Eaves is a professional designer and illustrator who's worked on many Star Trek franchise products like Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and big-budget films like Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009).

In an article on he talks about working on the film and shared some of his designs. I'm not going to share the whole article (which is awesome) but I will share some highlights.

Check out the highlights and the rest of the images after the jump (click to enlarge).

He talks a lot about workin gon the film with other great designers like Ryan Church, James Clyne, Kevin Cross and Chris S. Ross as well as others. Eaves also talks about the secrecy while working on the film saying they never got the script. They were given coded descriptions and character names and had to "work hard to pull out any details to make the drawings work."

Eaves says, "For example, I was working on some props for a character named April. Later, when the film opened, we found out that April was… Khan. It was funny working on a film and not knowing much more than what was immediately important to what you were specifically designing. So, with that said I was off to research dart guns and a host of other primitive weapons and give them a bit of a Star Trek twist."

In another part of the article he talks about designing props for the film. "Almost as soon as I started to put pencil to paper I was asked to start working on the new Dark Enterprise hand phaser." Eaves recalled, "The early designs were based on a handyman’s all-in-one pocket tool that had inspired Scott's imagination.

"Most of the time there is more work generated that gets shelved than what finally makes it to the screen. That's what I love most about being in an art department, getting the chance to see all the work that paves the road to the final film. So, without any more babble, here are some of the designs for the alien props and the first pass of the Dark Enterprise hand phaser." - Eaves

Make sure you head over to read the rest of John Eaves interview "Designing for Darkness."

Learn more about John Eaves' work (and pin-up girls) at

Click on the links if you want to see more of John Eaves' concept art and Star Trek Into Darkness on my blog.

What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Star Trek Into Darkness what did you think?

Official Star Trek Into Darkness Synopsis
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Pioneering director J.J. Abrams delivers the explosive action thriller Star Trek Into Darkness, following on from the international box office success of Star Trek in 2009. Featuring a stellar cast including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Karl Urban, Alice Eve, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Bruce Greenwood, Noel Clarke and Peter Weller.

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Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Weller

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