Glen Brogan is an illustrator whose work consists of pop-culture drawings and apparel designs that have been featured worldwide in gallery shows, websites, magazines and art books. He has collaborated with such organizations/brands as Sesame Street, Marvel, The Walking Dead, Syfy, NASA, Laika and Cartoon Network. His pieces have been displayed at Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles), Bottleneck Gallery (New York) and Le Flaq Gallery (Paris).
Brogan got in trouble at school drawing cartoons all day, but he’s had the last laugh. It’s how he makes his living now. “To me, fun is what art is about, pure and simple,” he has said. “I do it because I love it. Nobody should tell you why, how, or what is the right way for you to be happy creating what you want.”
He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
In creating your artwork for the exhibition, what was your inspiration?
My main inspiration was the design of the bridge itself. I really love the aesthetic of the control panels and displays, as well as the colors. I really wanted to emphasize how cool I think those designs are.
What excited you most about the opportunity to get involved in this Star Trek 50th anniversary art project?
Star Trek is an undeniably huge part of our pop culture, loved and respected greatly by so many people and spanning multiple generations of fans, so I can’t think of a reason not to be excited about being a part of this project! I’m honored!
What else about your piece do you think Star Trek fans should know?
I mostly tried to have fun making this piece, so if any consoles or buttons are out of place, please don’t hold it against me!
What made you choose a “looking down” view?
I think I finally settled on that look after seeing images of Star Trek toys. I really liked the open, looking-down view, which is sort of like a playset.