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Star Trek redesigns by thundercake Star Trek redesigns by thundercake
I guess this is fanart? My friend ~carcadann and I were watching Star Trek DS9 and I was thinking how all the aliens look basically like humans with makeup, and what they would look like if ST could have played around with the bone structure and design a bit more. So I did some little speedpaints of how I think they'd look.

This is sure to piss off some Trekkie but I had fun doing different takes on the aliens =p Apart from these little portraits I've been working on body designs.

These are kinda semi-based off the characters, but they turned into more general portraits of the alien races.

1. Bajoran - this one's definitely meant to be Kira =p They're really spiritual and they have a warm cast to their design so I tried making them look a bit more ethereal, very long and spindly with pink eyes, and I pushed the ears a bit more. Also gave them four arms in the body design. :D
2. Trill - major changes here. I hated how Trills were so completely different physiologically speaking (they have a symbiont inside of them) yet they look like humans with a little jaguar facepaint - boring. So I...did this. The third eye is supposed to be the symbiont eye, and in unjoined Trills this eye is closed. Also gave them tails.
3. Changeling/Odo... Odo based his own form off the form of a Bajoran scientist, so I made him slightly look more Bajoran and took away his hair - that hair looks AWFUL, odo!
4. Ferengi - their design is already great. I just pushed it a bit.. I did a body design for most of these, and the Ferengi body is more changed than the head design, but I thought I'd do a painting anyway.
5. Klingon - brought the cheek bones up around the eyes, tried to give him a more feral look with all-black eyes and more beard. My body design for the Klingons is a lot bigger and beefier than the real one.
6. Cardassian - my favorite star trek race.. I just played with the bones a bit. Their bodies will be extremely top-heavy.

I just finished up this set today as part of my warm-up.. but today is a work day, I have to make up for my sick days -_-
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are pretty awesome redesigns. I like that the trills get a third eye. :)
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justaspectater Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
everyone except the Gem'Had- i mean Cardassian looks great.
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pianogirl2637 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I absolutely love these redesigns. I know the really couldn't do much with the alien races but yeah... I would have loved the show even more if they had used designs like these. Great job! 
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Mainframe110 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love love love the Trill design! And clever what you did with Odo; I hated how they gave all the changelings the same features as Odo, even though his looks he developed himself.
Great stuff :)
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nonangel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
I'm trekkie and I like that! Thank you for having this unusuall but quite natural look at this issue.
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Euel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
No objections from this Trekkie!  I'd always wished that the aliens in TV and movie SF were more, "alien".  The ST:TNG episode "The Chase" explained the mutual origin of all sentient life in the Galaxy, however, which is good for me, because I can render ST aliens as modified Poser figures.  Love this, looking forward to the body designs...
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually thought of a good redesign for the Andorians, Due to the fact that they have Antennae, they could be redesigned to look more insectoid than humanoid. What do you think?
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SpiderTrekfan616 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an idea regarding when Odo is a Solid between "Broken Link" and "The Begotten", During that period he starts growing hair on his head and by the time he's given back his abilities he starts experimenting with his hair based off of the people around him before finally settling on his initial bald look.
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three-planes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really digging the Klingon and Bajoran redesigns.
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The Ferengi is freaking me out; he looks like he wants to eat me! :frightened: 
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BloodLily16 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, I want a rewrite of some of the episodes with these guys.
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ChrystalK114 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Impressive designs. I like it! Especially the Bajorin!
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N-spired-Void Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
the only objections i have is the 3rd eye of the trill and the coloring of the cardassian (gray, which i think should be reserved for the Jem Hadar), but other than that, very Very Nice.

Cant wait to see full-body designs, as well as the re-designs of other trek races. :D
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jappleseed12 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Really like the Trill and the Bajoran redesign!
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What-the-Gaff Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. Why didn't the modern Star Trek series do things more like this? Budget constraints? Did it even occur to them?

No Vulcans I see. No issue with them, I guess?
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TsukiMizu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
This is so cool!  I love your redesigns!!  Especially for the the Trill and Ferengi!  I'd love to see the full body designs as well!  :D
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GSnail Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
I wanted to do something like this for some other ST species. I am now much moe compelled to do so.
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jms61899 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... i thought lt dax was accualy a quit pretty concitering shes a old man and everything what do u mean boring?
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jms61899 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh and its otto
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jms61899 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
other than that gret job XD i love the ferangi one and yes im a bit of a trekky sorry
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Khyrid Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love the Ferengi!
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zambingo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
The less Human-With-A--New-Forehead the better! I love these.
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Letalis572 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
These are really cool! More like how they'd look in "real" life vs a tv show. If Star Trek was Star Wars, ie only six episodes with millions to spend on each one, i'm sure there would have been more non-humanoid aliens.
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peachsynapse Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I LOVE this. I'd be fascinated to see what humans look like, in your interpretation - so there'd be a baseline!

Love that symbiont eye.
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KingdomofKara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Photographer
I'm a huge Trek fan, and I honestly love your innovation.
The only issues I've ever had with aliens (and they're really my favorite part of all the series) is the fact that they all really do just look like mutated humans. Which you can (blah blah blah) back to the seed theory in TOS... but yeah...

I love these designs! They all look fantastic, wonderful work. ^^
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iWANTmyINNOCENCEback Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are amazing any chance you'll do the bodies/more species' ?
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XyndnyAlpha Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DONT YOU DARE GO OVER AND WATCH TNG BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO YOU WILL FEEL INSPIRED TO CHANGE DATA'S APEARENCE AND YOU DONT WANT THE DATA FAN GIRLS KILLING YOU!!! DATA WAS CREATED BY A HUMAN TO LOOK HUMAN! BRENT SPINER IS SEXY!!!!!!!!

Kira looks great :3
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ChrystalK114 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think she could...well, it's not that she can't it's just that I don't think she would. Brent Spiner played him well, and because of that, I think Data's safe. I'm a big Data fangirl, so you can trust me. :)
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XyndnyAlpha Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*sigh of relief * ok...... lol
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ChrystalK114 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;)
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TallysGreatestFan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Yes, Datas design don't needs to be changed, its perfect. The only thing one could do would be to make his skin more plastic-like, like Vision from Avengers, just in silverish-gilden-white, but that would'nt change anything of his apearance.
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Comedic44 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dax and Quark would scare me senseless now... Odo will scare me no matter how he looks.

Wonderful work!
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thefirstfleet Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Great redesigns!

That Ferengi is pure nightmare inducer, btw :D
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
I really like the designs you made, they really help define the character of the aliens. I'm a big fan of the Bajoran's innocent Bambi eyes and the rough looking Klingon!
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KaptynQerq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love love love the Trill and Klingon!
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geekpalace Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012   Filmographer
This trekkie is totally not pissed off. LOVE <3
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kiana7w Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Very nice and original!
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PontiacTempest Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Yup. This is how the non human races should have looked, if not for budget and time constraints inherent in TV series production.

Hopefully, we will see improved alien design in future ST movies.
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Xenoarchon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Wow I absolutely love this! I'm loving the hell out of that klingon and ferengi. The Changeling is creepy looking but in a good way. The Bajroan still looks more like a human, but I like the fact that you did'nt go to far on the design. This is all more realistic depictions but at the same time is all keeping true to the series. I think this would be approved by many star trek fans. I know I do! Are you planning on doing anymore? It would be interesting to see your version of a Betazoid. Anyway fav!
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PotatoOni Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great.
Makes the races more believable.
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dream-chylde Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Really cool designs. They seem very fitting for the different species.
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Skull-the-Kid Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Great idea and realization! I always tought myself that most of those designs aren't alien enough for my tastes because of the makeup limits.
You've pushed the limits of the original designs without going too far, brilliant work!
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Sorcery-Trek Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
THAT TRILL IS PERFECT LOOKING! I'D MUCH PREFER THAT THAN THE OTHER ONE!
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Thorrson Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I am lovin' that Klingon.
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Jeradia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Its kinda funny that when i looked at the redesigned heads and started imagining what their bodies could look like i immediately imagined the Bajoran as being short, slightly hunched over, with a tail and the Trill as tall and spindly with four arms. Then i read your descriptions for what their bodies would look like and saw you had it the other way round :P

Not sure if its already been mentioned but in a random bit of trivia the shape of the head and shoulders on your redesigned cardassian looks quite similar to one of the early concept designs for Odo.

Anyhow i love these hopefully your inclined to draw more :)
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RobPMFF Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your take on these. Very creative. The Trill's third eye is a great detail.
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zodiacspothole Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are great! I really like the one of Kira, you did an excellent job with that. I'm not the biggest fan of the Ferengi one, I think Star Trek did a pretty good job as far as making them look less like just people - better than most of their races at least. But, your take on it is still interesting! I really really love the bottom two.
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Pavender Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just recently started watching DS9, and I think these are really cool! :D
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Did you allready upload the body-versions? I like this piece, and Iīm sure the body-versions are great too, but I didīnt find them in your gallery.
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jossujb Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is beyond great! I like how all of them turned out, even though I love Trek, they have tendency to do aliens with weird forheads and et cetera. Totally loved the new desing for Trill, that's how they should be done, if they tried to be cool.
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