Star Trek artist Keith Birdsong

In Memoriam: Star Trek artist Keith Birdsong

Star Trek artist Keith Birdsong
Star Trek artist Keith Birdsong

There have been a number of tributes to acclaimed Star Trek artist Keith Birdsong, renowned for his photorealistic renderings of Star Trek actors, who passed away on 4th June 4 2019, the result of injuries sustained in an earlier car crash. He was 59.

An army veteran, Birdsong created the covers for more than 30 Star Trek novels, including Sarek, All Good Things…, Q-Squared, Time’s Enemy and The Final Fury, as well as for the reference book, Star Trek Chronology: The History of the Future.

Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: The Better Man
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: The Better Man
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: Ghost Walker
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: Ghost Walker
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: Shell Game
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: Shell Game
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: Death Count
Art by Keith Birdsong for Star Trek: Death Count

He also painted portraits of Kirk, Spock and McCoy for the postal envelopes commissioned to celebrate Star Trek‘s 25th anniversary and, for years, painted many pieces displayed and sold by Lightspeed Fine Art at Star Trek Las Vegas and elsewhere.

Star Trek - The Five Captains Trading Places  by Keith Birdsong
Star Trek – The Five Captains Trading Places by Keith Birdsong

In 2018, Birdsong suffered a stroke that resulted in memory loss and impaired vision. Although he was told he probably wouldn’t draw again, Birdsong’s vision began improving and he was able to resume his illustrative pastime.

Our sympathies to family and friends at this time.

• Keith Birdsong 14th July 1959 – 4th June 2019 | Services are scheduled at 2.00pm 14th June — a month before what would have been his 60th birthday — at Christian Chapel in Muskogee, 4043, Chandler Road

WEB LINKS

Scoop! encompasses Keith Birdsong’s wider career as an artist

Tribute on StarTrek.com

Keith Birdsong work on ArtNet

 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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