If you haven’t yet seen J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, there will be some spoilers in the following few paragraphs.
The Klingon home world and the red planet of Niburu play important roles in Star Trek Into Darkness. That scene of Kirk (Chris Pine) and Bones (Karl Urban) sprinting through the red forest was in pretty much every trailer and TV spot leading up to the release of the film. And Klingons are a key piece of the Trek universe, and their home planet, Qo’nos, also plays a pivotal role in Abrams’ sequel. Artist Andrea Dopaso worked on Into Darkess, helping with the conception and creation of these two worlds, and here are some more cool pieces of concept art from both.
Dopaso has worked on films such as Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, and Oz: the Great and Powerful. She contributed ideas for the vegetation of the red planet. And while the designers went after warm, almost inviting feel for Niburu, which you can see from the paintings, the Klingon homeworld was a different beast entirely.
They were looking to create “a planet devastated not only by continuous war, but the nature of the planet itself, consumed by toxic eruptions and chemicals spills of all sorts. This created a miserable condition for the life of its inhabitants.” The look is so much darker and more harsh, a perfect reflection of the brutal, warlike people who inhabit the surface of the planet.