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Star Trek Discovery - Starfleet Uniforms by Rekkert Star Trek Discovery - Starfleet Uniforms by Rekkert
I don't know you, but I really like the uniforms for Star Trek Discovery, very retro-futuristic in my opinion. I'm not that keen on the rank insignias, they're pretty hard to see, even in HD.

Some ranks are conjectural at this point, and the lower part of the uniform might be different somewhat, I'll do any correction this might need once we have more footage.

EDIT: Modified the side pattern to delta shapes
EDIT2: Changed the uniform to a two piece design, added pockets, made the division colors "metalic" via reflections, and changed the operations color slightly to be more in line with the real thing
EDIT3: Changed the command uniform to also have 5 color stripes around the shoulders, also changed the font and modified the layout a bit, and added some reflections to the rank combadges
EDIT4: Added the two new uniforms displayed at SDCC
EDIT5: Little revision to replace the 'enlisted' combadge with the 'cadet' design shown on behind the scenes footage
EDIT6: Added the Admiral insignia and uniform

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:icontaiya001:
Taiya001 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loving your reference works and so super helpful to those whom are unclear
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Taiya001 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) Your welcome.
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TMNTDiena Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
thank you this is great and it'll help me better ID each character/division
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darklord86 Featured By Owner May 29, 2018
I really like these!
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it's helpful! :D
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
Any word on if they are doing enlisted grades?
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
They haven't showed up yet but I hope they do.
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daviddye Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
Excellent work!

It's rather hard to actually see the color differences on-screen, but on a chart like this one the differences become a lot more apparent. It's almost like a halfway between ENT and TOS in terms of Uniform design -- or, if it's in the Kelvinverse, a continuation of the uniforms on the Franklin towards the style of the 2009 movie series.
Especially the boots and the other 'small details', it seems the DSC team has outdone themselves this time. 

I like it. Good post!
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Indeed you can see the evolution from Enterprise towards TOS, and there's just so many details on the uniforms! Other than the lack of a clear rank insignia, I love them.
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daviddye Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
My only complaint is not making the departments more obvious. You can kind of see it, but with all the lens flares and dutch angles DSC has now it's rather hard to tell silver from almost-but-not-quite silver. ;)
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Rekkert Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I found the silver easy to see, but the gold and copper are very easy to mix up.
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Firevalkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It was in The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before, too. That's why they changed to the easily-distinguishable gold/blue/red color scheme for the remainder of TOS.
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MajicWalrus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Now you gotta update again with the Flag Officer's Starfleet Delta. :D
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, I'll add it soon :D
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MajicWalrus Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
I really like the Discovery uniforms.  My biggest complaint is that the rank.  A version with rank insignia on the sleeve following the TOS convention I think would be a lot better. 
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Rekkert Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I agree completely, some rank insignia on the sleeve or sholuders would've made these perfect.
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Setsu-san Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Student Artist
I just am not impressed. The coloration for the divisions makes it really hard to determine what division they are in from more than a small distance and having the "pips" on the badges makes me angry (never been a fan of the pips in the first place but putting them on the badges just does double duty of making it hard to tell what a persons rank is unless you are right in front of them.
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Rekkert Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I agree with both of your points, the rank pips on the insignia are imposible to see in 90% of the situations, and both rank and division are unreadable in dark environments.

I love the design itself of the uniforms, but those details keep it from being perfect.
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Firevalkyrie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, if we look at The Cage, there are no distinctions in officer rank whatsoever on the uniforms - there are uniforms with a broken stripe on the sleeve (which are presumed to be enlisted uniforms) and uniforms with a solid stripe on the sleeves (the majority of characters addressed as officers). WNMHGB adds a distinction of two stripes for the rank of Captain, all other officer uniforms use the single sleeve stripe. The striped-sleeve rank insignia system seems to have disappeared entirely between the 2230s and 2265 when the TOS-style uniform comes into use (also of interest, pips and stripes alternate ascendence in ranking schemes until the late 2270s when the distinctive rank pins come into use and remain in use until the reintroduction of pips in the 2350s, whereupon pips remain in use for at least the next 60 years).
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mirage2000 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
Cool!
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner May 28, 2017
Very interesting!
The subtle "epaulets" on the CO's tunic is both modern and classic.
The "steel-toed boots" suggestion of the several department colors also is clever.
If the rank seems too small and subtle, enlarge the array so it fills more space of the vector up towards that unique "wrinkle". keeping that bottommost dot within the squeezed-space of that bottom taper can dictated the size of the rank relative to the emblem.
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Nhlaqgor Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Although these uniforms look quite nice, they don't look very Star Trek to me. (Which isn't meant disrespectful to your work, of course)
As others said, ranks are hard to distinguish and the uniforms themselves don't look very appealing to me.

Anyway, i'm just not that hyped about the new upcoming series.
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's certainly very different, but I love the way they look (though I agree on the ranks, they should also have stripes to denote rank or something like that).
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Nhlaqgor Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
To be honest, i haven't seen enough to be avble to say, i "love" them. But they just don't look very Trekk-ish to me. Maybe they would be fine for another sci-fi series/universe, but Star Trek? I'm not sure about it.

But on the other hand i could be totally wrong, of course.I'm just stating my personal opinion here.
Maybe in a couple of years when (if) i have seen a couple of seasons of ST:Discovery, i'll like them, i don't know now.
As i previously said, i find it hard to get hyped about ST:D right now, mostly because i find nothing about it that would interest me at all.
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm cautiously optimistic, but we'll have to wait till the end of the year to find out!
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anno78 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
I look at these uniforms and immediately think JJ-Verse.  In fact the whole show looks to be highly influenced by the recent films.

The show is supposed to be set in the Prime Timeline, ten years before Kirk, Spock, AND the Enterprise in 2255.  Yet in 2254 the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, under the command of Capt. Christopher Pike (with Spock on board), was at Talos IV (The Cage).  And the uniforms above don't look anything like the uniforms the Enterprise crew were wearing, uniforms already established to be in use by ALL of Starfleet.

Plus why are the Discovery characters wearing the Enterprise's insignia?  Until 2269 each ship and Starbase had its own unique insignia, and Starfleet adopted the arrow head in honour of Kirk's historic five year mission!
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Remember that the USS Kelvin seen in the JJ films is from the prime universe, (as it was commissioned before Nero changed the timeline), so the fact that they took inspirations from that ship and uniform style is pretty much expected.


As for the "Enterprise" insignia, it was never that. As Christopher L. Bennett (author of the Rise of the Federation saga of novels, which used the arrowhead as Starfleet's logo since 2161 see: christopherlbennett.files.word… ) says:

"The Starfleet arrowhead was established as a UESPA insignia in VGR: “Friendship One,” where a sideways version of it was the UESPA logo on a probe launched in the 2060s. The enlisted rating insignias on ENT also included a tiny version of the arrowhead. Many fans used to believe the arrowhead was exclusive to Kirk’s Enterprise prior to ST:TMP and was adopted fleetwide to honor that ship, but this ignores the fact that TOS: “Court-martial,” “The Menagerie,” and “The Tholian Web” all depict non-Enterprise personnel wearing the arrowhead on their uniforms (although it’s hard to see in the last case, and ENT: “In a Mirror, Darkly” conflicted with it by giving the Defiant uniforms a different insignia). According to a 1967 memo by associate producer Bob Justman, Gene Roddenberry intended all starship personnel to wear the same insignia, and the use of different ship insignias for other starships of the Enterprise’s class in episodes such as “The Doomsday Machine” and “The Omega Glory” were production errors. The distinct insignia used for the Antares in “Charlie X” (which I have interpreted here as the Tellar Space Administration logo) was meant to represent the merchant marine."
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:iconanno78:
anno78 Featured By Owner Edited May 21, 2017
The new Trek Encyclopedia, plus the Star Trek Chronology (which was created for the writers to use as a reference), state that the plain Arrow Head insignia was the Enterprise's emblem. This insignia could have been a logical continuation of what came before.

The costume designers did indeed make errors when creating the other emblems, but this was actually seized upon by the writers and made canon, making each ship and Starbase more unique.  The arrow head does appear on other uniforms, but as part of a larger design.

Despite what the writers say, Discovery is either set in the JJ-Verse, or another timeline (how else do you explain the redesigned Klingons, and the viewscreen window?).

As for the Kelvin, the technology doesn't match up to the Prime Universe (for one the viewscreen being an actual window).  I  also believe that Nero and Spock emerged into the past of an alternate timeline, and that they are themselves in fact from ANOTHER alternate timeline.
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Firevalkyrie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Because of course, what could the writers of the show possibly know about the show they themselves are actually writing?
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anno78 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017
This was why the two books were originally created, using information from the episodes and films.  They were the writers "Bibles of Established Canon", and weren't originally meant for public view.

Enterprise altered things by introducing a previously unheard of starship called Enterprise (Kirk's ship was the first Starfleet starship to bear the name), and by also bringing in the Klingons and Romulans earlier than already had been established in previous episodes of TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY.  They also brought in the Ferengi despite what had been revealed in the TNG episode "The Last Episode" (a virtually unknown race), and used the Borg despite a short story that saw Temporal Agents remove ALL future tech from 2161.

I believe the events if the Temporal Cold War altered history, and plan to rectify things in my Lost Stars collaboration.  A Starfleet ship is arriving from the future, and no one onboard has heard of Captain Archer or the NX-01.  History is about to be set straight.

And I'm ignoring Discovery.  I've seen a few episodes (time I can't get back), and it's blatantly NOT Prime Universe.
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TheShepster Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done, however, what about that alternate uniform style that can be seen on two female crewmembers? ;)
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm still not sure they're not just the regular uniform with the sleeves rolled up. Once there's more footage available I'll add them if they're a true variant.
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DMMACB Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
totally in love with them
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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CasimusPrime Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Is it bad I want a costume t-shirt of the captain's uniform?
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:iconrekkert:
Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You and me both!
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CasimusPrime Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
I've been a Trekkie since the '09 movie came out and I've always identified myself as a captain, but alas, I have no shirt to show my rank.
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Edited May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Personally, I can't stand how every new Star Trek uniform since "Voyager" makes the department color and rank insignia harder and harder to see and have the uniform be 90% dark grey, black, or dark blue.

At the very least, rank insignia should be easy to see because it could be very important during a tense mission or a red alert. You shouldn't have to spend more than half a second to determine a person's rank. It's not very efficient for any military branch to be vague about rank and department.
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, like I said, I'm not that much of a fan on the ranks, very hard to see.
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oxaliplatino Featured By Owner May 19, 2017
Great very interesting
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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slybrarian Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! Glad to see people jumping on the fanart already. 
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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Scarecrovv Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work.

A couple of things I noticed while studying the trailer for my mini-maker;
The top half is a separate piece like a jacket. The trousers also have a zipper at the front.
They have what appear to be zippered pockets on the thighs too. It took me a while to figure out as I couldn't tell if it was part of the the leg stripe or not but they are definitely separate.
The captain's shoulder pads has fine gold stripes.
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's pretty hard to make out from the shots we have right now, once a second trailer is out I'm sure all the details will become a lot more clear.
As for the captain's shoulder gold stripes, they're already there on the image.
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Scarecrovv Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I could see the Captain's stripes once I'd zoomed in enough :/

I have a load of high-def screengrabs from the trailer and a decent publicity still too. I've attached a crop that clearly shows the thigh zippers (or whatever they are), the fly and the bottom edge of the jacket. In the closeup you can clearly see the overly assymetric collar too.

UnifromRef by Scarecrovv  
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Rekkert Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh, thanks! I thought that pocket on the leg was just decoration, and yeah they're clearly two pieces. I believe the bottom part is more than just trousers, probably an overall with short sleeves, and it's what we see one crewman using in the corridor shot. I'll try and modify the image when I have the time. :D

As for the asymmetric collar, it's also already there haha.
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Scarecrovv Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I think you're right. That woman in the science uniform right of centre with the band across the back of her waist. That was driving me nuts for a while because I couldn't see if anyone else had that but I agree, I think it's what's under the jacket. It looks like a continuation of the panels we can see on the front that align with the underarm panels on the jacket.
Unless that's an enlisted one-piece jumpsuit like the ones in the early Trek movies.
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