Doug Drexler is an Academy Award, BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning designer, makeup artist and illustrator. With over 50 films and television series to his credit, Doug is one of the most accomplished designers in the industry. While studying at the celebrated Art Students League in the 1970s, he operated a small Star Trek themed store in Manhattan called “The Federation Trading Post.” The store quickly became a focal point for Star Trek media inquiries, and led to Doug to authoring the USS Enterprise Officer’s Manual, the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, the Gold Key Star Trek comics, and, most famously, The Star Trek Poster Book, the first publication of its kind.
Doug broke into the film business working with makeup godfather Dick Smith on the Tony Scott cult classic, The Hunger. While living in New York he began working as a makeup artist on films such as C.H.U.D., Starman, Amityville Horror, Year of the Dragon, Heartburn, Manhunter and F/X. Doug was soon imported to the west coast by legendary producer, actor, and director Warren Beatty, creating makeup designs for Dick Tracy. Tracy was recognized with an Academy Award, a BAFTA (British Academy Award) and a Saturn. After Tracy, Doug moved into the television arena, where he garnered eight Primetime Emmy nominations for makeup and visual effects, winning twice for Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica, plus a Visual Effects Society Award, and a Peabody Award.
Doug spent nearly two decades with the Star Trek franchise as a makeup artist, visual effects artist, and designer on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, five Trek feature films, including the Director’s Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. He also served as a technical consultant for the remastering of The Original Series and The Next Generation, and was appointed to the Smithsonian’s blue-ribbon panel overseeing the restoration of the original 11-foot Enterprise studio model for the National Air and Space Museum, which was deemed a National Treasure.
In the publishing world, Doug illustrated The Star Trek Encyclopedia, Star Trek Science Logs, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual. He has edited the best-selling Ships of the Line calendar for Simon & Schuster for the past twenty years, while serving as a Trek book cover artist as well for Simon & Schuster.
Doug’s recent works television work includes Beyond, High School Musical, and Good Trouble. Notably he also has several virtual reality projects currently in development. Doug regularly attends conventions around the world. Doug and his wife Dorothy live in Los Angeles. You can view a collection of his works on ArtStation (https://www.artstation.com/doug_drex_drexler).