Imagine if your job let you draw Star Wars characters by day and Marvel characters by night? Erin Lefler is living that dream as an official Lucasfilm artist, whose work can be found on Star Wars merchandise, as well as character designs, and concept art. However, Lefler is so passionate about the Marvel and Disney characters that she spends a lot of her free time working on those creations as well.
For the latest installment of SYFY WIRE’s Artists Alley series, we looked over Lefler's shoulder while she created Star-Lord/Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy. According to Lefler, Star-Lord is not only one of her favorite comic book heroes, she also relates to his MCU backstory.
“I tend to like to draw Star-Lord when I’m not doing my licensed work because I found I really connected to him,” said Lefler. “Not just with the music taste, [because] that’s very much my music. But with the stuff he went through, growing up as a kid, I could really relate to some of the stuff, and how he adopted this group of misfits as his family and friends. I feel the friends and family I have now, that’s kind of like what I did with them.”
Additionally, Lefler credited former Doctor Who star David Tennant for giving her a pep talk that was sorely needed at a dark moment in her career. Lelfer also spoke about her encounters with a few actresses from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who helped expose her work to their followers on social media.
Lefler’s experience with online trolls also led her to start “Force Against Cyberbullying,” which earned the support of Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.
For more of Lefler’s stories, and insight into her artistic process, check out the full video. Then leave a comment for us below!