I discovered Lledra on Tumblr and her unique style is one that I certainly admire. She’s become one of my closest friends and the only one who loves Star Wars as much as I do, so that makes her a very special person in my life. I’m happy to kick off this series of Star Wars fan artist spotlights with her because she definitely deserves the praise and recognition.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a female-type person, who enjoys stuff! Okay, okay, seriously now. I’m an aspiring artist that has been heavily influenced by media during my life. The top of which is Sci-Fi. I love Star Wars and Star Trek equally for very different reasons, and I enjoy DC and Marvel comics, even if they seem to go out of their way nowadays to make me cringe. All of those things made me want to and make me want to create in any way I can.
When and how did you become a Star Wars fan?
Haha, of all the questions on this list, this is probably the easiest for me. It would have happened one weekend back in the magical year of 1989. My brother (16 or 17) sat me (6) down to watch a marathon of Star Wars that one of the stations was starting late that Sunday afternoon. I remember sitting against the side of the bed on the floor in my parent’s room, bowls of snacks in front of us.
I’ll never argue that seeing Star Wars on the big screen is the way it should be seen, but I believe it’s due to how I first experienced it, which is what has made it so important to me. When I think of Star Wars, I think of home, warmth, and familiarity. I personally can’t think of a better feeling than that.
What tools do you use to create your art?
I currently use a blend of an awesome program called Paint Tool Sai. It’s completely worth the cost, and for text and some other things, I use Photoshop Elements 5. So nothing too fancy.
What is your favorite piece that you have created and why are you fond of it?
Oh boy, that’s a tough one. I’d say that’s like having to pick a favourite child, but I’m not quite that married to all my work. I have a lot of ugly and half-finished children, haha. I think my favourite piece would have to be a paper mache rat I did back in 11th grade Art Class. My teacher adored it so much that she actually kept it. All these years later, I know she still has it. It’s currently in her new baby’s bedroom atop a shelf. It wasn’t very pretty or bright, its head was too big for its rat body, and the whole thing was bigger than a bread box, yet she loved it. I learned in that moment that things don’t have to be perfect to be loved. That’s a life lesson that carries weight beyond just art, and I’m happy I learned it.
What’s the best and worst thing about being an artist?
The best is being able to create something that makes you happy. Even if it’s a sad subject, it’s something that’s done; it’s a release, one that other people can also enjoy and gain something from. The worst? I think the worst is knowing you can do something and just not being able to get the idea down and having a massive amount of frustration at that.
Star Wars Rebels comes out next year. What are some of your theories concerning the plot or characters? What are you looking forward to seeing the most?
I’d like to see the forming of the Rebel Alliance, and I’d also like to be able to see sympathetic characters on the Empire’s side. As much as they’re portrayed as evil, they’re still people, who are doing this as a job. The Emperor, yeah he’s evil, but all the men he commands shouldn’t automatically be considered the same. I’d like to see the parallels between the two groups, though I know we probably won’t to any big extent, since it’ll most likely focus on just the core teenagers, which I’m fine with. What I mean about parallels though is that the Imperials most likely believe that they’re doing the right thing. They believe they’re bringing order to many places that need it, whereas the Rebels are bringing freedom, which for the Imperials would probably look like disorder and chaos. It could be a fun thing to explore.
Are you looking forward to the future Star Wars films? What are your hopes or worries?
Oh yes! I’m really looking forward to future movies! My hopes are that they’re good and that there aren’t a lot of lens flares! Haha. Seriously though, I hope to see a strong story that has engaging characters that I want to actually see through two more movies. Not even touching upon hoping for a multicultural cast, which would be AWESOME, I just want characters that aren’t clichéd. I guess most of all, for hopes, is that I want female characters that are not just there to either die or stand back while the men do everything. I want strong leading ladies. That’s something that Star Wars has not had many of, and I hope that the opportunity will be taken to do just that.
My worries? That it’ll be drab, that it’ll be only action and have little in the way of character development and story, and rely mostly on nostalgia to get by. I want something fresh and new. I’ve not been alive to, but everyone else who’s older has had 30+ years to experience and re-experience the original trilogy. I don’t think we need more of it in our new movie. All those fans are going to be back anyway, I don’t know anyone who is going to say ‘You know what? I’m going to see that new Star Wars movie because it has Han Solo.’
…also, lens flares. (I can’t help myself)
Any final thoughts?
Science fiction has always been a real driving force in my life, and it’s something that I’ve always come back to in my own art. One thing I love about Star Wars is that it’s very different from other Sci-Fi. (This is the time people would argue that it’s Fantasy, and on that I’ll say that it could go either way.) There’s something romantic about it, fun and exciting about the fact that it’s a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
It makes it stand out against other Sci-Fi, and that’s something I hope it can continue to have. There’s a special feeling when I hear the opening music of Star Wars. It makes you pumped and excited for what’s coming. If there was only one thing I’d want from Star Wars, it’s that it can be allowed to be as great as I know it can be. I personally feel that The Clone Wars had a lot of elements that made it amazing, even if I didn’t agree with all they did.
I guess no matter what happens, though, all us fans can be sure that we’re in for a real ride. I just hope that it’s one where we all want to stay on till the end, and then ask for more, instead of wanting to get off half way.
Also thank you for asking me these questions. It’s been fun.
Thank you, Lledra! You are a wonderful person with a bright future and I will root for you every step of the way. I like to think I am your personal cheerleader. Stay true to yourself and never give up! (Never surrender! Had to throw in a Galaxy Quest reference in there!)