Erin Gallagher is an illustrator and designer who “loves beauty of all kinds, whether it's breathtaking cinematography, a killer guitar riff, a rad comic, a mind-expanding novel, or a perfectly simple logo.” She has created illustrations, murals, comics, graphic designs, hand lettering and identities for such companies as Tribal Worldwide, Styles on B, Juice Generation, Epicurean Group, Time Inc. and Vapian, among others. She has exhibited at Hero Complex Gallery and Bottleneck Gallery.

Gallagher grew up in Queens, New York, where she often read her older brother’s comic books and watched Star Trek: The Next Generation with her family. She appreciates nature, quality food and drink, and shiny hard things (with the exception of diamonds), and maintains – since the age of 10 -- a healthy obsession with the rock band Pearl Jam.

She lives in Los Angeles.


How would you describe your piece?

My piece combines two of my favorite things, portraiture and lettering. I start out with drawings done on paper with charcoal pencil, then color and finish the art digitally.


In creating your artwork for the exhibition, how did you decide on the concept?

My piece was inspired by The Next Generation finale “All Good Things...” I think it’s a very powerful episode that really drives home what Star Trek is about – humanity’s potential to grow wiser and kinder.


How is your Star Trek artwork similar to or different from your other works?

I think this piece has a more epic quality than some of my other work, which in my mind befits the subject matter.


What else about your piece do you think Star Trek fans should know? 

Space is beautiful, but difficult to render.


The copy is as artistic as the imagery. Why did you make that choice?

I love lettering and trying to find ways to really incorporate lettering into an illustration, instead of having it just sitting atop it. For visual inspiration I thought of the transporter energizing effect and the warp drive effect.


See Gallagher's artwork at erinillustration.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.