Week of December 14th, 2015 | I Don't Need You to Hold My Hand + What's Next?

Disclaimer up front: NO SPOILERS IN THIS!  I don’t like spoilers and I don’t like people who post them. In fact I don’t even like if someone tells me they thought is was amazing or awful or whatever emotion they felt when they saw it, because I don’t want to be influenced in any way by other people and their own personal perception.  I want the experience to be mine, I don’t want to sit there during a movie and ask myself, “Well why didn’t they like it?" or “Why do they like it?” , or “When is the twist going to happen that Carol mentioned…is it this scene?…maybe this scene?…wait, what happened to the twist?"…Ugh. I hate it. Don’t say anything, don’t even give me your fan theory.  Having something especially so close to me, I just don’t want it to be clouded by anyone else’s noise.

Ok, now that I’ve got that out into the world. Let’s talk about what I worked on this week. I’m surprised I got much done considering my excitement was overwhelming at times to the point I think I was just literally walking around in circles counting down the time.  However, I managed to be able to touch on a few things I’ve been thinking about doing and things that just absolutely needed to get done. 

Every year I do handmade holiday cards.  It’s my favorite part of the holidays, because I feel it’s so personal in the midst of all the generic, commercialism of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. Bring on commercialism. My favorite one so far. I’m totally ok with generic cards too, some of them are really funny and as long as they have a personal message in them, I’m good. I even love the photo cards too!! It’s nice to see all my family and friends faces displayed around the house.  Here’s a quick video of me working on this years cards.  You can also take a look back on my Instagram account and see what I came up with last year.

This week of course was filled with all Star Wars: TFA action and what made it even more special is that super amazing people over at Indieminded.com did a short little ‘Artist Spotlight’ article on me and all I do, from my patterns to my paintings.  They very specifically gave a great shoutout to my Star Wars Quotes/Silhouette Series. It was great, they’re great and if you’re not following them, or don’t know about them…you need to…now. They feature amazing artists, T-Shirt Designers and musicians all the time on their website, twitter, and Facebook.  I really enjoy seeing everyone’s work presented so positively. So JUST DO IT! give them a like and a follow.

And because of all the love these guys showed on my series, it inspired me, for my last T-shirt of the year, to add another Character in the mix and this time, someone new. Rey from The Force Awakens. With a simple quote, I feel applies to not only women, but children too. I think too often we feel the need to hold someone’s hand and don’t realize that it’s entirely ok to let someone feel strong, and do without the hand holding. This new T-shirt ‘Don’t Hold My Hand’ is available on Teepublic now, $14 for the next three days so if you’re doing some last minute online shopping this weekend, at least check it out. Don’t forget there’s now Phone cases for sale, as well.

Don't Hold My Hand Rey Quote T-Shirt Jlane Design Teepublic
Don't Hold My Hand Rey Quote iPhone Case Jlane Design Teepublic

Well, it’s been an amazing year and an even more fantastic end to it. With the TFA out now for the public, and all the aftermath of it, people keep asking…”What’s next?” What do you mean what’s next? Haven’t you seen all the trailers for all the wonderful fandom’s for 2016? And you can’t forget..Ghostbusters is still in my top ten of passionate geekiness and you can totally bet on seeing some stellar tees coming out next year for it. Who doesn’t love a reboot?  2016 is going to be full of such exciting new things on Jlane Design and it’s all for you guys, girls, nerds, geeks, and everyone in between.

So I leave you all to enjoy every minute of your holiday, please go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Have an incredible New Year! …And as usual, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS!

Can’t wait to come back here in 2016!! 

Week of November 30th, 2015 | Hello from the Other Side + A Jedi's Trust

Hello. It's me. I'm in California dreaming, this cold would go away.  But alas, I'm writing this from the other side...of the bed.  It's that time of season for Thanksgiving, gift giving and germ giving, and I got bad part of those three. Yay!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I hope you all had a delicious one. I also hope you had a chance to check out my Blog post from last week as well. I received a lot of goodies from Nerd Block last month and I released a new feature on my website, you can read all about it here.

Now this week I’ve been under the weather and between late night cough attacks and taking ALL the medicine I could possibly get my germ ridden hands on, it was a little difficult to get to a lot work I wanted to get done.  However, I was able to knock out this new piece that’s been on my mind.  I had this idea when I started my silhouette series with “Don’t Rescue Me”. So I’m excited that I had the chance to get this new design out there. “Jedi’s Trust” is inspired by the classic Star Wars character Yoda.  A Master in the ways of The Force, he is. And trusting in your feelings, is trusting in yourself. So listen to the wise Jedi Master, Yoda. Do it, you must. Feelings you must trust. (said in your best Yoda voice) 

Jedi's Trust Yoda Quote T-Shirt baseball tee Jlane Design Teepublic

Along with this new design, I also spent the week working on some new drawing and sketching techniques. So a lot classes and tutorials to help sharpen my skills and learn new things. There's always room for improvement and learning. I will be posting some new sketch techniques on Instagram throughout the rest of the month and into the new year. If you don't follow me, there's a link at the bottom. You can watch my progress, chime in on you're favorite techniques even feel free to give me some feedback on my style. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts and ideas.

Another fun thing I've got going on on Instagram is my Christmas Movie Advent.  25 days of Christmas inspired movies to keep you in good holiday spirit throughout the month. Here's a little preview. Print outs of the movie posters are kept inside the envelopes as show below.

Christmas Movie Advent Jlane Design

This was a lot of fun last year. Friends and family got into it and are now on the watch for what we've chosen this year.  I totally encourage you to follow along, comment on what you have on your list, or even post with us using our list from last year. If you're on Instagram or Facebook, just give me a follow and make sure to tag @jlanedesign to get into the holiday spirit with me! I've attached last year's list below! Hope you enjoy it.  I'm going now going to make a crazy Friday night, by taking some more medicine and watching Day 4's movie surprise! 

25 Days of Christmas Movies:

 

  1. White Christmas
  2. Miracle on 34th St.
  3. Love Actually
  4. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  5. The Year Without Santa Clause
  6. Scrooged
  7. A Christmas Story
  8. The Grinch (Jim Carry)
  9. The Grinch Original
  10. Elf
  11. Christmas Vacation
  12. The Santa Clause
  13. Charlie Brown Christmas
  14. Home Alone
  15. Jingle All the Way
  16. Holiday Inn
  17. Frosty the Snowman
  18. Santa Clause The Movie
  19. Bad Santa
  20. Muppet Christmas Carol
  21. It’s a Wonderful Life
  22. Nightmare Before Christmas
  23. Gremlins
  24. Die Hard
  25. The Bishops Wife


Week of November 16th, 2015 | Feliz NaviDroid, Joy to the Galaxy + A Giving Guide is Near

Joy to the world, the Droids have come! It's been a fun couple of weeks creating some new holiday designs.  Even though, "Christmas Vacation Misery" still seems to be everyone's favorite, I've decided to incorporate some Star Wars love into these new Tees and Sweaters.  You'll need something warm and cozy to wear while camping out in line to see The Force Awakens. For my L.A. peeps, you'll probably just need a T-Shirt...maybe a tank top.

So I designed two this year, and I know there's a little bit of cheating involved but I loved both of these versions so much, it was really hard to decided in the end which one to go with. I went with both, why not.

Here's a couple sketches.  The R2 sketch was originally intended for something else, entirely.  Last week I explained in my "In the Studio" post that sometimes it's ok to scrap something and start over. I wasn't feeling last weeks design so I tossed the idea, gave myself a break and came up with these. It pays off to listen to your gut while being creative, if you don't love working on it, it will show in your design.

Here's the final pieces.  Both are available on my Teepublic shop right now. $14 for T-Shirts for the next 72 hrs, so get them quick.  Sweaters are on sale as well, everything available in a variety of colors and styles.

 Feliz NaviDroid

Feliz NaviDroid

 Joy to the Galaxy

Joy to the Galaxy

Maybe you're thinking you need holiday cards to send out this year!!  "Christmas Vacation Misery" is also now available to send to your family this year, check it out on my Redbubble shop

Keep and eye out, cause next week on Monday, I'll be launching my Holiday Gift Guide. Here's a sneak peak, it's almost finalized and it will definitely easily help you this coming Friday with some online shopping, while everyone's still passed out from all that Turkey and mashed potatoes...and stuffing...and pie. Ok I'm drooling all over my keyboard now. Time to go and get this guide ready for you guys! Enjoy the new designs, and as always...MTFBWY!!

Jlane Design Christmas Holiday Gift Guide

Have a great weekend and check back in on Monday for the Holiday Guide and a new Nerd Block unveiling!!

Week of November 9th, 2015 | This R2 Unit Has a Bad Motivator + Get to Giving

Sometimes, one week isn't long enough to create and finish all the things you would like.  It seems like you completely lose track of time when you're having fun, or when you're tying to nail down a new design, over analyzing...trying to make it perfect and it still doesn't resemble anything that you could be proud of.  I really let this R2 unit down.  So that leaves me with the task of starting over from scratch on this new design, and you'll have to wait until early next week to get your hands on it.  But here's a little sneak peak into what's in the works. Think cold weather, sweaters, and your favorite droids.

Jlane Design Christmas Holiday Gift Guide

I've also been working on a new feature for the website this week.  A little something to get everyone in the giving mood for the holidays.  I'll be launching this new feature in next Friday's "In the Studio" post.  Here's a little piece, to get a taste. 

Speaking of getting into the giving mood, make sure you stop by my Teepublic shop today. There was a short sale this week that's ending in a few hours, so it's a good time to get your hands on some of my work for a great deal. Also check out my shop that includes not only my designs, but some of the other talented people on Teepublic and their designs. All Star Wars themed, of course. 

I do understand this week's post is a little short, but I promise you it only means bigger and better things to come next week. Like I said, sometimes one week just isn't enough time to create and finish all the fun stuff you wish to.  Spend time to make it great, it's worth it.

Week of November 2nd, 2015 | Damn It Leeroy, Stormtroopers + Ugly Sweater Season

"Damn It Leeroy! Stick to the plan!"  In honor of the new World of Warcraft trailer being released today, I planned on paying a little homage to the most popular RPG in the galaxy.

Stormtrooper Sketch Drawing Jlane Design

This week I worked on a fun mashup of the most popular internet character from the World of Warcraft, Mr. Leeroy Jenkins, and our beloved First Order Stormtroopers from The Force Awakens. If you've gotten this far and have no idea what I'm talking about, please just check this out...it's funny...every time, even if you're not a gamer. 

As usual every idea starts with a sketch for me and I'm lucky enough to have a friend from the dark side to provide me with some reference images for my stormtroopers.  Keep your friends close, keep the dark side closer.

Things change a lot through out the process, especially once the drawing gets into the computer.  I use Adobe Illustrator to get all my designs vectorized and looking beautiful for print.  It's basically like tracing over the drawing, but during that process I can manipulate the design more and easily make changes to it, if I change direction with the concept. 

 

 

 

I have to say after working on each of these First Order Troopers individually, I'm all too familiar with the details of the armor now.  Which lead to me being a complete nerd and perfectionist when it came to finishing up this design.  Everything had to be as accurate as possible, while still keeping it simple.  When you're a perfectionist, it's really difficult to keep it simple due to ALL the detail you want to incorporate in each piece. However I made it happen and here's the final product. 

Stormtrooper Jenkins is on sale right now on my Teepublic shop. Hurry, though, because it's only $14 for the next 72hrs. There's a lot of colors and styles you can choose from as well. My personal favorite is the baseball tee. 3/4 sleeve for the colder days ahead.

 

 

 

And speaking of colder days ahead, Ugly Sweaters are still in high fashion.  To be more exact, Ugly CHRISTMAS Sweaters.  

I'll admit Christmas is my favorite holiday. I freakin' love Christmas. I wish it was longer. But I know some people out there are super Grinch's about the holiday. I get it. For some of these people the holiday's mean getting together with family, but not in the nice Norman Rockwell dream kind of way...I'm talking Griswold Family Vacation kind of way. I know everyone has a cousin Eddie in their family. So for all the people out there that have to go through that similar Christmas Vacation Misery, why not express how you really feel this holiday season.  This Ugly Christmas Sweater is available on my Teepublic shop in a variety of styles and colors. And if you're looking to express your holiday cheer in another fashion, head over to my Redbubble shop and grab this design for your Christmas Cards to send out this year. Let ALL the people know how you really feel.

 

Keep following along to see what I'm up to in the studio every week. Last week I mentioned that I went through all the fantastic Star Wars themed shirts on Teepublic and gathered them all into one shop.  Check out All the Forces in the Galaxy to see some of my designs as well as other amazing designs by a bunch of talented people who love Star Wars just as much as the rest of us.

Next week I'll be working on some things that will make awesome gifts this year for the nerdy, geeky and adorably dorky people on your list.

MTFBWY.