Week of March 21st, 2016 | TeeFury Friends, Squad Goals + A Good Friday!

Good Friday?...Great Friday!! A lot of great things have been happening here in the studio this week and I'm so ready to share what's been going on. There's a new shirt release, one of my designs made into a collection over at TeeFury.com and I got a new Nerd Block box today that I'll be sharing with you all next week. Exciting stuff here people, I know you're dying to hear all the details. 

Let's start with some new friends and the amazing TeeFury collection I get to be apart of this coming week.  Have you ever heard someone say that every single little thing has to line up in order for something bigger to happen? I'm sure you've heard some version of this theory.  Let's just say, I tested it...and it's totally true.  

I made a decision to not post for the past couple weeks, because I needed a creative recharge.  I also joined a Facebook Group for badass female creatives. This is where it really gets good, follow the timeline.  Joined super awesome supportive creative group. Organizer ( Allison ) posts a blog about "Why the @$&* Not Me?" and how to have a successful mind set to go after your dreams. I read said blog post. I am inspired by said blog post.  I then see an amazingly talented Graphic Designer I follow on Instagram post a call for artists. (Tee artists to be exact) I get super excited, then fear and doubt quickly rush in to make sure I don't do anything stupid and tell me "no...there are way more talented people out there that will be chosen, don't waste your time." Ugh. I close Instagram. Five minutes later I remember inspiring blog post.  Email sent to the Graphic Designer with my work, then 4 days later...yeah...it totally happened. They picked one of my designs to be in a new collection on TeeFury.com   Now here I am, promoting my design on a new T-Shirt site and the welcoming committee has been amazing. I've had the chance to connect with a bunch of new artists and feel more apart of that community. See how all those little things had to happen first though? What if I didn't recharge? What if I didn't join THAT Facebook group, what if it was another. What if the organizer never posted that blog on that morning? In short, just do it...when in doubt, remind yourself "Why the @$&* Not Me?" So a big thank you to Allison and CoDdesigns for the inspiration and support! 

Let me provide you with all the info you need to check out this amazing collection.  This collection on TeeFury was curated by an amazing designer CoDdesigns. His stuff is awesome definitely give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook. The link below will take you to the collection and all the talented designers that got to be featured in it. You'll see my "Don't Hold My Hand" Design on there...and you know that Boba Fett in their Graphic Ad looks familiar. The collection runs for a week at a great price for all designs. Go indulge and treat yourself with something nerdy!

With all that amazingness happening this week, I felt inspired to finally finish my Squad Goals Series.  I started off the series with a Harley Quinn inspired design, called "The Psycho" and then added in "The Cat". This week I finished off the series with "The Poison"...yes...a Poison Ivy inspired design. Here's all three in the new Squad Goals series.

Here's a few sketch pieces for "The Poison" design. All three designs are now available on my Teepublic shop. "The Poison" design will be on sale all weekend with tons of styles and colors to choose from, as well as iPhone cases and prints! 

If you're looking for some great gear for Con season and summer. There's more products available on my Redbubble shop you can check out. There's even some adorable onesies for the little ones, cause you can never start supporting artists too young.

Week of January 25th, 2016 | Star Wars: TFA Research + A Year of Art

A lot of my focus this week was arranging my workspace, telling people about the amazing sale TeePublic is having this week...only a few hours left people (here), and setting up some freelance work for the year. One major change I was working on was updating my workspace.  I’m one of those creatives who needs fresh new surroundings to keep me going and inspired. So before my last trip I started making some small adjustments to my inspiration station. Here's some before and after pics.

Not a huge difference, but for me it’s a major adjustment. I can be very affected by my surroundings, and with a new year comes a fresh new creative space to keep my designs and art going.

If you can’t already tell, I dabble in a lot of different creative styles. Some of my freelance work consists of logo design, pattern, illustration and some technical work with the design programs. I get projects in that will last me a week, and sometimes will go a full year. I’ve maintained some great client relationships over the years and definitely have my favorite go-to people I love working with.

Then I have my passion pieces, which are my Tee designs and paintings.  I call them passion pieces because I feel really guilty calling it work.  A conversation I had earlier today consisted of me stating “I read some origin stories this week, about...” Yeah, that’s work for me. It’s called research. But, I’m having way too much fun with it, so therefore I feel a little guilty. Speaking of research, I just got this in today.  I know…more work. This is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary.

Take a peek at some of the fun...I mean documentation...in here.

Now I’m starting to focus on the aftermath of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There’s still a ton of hype, but there’s also a lot of great new movies coming out this year and I feel like my brain is going to explode with all these different fandoms.

Here’s what’s  on the horizon:

Batman vs. Superman…I don’t want to talk about the Lex Luther casting…or other horrible things.

Star Wars: Rogue One…322 days away.

X-Men: Apocalypse, which looks super bad ass.

Suicide Squad which, I’m really excited about.

and Ghostbusters, yay! girls rule the paranormal world.

These are the ones I’m pretty excited about, a few more than others. So what fandoms do I focus on? I mean Star Wars: Rogue One is a sure bet, but Suicide Squad…really have some great ideas hanging out in this brain of mine. I’m thinking I’ll venture out a little this year and you’ll see some new stuff outside of the Star Wars world, but it doesn't mean completely. I'll never be done with Star Wars, never! 

Another area I’ll be focusing on a lot more this year are my paintings. I talked a little bit about them last year and the group show I was apart of for my piece “Saturday Afternoon”.  I have three or four more paintings occupying the studio space that need to get finished, so you’ll be seeing a lot more of that creative side come out in 2016 as well.

As far as next week's work goes, I'll be doing a little freelance and coming out with a new Tee design that the fangirls are going to love.  Keep following to see what's coming out next week don't forget to check out my TeePublic sale while it lasts annnnddd  as always, MTFBWY.

Week of January 18th, 2016 | Collection Completed + A Little Recap

This week I'm spending some time away from the studio. Everyone needs a little break now and then. Another recharge after the holidays. But I didn't want to leave this week without a post. So I brought along the laptop and I'm writing you from my hotel room right now. 

I've been wanting to do a recap for awhile, on my Star Wars Silhouette series from last year.  I just ended the collection the first week of this year, with "Wookiee Talk".  It's a pretty great collection and everyone seems to be loving these designs as much as I do. In fact last year the fantastic people over at Indieminded decided to do a little "Artist Spotlight" on me and these designs.

There's a variety of products to choose from in these designs below. Tees, stickers and phone cases are a just a few. 

 All these designs are available now on my  Teepublic  shop and  Redbubble  shop.

All these designs are available now on my Teepublic shop and Redbubble shop.

Also new to my Redbubble shop is last week's design, "I Like That Wookiee".  You can now get more than just shirts. This design is also available as stickers, phone cases, tote bags and pencil pouches like these below.

As much as I hate to make this such a short post, I gotta go get some play time in before the weekend is over. I know you all understand.  Most importantly I just wanted to recap these great designs from last year and the new ones this year. The Silhouette Collection is now complete and I'll be moving on to nerdier things.  With all the great geek movies coming out this year, there's going to be a big variety in my shops focusing on my favorites of course. So keep following along and...MTFBWY.

Week of January 11th, 2016 | I Like That Wookiee + Inspiration Station

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen a few progress posts already about what I’ve been up to this week. A little sketching and a little new year clean up.

I feel like most of you, that the new year is like a reset button. It’s my Spring Cleaning, but it’s cold outside.  One major thing I wanted to accomplish in the big cleaning of 2016, was a revamp of my studio space. Here’s a before pic:

Jlane Design Paint Studio Before Photo

I know it’s not terrible, but with creatives we tend to be inspired by our surroundings. So even though this got me through a great year, I need to keep it fresh for the new one. It’s been going well, and I hope to post some after pics next week. Stay tuned!

Now let’s get to the new shirt release this week.  Of course it’s another Star Wars: The Force Awakens tee. This time a new character inspired me, a tiny new character. Maz Kanata. Maz is awesome!  She’s down to hang out with a bunch of smugglers, because she is one, and she’s crushing real hard on everyone’s favorite Wookiee. She’s not shy about it either. She’s pretty good at expressing how she feels, but not all people are. It’s cool, though. She has these goggles that help her see what you’re feeling. No playing games with this alien’s heart. #RelationshipGoals

I Like That Wookiee’ is now available on Teepublic for $14, but only for the next 72 hrs, so make sure you get yours before the weekend ends.  There’s a variety of colors and styles to choose from as well as phone cases and prints.

Before we call it a week, and start our amazing weekend, I wanted to give an update on last week’s design release. Wookiee Talk is now available on my Redbubble shop! Tons of items to pick from with this design, stickers and onesies are just a few to name. Go check it out this weekend. As always…May The Force Be With You.

Week of January 4th, 2016 | More Rey, Please! + Let's Talk Wookiee

Happy New Year!! I'm so happy to be back in the Studio after a nice two week break. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and New Year! I spent majority of it seeing The Force Awakens, reading about the Force Awakens, talking and dreaming about The Force Awakens.  Oh and I went to the Colorado Mountains for a week, for some fun in the snow. When I say fun in the snow, I mean reinacting Kylo Ren and Rey's amazing lightsaber fight...from The Force Awakens.

Now I’m back in the studio this week with a brand new design to start off 2016.  It’s another continuation of my silhouette series, this time with a character I’ve really wanted to do something with for a while, but the hair work always seemed so treacherous. But after seeing the movie…a few times, I was inspired to add Chewbacca to my series.  Since the series is based around quotes relating to the character’s personality, I did a little digging on Chewbacca and Wookiee talk, also known as Shyriiwook. After a few hours of completely geeking out, I found there is not a full definitive language guide, the few phrases there were wouldn’t make sense and Chewbacca was inspired by George Lucas’ dog. True Story. Here’s his quote: 

"I had an Alaskan Malamute when I was writing the film. A very sweet dog, she would always sit next to me when I was writing. And when I'd drive around, she'd sit in the front seat. A Malamute is a very large dog—like a hundred and thirty pounds and bigger than a human being and very long-haired. Having her with me all the time inspired me to give Han Solo a sidekick who was like a big, furry dog. Not quite like a dog, but intelligent."

―George Lucas[src]

How cool is that. So after all that, I had to come up with something. Final decision, well...I went with what we all know best. My new design for the silhouette series, "Wookiee Talk".  It might be making it’s way into my top 5 favs.  This design is available now on my Teepublic shop for $14, but only for the next 72 hrs.

A few other things I made happen this week, was making my last design of 2015, “Don’t Hold My Hand” available on stickers, onesies and journals. Because apparently there is a huge lack of Rey in Star Wars Merch world. I'll discuss more on this sore subject next week in my Blog. In the meantime these items and more are for sale now on my Redbubble shop.

Maz Kanata Star wars Sketch drawing Jlane Design

I also began working on another design that was inspired by The Force Awakens, that will be released next week.  Here’s a progress sketch and maybe you can guess what it will be.  Maz Kanata and I have something in common, we both like that Wookiee.


I’ll end this week with a BIG THANKS for being fans all of 2015 and I hope that you all continue with me on my adventure through out 2016. Until next week, May The Force Be With You!

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 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 August 24, 2015 | Finishing Touches

This week I've been working on the finishing touches of my new website. This was a 2 month revamping of my original site, that I launched over a year ago.  I've added new content from the past year and made a lot of changes with the design and display of my work.  I now also have a  gallery of my paintings for you to view as well. I hope you enjoy the new site and all the fun work I've been getting to do this past year.  Follow along here to see what I'll be up to next week in my studio.  Also check out my blog for new and exciting things outside of the studio.