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.

Week of October 26th, 2015 | All the Forces in the Galaxy + Dia de los Muertos

The week before Halloween and Dia de los Muertos is always an unproductive one. Everyone pulling together their last minute costumes and wondering which party or how many parties they should go to. Some of you are probably still deciding what you're going to dress up as.  Also Comikaze started today! I'll be there this weekend, wearing my very own "Dia de Princess" shirt in honor of Dia de los Muertos", my love for Star Wars and the great Carrie Fisher. Looks amazing on the vintage steel heather from Teepublic. Gives it this nice vintage soft feel and look. Love it!

So with all this horror and partying on the brain, it's hard to get much done.  I even decided to take a few days off to enjoy the world of sports. Sometimes it helps to just step away from my world and come back into it feeling refreshed, and possibly with some new ideas. 

Don't worry though, I didn't step too far away.  While still enjoying the major sporting events that took place this week, I sat down and did a little recap on what's come out this month. There was at least a new design every week and it was non-stop work, including weekends, but it was all worth it.  I did a small series of Han Solo and Princess Leia, below you'll see how well this duo compliments each other.  "Here to Rescue You" and "Don't Rescue Me" are both available as more than just Tees, check out my Redbubble shop where you'll find stickers, iPhone cases and more.

I also came out with a new style of design I haven't really worked in before, with my Kylo Ren - Sword in the Stone inspired shirt. "Whoso Pulleth this Sword" was a lot fun to work on and definitely a style of design I'll be working on again with future shirts.  This design is available on shirts via my Teepublic shop.

All the shirts this month were a lot of fun to make and I love all the great feedback they received. So last I wanted to recap on my favorite and that's the "Control the Galaxy" Stormtrooper and First Order Stormtrooper mash up.  It's gotten a lot of love and support in the community, and I totally enjoyed seeing it worn on The Comlink a few weeks back, by one of their booth directors. 

It's been fun this month and the closer it gets to The Force Awakens coming out (yes, I got my tickets for Dec. 17th...Whoo!) the more I'm inspired, not only by my love of Star Wars, but all the other talented tee-designers out there as well making it all happen. Don't forget to check out the collection I curated of all these talented people and their Star Wars inspired designs, here.

Stayed tuned for next week. November is here and that means lots Ugly Christmas Sweaters to work on for the holidays.

Week of October 19th, 2015 | The Han to My Leia + Shady Lane's Saturday Afternoon

Happy, happy Friday! I'll say right off that this past Monday, was very challenging for me to get any work done due to the newest trailer for The Force Awakens. However, I was still able to release a new shirt and get a lot of love for the new style I was talking about in last weeks In the Studio post.  The shirt released Monday was "Whoso Pulleth Out This Sword", available now on Teepublic. A little mash up of Kylo Ren (The Force Awakens) and one of my favorite Disney films, when I was a kid, Sword in the Stone.  It was a lot fun to work on and I'll be coming out with a few more T-Shirt design in this style, in the near future.  

Let's discuss the very latest T-Shirt that I just release today. It is the Han to my Leia.  As much as Leia doesn't need rescuing, this rebel learns to get over himself and be apart of the greater good of the galaxy, and still wants to be a hero.  "Here to Rescue You" is something I dreamed up this week.  I believe it is the perfect compliment to "Don't Rescue Me" and gets a little honest with the fact that at the end of the day, little boys, just as much as little girls, still dream of being someone's hero.  Chivalry is not dead. It's 2015, it's just expressed differently. This new design is available on Teepublic for the next 72 hrs for only $14.

Last month I discussed in the Week of September 13th, In the Studio post, about one of my paintings, "Saturday Afternoon" being printed out at 8' x 16' for an install at a Bed and Breakfast.  Everything went so well and I'm so excited to show you all some of the installation photos below.  My wonderful friends at Astek Inc. did an amazing job of printing one of my pieces I created this past summer.  I was able to drop off my painting and have them scan it in on one of their nice large format scanners then they digitally printed, in one piece on a very durable 8ft wide outdoor banner material. After all that it was shipped and then the awesome folks at Shady Lane Bed and Breakfast had it framed and installed in their outdoor lounge area.  

If you're interested in purchasing prints of my paintings, even this one, you can check out my Society6 shop and grab some. They are great quality prints, with lots of framing options and very affordable.  If you're looking to get something custom printed, like the people at Shady Lane Bed and Breakfast in Hugoton, KS, feel free to contact me directly.

Week of October 12th, 2015 | Whoso Pulleth, Kylo Ren + Just DO IT! (said in your best Shia LaBeouf)

This week has been challenging, scary and...fun. I did something that made me nervous, anxious, something that I doubted I could even start.  A great idea came along, and I loved it! I was so excited about it...I couldn't stop thinking about it.  A new Star Wars themed design! Of course how could I not be totally enthusiastic about creating this new piece of work.  I really wanted to make this design happen. However, when it came down to actually getting it started, I froze.  This design technique was totally out of my comfort zone, and I didn't think I was talented enough to execute this artwork as I saw it in my head.

This happens a lot more with creatives, than you think.  Fear. Doubt. That cowerdice voice in your head saying: "Stick to what you know, there's no use in trying something new...you won't be good at it."  Ugh...I say screw that voice. I've learned that how you perceive things in life will set the tone on how you live life.  Immediately I thought, ok this is going to be difficult and it may take me longer to accomplish than others, it may really suck...but my time is invested in doing something new and no matter what, I'm going to learn something along the way, whatever it may be.  I mean I might learn Taco Bell's Bean and Cheese Burritos really aren't that big of a deal as people make them out to be. I don't know. 

Sword in the Stone Sketch Little Boy Drawing

So the little Shia LaBeouf I carry around inside my head said JUST DO IT! There really was nothing to lose, I only gained knowledge and for me, that's how I've learned just about everything in my field over the years. If I didn't know how to do it, I taught myself how to do it. I didn't go to college and I didn't have a mentor. I had this tiny piece of confident me, that whenever fear decided to make a cameo appearance, it said "why CAN'T you?" and fear never had a good enough answer. Don't get me wrong, fear never shuts up, that's why I just put on some really good music and tune it out.

Well I did it...still doing it actually.  I'm releasing this new design that was so challenging, on Monday!! Yay! Here's some progress shots, there's still a lot more to do today so I'll be working for the weekend, keep following to see the final piece next week.

BTW, I learned a lot so far and realized through the process that I really suck at drawing hands. So there's some tutorials in my future for that specifically...learn and grow, people...learn and grow!

Kylo Ren Sketch Drawing by Jlane Design
 Don't Rescue Me - iPhone Case via Redbubble

Don't Rescue Me - iPhone Case via Redbubble

One last thing, if you haven't heard, my last design Don't Rescue Me is now available on my Redbubble shop as stickers, totes, journals and more! So stop by and check them out. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Feel free to leave a comment, questions...an emoji of a burrito, or if you just want to geek out with me you can contact me here. Keep following to see what I'm up to next week!

Week of October 5th, 2015 | Don't Rescue Me + Now Taking Requests

It's an outdated fairytale, the Princess waiting for her Knight in shinning armor to come and rescue her...save the day, then take her back to the castle where she can sit around and look pretty in all these gorgeous (REALLY uncomfortable) dresses, maybe make him a sandwich...a chicken pot pie, something delicious I'm sure...but really boring.  Repeat after me: The Princess doesn't need rescuing.  In fact more often now than ever, it's the Princess saving the world or galaxy.  Rescuing the Knight who really didn't think things through before rushing into battle and ended up bruising more than just his ego. This old idea that women, even little girls need a guy to come in and save the day, just doesn't hold up anymore. 

I've always been very independent and been able to hold my own through a lot life's ups and downs, without ever feeling I needed to be rescued in anyway.  I can really attribute that to a lot of the female heroines I was exposed to growing up. Ripley (Alien), and Princess Leia just to start. I know Princess Leia got a little weak in the knees for Han Solo, but really...who wouldn't, scoundrel. However, remember she saved him when he was frozen in carbonite. It's amazing to see all the new bad a** female characters breaking into pop culture for this younger generation of girls and even at the same time reminding the older generation of women that they got this, they're still amazing...strong...and definitely don't need rescuing. 

Now being inspired by all this feminist spirit, I created a new T-Shirt design this week.  It's called...can you guess?  "Don't Rescue Me" It's now available on my Teepublic shop for $14, but only for the next 72 hours. So if you're looking for something to express your amazing female power, stop by the shop this weekend and get one, before they go full price.

Here's a short video showing one of my favorite parts of the process, which is always the quick sketch to get the idea going.

In addition to working on this new design this week, I've also started taking requests from super amazing geeky people, for specially designed T-Shirts for their own personal nerdy needs.

I get the pleasure of helping out some friends, who are participating in the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon - The Darkside 5k    The request was for matching T-Shirt designs to wear during the run, and channeling something in the vain of Darth Vader.  We'll see what I can come up with, it's going to be a lot of fun to work on.

I also received some awesome likes and love over my recent designs of the Stormtrooper mashup and the X-Wing Fighter Helmet mashup. Control the Galaxy and Old Rebel, New Resistance.  So much love, in fact, that these people would love to see the full helmets on their own with the corresponding logo's over them, as well. All I have to say is ask and you shall receive. So excited to start on some of these new designs next week, and keep in mind, holidays are nearing and all these fantastic geeky tees will be on sale and make for some really great gifts for the fanboy or fangirl in your world...I mean galaxy.

Keep following along and feel free to leave me a comment or contact me about any questions, ideas or if you just want to geek out with me about something.

Week of September 28th, 2015 | Old Rebel, New Resistance + Coming Through in Waves

Last week was lacking an "In the Studio" post and I have to apologize. It wasn't due to the fact that I didn't have any content I was working on...I did...and I was really excited to share it with you all. Unfortunately the week got away from me, with lots of work and an unexpected trip out of town. However, I'm going to share with you this week the one thing I was excited about and more.

The week of September 13th when I released my latest T-Shirt design, "Control the Galaxy", I also showed a sneak peak of a new design that was coming next.  "Old Rebel, New Resistance".  In the same vain of the last T-shirt design, I combined Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Helmet from the original Star Wars trilogy with Poe Dameron's X-Wing Helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  This shirt is available for sale in a variety of styles and colors on Teepublic.  I hope you like it, and you know...holidays are coming up...it would make for a really cool present. Just sayin'

So in addition to working on getting that new design ready for sale, I was able to get back into the studio and do some painting.  A few weeks ago I had prepped some canvas pieces and I wanted to show you all how this one new piece is coming along.  Here's some progress shots of some of the detail that goes into my artwork and you can also get a sense of how things change throughout the process.  I just spent most of the day in the studio again today, although it was a rough day getting back into it after the quick trip I just had.  Sometimes you have these days or weeks where you're just on it, and then there's days where you can feel a little defeated and as though nothing is working or coming out the way you expect it to.  Today was one of those days and the best advise I can give, is to step away from the piece, often.  Take the time to examine it and see where you feel things might be going in the wrong direction.  You'll do this more than a few times, at least I did, but after a while you'll get it. Just have the guts to keep going and don't quit on it. 

Frustration is not an interruption of the process, frustration is the process
— Elizabeth Gilbert - Writer

Week of September 13th, 2015 | Control The Galaxy + 8ft Paintings

Stormtrooper New and Old Sketch Jlane Design

This week has been off to a great start. I'm making big waves, literally.  My recent painting "Saturday Afternoon" is getting some big exposure, 8ft x 16ft to be exact.  This week I have the pleasure of getting this piece blown up and printed at that size for an outdoor wall mural at a Bed and Breakfast. Can't wait to get some final install shots to show you all.

Also, if you haven't seen it already, I released one of the new shirts I had posted about in last weeks In The Studio update.  Last week you saw some sneak peaks, so this week you get to see the finished design and I've posted some of my progress shots as well. I've also included a sneak peak below for the next design in this series, which will be available this Thursday on Teepublic.

It always starts with a quick sketch to really nail down the idea that I have in my head. Once I get that sketch into the computer, I need to make a fully vectorized file. This not only makes the design a digital file now, but also gives it superior quality for the printing process.  Blurry, distorted or pixelated does not make for a great T-Shirt design.  This also allows me to play with the sketch more in the computer to experiment with new ideas that might come up while creating the digital version.  This really is my favorite part.

So after all that and playing around for a while, seeing what works and what doesn't, the final piece is set, and then uploaded to Teepublic, where my friends and fans can geek out and get their own, originally designed by JLane Design, T-Shirt. Check it out! It's on sale for $14 until Thursday so make sure you get yours!

I'm also finishing up this week with the next design in this series. Here's a little progress shot for you to get an idea of what's ahead. This new design will be released on Thursday on Teepublic. Stay tuned as new designs only go on sale for $14 for 72 hours.

Keep following along to see what's going on in the studio next week! 

Week of September 7th, 2015 | The Force Has Awakened + Creative Block Lifted

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! Now back to making stuff.

Being creative 24/7 can be exhausting.  The forever dreaded creative block is real and can be debilitating.  You wake up one day, and it's gone. Every creative sense in your body has gone on permanent vacation and left you to stare blankly into space wondering "Who am I, and what the hell do I do now?" You feel unproductive, guilty, and scared.  You've lost it, and you'll never get it back, and good luck on trying to figure out what you're going to do with the rest of your life.

I have to admit, I felt this way for about two weeks now. It sucks. So a friend gave me some good advise this morning about how to get out of those ugly creative trenches.  Never try to push through a block. You'll end up putting out some hideous work, just to get work out there.  Instead, my friend suggested, a positive distraction. Find something that puts you in a happy mood. This can be anything, read a book, put on a funny movie, take a walk or get a massage. Anything to distract you from the thoughts, that you've lost your edge.  Well, this past three day weekend, was a wonderful distraction and so inspiring that I'm now working on a new series of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, graphics and art!

Stormtrooper Sneak Peak Graphic Design Jlane Design

Last night I started with some mock up ideas and here's a small sneak peak at what's to come.  Just enough for you to guess what's next in my geeky line of artwork. This series is going to be a lot of fun to work on.

While I'm working on these new pieces I'll also be working on some file set ups for a Gaming Truck Company coming to the Los Angeles area soon! 

Stormtrooper Sketch Drawing jlane design

Keep following to see the progress on these new pieces, more information on last week's documentary getting finished and the launch of the Gaming Truck Company.

Week of August 31, 2015 | Documentaries and Paintings

Anti-Drug ScreenShot

This week I have the pleasure of creating some graphic backgrounds for an independent documentary film.  These backgrounds will be displayed during transitions into other segments of the film as well as behind the people telling their story on camera.  I can't give too much away on this project until it's made public. All I can say is it's going to be a great short piece on a very serious topic, that unfortunately affects a lot of people's lives.  It's a fairly quick turnaround on this one and I hope to post a clip of it when it's all finished.  In the meantime here's a little screen grab of one of the backgrounds I've been working on.

I'm also hoping to get more time in on some new paintings.  I have a few laying around the studio that need to get finished so I'll be posting some progress photos of them throughout the week here and on my Instagram feed. 

Some weeks you only get the chance to prep some canvas pieces. Here's two that got prepped this week. Some more beach scenes of course to finish out my Water and Waves series. Still working on the very detailed seascape painting as well. Let's see if these pieces can get completed before the end of the month.

Prepped Canvas

 If you haven't checked it out already, my completed painting are now available as beautiful and affordable prints over at Society6.com  Definitely take a look, as they're available in a variety of sizes as well as framing options.

Seascape in progress



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.