Week of August 29th, 2016 | What About Barb? + Strange Music to Design By

It's been a week of Stranger Things. I just finished the series and I could go on about all the things I loved about this show, but I don't want to give away any spoilers, so I'll just say exactly what I said when the last episode came to an end...What about Barb?

No spoilers but Barb is an amazing friend to Nancy and I feel like her character got a little gipped. I might have to leave it at that for the folks who haven't finished the series yet, but I think you'll agree...Barb deserved more. 

While being inspired by the show this week, I had to sketch out some of my favorite characters.  First was Dustin. He's all I ever wanted in a geeky friend and more. Here's a little 10 minute sketch of one of my favorite Star Wars references from the show, too.

Dustin Stranger Things Lando Sketch JLane Design

I was obviously passionate about Barb's character as well, inspired by my love 90's movies and Bill Murray, I came up with this new design which I hope you all like as much as I do. I definitely see a coffee mug of this design on my desk soon. 'What About Barb' is now available on my Teepublic shop in a variety of styles and colors. As I mentioned before the coffee mug will most likely be decorating my creative space here pretty soon. 

A few people ask what I listen to while creating my designs and really depends on my mood and the mood of the shirt of course. This time I really wanted to get into this one, so I listened to the Stranger Things soundtrack on Spotify. I did find myself switching back and forth from this to a compilation of the 80's songs featured in the episodes, and it was an awesome mix of music to create to. You can find the 80's mix on Spotify here.

I'm always curious what other designers listen to while creating and what helps them get in that zone. Feel free to suggest some playlists or songs/soundtracks that I can check out. 

It's been a Strange but fun week working on this and I can't wait to just relax this weekend and try not to think of Barb...poor, Barb. Have an amazing Labor Day Weekend and May The Force Be With You!!