Week of February 29th, 2016 | Leap Day, World Book Day + The Kitty, Kitty Cat

We started off this week with a whole extra 24 hrs this year! How amazing is that, only happens every 4 years so you kind of have to make the best of it.  I took advantage of it by getting back into some of my painting. As I’ve mentioned before there’s a lot of areas of creativity that I tend to dabble in, not just the nerdy things (although they are my favorite). One of those other areas is painting. I’ve been painting since I was little wee one. I love it. I’m not by any means J.M.W Turner, but I’m fairly good at it. Last summer I had 'Saturday Afternoon' piece showcased in a group show in Laguna Beach.  And if you check out the other few I have on here, you’ll see that they are all available for sale as prints…framed, unframed, printed on amazingly beautiful stretched canvas all through my Society 6 shop. (If you’re looking for something custom, you can always contact me here). So I took this full free day to go back to some pieces I’d like to complete this year. Here’s a look at my recent work in progress.

Ocean Waves Beach Painting Acrylic on Canvas Jlane Design
World Book Day Neil Gaiman Felicia Day J.K. Rowling Books Coffee Blanket

Besides having one whole extra day this week, it was also World Book Day!! This past Thursday is when they celebrated the absolute fantasticalness of books.  I heart books. I enjoy the smell of an old book, libraries are like musuems to me. I make it point to read every day. Getting lost in another world is such a great use of your time. I recommend it.  I celebrated World Book Day, by cozying it up to a few of my favorites.  I just finished Felicia Day’s “You’re Never Weird on the Internet(Almost)” and it’s amazing…please check it out. So many moments where I felt like I was reading about myself. Also a little tribute to my all time favorites, Harry Potter (of course) and my favorite author Neil Gaiman. “Neverwhere” was the first book I read by him and I now own everything he writes. “American Gods” will always be my favorite book, hands down, but “Neverwhere” is what got me started.

Ok, let’s get to some actual work from this week. I wrote last week about this new piece and I’m sure you all guessed it was a Catwoman themed design and you’re correct! So yay, you figured something out…or I told you. Well here some progress pieces to show you. A few sketches and a little video to showcase what it looks like bringing my sketches to life digitally. Yes, that’s me, tracing in the computer, on Adobe Illustrator. Check it out. 

And below you'll see my sketch before the computer and then my sketch turned digital after the computer. I added color and shading, plus I was able to manipulate some areas of the sketch that needed help with proportion or curves. Adobe Illustrator helps me do all those things in order to prep it for printing on T-Shirts. 

Catwoman Claws Glove Hand Sketch and Digital

After all the elements are done being prepped, I combine them all in photoshop and design my shirt. Here's the final piece and what it looks like all finished. 

'The Cat' design is now available over on my Teepublic shop. It’s only $14 all weekend long, so check it out before it goes full price.  It’s not only on T-shirts, but you can get prints and phone cases as well now! 

Before I leave you all to get to your fun filled weekends, make sure to check out my Redbubble shop, as ‘The Psycho’ just got added and there’s a ton of products to up your Comic Con and Cosplay game. Just check out the skirt and bag below. That bag will hold ALL the fan fun stuff at conventions this year.  So make sure to check out all the new stuff this weekend, and I'll meet you all back here next Friday, sound good?...It's a date! Till then, MTFBWY!

Week of February 15th, 2016 | The Psycho + What's Your Favorite Kind of Crazy?

Hi, Puddin’! It’s Friday and if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, then maybe the new T-shirt release this week will.  Last week I previewed some sketches I had been working on for this new design. Were you able to guess who those weapon’s belonged too?  Here’s a refresher below:

Progress pieces like the one above can really show how these designs get made. I know more than a few artists that still sketch the old school way, like you see here, with paper and pencil. I also know a lot of artists who fully embrace new technology and create their artwork digitally with a fancy tablet like the Wacom Cintiq Creative Pen Display.  These tablets are fantastic as it’s basically a direct digital drawing pad.  I definitely hope to upgrade to one of these, but for now I still love the feeling of pencil to paper. The process is a little slower that the direct digital tablets, considering I sketch on paper, scan in my sketches, the re-draw them digitally in programs such as Adobe Illustrator. However, it still gets the job done and I’m still having fun.

You can see below a little video of how the process of redrawing the sketch works in Adobe Illustrator. This is a sped up process being shown, so trust there’s a lot more time involved to achieving the above final colored version.

Right about now, you’re probably saying “That’s great Jessica, I have no idea what you’re talking about…technology?…words?…can you please just show us this new awesome shirt?”  Yes, you impossible and impatient fans.  This new T-Shirt release is a jump into the dark side of my Female Heroine Series and Choose Your Adventure design.  You can’t have a hero without a villain, right? So why leave them out. Especially when there’s so many great ones to choose from. And I really wanted to do a Harley Quinn shirt for a while, now. Here’s the new design. 'The Psycho'. It’s now available on my Teepublic shop for $14 all weekend. So make sure you take advantage of this deal before it goes full price.  There’s tons of styles to choose from, Tees, Tanks, Prints and now Phone Cases…iPhone 6 and Samsung 6 cases too!

With so many great female villains to choose from for inspiration, I want to hear from you guys who YOU would like to see more artwork for? What’s your kind of crazy? I encourage you all to leave your responses below or comment on my Facebook page along with this post. I think it’s time we take our relationship to the next level and start some social interacting. I appreciate you all for sticking with me this long.

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 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 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!