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 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 22nd, 2016 | The Cat's Out of The Bag + You Said Sale...Right?!

The two things the internet wins at…cats and shopping. Shopping for sales online, is even better. And I’ve got both of them in this weeks post. Ok, so I don’t have the cute little cat videos that keep you smiling through a Friday afternoon at work. What I’ve been working on this week is a little more sinister…and of course geeky.  

The Dog and Her Artist

The Dog and Her Artist

I wrote a couple weeks ago on my Blog about all the Sci-Fi shows I’ve been watching lately and although I’m a huge Sci-Fi and Fantasy geek…I picked up on Gotham recently. I’ve always been a Batman fan, Michael Keaton will always be my Batman, and thought it would be fun to get back into while I wait for more Star Wars. It really started with all the excitement from Suicide Squad coming out in August. Which is why I released a new design last week called ‘The Psycho’, just a little fun fan art on Harley Quinn. However, I’m now on a role and really want to visit some of the awesome female villains in the DC world.  This week I started some sketches on a new release that will come out next week. Can you figure out who it is? Don’t tell my dog, she’s not keen on the whole cat thing, she was a little concerned when she saw the claw sketch start to happen, as you can see.

So be prepared for next week’s release, make sure to follow along on some progress pieces too! There’s always fun stuff to see on my Instagram and you’ll be the first to know when something new comes out…or even better…when there’s a sale!

Speaking of sale, there’s one going on right now on my Teepublic shop.  Everything is on sale! T-Shirts, Tanks, Hoodies, Prints and Phone Cases too! There’s such a variety of Star Wars fan art to choose from in all styles so make sure you check it out this weekend, before it ends. 

 

Also make sure to follow along on Facebook or Instagram to get a first dibs on next weeks release. Until then, have the happiest weekend ever, and I'll be back at on Monday with the rest of you! 

Week of February 1st, 2016 | All The Fangirls + Choose Your Adventure

I’m a few days late on the post. My recaps of what I’m working on in the Studio are usually posted on Fridays, but I’ve got something stellar for you guys and it just needed some extra time.  

Last week was filled with some freelance work and my own new T-shirt design. It was a busy week, but I got through it all and I’m able to release a new design today for you all.

I know recently I’ve been talking a lot about all the new exciting movies coming out in this year and I kept racking my brain on how I could encompass all of my favorites into one very cool design.  After a few weeks of sketching and tweaking designs I finally came up with this one. Not only does it have all my favorite past, present and future fandoms, but the theme is really every fangirl’s daydream.

Leia's Blaster and  Hermione's Wand Sketch

Leia's Blaster and  Hermione's Wand Sketch

Battling against the First Order, fighting for gender equality, saving Han Solo from carbonatedefeating dark magic or busting’ some creepy ghosts…every girl has imagined themselves as the hero of those stories at some point. And this new design has all of these, now you can "Choose Your Adventure".

Choose Your Adventure Baseball Tee and T-Shirt available on    Teepublic

Choose Your Adventure Baseball Tee and T-Shirt available on Teepublic

This design is available on my Teepublic shop for the next 3 days for only $14. So make sure to check out all the different styles and colors available as well as prints and phone cases. 

This new shirt has all the empowerment for little girls and adult girls everywhere. It’s so inspiring seeing young girls cosplay as the new female cast of Ghostbuster, at conventions now.  The feedback from parents who have taken their kids to see The Force Awakens and seeing their girl’s faces light up at watching Rey on screen. I can only hope this female empowerment continues with great woman with lead roles in the geek world and beyond.

I hope you like the new design, there’s another design coming this week that should pair nicely with this. So stay tuned, and as always…MTFBWY!

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 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 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 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.