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 8th, 2016 | A Scavenger, A Princess, A Wizard... + Squad Goals

And we’re the five best friends that anyone could have, oh the five best friends…ok, I’ll stop singing and get on with it.

This week was all about being inspired by my last T-Shirt release, ‘Choose Your Adventure’  It was a combination of some of my favorite female leads in films past, present and future.  It has all the empowerment for little girls and adult girls everywhere, with all the geekiness they need in their life. It’s available now for your little ones, you must get them started early with this really cute onesie on my Redbubble shop. And while you’re watching your wee one dreaming of which female hero she can be when she grows up, start drinking a lot of coffee in the this mug, because she’s not gonna be napping long.

Now all that inspiration lead to five new designs this week. FIVE! Granted most of the artwork was all ready made last week, so that made this daring fete possible.  Most likely I won’t be releasing five new design in one week again…maybe…we’ll see.  Realizing there are so many fandoms out there and these are some of my top fav, I notice they aren’t everyone’s. So what happens when you have chosen your ultimate hero/female badass. Well you buy one of the individual shirts of course.

Here’s all five individual shirts available now on my Teepublic shop in a variety of styles and colors. You can get them all weekend long for only $14. It’s a great deal…I know. So which one will you choose?  You can go directly to them by clicking on your favorite below! 

Could you imagine if your squad consisted of the five women above…unstoppable, that’s all I have to say. 

Speaking of Squad.  I started on some sketching for my next round of designs.  Can you guess who these weapons belong to? And who else is excited about Suicide Squad? I know there’s a lot of mixed feelings, but I’m going with it. I’m a little excited about it, maybe a lot.

That’s it for this week! I hope everyone has a super amazing weekend! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see all the sketch progress I’ll making next week on new designs. Until then…MTFBWY!

Harley Quinn's Hammer and Cork Gun Sketch

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.