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 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 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!