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 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 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 January 18th, 2016 | Collection Completed + A Little Recap

This week I'm spending some time away from the studio. Everyone needs a little break now and then. Another recharge after the holidays. But I didn't want to leave this week without a post. So I brought along the laptop and I'm writing you from my hotel room right now. 

I've been wanting to do a recap for awhile, on my Star Wars Silhouette series from last year.  I just ended the collection the first week of this year, with "Wookiee Talk".  It's a pretty great collection and everyone seems to be loving these designs as much as I do. In fact last year the fantastic people over at Indieminded decided to do a little "Artist Spotlight" on me and these designs.

There's a variety of products to choose from in these designs below. Tees, stickers and phone cases are a just a few. 

All these designs are available now on my  Teepublic  shop and  Redbubble  shop.

All these designs are available now on my Teepublic shop and Redbubble shop.

Also new to my Redbubble shop is last week's design, "I Like That Wookiee".  You can now get more than just shirts. This design is also available as stickers, phone cases, tote bags and pencil pouches like these below.

As much as I hate to make this such a short post, I gotta go get some play time in before the weekend is over. I know you all understand.  Most importantly I just wanted to recap these great designs from last year and the new ones this year. The Silhouette Collection is now complete and I'll be moving on to nerdier things.  With all the great geek movies coming out this year, there's going to be a big variety in my shops focusing on my favorites of course. So keep following along and...MTFBWY.

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 November 16th, 2015 | Feliz NaviDroid, Joy to the Galaxy + A Giving Guide is Near

Joy to the world, the Droids have come! It's been a fun couple of weeks creating some new holiday designs.  Even though, "Christmas Vacation Misery" still seems to be everyone's favorite, I've decided to incorporate some Star Wars love into these new Tees and Sweaters.  You'll need something warm and cozy to wear while camping out in line to see The Force Awakens. For my L.A. peeps, you'll probably just need a T-Shirt...maybe a tank top.

So I designed two this year, and I know there's a little bit of cheating involved but I loved both of these versions so much, it was really hard to decided in the end which one to go with. I went with both, why not.

Here's a couple sketches.  The R2 sketch was originally intended for something else, entirely.  Last week I explained in my "In the Studio" post that sometimes it's ok to scrap something and start over. I wasn't feeling last weeks design so I tossed the idea, gave myself a break and came up with these. It pays off to listen to your gut while being creative, if you don't love working on it, it will show in your design.

Here's the final pieces.  Both are available on my Teepublic shop right now. $14 for T-Shirts for the next 72 hrs, so get them quick.  Sweaters are on sale as well, everything available in a variety of colors and styles.

Feliz NaviDroid

Feliz NaviDroid

Joy to the Galaxy

Joy to the Galaxy

Maybe you're thinking you need holiday cards to send out this year!!  "Christmas Vacation Misery" is also now available to send to your family this year, check it out on my Redbubble shop

Keep and eye out, cause next week on Monday, I'll be launching my Holiday Gift Guide. Here's a sneak peak, it's almost finalized and it will definitely easily help you this coming Friday with some online shopping, while everyone's still passed out from all that Turkey and mashed potatoes...and stuffing...and pie. Ok I'm drooling all over my keyboard now. Time to go and get this guide ready for you guys! Enjoy the new designs, and as always...MTFBWY!!

Jlane Design Christmas Holiday Gift Guide

Have a great weekend and check back in on Monday for the Holiday Guide and a new Nerd Block unveiling!!