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 November 2nd, 2015 | Damn It Leeroy, Stormtroopers + Ugly Sweater Season

"Damn It Leeroy! Stick to the plan!"  In honor of the new World of Warcraft trailer being released today, I planned on paying a little homage to the most popular RPG in the galaxy.

Stormtrooper Sketch Drawing Jlane Design

This week I worked on a fun mashup of the most popular internet character from the World of Warcraft, Mr. Leeroy Jenkins, and our beloved First Order Stormtroopers from The Force Awakens. If you've gotten this far and have no idea what I'm talking about, please just check this out...it's funny...every time, even if you're not a gamer. 

As usual every idea starts with a sketch for me and I'm lucky enough to have a friend from the dark side to provide me with some reference images for my stormtroopers.  Keep your friends close, keep the dark side closer.

Things change a lot through out the process, especially once the drawing gets into the computer.  I use Adobe Illustrator to get all my designs vectorized and looking beautiful for print.  It's basically like tracing over the drawing, but during that process I can manipulate the design more and easily make changes to it, if I change direction with the concept. 

 

 

 

I have to say after working on each of these First Order Troopers individually, I'm all too familiar with the details of the armor now.  Which lead to me being a complete nerd and perfectionist when it came to finishing up this design.  Everything had to be as accurate as possible, while still keeping it simple.  When you're a perfectionist, it's really difficult to keep it simple due to ALL the detail you want to incorporate in each piece. However I made it happen and here's the final product. 

Stormtrooper Jenkins is on sale right now on my Teepublic shop. Hurry, though, because it's only $14 for the next 72hrs. There's a lot of colors and styles you can choose from as well. My personal favorite is the baseball tee. 3/4 sleeve for the colder days ahead.

 

 

 

And speaking of colder days ahead, Ugly Sweaters are still in high fashion.  To be more exact, Ugly CHRISTMAS Sweaters.  

I'll admit Christmas is my favorite holiday. I freakin' love Christmas. I wish it was longer. But I know some people out there are super Grinch's about the holiday. I get it. For some of these people the holiday's mean getting together with family, but not in the nice Norman Rockwell dream kind of way...I'm talking Griswold Family Vacation kind of way. I know everyone has a cousin Eddie in their family. So for all the people out there that have to go through that similar Christmas Vacation Misery, why not express how you really feel this holiday season.  This Ugly Christmas Sweater is available on my Teepublic shop in a variety of styles and colors. And if you're looking to express your holiday cheer in another fashion, head over to my Redbubble shop and grab this design for your Christmas Cards to send out this year. Let ALL the people know how you really feel.

 

Keep following along to see what I'm up to in the studio every week. Last week I mentioned that I went through all the fantastic Star Wars themed shirts on Teepublic and gathered them all into one shop.  Check out All the Forces in the Galaxy to see some of my designs as well as other amazing designs by a bunch of talented people who love Star Wars just as much as the rest of us.

Next week I'll be working on some things that will make awesome gifts this year for the nerdy, geeky and adorably dorky people on your list.

MTFBWY.

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 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!