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 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 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.