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 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 February 1st, 2016 | All The Fangirls + Choose Your Adventure

I’m a few days late on the post. My recaps of what I’m working on in the Studio are usually posted on Fridays, but I’ve got something stellar for you guys and it just needed some extra time.  

Last week was filled with some freelance work and my own new T-shirt design. It was a busy week, but I got through it all and I’m able to release a new design today for you all.

I know recently I’ve been talking a lot about all the new exciting movies coming out in this year and I kept racking my brain on how I could encompass all of my favorites into one very cool design.  After a few weeks of sketching and tweaking designs I finally came up with this one. Not only does it have all my favorite past, present and future fandoms, but the theme is really every fangirl’s daydream.

Leia's Blaster and  Hermione's Wand Sketch

Leia's Blaster and  Hermione's Wand Sketch

Battling against the First Order, fighting for gender equality, saving Han Solo from carbonatedefeating dark magic or busting’ some creepy ghosts…every girl has imagined themselves as the hero of those stories at some point. And this new design has all of these, now you can "Choose Your Adventure".

Choose Your Adventure Baseball Tee and T-Shirt available on    Teepublic

Choose Your Adventure Baseball Tee and T-Shirt available on Teepublic

This design is available on my Teepublic shop for the next 3 days for only $14. So make sure to check out all the different styles and colors available as well as prints and phone cases. 

This new shirt has all the empowerment for little girls and adult girls everywhere. It’s so inspiring seeing young girls cosplay as the new female cast of Ghostbuster, at conventions now.  The feedback from parents who have taken their kids to see The Force Awakens and seeing their girl’s faces light up at watching Rey on screen. I can only hope this female empowerment continues with great woman with lead roles in the geek world and beyond.

I hope you like the new design, there’s another design coming this week that should pair nicely with this. So stay tuned, and as always…MTFBWY!

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 December 14th, 2015 | I Don't Need You to Hold My Hand + What's Next?

Disclaimer up front: NO SPOILERS IN THIS!  I don’t like spoilers and I don’t like people who post them. In fact I don’t even like if someone tells me they thought is was amazing or awful or whatever emotion they felt when they saw it, because I don’t want to be influenced in any way by other people and their own personal perception.  I want the experience to be mine, I don’t want to sit there during a movie and ask myself, “Well why didn’t they like it?" or “Why do they like it?” , or “When is the twist going to happen that Carol mentioned…is it this scene?…maybe this scene?…wait, what happened to the twist?"…Ugh. I hate it. Don’t say anything, don’t even give me your fan theory.  Having something especially so close to me, I just don’t want it to be clouded by anyone else’s noise.

Ok, now that I’ve got that out into the world. Let’s talk about what I worked on this week. I’m surprised I got much done considering my excitement was overwhelming at times to the point I think I was just literally walking around in circles counting down the time.  However, I managed to be able to touch on a few things I’ve been thinking about doing and things that just absolutely needed to get done. 

Every year I do handmade holiday cards.  It’s my favorite part of the holidays, because I feel it’s so personal in the midst of all the generic, commercialism of the season. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays. Bring on commercialism. My favorite one so far. I’m totally ok with generic cards too, some of them are really funny and as long as they have a personal message in them, I’m good. I even love the photo cards too!! It’s nice to see all my family and friends faces displayed around the house.  Here’s a quick video of me working on this years cards.  You can also take a look back on my Instagram account and see what I came up with last year.

This week of course was filled with all Star Wars: TFA action and what made it even more special is that super amazing people over at Indieminded.com did a short little ‘Artist Spotlight’ article on me and all I do, from my patterns to my paintings.  They very specifically gave a great shoutout to my Star Wars Quotes/Silhouette Series. It was great, they’re great and if you’re not following them, or don’t know about them…you need to…now. They feature amazing artists, T-Shirt Designers and musicians all the time on their website, twitter, and Facebook.  I really enjoy seeing everyone’s work presented so positively. So JUST DO IT! give them a like and a follow.

And because of all the love these guys showed on my series, it inspired me, for my last T-shirt of the year, to add another Character in the mix and this time, someone new. Rey from The Force Awakens. With a simple quote, I feel applies to not only women, but children too. I think too often we feel the need to hold someone’s hand and don’t realize that it’s entirely ok to let someone feel strong, and do without the hand holding. This new T-shirt ‘Don’t Hold My Hand’ is available on Teepublic now, $14 for the next three days so if you’re doing some last minute online shopping this weekend, at least check it out. Don’t forget there’s now Phone cases for sale, as well.

Don't Hold My Hand Rey Quote T-Shirt Jlane Design Teepublic
Don't Hold My Hand Rey Quote iPhone Case Jlane Design Teepublic

Well, it’s been an amazing year and an even more fantastic end to it. With the TFA out now for the public, and all the aftermath of it, people keep asking…”What’s next?” What do you mean what’s next? Haven’t you seen all the trailers for all the wonderful fandom’s for 2016? And you can’t forget..Ghostbusters is still in my top ten of passionate geekiness and you can totally bet on seeing some stellar tees coming out next year for it. Who doesn’t love a reboot?  2016 is going to be full of such exciting new things on Jlane Design and it’s all for you guys, girls, nerds, geeks, and everyone in between.

So I leave you all to enjoy every minute of your holiday, please go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Have an incredible New Year! …And as usual, MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS!

Can’t wait to come back here in 2016!! 

Week of November 30th, 2015 | Hello from the Other Side + A Jedi's Trust

Hello. It's me. I'm in California dreaming, this cold would go away.  But alas, I'm writing this from the other side...of the bed.  It's that time of season for Thanksgiving, gift giving and germ giving, and I got bad part of those three. Yay!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, I hope you all had a delicious one. I also hope you had a chance to check out my Blog post from last week as well. I received a lot of goodies from Nerd Block last month and I released a new feature on my website, you can read all about it here.

Now this week I’ve been under the weather and between late night cough attacks and taking ALL the medicine I could possibly get my germ ridden hands on, it was a little difficult to get to a lot work I wanted to get done.  However, I was able to knock out this new piece that’s been on my mind.  I had this idea when I started my silhouette series with “Don’t Rescue Me”. So I’m excited that I had the chance to get this new design out there. “Jedi’s Trust” is inspired by the classic Star Wars character Yoda.  A Master in the ways of The Force, he is. And trusting in your feelings, is trusting in yourself. So listen to the wise Jedi Master, Yoda. Do it, you must. Feelings you must trust. (said in your best Yoda voice) 

Jedi's Trust Yoda Quote T-Shirt baseball tee Jlane Design Teepublic

Along with this new design, I also spent the week working on some new drawing and sketching techniques. So a lot classes and tutorials to help sharpen my skills and learn new things. There's always room for improvement and learning. I will be posting some new sketch techniques on Instagram throughout the rest of the month and into the new year. If you don't follow me, there's a link at the bottom. You can watch my progress, chime in on you're favorite techniques even feel free to give me some feedback on my style. I would love to hear everyone's thoughts and ideas.

Another fun thing I've got going on on Instagram is my Christmas Movie Advent.  25 days of Christmas inspired movies to keep you in good holiday spirit throughout the month. Here's a little preview. Print outs of the movie posters are kept inside the envelopes as show below.

Christmas Movie Advent Jlane Design

This was a lot of fun last year. Friends and family got into it and are now on the watch for what we've chosen this year.  I totally encourage you to follow along, comment on what you have on your list, or even post with us using our list from last year. If you're on Instagram or Facebook, just give me a follow and make sure to tag @jlanedesign to get into the holiday spirit with me! I've attached last year's list below! Hope you enjoy it.  I'm going now going to make a crazy Friday night, by taking some more medicine and watching Day 4's movie surprise! 

25 Days of Christmas Movies:

 

  1. White Christmas
  2. Miracle on 34th St.
  3. Love Actually
  4. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  5. The Year Without Santa Clause
  6. Scrooged
  7. A Christmas Story
  8. The Grinch (Jim Carry)
  9. The Grinch Original
  10. Elf
  11. Christmas Vacation
  12. The Santa Clause
  13. Charlie Brown Christmas
  14. Home Alone
  15. Jingle All the Way
  16. Holiday Inn
  17. Frosty the Snowman
  18. Santa Clause The Movie
  19. Bad Santa
  20. Muppet Christmas Carol
  21. It’s a Wonderful Life
  22. Nightmare Before Christmas
  23. Gremlins
  24. Die Hard
  25. The Bishops Wife


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 19th, 2015 | The Han to My Leia + Shady Lane's Saturday Afternoon

Happy, happy Friday! I'll say right off that this past Monday, was very challenging for me to get any work done due to the newest trailer for The Force Awakens. However, I was still able to release a new shirt and get a lot of love for the new style I was talking about in last weeks In the Studio post.  The shirt released Monday was "Whoso Pulleth Out This Sword", available now on Teepublic. A little mash up of Kylo Ren (The Force Awakens) and one of my favorite Disney films, when I was a kid, Sword in the Stone.  It was a lot fun to work on and I'll be coming out with a few more T-Shirt design in this style, in the near future.  

Let's discuss the very latest T-Shirt that I just release today. It is the Han to my Leia.  As much as Leia doesn't need rescuing, this rebel learns to get over himself and be apart of the greater good of the galaxy, and still wants to be a hero.  "Here to Rescue You" is something I dreamed up this week.  I believe it is the perfect compliment to "Don't Rescue Me" and gets a little honest with the fact that at the end of the day, little boys, just as much as little girls, still dream of being someone's hero.  Chivalry is not dead. It's 2015, it's just expressed differently. This new design is available on Teepublic for the next 72 hrs for only $14.

Last month I discussed in the Week of September 13th, In the Studio post, about one of my paintings, "Saturday Afternoon" being printed out at 8' x 16' for an install at a Bed and Breakfast.  Everything went so well and I'm so excited to show you all some of the installation photos below.  My wonderful friends at Astek Inc. did an amazing job of printing one of my pieces I created this past summer.  I was able to drop off my painting and have them scan it in on one of their nice large format scanners then they digitally printed, in one piece on a very durable 8ft wide outdoor banner material. After all that it was shipped and then the awesome folks at Shady Lane Bed and Breakfast had it framed and installed in their outdoor lounge area.  

If you're interested in purchasing prints of my paintings, even this one, you can check out my Society6 shop and grab some. They are great quality prints, with lots of framing options and very affordable.  If you're looking to get something custom printed, like the people at Shady Lane Bed and Breakfast in Hugoton, KS, feel free to contact me directly.

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.

Week of September 28th, 2015 | Old Rebel, New Resistance + Coming Through in Waves

Last week was lacking an "In the Studio" post and I have to apologize. It wasn't due to the fact that I didn't have any content I was working on...I did...and I was really excited to share it with you all. Unfortunately the week got away from me, with lots of work and an unexpected trip out of town. However, I'm going to share with you this week the one thing I was excited about and more.

The week of September 13th when I released my latest T-Shirt design, "Control the Galaxy", I also showed a sneak peak of a new design that was coming next.  "Old Rebel, New Resistance".  In the same vain of the last T-shirt design, I combined Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Helmet from the original Star Wars trilogy with Poe Dameron's X-Wing Helmet from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  This shirt is available for sale in a variety of styles and colors on Teepublic.  I hope you like it, and you know...holidays are coming up...it would make for a really cool present. Just sayin'

So in addition to working on getting that new design ready for sale, I was able to get back into the studio and do some painting.  A few weeks ago I had prepped some canvas pieces and I wanted to show you all how this one new piece is coming along.  Here's some progress shots of some of the detail that goes into my artwork and you can also get a sense of how things change throughout the process.  I just spent most of the day in the studio again today, although it was a rough day getting back into it after the quick trip I just had.  Sometimes you have these days or weeks where you're just on it, and then there's days where you can feel a little defeated and as though nothing is working or coming out the way you expect it to.  Today was one of those days and the best advise I can give, is to step away from the piece, often.  Take the time to examine it and see where you feel things might be going in the wrong direction.  You'll do this more than a few times, at least I did, but after a while you'll get it. Just have the guts to keep going and don't quit on it. 

Frustration is not an interruption of the process, frustration is the process
— Elizabeth Gilbert - Writer

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!