Week of November 9th, 2015 | This R2 Unit Has a Bad Motivator + Get to Giving

Sometimes, one week isn't long enough to create and finish all the things you would like.  It seems like you completely lose track of time when you're having fun, or when you're tying to nail down a new design, over analyzing...trying to make it perfect and it still doesn't resemble anything that you could be proud of.  I really let this R2 unit down.  So that leaves me with the task of starting over from scratch on this new design, and you'll have to wait until early next week to get your hands on it.  But here's a little sneak peak into what's in the works. Think cold weather, sweaters, and your favorite droids.

Jlane Design Christmas Holiday Gift Guide

I've also been working on a new feature for the website this week.  A little something to get everyone in the giving mood for the holidays.  I'll be launching this new feature in next Friday's "In the Studio" post.  Here's a little piece, to get a taste. 

Speaking of getting into the giving mood, make sure you stop by my Teepublic shop today. There was a short sale this week that's ending in a few hours, so it's a good time to get your hands on some of my work for a great deal. Also check out my shop that includes not only my designs, but some of the other talented people on Teepublic and their designs. All Star Wars themed, of course. 

I do understand this week's post is a little short, but I promise you it only means bigger and better things to come next week. Like I said, sometimes one week just isn't enough time to create and finish all the fun stuff you wish to.  Spend time to make it great, it's worth it.

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.