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.