I’ve been MIA…

 

Hey guys,

Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while. This year has been kicking my bum, to be honest. I have been diligently working on commissions most of the year. Then in April my husband and I went to Star Wars Celebration in Orlando with several friends. Which was awesome! Tiring but awesome none-the-less. And on the return trip home from Celebration, the dreaded con crud hit. I recovered briefly for about two days before the second wave of crud hit me again. So, I was out of it for about 2.5 to 3 weeks after Celebration. I had to play catch up on a few commissions, but I’ve been back at it since late April.

Anyhow, I wanted to touch on something that I finally came to a decision on, and that’s the fact that I’m going to start reducing the number of commissions I take on during the year. The reason is due to projects that I’m starting that I want to devote more time to. Namely, more PINUPS! 😀  I got the idea a while back that I should “re-do” my Star Wars Pinups from back around 2010 & 2011, but update them and make their costumes more accurate. That means that their costumes will be as “movie canon” as possible. Given that I have plenty of awesome 501st Legion friends, including my husband, that will allow me to use their costumes (as well as themselves a bit, too) for reference, these new Pinups will walk that very fine line of still remaining true to the “pinup” form (read: sexy); but in a more realistic way. No scantily clad women, or “boob windows” in the costumes. Just naturally beautiful women serving the Empire or Rebels – whichever team you prefer. 😉

And to kick off the project, I started with a Biker Scout!  

Greetings From The Moon of Endor – Biker Scout Pinup

I plan on doing a series of these pinups, and it’s going to take some time to get them all drawn up and painted. I would also like to look into doing some type of merchandise with them, in either an official capacity or charitable one.  I haven’t decided yet, but I wanted to get the majority of them sketched out and at a reasonable phase of ‘done-ness’ before I start looking into all of that. As for prints of these beauties, I do know that I will do a limited run on them – so if you like what you see and I have them up for sale I’m giving you fair warning now that they will be limited and not open stock.

Oh, and also I am trying to line up my schedule for the second half of this year for conventions. I don’t know how many I will be attending, but when I do, I’ll post about it on my social media accounts. If you don’t already follow me on those, please go give a like or follow to keep up with me there. I don’t post often, but when I do it’s usually when I have something special to say or promote. Though I try not to spam.

Anyhow, I will post again when I get a free moment. Until then, thanks for checking out my work, and I’ll catch you guys later. Until next time…

~Jenn

Celebration Orlando Check-list & Itinerary Sheets!

 

Wow, you guys!  I’ve gotta say that I’m completely overwhelmed with the positive reactions to my Celebration Planning Sheets. I honestly didn’t expect it!  I wanted to personally say Thank You to everyone who’s shared this post. You guys are awesome! And also, to let you know that I’ve added yet another portion to these planning sheets. (Yes… again.) This time it’s Budget Sheets, both for the entire trip, and also our Shopping/Wishlist while at Celebration.

I’ve posted each of the PDFs by themselves (further down this page), but I then decided to go ahead and combine all of the sheets into one PDF – so you get them all in one download!  You can use any or all of the sheets; whatever suits your needs best.

But Thanks again, and we’ll see you guys at Celebration! 😀

Please click the image below for the Free PDF Download

 

 


Second Updated Post from March 22, 2017

**Second Update – Final Installment**

I think that I’m finished with the Celebration Planning Sheets now with this final update, lol. 🙂  Hopefully these will help keep us on track so we have less to worry with and can just have fun!There is a Wishlist to help manage your budget with all of the wonderful ‘Must Buys’ while at the con. There’s also a place to list the vendor or artist, and their booth number!  The second portion is the budget sheet for the entire trip that covers travel and lodging expenses, food & drink, and entertainment; with space for the estimated amounts and then the actual amounts. (I know I always spend too much!)  All to help keep us on track so we have less to worry with and can just have fun!

Please Click the Images Below to Download!

 


Updated Post from March 18, 2017

**Update!**

In preparation of the Celebration Schedule being posted, I’ve added a new Freebie – the Panel & Event Itinerary Sheet!

This PDF is editable; you can fill it out and print, or print and fill out by hand.
There’s also a checklist to make sure that you have your personal items with you for each event! 

Please click the Image below to download!

 


Original Post from Feb. 16, 2017

 

Greetings Everyone!

I wanted to share a special file that I’ve made for those who will be attending Star Wars Celebration Orlando this April. It’s an editable and printable checklist and itinerary PDF to help you get everything ready for an extended weekend full of Star Wars Geeky Goodness!

This PDF file includes:

  • Packing Check-list – for all of your normal clothing, toiletries, and accessory items.
  • Trip Itinerary #1 – This itinerary is for flights, hotel, car rental, and any other ticketed events.
  • Trip Itinerary #2 – This itinerary is for those who will be driving; including car rental info, driving directions, hotel, and other ticketed events.
  • Costume Check-list – For those who are going to be attending Celebration and will be dressing up in costume, whether you’re part of the 501st Legion, Rebel Legion, Mando Mercs – or just want to dress up and have fun, this sheet is to help keep track of everything for your costumes!

I can’t wait for Celebration, and I hope to see you guys there! 😀

This is a FREE download, so please feel free to share!
(Click the image below to download)

 

 

 

Hope…

*Note: The ‘Hope’ Leia T-shirt is no longer available on TeePublic.*

 

Greetings everyone!

It’s been a little while since my last post and a lot has happened. I’ve been painting right along and working on commissions and such since my last post in November, I’m just horrible about updates on my site. Sorry!

Okay, so since my last post, the biggest thing that happened in my mind (aside from politics driving me mad) is the loss of our Princess and General… Carrie Fisher. Her heart attack in late December came as a shock. Those in the Star Wars community and beyond were all sending her healing thoughts, prayers, and words of hope for her recovery. We were hoping that she wouldn’t be one of the many celebrities taken from us in 2016.  However, just when things seemed to be getting a bit better, Ms. Fisher passed away. When I got the news, I began crying – sobbing actually  – over her passing. I didn’t know Ms. Fisher, but I grew up with her presence; she was like a member of the family. Everyone’s favorite quirky Aunt. I admired her. She was always honest, open, and blunt. She had a great sense of humor with an amazing talent for writing, and she was a strong woman who didn’t take any nonsense. Those qualities are something that I believe that I, along with many other women in my generation and younger, have kind of absorbed into our personalities from her example. Sure, she had some wild times during her younger days, and she struggled with her bi-polar and depression, just like many of the rest of us do. But I think that the main reason that she was so inspiring is that she continued on, she didn’t give up, and she didn’t hide it or shy away from it. She accepted it as part of who she was.  Which is an example that I think lends itself to Hope.

Re-winding back to 2015, I had started a Princess Leia painting in August. I was creating a time-lapsed video series of the piece being created for demonstration purposes of my painting process. Anyhow, I had taken a screenshot of Leia and decided to post it to Twitter….

 

 

And to my surprise, Ms. Fisher saw it and Favorited it! Yes, I know I tagged her in it, but you hardly ever expect for celebrities to actually see all of their notifications. They get so many that I just assumed that mine would get lost in the shuffle of things, but I still wanted to attempt to show her.  Anyhow, time went on, I finished most of the video series, but I had other projects and commissions that demanded my time and that portrait of Princess Leia had been put on the back-burner.

Now, fast-forward to the day after Carrie’s passing, and we also lost her mother, Debbie Reynolds. I was, and still am, truly heartbroken over this – I can’t even imagine what Todd Fisher, Billy Lourd, and the rest of their family have gone through. I just know that the rest of the world’s hearts were breaking right along with them. I knew that Carrie and her mother, Debbie, were very close.  I kind of see a bit of my relationship with my Mother and Grandmother there also, so it hit doubly hard for me. Two icons lost in the span of a day. My heart ached with sadness that week, right along with the rest of their family, friends, and fans.

 

Leia’s Hope – In Memory of Carrie Fisher

As a way to channel that grief, I felt that it was time to go back to the portrait of Leia that I had begun in 2015, and finish it as a tribute to Carrie. Being an artist, I am motivated by my emotions, and there were lots of emotions for me to work through.  I wanted a title for this piece also, and given that I had recently seen Rogue One with the reprisal of Leia and her message of “Hope” – I just felt that the title of Hope would fit the piece nicely and serve as a reminder of Carrie’s personality and character to persevere in the face of opposition.

The piece changed a bit from its original concept design, but I think that it possibly turned out better than I had originally planned. The symbol in the top center is the Royal symbol of Alderaan, Leia Organa’s home planet that was destroyed by the Death Star in Star Wars A New Hope. I always felt that the symbol lent itself to an Art Nouveau style, so that inspired to rest of the piece. And of course the Rebel symbols encircling behind her, reminding us all that she was part of the Rebel Alliance. I also wanted to convey a bit of Bespin and Cloud City, seen in Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, since her hairstyle and outfit/costume is from that portion of the film. And lastly, Hope, spelled beneath her to remind us that the ‘Rebellion was built on Hope’.

This piece will be one of three auctioned off for charity at the Drowning in Moonlight Gala Memorial for Carrie Fisher after the opening day of Star Wars Celebration Orlando on April 13th at the Rosen Center Hotel.

 

‘Hope’ – Princess Leia Organa

Then, fast forward to about a month after her passing, and I was inspired once again by Carrie and Leia. I wanted to create something to show that there really is hope and a resistance to what is going on in the real world. Yes, I’m speaking of politics. Those that follow me know that I have a not so subtle leaning towards the Rebellion and their aims. So… thus began a new piece of Leia artwork. I was still working within the theme of Hope, though the expression of Leia and her readiness with a blaster shows that we mean business. This is not the time to keep your head down and ignore the problems. It’s time to get your hands dirty, and work to rebel against the tyranny of the Empire.

For this piece I chose her iconic look from A New Hope, and paired it with a similar styling to what was seen on the packaging of the original Star Wars action figures from the late 70s and early 80s. And of course, the “O” of Hope is replaced with the Rebel Alliance symbol. The subtle shifting of hues from black to blue in the background behind her in the star-field are to represent the fight of oppression and tyranny. (Notice there’s more blue than black, there’s a reason for that… the good guys always win!)

 

And also, while designing this piece, I was thinking that it would make a great design for a t-shirt. I already have a shop on TeePublic, so I thought what better way to help others, than to give the proceeds to charity and to help ensure the rights of every American? So, with that idea, I posted the design and made it known that portions of the proceeds were going to be split between a charity that Carrie Supported, Midnight Mission; as well as the ACLU to support the rights of all Americans.

Just a side note… I am not selling this design in attempt to make a profit off Ms. Fisher or her passing. I am splitting the proceeds between the two great causes in hopes that it will help to benefit those in need as well as protect and strengthen our liberties. Something that I think Ms. Fisher would get behind completely.

So if you have a little extra money, and would like a cool shirt of our Rebellious Princess with her message of Hope, and want to help out some great causes while you’re at it, then pop on over to TeePublic and order! There are not only t-shirts for men, but women’s cut tees as well, with tank tops, kids t-shirts, and hoodies too!

 

And last but not least… as a little commentary of what is going on in the world and where Carrie stood on the matter, I leave you with a tweet from our very own Mark Hamill – aka – Luke Skywalker.

 

 

Thanks for reading & checking out what I’ve been up to lately, and until next time…

~Jenn

(All depictions of Leia Organa are owned by Lucasfilm & Disney, I claim no copyright on the characters or property)

2016 Updates…

 

Well… I see that I have once again fallen behind on my website posts.  I’ve managed to stay mostly on top of uploading art to their respective galleries though – if you’d have a chance to peruse through them recently. 😉

 

keep-calm-and-imagine-create-inspire-2So, this year has gone a little differently than planned, but in a good way.  In late June I was finally able to go full time with my artwork.  Yay!  (que the balloons and confetti, haha)  As a result, I’ve been pretty busy. On the convention front, I think that I’m going to take some time off from them and focus more on private commissions, and my own artwork and line of products.  There may be a few conventions that I still attend for 2017, but smaller and more local ones.  As for my products… well… my bookmarks that I usually have at conventions are so much fun to design and create, that I feel that I must continue them.  Most are up in my Etsy shop, but some I still have yet to upload.  Plus, not a lot of people make bookmarks quite like mine, and I like that they’re unique; not only in their design, but also in their construction.  However, with that said, I feel that I want to branch out a bit from just the ‘geek’ themes.  I’m not quite sure what that means just yet, but I know it will be fun discovering it along the way in the design process.

 

Kid Ahsoka – Star Wars Rebels

I’ve also started a new line of portraits that are kind of like dolls or large-eyed kids.  I haven’t quiet decided, but they certainly are fun to paint.  I know the style has been around for decades, made most famous by Margaret Keane in the 1960s, and others since then.  But Mine seem to be a little different.  I’m essentially applying all of my painting techniques to these cute little kids with the large eyes, of characters we all know and love.  I guess you could also say that they are almost ‘chibi’ style as well.  But I leave that up to the viewer to decide.  I just paint what I think is cute. haha.

 

berrydamask_plannerpromo_mainimage-800I also will be designing more downloadable planners.  The day planner/calendar types.  I LOVE my planner, and while I don’t get into all of the stickers, labels, washi tape and all of that, I do love to color-code, and try and keep track of everything.  So… I figured why not share that with others.  I have a few designs currently in my Etsy Shop, but more are on the way soon. I just have to finish designing them! 😀  If there’s a particular layout or design that you’ve been looking for, either online or in stores, but you haven’t found it yet, I do take suggestions and will do custom planner designs at a moderate price.  So for all of my planner-fans – keep that in mind for the upcoming new year! 🙂

 

At this point, there’s no telling of what the future holds for me, art wise, but I know that it’s just going to be a wonderful ride.  So… until next time…

 

~Jenn

Battling Art Theft In This Digital World… Sigh

***Updated – January 24, 2017***
Dear Miss Jenna is at it again. It appears that she still hasn’t learned her lesson to not steal from others. Some of the pieces are repeats from before, while others appear to be new items that she has stolen. The new items have been added to the list of images below. I am contacting the artists to inform them of the stolen work. This time, I might go ahead and inform my contacts in the media as well to bring more attention to this. Who knows?  She had her chance, and she’s repeated her offense. No more playing nice now.

This may be a bit of a long post, so please bear with me.  😉

Yesterday (October 26th, 2015) I came across an article on Facebook that someone had posted about “If you don’t want your photos stolen, don’t post them online.” (A good read, if you’re concerned about it too.) Being an artist, this is definitely something that I worry about.  Not a huge amount that I lose sleep over it, but enough that I check every so often to see if I find my art being used in a manner that I do not like or permit.  By that I mean that they are not giving credit for my work, have edited it, or are claiming it as their own.  Those are very big ‘no-nos’ in the art community.  I don’t mind people sharing my art, by all means, share away.  Just be sure to give me credit, do not edit my images in any way, and if possible, provide a link to my website or any of my social media accounts so that if people like my work, they can find me easily.  It’s not a difficult concept.  We all like to have recognition for our work, especially if it’s something we put a lot of time and effort into creating.

Having said that, yesterday, after reading the article linked above, I decided to do my periodical Google Image search.  It’s very easy to do.  You just open a new tab/window, go to images.google.com, and then drag any of your images over into their search bar and drop it there.  Google has a nifty bit of coding that allows its servers to locate similar images.  And when I say similar… I mean, it can find your images anywhere on the internet that they are posted.  It’s quite a useful tool, especially for artists and photographers who are policing the usage of their own work. 🙂

Jareth_stolen_JDePaolaComparisonAnyhoo, I was surprised when I dragged my portrait of David Bowie from the film Labyrinth over into the image search and a got a few hits that I didn’t recognize as my own, per-say. For starters, the images were black and white, or grey-scale.  I have never uploaded that image online in anything but color, so that caught my attention right off the bat.  I pulled up the image, which linked to an Etsy shop (that is now shut down) belonging to a “Jenna Lee Artist.” (out of Scotland)  At first glance, I could immediately tell that it was my work, and that it had been Photoshopped. Upon further investigation into their shop, and their other social media accounts, the person who owned that shop had been taking/stealing other artist’s work and claiming it as their own going as far back as 2013!  And had committed all three of my ‘no-nos’ previously mentioned by editing the original works, Photoshopping out their logos, watermarks, and signatures; only to replace the signatures with their own and claim the works as their own creations.  [insert stream of expletives here]

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Animated GIF showing my original artwork and the edited version that was stolen. Click to view in separate window.

I wanted to be absolutely positive that it was my work, so I lined the two images up, one over the other to change the opacity of her image over mine; and you can clearly see what and where my original work has been edited.

  • The first thing is that obviously the color profile has been changed from color to black and white. (to fit with her description of being a “pencil” drawing. ha!)
  • The contrast has also been changed slightly to make the blacks a bit darker and the whites a bit brighter.
  • Then there is my logo and signature in the bottom right hand corner that have been removed, and a strange vine/floral Photoshop brush has been put over top of that to hide where her mistakes were in altering my original image.
  • Next is the face.  You can clearly see in my original image that there is a crease to the left side of the nose going over into the cheek of Bowie’s face.  And also there are a few little lines below the eye on the left, and the mouth shape in my image is exactly Bowie’s lip shape, based on the reference photo that was used.  In the stolen version, the crease near the nose, the lines under the eye, and the corners of the mouth have all been altered.
  • The brick pattern in the background behind Bowie, the grout lines have been removed, and another Photoshop brush has been added to make it appear there are cracks in the image.  (Several of the other stolen artworks also have the same Photoshop brushes in them as well, in exactly the same placements)
  • There were also two (2) watermarks of my name running through his bangs/fringe of his hair, and near his neck around his Adam’s apple, and into the hair on the right side.

Between my original image and the stolen one, I can clearly see that my watermarks, logo, and signature have been cloned, blurred, and smudged out.  These are all tools in Photoshop that are easy to use, but take a while to master. And no, they weren’t ‘masterfully’ done in this stolen piece.  I’m not saying this as a jab or snide remark.  I’m saying that anyone who works in Photoshop on a regular basis is going to recognize the use of these tools in alterations very easily if they are not done successfully.  Even some people who have little to no Photoshop experience will notice these edits as well, if they have a good eye.

My own reference that I created.

My own reference that I created.

Animated GIF Showing Layers being turned on and off in my original Layered PSD File.

Animated GIF Showing Layers being turned on and off in my original Layered PSD File.

And, as a brief side note, the main reason that I knew that this was my work and not someone else’s is because this portrait of Jareth/David Bowie is an amalgam of several images.  There is no scene in the film, Labyrinth, that looks like this image.  And to prove it, I have the original movie stills and promo images that I spliced together to create that look, which you can see in the thumbnail to the left.  I don’t always show all of my ‘behind the scenes’, but in this case, I will do so.  And also you’ll see that I still have the original layered PSD (Photoshop Document) file as well.  The animated GIF to the right shows me turning the layers on and off.  (If you guys ever wondered how I set up my files when painting digitally, I’m sure this GIF is informative, slightly.)

 

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Screencap of my Etsy Message

Anyhow, enough about Jareth, lol. My first action was to contact this person on Etsy and have them remove the artwork that was clearly an altered version of my own.  I did send them a message, but did not receive a reply.  So then I began going through all of the works they were trying to sell in their Etsy shop, and began Google image searching for their original owners.  It was at this point that I decided to make a post on my personal Facebook account, in addition to my Art Page on Facebook to warn others of this person.

 

Personal Facebook Post.

Personal Facebook Post.

Facebook Art Page Post.

Facebook Art Page Post.

Friends and fellow artists came to my aide and assisted me in locating some of the original artist’s whose work had been stolen.  I then took it upon myself to send out as many messages as possible that evening to those artists that had been found, to notify them of this person’s illegal actions and inform them of what had been done already to stop the person.  Many of the artists had no idea, and thanked me for contacting them.  A few were already aware, but had been unsuccessful at getting the images removed thus far.  And this is where I have to give a HUGE Thank You to those who have stepped up and have been helping us find the remaining artists so that we can attempt to contact them and make them aware as well.  And also another BIG Thank You for helping to report this person’s shop on Etsy and having it successfully removed! (Update 1/24/17 – new Etsy shop, but this has mostly photography. Not sure if it’s her or not though, but I’ll be researching to find out.)

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Facebook Private Message I Sent

I also tried to contact her on her Google+ account by commenting on the stolen Jareth piece that she had posted, but my comment was deleted, and I was blocked. (As well as several friend’s comments on Google+ and her Facebook Page that had called her out) Good thing I have more than one Google account. 😉  I was able to go back and collect a few more of the images that she has edited and taken full credit for, and continue my image search for the original creators.  I did send her one last message on Facebook, to which I know was seen, but never received a reply from her.  And then some of those images on Google+ and her Facebook page started to disappear, so I moved on to her Twitter and Pinterest accounts where the images were still posted (but as of writing this now, almost all of them have been removed).  I managed to grab a decent portion of the images though and have posted them at the bottom of this page, and they are linked to the originals and their creators.

Essentially, this entire blog post, along with all of the evidence, has been posted to showcase exactly what this Jenna Lee person has done; and to send a very strong message to her and those who may be thinking about doing something like this themselves.  You will not get away with it, you will be found out, and you will be stopped.  It’s just not cool.  And it’s the quickest way to get a very large angry mob of artists after you. Not to mention the people who appreciate the artists and their work. 😉

Oh, and one last thing… If you really want to be an artist, great! Go out there and practice, take a few courses, ask or pay to be tutored by a professional artist, or watch some YouTube video tutorials; whatever it takes to help you improve your skill.  Push yourself, try new mediums, paint or draw in different styles that you’re not fully comfortable with until you gain the skills in order to execute what you see in your mind onto paper, canvas, or on the computer.  Basically, just get out there and DO THE WORK YOURSELF! Don’t steal from others and try to pass off their years of hard work as your own when you haven’t even hardly tried to better your own talents.  This is a skill, a skill that not everyone is bestowed with.  It’s something to cherish.  And for some, it is their only means of supporting themselves and their families.  How dare you try to take that away from someone and steal from them and their families!  Shame on you!  You owe an apology to everyone that you have stolen from!  And yes, you will be monitored from now on. You brought this on yourself.

And for any artist who has been affected by Jenna Lee’s actions, here is her contact info and  social media links:

**The links provided below have been updated**

Name: Jenna Burton-Cole Lee

Website: jennalee.co/

Etsy: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JennasCreativeStudio

LinkedIn Profile: (inactive) uk.linkedin.com/in/jennaleeartist

LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/jennaleephotography/

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/jennaleestudio/

Google+ Page: plus.google.com/+Jenna-leeCoUk/posts

Pinterest Account: huk.pinterest.com/JBColeLee/

Instagram Account: www.instagram.com/jennaleephotographe/

Twitter Account: twitter.com/jennaleestudio

 

She has now removed most all of the images from all of her social media accounts; although a few images still remain and has since moved on to photography.  The larger images below are a ‘gallery’ to view the ones that I could grab before she purged them all, and they show what she did by removing the original artist’s signature, and adding her own. The smaller thumbnails below that actually link to the real Artist’s work.

Stolen/Edited by Jenna Lee (click images to view larger)

 

 

Links to the Originals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as a special treat… I present to you the “Portraits of Jenna Lee” – I worked really hard on these, you guys!  About 2 minutes each… applying Photoshop Filters! 😀

(Seriously, this is not meant to be mean, or offend, but simply to show how simple it is to do something like this and claim that you ‘drew’ it.)

JennaLeeImageFilters_examples

 

Alright, I’m done with this… for now. 🙂  If anyone has any information to pass along regarding Jenna Lee, or her actions, please feel free to contact me.  Thanks for reading, and remember, Sharing is Caring! 😉

Until next time…

~Jenn