Bomb Squad Artist Spotlight: Jade Gordon

Our Lady of Perpetual Kittens, Jade Gordon

You’ve most likely seen Jade’s work around Bombsheller before. Perhaps you pined for #SkullPile around Halloween, or recently agonized over which color variant of #Tentacles to choose (correct answer: all of them). Maybe you considered wearing #ThanksgivingCats or #ChristmasCats to family dinners last year, or found yourself wondering just how many cat leggings is too many cat leggings (correct answer: no such thing).

Jade wearing an early iteration of #Tentacles at Steamcon

Jade wearing an early iteration of #Tentacles at Steamcon

 

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Jade’s selection of shells continues to grow – we just added her 11th design to our catalog! Welcome #Corgiflage – perfect for those times when all you want is to blend into a pile of fluffy-bottomed puppies.

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We adore Jade and her designs, and we think that building a collection of that size is the perfect excuse to introduce her to you!

While Jade makes a lot of badass textile prints, it’s not her only focus, and certainly not her only talent. She creates using a variety of mediums – pen, pencil, watercolor, digital – but has also managed to create works in a variety of different styles while still making everything undoubtedly her own. Her creative works range from animals in suits to human bodies in motion, from fan art to fairies, from earth to the deep reaches of space. Chances are, no matter what your interests, you’ll find something in her gallery that you’ll love. We asked her a few questions, and we were delighted that she provided us with answers to share with you all!


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You use a variety of styles and techniques in your art. When it comes to creating, do you have a favorite artistic style, or does that vary depending on your mood? 

Well, how can I ever let go of a love of the organic-ness of Nouveau? I think these days I spend a lot of time admiring independent comic artists. There’s so much variety in style and technique, yet there’s often still a heavily organic and crafty feel to it.

My own work definitely varies with mood, or whatever I’ve been looking at lately. I try to seek out new inspirations when I feel like I’m habitually making things of a formulaic technique rather than being creative. I feel like I go in waves for a long time, then I move on to a new style/technique/theme. 

A steampunk robot Jade Gordon, otherwise known as J-99-B1

Do you have a favorite medium or mix of mediums? 

Blue pencil and inks are probably the most beloved, but I’m leaning more toward digital and tablets because the increased speed and simplification are a lot less wear and tear on the joint and neuromuscular issues I have. 

Last year, you created hundreds of new textile designs. Just how different is the process of creating them versus your fan art and your paintings?

Textile designs can be so prolific because I can play with my original art and include that as well as things intended to be patterns from the start. I think developing for textiles gets me in the habit of thinking about how the art can be used – even simple prints need space for bleeds, and sometimes the ability to print as a square or a rectangle… or on a button, sticker, etc. I feel I’m getting better about having that in mind earlier in the process.

Textile prints from Jade Gordon’s website

What do you like to listen to or have on in the background when you’re creating? Do you have a playlist you’d like to share?

I do have to be listening to something while I work! Sometimes I’ll use Pandora for a little randomness, but I often find concentration is best aided by Classical, Instrumental/Movie Scores, or something driving and loud like NIN, Daft Punk, or Ministry – it’s all enjoyable but more of a noise that locks distractions out and I get a little more focused on the work at hand. I also sometimes find re-watching favorite movies or TV shows to have a similar effect as a familiar long-form music piece.

Most of my music lives on my computer, but sometimes I’ll throw together a list like this (click the top left icon on the video or click here to see the full list):

Are you working on any projects right now that you’re particularly excited about?

Not especially! I am generally working around my health needs and limitations, so I feel like I’ll never be done with all the little ideas, much less planning for the bigger ideas (though I am trying to gather my lists and notes to design some kind of new workflow)! I’m hoping to do more painting soon, now that I’ve worked out a little more space for an easel, my last painting mishap sprayed electric blue paint all over a kitchen wall. Thank goodness acrylic paint peels off many things when dry!

44th president Barack Obama follows you on Twitter. How does that make you feel?

Grateful that I don’t feel the need to entirely block him out like I do with 45? I’m also curious to see what Obama does from here on. Presidents don’t historically have the best track records/lifespans, but watching them as we can in the modern era, the choices they make, their priorities, their continued sacrifice and care of others, and how the process and atone for their errors is… interesting!


Thanks for chatting with us, Jade! We’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

View the full collection of Jade Gordon shells here!

For more of Jade’s work, make sure to check out her website and follow her on social media!

@jadegordon

www.jadegordon.com

www.facebook.com/jadegordonartist

Design Guidelines Checklist

Wondering if your design meets all our guidelines? Wonder no more! Use this guide whenever you’re designing a new pair of leggings to make sure your design won’t be rejected due to easily fixable issues. Refer to our support page for more in depth assistance.

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Top selling designs

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Top selling artists

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2.  SpectraLotus
3. Mandroid
4. Everyday Warrior
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Artist Update: Increasing Image Resolution

Hello Artists! If you have designed more than one pair of Bombsheller leggings you’ve likely faced the all too common dilemma of inadequate image quality. The canvas we are working on is huge and can rarely be spanned by the public domain images found online or snaps from a point and shoot camera. One easy workaround to increase the resolutions of pixel-based graphics is upsampling. In many robust graphics editors such as Photoshop, you can simply increase the pixel count, and with behind the scenes magic the software can make an educated guess at how these new pixels should be filled. Usually you can get away with doubling the image size, but the method is not foolproof. Check out the video for a walk through and more information on things to look out for. Remember, regularly check your graphics in Illustrator at 150% zoom! If they are free of pixelation (res too low) or muddiness (upsampled too much), your image resolution is a-okay.

 

July Leaderboards

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1. #Hypertrophy
2. #HummingbirdsDelight
3. #Sitka3
4. #Titania
5. #Gear

Artist Update: How Sizing Affects Your Artwork

Greetings, artists and designers! Today we’re talking about scaling and sizing. Imagine taking your favorite pair of pants and doubling their size. Not only would the waist be twice as big, but the legs would be twice as long as well.

Obviously some wizardry is involved when grading a garment from, say, XS to XL. The same goes for the artwork on the leggings designs you submit. An image that perfectly spans the entire leg in one size will look different in other sizes. Understanding how we scale can make your designs more adaptable, and ensure they look their best on all bodies.

May Leaderboards

Top selling designs

1. #HummingbirdsDelight
2. #Hypertrophy
3. #EverydayMayhem
4. #DancingTide
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Designing Leggings With Code: Bombsheller LookLab

Hello blog readers old and new! I’m leggers, Über-Wizard/Guru Technologist at Bombsheller. Basically that means I write code. I’m excited to announce an open-source tool I made that enables a new method of leggings design: writing code.

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Designs made using JavaScript by leggers

You use JavaScript (JS) to create Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) in your browser. My colleague, ninja-rockstar-WebQueen Arielle, named it LookLab. You don’t have to install any software to start messing around. If you can’t wait to get hacking, go download the code! Have design ideas but don’t want to code? Download our Illustrator template.

As most of you know, Bombsheller makes rad pants for gals and guys. You create a design and we manufacture it, paying you per purchase. I built this tool in the hope that it will a) allow procedural artists to get their work on a new canvas and b) help people “afraid of code” get their feet wet and make cool things.

“What is SVG? What is JS?” you might be asking. Intrepid reader, your questions will be answered! Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a format for specifying 2D images. Think Adobe Illustrator-style graphics, but in your browser. Yes, it’s that powerful. View some examples here and here if you don’t believe me. Any of those examples can be put on leggings! Except the moving stuff, of course. The wearer supplies the animation. 😉

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leggers working out in his code-designed leggings

JavaScript (JS) is a programming language your browser understands. It’s used and abused everywhere on the Internet. For LookLab, it serves as the “logic behind the graphics.” Instead of hand-writing an SVG, you use JS to generate it. It’s like copy-paste on steroids. Seriously, you can say something like “draw 500 rectangles” in JavaScript and they’ll appear in your design! JS allows you to describe a shape once and pattern it all over your legs, like in these designs.

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If you’ve read this far and know literally nothing about JavaScript or SVG, I applaud you. Here are some resources to get you started: Mozilla has a great explainer, Learn JS has a nice interactive introduction and Codecademy’s tutorial is supposed to be great. Don’t be afraid to use Google or ask your friends for recommendations!

Please leave feedback on your experience with Look Lab on GitHub. We’re always looking for ways to improve it!

We look forward to seeing your blinged-out designs.

Over&Out
–leggers

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Artist Spotlight: Enfu

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Leggings designed by Enfu

Seattle-based illustrator and kawaii extraordinaire Enfu was one of the first artists that collaborated with us. Inspired by his Japanese-American heritage, Enfu’s colorful and highly detailed pop art marries cutesy drawings of sushi rolls and cuddly animals with skulls, zombies, and cyborgs. The resulting designs are both fanciful and edgy, a style that Enfu has dubbed “cute grit.” More than his signature aesthetic, Cute Grit is also the name for his upcoming book, a technicolor explosion of squee-worthy digital designs that is soon to be  released by Chin Music Press.

 

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Enfu: Cute Grit, released by Chin Music Press

 

Check out Enfu’s leggings to see just how his designs ride the line between kawaii sweetness and sci-fi macabre.

 

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Cute by deadly! Enfu’s #MiniSkullsSpacey leggings

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Get your poker face on in Enfu’s #CardsRoyal