New Years Resolution

January 2, 2006

MoosShirt

…longtime family pet, Moo Jones, mugs for camera…

My New Years Resolution is to dress the family dog in funny clothing. This is our dog, Moo, sporting the brand new DJ-ART t-shirt she got for Christmas. From the look on her face she seems to be truly thrilled with her gift.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Moo has had a long and exciting life. She’s looking really snappy in that new T. The other dog’s in the ‘hood will be jealous!

Don Jones

It appears that Moo’s response to this DJ-ART tee shirt is somewhat similar to receiving a loud, gawdy Santa Clause Christmas tie. Is that pumpkin pie chunks dog food?

Dennis Jones

…ever since I put that t-shirt on Moo she gives me that disgusted look every time I step out the door… kinda the same look I get from most people that know me…

Megan Jones

Lola is really jealous!

Dennis Jones

Megan, I told your dad to get a dog t-shirt with a Brother Jones logo on it for Lola, but apparently he didn’t listen to his older brother… tsk, tsk…

Don Jones

I did pick up a 5-bone variety pack for Lola for the holidays. She discovered where I had them hid and tore right into them. Discriminating Consumer …What was your opinion on the quality of merchandise from Cafe Press?

Dennis Jones

I had never actually seen any Cafe Press stuff live and in person until I ordered a bunch of it in December… I was pleasantly surprised…

The merchandise itself is of good quality… the printing (especially on the ceramic things) was top notch… I received a mug with a broken handle, I called their toll free line and they shipped another one to me pronto and told me to keep the broken one to scoop dog food or pot a plant in, so their customer service is great…

The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was the t-shirt printing… the direct printing looks a bit washed out… it is not the high quality screen printing you would expect to buy in a department store… on the other hand, a department store wont make me one custom made, full color t-shirt for 10 or 12 bucks…

So in general I was very pleased with everything I received…

Doug Jones

Ah… that’s good to know… unfortunately I let my valuable coupons expire before I bought anything. How about buying a bunch more stuff and sending me another coupon… huh? huh?

Doug Jones

hey… just clicked on that wacky gourd on your sidebar. What a surprise! What’s up with that? This is worthy of a journal post I’d say…

Dennis Jones

…maybe tomorrow… maybe…

Don Jones

Yet another brilliant move for the brothers Jones! First we took over Caf Press with our multiple outlet stores … then Doug snuck into the eBlogger deal with SocMo and now Dennis’ Weasel Boy Solo Musical efforts are released to the masses! Infiltrating Pure Volume!! Our plan of World Wide Web domination is taking shape.

Dennis Jones

…a good time to insert the taking over the world, scary laugh…

bwWAA HA HA HA ha ha….

cheeriokid11

What better group of guys to take over the www! Love the work guys…brilliant…a big fan here and fellow artist…would love to meet you sometime. Friend of family from Siloam Springs, AR!

Dennis Jones

…we promise to run a benevolent dictatorship as soon as we take over… unless, of course, we dont… bwWAA HA HA HA ha ha…

Don Jones

I don’t really know what Dennis means there… but we would definitely dominate… A Krispy Kreme on every corner, a $10 iTunes card in every pocketbook, all for a mere 98 percent of your income in taxes.

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King Konged

January 10, 2006

GorrillaBed

…before Christmas… after Christmas…

Christmas can be a tough time of year for an illustrator. In an effort NOT to work through the entire holiday season, I work like a maniac BEFORE the season starts, take the break off, and then work frantically to catch up AFTERWARDS. Interesting things can happen to art trapped in this time period.

One of my clients needed a picture of a gorilla sleeping in a bed. The top picture is the rough I sent in for approval before Christmas. During the holidays I saw King Kong. (that pretty much killed an entire afternoon) After returning home, I began the finish on this spot, but there seemed to be something missing now. What was it? Oh… my gorilla needed a girlfriend like King Kong had. So I added a dolly for my monkey.

Thanks to the holiday break I was able to add a missing element to this illustration.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I think you’re on to something here, Den. You should go see a movie before you finish each picture! … but I think you should stay away from that cowboy movie… not that there’s anything wrong with that….

Don Jones

Kong makes this King look like a twin.

Dennis Jones

…that reminds me… did either of you guys see a movie called “Straight Story”… about a guy that rides his lawn mower cross country?

Doug Jones

yeah… it was a real slooooow movie… but I liked it!

Doug Jones

are you doing a lawnmower illo now?

Dennis Jones

…no… but if I were I bet I would be able to add the missing element to the illustration…

Don Jones

If I recall he was going to see his brother.

Dennis Jones

….yes… it is a really slow movie about brothers riding mowers that kinda makes you feel good at the end… this should be the official movie of the Brother Jones web site…

Doug Jones

It would be more fitting if it was about slow brothers constantly destroying thier mowers…. We could relate to that.

Doug Jones

By the way… that’s a

cow

MOOOOOooooo….

Doug Jones

great gorilla pic, there.

Don Jones

Speaking or repaired mowers ironically… I just picked up the Sears CRAPSMAN last Saturday.. a hundred bucks worth of new parts and some air in the tires… she’s ready for a spring rock mulching party in the front yard. Still needs a new battery.

Dennis Jones

…I have two Sears riding mowers at this time… the old one that is REALLY torn up… and the new one that is only KINDA torn up…

Don Jones

That is REALLY KINDA funny. As we have cussed and discussed before, SEARS does do house calls. You may need a second mortgage but at least you can get the grass mowed a few more times.

Dennis Jones

I’m getting pretty tired of mowing down 3 acres of cow pasture every weekend… the only thing that has saved me is my Bose Noise Reduction Headphones…

Don Jones

You may want to try the Texas/Oklahoma remedy for mowing… grass fires. Simply torch it every other month. Also, may I suggest you use diesel fuel instead of gas. (You’ll hold on to your eyebrows.)

Dennis Jones

…burning can be enjoyable… last spring instead of pulling up and hauling off the dried out vines in the gourd patch we just burned em all off… a fun time was had by all…

Doug Jones

While you are burning off those old gourd vines, don’t forget to get your long hot dog sticks and make some toasted marshmallows and cowfish…. you can make a saMOOre BWA Haaaaa Haaaa………..

Dennis Jones

…I could invite the neighbors over for some as I accidentally burn down our neighborhood…

Don Jones

Nothing more enjoyable than a hot, scorchin’ S’mor marshmallow stringing across your chin as you watch the remaining embers of your torched home glow in the setting sun.

Dennis Jones

…didn’t this happen in Dougs neighborhood recently… I seem to remember one of his posts on this subject…

Don Jones

I believe Doug got away with that little bit of arson fun. Just kidding Doug… We all know you are a true-blooded Boy Scout. Scout’s honor. (or did you drop out of that?)

Doug Jones

I have advanced to the next level of scouting involving a recliner and juggling various remotes at the same time. Very demanding…. but a necessary skill for these modern times

Dennis Jones

I have one remote control that is supposed to be the king of all the other remote controls so that I dont have to juggle various remote controls… but I cant figure out how the king remote control works… so I too am mastering the fine art of juggling remotes…

Don Jones

I too have all those remotes to deal with: The T.V. remote; the DVD remote; the Sound System remote; the VHS remote… there is a remote possibility that one day I will get these figured out.

Don Jones

Did you ever get the Nick Jones podcast to download? Keeg checked and said it should be working.

Nick Jones Everybody

I can’t get it to work either…

Don Jones

Download that bad boy from iTunes. That should work.

Doug Jones

That was a pretty exciting game yesterday… but I could have written a better ending… Is there sackcloth and ashes around your house today?

gary locke

i have a cub cadette that i will put up against any lawn tractor in the arena of “no way on earth that thing will mow a lawn” category. Broken muffler adds to the effect once started.

G’day Mates!

January 26, 2006

G'dayMate2

…beautiful Austria… except this is a picture from Romania…

I was pretty excited to see that I had a three hour layover in Vienna, Austria on my way back to the United States this week. I have always been a really big fan of their world famous little sausages.

I was hoping to see some kangaroos while flying in and hopefully be welcomed to the airport by some rugged looking character saying, “G’day mate! Let’s throw another shrimp on the barbie”… but much to my disappointment none of this happened. I suspect you probably must travel miles and miles into bush country in a Land Rover to see the traditional Austria we have all grown to know and love.

Vienna was also the last place we actually had any luggage because none of it made it back home with us. I suspect our bags were snatched by the Austrian Aborigines who no doubt wanted our western clothing… (although I really think my sweaters will be too hot for them to wear in the outback).

The Comments

Doug Jones

Welcome back! It’s been pretty quiet around the old website lately. Those Austrians are notorious for stealing luggage. There will probably be some very well dressed Kangaroos hopping around the country now. The rest of your stuff will be on eBay this afternoon. Bid high if you want it back! Oh… once those Austrians acquire a decent American wardrobe, they move here and run for governor of Caleefornia.

Don Jones

Hey Den! Were you and Karen participating in the Amazing Race or something? From the looks of the photo above it appears you are smack dab in the middle of the street snappin’ this picture. Good job. You are the last to arrive with no luggage. You have been eliminated from the race and must live out the remainder of your life in northern Indiana. Go Steelers!

Dennis Jones

…we had so many connections to make it sure seemed like The Amazing Race…

…Ft Wayne to Chicago to Frankfurt to Prague… then…

…Prague to Vienna to Cluj… then…

…Cluj to Sibiu (I still dont know where Sibiu is) to Vienna to Munich to Chicago to Ft Wayne..

…and the worst weather we had during the entire trip was when we were flying back into Ft Wayne and some kind of freak snow storm hit, dumped about an inch of snow WHILE we were trying to land, and then quit…

Don Jones

Did you bring me and Doug a little souvenir or SOMEthing?

Doug Jones

I’m hoping for a boomerang…. I just hope it wasn’t in a suitcase

Dennis Jones

yeh… yeh, I had both you boys souvenirs… really GREAT souvenirs… but unfortunately they are in the suitcases that are lost… yeh, thats what happened… thats the ticket…

Doug Jones

drat!

Dennis Jones

ok, I confess… I didn’t get anybody anything… mainly because I couldn’t figure out the money conversion rates… I never even figured out whether $500,000 Lai was a good price for a Coke or not… seemed a little high to me, but, who knows…

Don Jones

500,000 of anything is alot. I was hoping for a “I went to Austria and all I got was this stupid DOWN UNDER t-shirt!”

Dennis Jones

…the funny thing is… in the Austrian airport there were t-shirts in most of the shops with kangaroos on them… (really)… it must be a real popular joke there…

Doug Jones

I’d like one of those $500,000 T-shirts… with a ROO of course

This Is So Easy

January 31, 2006

NoahzArk

…can you spot the hidden reference?

I just finished this Noah’s Ark illustration. I have done many of these over the years, but this one has a little something extra in it. Lets play the “Can You Find It” game. I tucked a movie reference into this picture somewhere… can you find it?

…(this is so easy, a caveman could do it).

The Comments

Caveman Anti Defamation

NOT COOL

Dennis Jones

…seriously, I didnt even know you guys were still around…

Caveman

Next time, do a little research…

Caveman

…Ill take the roast duck… with mango Salsa.

Caveman Two

…I dont have much of an appetite…

Doug Jones

I’m KING of the WORRRRRRRLD! … no, really I am. Seriously.

Dennis Jones

…well… that little game didn’t last very long…

Doug Jones

game?…. what game? I AM king of the world. …I like the Alley Oop arms on the bears

Dennis Jones

…thats what ya get when you dont use any reference for your animals…

Don Jones

Dennis Jones – Art … “All Illustrations are Reference Free!”

Dennis Jones

…thats right, Don… if I dont know from memory what a character looks like I just draw in stick arms and legs… like I did with the monkeys in this picture…

Don Jones

I just read in the paper they have opened up the TITANIC museum in Branson. For about $17 you can see the stairway and the boat’s steering wheel… not sure what else. Believe it.. OR NOT!

Dennis Jones

…that sounds like a titanic disaster waiting to happen…

Don Jones

Branson also has recently added a TARGET … I forgot what else. It doesn’t matter.

Don Jones

Come on Den … anything new would be great here. I like the picture and everything but I need some variety in my visual diet.

Dennis Jones

…hey… I posted up last month… something… I think…