Making The Jump

March 2, 2006

Jump1

…from the Sketchbook to Watercolor Notebook…

Jump2

…copier…light table…paint…

Jump3

…a successful jump…

In my last journal post I made the comment that occasionally one of my drawings will jump out of my sketchbook and into my watercolor notebook. I received an email asking how exactly that jump takes place. I would like to say it’s a very complicated process that requires a doctoral degree… of course, we all know the Brothers Jones are not exactly rocket scientists, so it stands to reason the transfer is a pretty low tech, simple procedure.

I first duplicate my sketch on the copier machine. This gets it out of the sketchbook and into a more workable format. I tape this copy to the bottom of the watercolor paper and put it on my light table. The light table allows me to see the sketch and I redraw it onto the watercolor paper. Now that I have transfered the sketch onto the watercolor paper I am ready to paint.

Here at Brother Jones, you ask the questions, we give you the answers… as simple-minded as those answers might be.

The Comments

Doug Jones

… and here we see the REAL secret of your success… you have 3 arms!

Bucky Jones

Dennis, thanks a ton for the step by step. Interesting, as always….but I gotta go with Doug on the Three Arm thing!

Jeff

Dennis, Thanks for the info. Can you take it one step further and give us some great insight on your gouache painting techniques. After all, that’s what you do at Brothers Jones right? Love the work!

Don Jones

Dennis, this sounds like the makings for another STEP-BY-STEP Gouache Paintin’ Podcast. Or another song.

Jeff

The podcast is great! but us illustrator types are visual!

Thomas M.

Video podcast 🙂

Don Jones

I can fire up the Sony VX1000 and pull this off. But on second thought, it might encroach on the soon-to-be-released Nick Jones Everybody video series featuring Dennis and his secret society of gouache and gourd lovers.

Doug Jones

On second glance, that third hand is looking a bit on the purple side. This must be the one that holds the ol’ coffee cup as the other two are slavin’ away doing all the hard work. You must have this multi-tasking thing DOWN, eh?

Dennis Jones

…bad news… Karen just called from Ft. Wayne and told me she bought a food scale…

I do not know what a food scale is… I do not know what a food scale is for… but I fear a food scale is not good news for me…

…with this in mind I am currently hauling all the potato chips and snack cakes in the house into my studio and hiding them away just in case I am about to embark on some sort of structured eating program… I am also frantically trying to eat all of what’s left from my secret stash of Valentines Day candy…

I fear good times around here are about to come to an end… put my name on the prayer list at your church…

Jeff

The food scale is great for candy and potato chips!

Dennis Jones

…>munch< munch >munch<… really?

Don Jones

You don’t need no stinkin’ food scale. Just tell Karen that approximately 49 chips or 62 Hershey Kisses will completely fill your mouth… without measuring!!

Mokuu

Wow, thats instantly gets you a backup copy without scrapping the original, yet i do wonder how much that copier machine costed you 🙂

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Starting A New Week

March 6, 2006

HaulingWood

…Monday morning… time for a wood run…

At the end of each summer I go into my woods and cut up the trees that have fallen to the ground. Some of it I leave and some of it I haul back to the house to burn in the fireplace during the winter. I don’t want to bring too much to the house because whatever is left after winter has to be hauled back to the woods.

I really misjudged the amount of wood we would need this year so this morning I had to make another wood run. Just wanted you to know my week is off to another rousing start.

The Comments

Don Jones

Fantastic photo composition here Dennis. The angularity of the foreground wood with the foot path leading to the back of the vehicle which forms a Z. The home dwelling in the distant mist all engaging the eye to move back and forth through the image. The red tailights add just enough warm vivid color to balance out the cold grey winter tones.

Doug Jones

I think I have had to put on a coat maybe 2 or 3 times this winter… MY kind of winter.

Nick Jones Everybody

I skated ten miles around the lake and played a round of golf in 80 degree weather this weekend… you have fun with the wood hauling….

Dennis Jones

…I’ve pretty much stayed inside my house since last November… in front of the fireplace…

Mokuu

This scene reminds me of the north canadian areas. Might be why you like hockey 🙂

Dennis Jones

…why the hockey bug bit a kid from the rural Missouri Ozarks I will never know, but it did… I got used to watching NFL football games on Sunday afternoons at an early age… back then, when the football season ended they would play NHL hockey games in that time slot here in the states.

I was watching Gordie Howe playing for Detroit… Bobby Hull playing for Chicago with Tony Esposito in net and his brother Phil playing for Boston, Gary Cheevers in net (he was putting stitches on his goalie mask with a magic marker at the time) and my all time favorite player, Bobby Orr…

…now THAT was a great NHL…

Don Jones

Seems we were able to replicate a few of those games in our garage. Homemade cardboard goals and the old orange plastic puck. Getting body checked into the paneled walls didn’t have much “give” if I remember right.

Dennis Jones

…I made us a couple of hockey sticks in 7th grade shop class which we immediately broke practicing our slap shots… but I repaired them with a few nuts n bolts… I think those might have been the only two hockey sticks in southern Missouri at that time…

A Little Demo

March 8, 2006

Timothy1

…rough …pencil …blocked in …hair

Timothy2

…shirt …face …detail …photoshop

I was finishing up a job yesterday and part of it called for a tiny spot illustration to be attached to the title. I scanned it along the way for this little demo.

I do a quick pencil rough and (if it has a good feel to it) that is what I use. Taping the rough to the back of a 140 lbs piece of Winsor-Newton hot press watercolor paper I redraw it to the papers surface using a light table. I then block in the color using Winsor-Newton gouache, define the different elements with paint, scan the finished art into photoshop, add whatever needs to be added there, burn the finished product onto a cd and ship the cd to my client. Done.

I am still pretty much all old school all the time… with a little high tech sprinkled in at the end.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis, this is one top-knotch Illustratin’ post. You are on a roll! But, make sure it’s not a CINNAMON roll.

Thomas M.

Thanks for the step, by step process … (now making it into a flip book … sweeeeeet)… So, from the way you described this, it sounds like it took you, what, 20 minutes – including writing up the blog entry? (sobbing) … Why do I punish myself coming here … (after a 20 minute recovery period) … Due to lack of room, I’ve had to go pretty much “new school” A pencil, sketchbook, scanner, and Painter/Photoshop … Oh, and a computer … I’m still trying to get a good feel to getting digital watercolor down, but you keep me wanting to improve my skills. (starts sobbing again)…

Don Jones

BrotherJones.com Punishment is Our Priority. Always.

Dennis Jones

…Tony Couch says painters can be divided into two groups… those who HAVE BEEN discouraged and those who WILL BE discouraged… nothing wrong with discouragement; that’s a part of the game… the crime lies in quitting because of it…

Paul Taylor

Great demo Dennis. Have you ever done the Beatles ala the “Flower Power Era”? Anxiously awaiting your next treat! Coo-coo-ka-chu, the Walrus

Dennis Jones

…well now I’m really confused… if you are the walrus, who is Paul?… I thought I had that thing all figured out but now I’m not sure what’s going on…

Bucky Jones

All right!!! Another great step by step! Much appreciated and admired, Dennis. Thanks.

Dennis Jones

…Buckey Jones… or is it really the EGGMEN… goo goo gjoob… ggoo goo gjoob

megan

Really nice, thanks for sharing. Go, Old School!

Doug Jones

so what happens when you get to the photoshop stage? do you put the image on top of the circle and erase what overlaps?

Jeff

Dennis, Great stuff! Old school still rocks! Quick sketch and a bill for high dollars is the best!

Don Jones

I like the way Jeff thinks.

Jeff

Dennis, What colors do you mix to get your flesh tones? Oh, and by the way how is the food scale working out?

Dennis Jones

…the food scale …hmm …well …I have learned potato chips are really, really light …a spiral cut 10 pound ham weighs about 10 pounds …and that if you put a 10 pound spiral cut ham onto the brand new food scale you are probably going to get yelled at…

Dennis Jones

…my flesh tones are pretty much just a mix of Naples Yellow and Burnt Sienna…

grant brown

cool stuff. would love to see a series of how to by you.

Starting Next Monday!

March 10, 2006

JoyOfPainting

…I’m not sure yet what exactly is going to start next Monday… but I’m thinking surely something exciting will…

The Comments

Don Jones

Den, this is scarin’ me especially that fine detail text about your “Wet-on-Wet” technique.

Mrs. Jones

TODAY IS DENNIS’ 50TH BIRTHDAY!!!! Perhaps that is why Monday will bring such “newness.” Historically, the half century mark has been the initiator of great change to an era. {YOU MAY SEND YOUR BIRTHDAY GREETINGS AND GIFTS IN CARE OF HIS WIFE.}

Don Jones

I already detect great changes in Dennis’ hair stylings.

Doug Jones

That’s a funny pic! You made me laugh! … you sure can get some awesome detail with that BIG brush, Denny…

Keegan Jones

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan Lietha

Is that a double-goatee or does your neck have a hairball?

Dennis Jones

…nope …just another one of my fine photoshop “thats good enough” jobs…

Dan Lietha

I’m glad you put your full effort into your illustrations, where it really counts!  Happy birthday!

Don Jones

Isn’t that majestic mountain scene up around Fort Wayne?

Jeff

Dennis, Love the fro! That really is old school. If you get enough dried gouache in that brush, you can use it as a pick! hehe Happy Birthday and look forward to Monday

Doug Jones

HA! see what you have started? Now we are actually EXPECTING to see something Monday. The pressure is on! Maybe we’ll get Monkey Mondays… eh?

The Joy Of Painting Episode 1

March 13, 2006

JOP1

…with your new host, Dennis Jones…

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…my slightly different take on the job…

Welcome to The Joy Of Painting; Episode One …The Return Of The Sith. I am your host, Dennis Jones, and this week I will be walking you through one of my recent jobs from start to finish.

The telephone rings. I answer. It is a client asking if I have time to do a job for them. I say sure, what do you have. They proceed to give me a brief explanation of the assignment. The company has purchased an outer space photograph of the earth and want to turn it into a poster for upper elementary age kids. All they want me to do is put a simple border around the photograph so that it looks like the viewer is looking at the earth through a satellite window. I say “sounds good, send it on”, and hang up the phone.

I receive the job the following day via FedX. Among other things the envelope contains (1) a letter from the designer explaining exactly what they want (2) a color copy of the satellite photo (3) a CD with a digital file of the satellite photo to use when I get into Photoshop.

As I look through this information I start to think this poster would look much more exciting if there were at least a couple of kids looking out the window …maybe in space suits …and a monkey …a space monkey. This of course is not what the client has asked for. Before I spend too much time heading in this direction I decide it might be wise to run this by my client first. I attach a sketch (pictured above) to an email and send it to them asking if perhaps they might like to use my slightly different idea instead of their original one.

Will my client go for this different idea? Is this concept just a little too far removed from the original assignment? Do they have some sort of problem with space monkeys? Find out in tomorrows exciting second episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

Cool! First we had Dancing with the Stars, followed by Skating with the Stars… I think we are now ready for Painting with the Stars! I’m betting they go with the new improved idea… looking forward to next exciting episode… Woo!

Dennis Jones

…I am basing this feature on the hit TV show 24 …lots of fast paced action and a cliff hanger at the end…

Keegan Jones

Love it. The cliff hanger is making me wish it was already tomorrow. I’m hoping nobody dies is your series.

Dennis Jones

…I hate to let the cat out of the bag …but I am mortally wounded at the end of the next episode…

Doug Jones

Of course Jack was totally dead and then brought back to life to fight more bad guys… no recovery needed… amazing! Maybe you can survive a serious paper cut…

Thomas M.

I hope you’re planning on putting a “Don’t Push this Button” on the control panel. Every spaceship worth riding in has one. Oh, and don’t forget the integrated iPod holder in the dashboard either. What about cup holders? I don’t see any of those … can those be worked in somewhere too? It’s all about the options that are thrown in for free that truly make any ride a good deal. However, the monkey does add an option that even Honda would be jealous over.

Doug Jones

I like the way you’re thinking, Thomas…. let’s add a hula dancer on the dash too…

Thomas M.

Doh … how could i forget the hula dancer! Good call, Doug… And tinted windows… Does it have tinted windows? Those solar flares can really do a number on your eyes.

Dennis Jones

…quite honestly …if I had thought of any of the items listed in the comments above I would have thrown them into this illustration …this is a great example of how brainstorming with other creatives is always a good idea…

megan

To capture the TRUE Joy of Painting feeling: Can you call every item in your painting a “happy little (fill in the blank)”? Much thanks.

The Joy Of Painting Episode 2

March 14, 2006

JOP2

…with your happy little host, Dennis Jones…

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…and his happy little pencil sketch…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …my client has sent me a very simple art request to execute. Instead of just following the directions I have changed the concept (just a little) and am now waiting to see if they will approve my idea or reject it.

The fax machine fires up in my studio. I’m getting something from my client. What will be their response? The fax says the editors loved the new direction, proceed with these three revisions…

(1) No white space suits or space helmets. Put the kids in black jump suits, something similar to Mission Impossible black ops gear. This will not be a problem.

(2) Insert some ethnic diversity into the poster. I am only using two characters here, so I will make one of them with light skin tone and the other with a darker skin tone. This will not be a problem.

(3) No space monkeys. This will be a huge problem …because I really wanted to do a space monkey …I am now depressed …but they say I can do a robot instead …so I am now happy again.

I work up the finished pencil drawing (pictured above) and indicate on it in writing that the two characters are different colors, make sure the kids are in black jump suits, and add a robot in the corner where my beloved space monkey once dwelled. I attach this sketch to an email and send it back to my client for approval, which they give.

It is now time to start painting, but what pitfalls await me there? Will the color work go smoothly, or will I accidentally shoot myself in the foot by trying to do something exotic? Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Thomas M.

Please say this sketch took you the better part of a week to complete … No, better yet, two… And, in the upper right side (just above the robot, does my eye spy the amazing ‘39 green plaskon Pacific model 30? Of course the dial and knobs are on the wrong side, but very, very, similar.

Doug Jones

I sure hope the ship has good seals on it… otherwise the nerve gas could seep in, and they will all be sleeping with Edgar.

Dennis Jones

…actually Doug, I was in my air tight bathroom when the nerve gas was released, so I held my breath and ran out to my computer, typed this page up and ran back into my air tight bathroom before the nerve gas (which had a corrosive agent in it that breaks down rubber seals but did not hurt my exposed skin) could get me…

Dennis Jones

…and Thomas, this is the newer ‘39 Green Plaskon Pacific Model 3.1 with the chromed air breather on the hood… so the knobs ARE in the right place… I can see how you might mistake it for the older model in this rough sketch, though…

Dan Lietha

Usually, the behind the scenes art stuff from Dennis is very inspiring and takes my own creativity to new levels. However, with the intense cliff hangers at the end of each installment, I’m a nervous wreck! I can’t sleep. I can’t focus. I’m jumpy and irritable. I try to draw, but I keep wondering if Dennis will survive to complete the job! HELP!

Dennis Jones

…Dan, people out there just don’t realize what a dangerous job being a professional artist really is… I hate to have to be the one to expose the seamy underbelly of the art world to the masses, but I feel someone must…

Don Jones

Speaking of seamy underbellies, I stepped out for one stinkin’ day to get a non-functioning gall bladder removed and I’m already WAY behind in Dennis’ Joy ‘O Paintin’ Series. Hope this comes out on DVD.

Doug Jones

Isn’t is a good thing we have 24 to watch so we know how to survive out in the world? Today I will have the rubber seals replaced in my bathroom. DON… I was expectin’ a LIVE podcast from the O.R. when will it be ready?

Dennis Jones

…Doug, do NOT do what I did the first time I installed air tight seals in my bathroom and go to the zoo to pick them up…

Jeff

Cool stuff! Too bad they did not go with the space monkey. I guess the little robot dude will have to do. How long did it take to go from initial sketch to this one? You are going to have to give up all of your secrets with this series! hehe

Dennis Jones

…heres a little secret …24 is not real …it’s just a TV show …really…

Doug Jones

are you sure? wait till I tell the guys down at CTU… Cartoon Terror Unit…

Jeff

All my dreams are dashed….

Allan White

Yes, pity about the Space Monkey. I mean, how can one be a space explorer without a sidekick? Esp. if you’re elementary-aged? I see the glow from the earth (earthshine?) filling the scene, lighting their faces and interior a bit.Such a pity about Samwise dying from the gas last night…

Dennis Jones

…well now wait a minute… if you are talking about the Cartoon Terrorism Unit… that is real…

Doug Jones

Whew… you had me goin’ there for a minute. I think the Danish cartoonists are in charge of CTU now….

Dennis Jones

…and, yes Allan, it is indeed sad when we lose a hobbit to terrorism…

Doug Jones

it wouldn’t surprise me any to find that Gollum is the brains behind the stolen nerve gas… my precioussssss…..

Don Jones

I think I see Jack peeking out of one those vents in the drawing.

Dennis Jones

…Samwise was one tough little hobbit… but whatever made him think he could run CTU is beyond me…

Doug Jones

Dennis… your page has been a source of many chuckles for me today as I sit here and scan an endless number of line art spots. Got more to scan tomorrow… so let’s keep this up… eh? Shifting gears… got any favorites on the Amazing Race? I am liking that geek couple…

Dennis Jones

…the geek couple are so fortunate to be on the Amazing Race and not on 24 ‘cause they are killing off the lovable geeks on that show…

Don Jones

Where’d the Cafe Press Stores go? I was wanting to do some shopping this afternoon while I was on some R

Dennis Jones

…you mean the ones that used to be here on my page? I moved them into our Brother Jones Shop… REMEMBER?… we were ALL going to move our stores into one central location …THE SHOP ON BROTHER JONES… and I am the only one that did it… am I the only responsible brother here?… that is pretty sad if that is the case…

Don Jones

I forgot to tell you guys… I got a deal on the combo gall bladder and lobotomy surgery special.

megan

Dennis, do you find that your clients understand that you are painting your finished pieces and so give you deadlines that acknowledge that fact? Or do you get the wicked-fast-turnaround thing too?

Dennis Jones

Megan I have relatives from the Massachusetts area and I always get a kick out of how they toss the “wicked” into their sentences… (being from a small town in rural Missouri I just never heard that expression)… so, yes I do get wicked-fast deadlines… fortunately for me, I am wicked-fast…

megan

I guess the “wicked” wore off on me when I moved here, heh heh…

The Joy Of Painting Episode 3

March 15, 2006

JOP3

…with Bob Ross lookalike, Dennis Jones…

JOP3pic1

…this seemed like such a good idea before I did it…

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…painting myself out of trouble…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …my client has given me the go ahead on my pencil sketch, so I am now ready to paint the illustration.

Using a light table I re-pencil the sketch onto a piece of watercolor paper. I get out my palette of gouache, some fresh water and try to determine what the best approach will be to get color onto this picture. I decide to lay down a wash of cool colors over the entire page first, and then come back and “paint up” the detail. That will be my game plan on this one.

It is fun throwing caution to the wind and slopping paint all over the paper (first picture) but as I try to “paint up” the detail I begin to struggle. This is a little different than my normal approach and I begin to wonder if I have made a big mistake doing it this way. I also begin to sweat bullets. This must be the same feeling a cowboy has when trying to break a bucking bronco. At first he probably wonders why he ever climbed onto its back, but after the horse calms down he must feel a great sense of accomplishment. After about thirty minutes of riding this illustration I find a painting groove, fall into it and get the job painted out. (second picture)

I now need to scan the artwork into my computer to finish the poster. I have a large format scanner, but the illustration is larger than my scanner bed, so I take two scans of the picture (the top and the bottom) and then piece them together in Photoshop.

There were some really tense moments during the painting process, but nothing to compare with the anxiety that was waiting for me as I started working in Photoshop. Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Thomas M.

Whew! … It’s like watching your team down by 6 with 5 seconds to go and the ball is on the 40 yard line. The “Hail Mary” is called. Then the play begins to develop … The quarterback, looking very similar to Brett Favre, has good protection, but the pocket is quickly collapsing. He heaves the ball down the field, towards the end zone… Right now the ball is in the air and descending towards the huddled receivers and cornerbacks, both of whom are sweating bullets. Will it end with triumph or disappointment for our team?!?

Dennis Jones

…well, just so you know, my teams are the Colts and the Chiefs… and they never win the big game…

Don Jones

Thomas, You hit that metaphor right on the head. After reading Dennis’ first paragraph and his quick summary of a “BIG MISTAKE” I thought to myself “just trash it and start another one ” But this is the difference between professional illustrators and kindergarten sketchin’ hacks. Hacks call a time-out… the pros throw “the bomb.”

Thomas M.

Yes, I’ve got this visual in my head…

8Brett

…that just fits with the story line… I too have been burnt by the Chiefs (Lived in KC from 79-01) and keep pulling for Manning and the Colts since moving to SW Michigan … So, I knew I couldn’t use either Green or Manning as visuals – just wouldn’t work 😉

Thomas M.

Don, thanks! (rummaging through the trash for yesterday’s sketch) … It just hit me … No Real (drat, gum’s on the paper) big deal. Heh … Yeah (hmm, I think I can (rip) … drat)…. So, anyway … GO TEAM!! (note to self … don’t write anymore good, positive, metaphors after giving up on something).

Doug Jones

This reminds me of the old PBS Julia Child trick, Dennis. First you show all the ingredients thrown into a pan… place the pan in the oven… and pull out a DONE cake! (or whatever) Presto! Note to Nick Jones Everybody… I think there is a market here for a DVD…

Dennis Jones

…NickJonesEverybody is vacationing… I mean… working… in Mexico this week…

Chris Norman

I haven’t had this much fun reading a blog in a while. I look forward to returning to the website the next day to see the next adventure in the joy of painting. But, I have a question: What color do you use to outline your drawings or do you use a dark pen to give it definition after painting? Thank you so much, I look forward to tomorrows blog.

megan

I love what that cool wash has done for the feeling of your illustration

Doug Jones

Dennis loves the feeling of a cool wash too…

Bucky Jones

Dennis, totally cool. Love seeing and reading your process…and literally seeing the sweat beads on your forehead. I had the same question as Chris about how you color the outline of your drawing/painting? I hesitate to ask how long the process took you from transferring the pencil sketch to the completed painting. Amazing.

Dennis Jones

…ok Chris and Bucky… 99.5% of the line work in one of my pictures is just painted line done with a brush in the process of painting the picture… I try to completely “paint” a picture to the finish… but at the end I always darken up some of the lines with various things… a fine tip pen, a brush marker, whatever is laying around that will do the job… but my favorite thing to add those final touches with is just a plain old colored pencil…

Bucky Jones

Thanks, Dennis. It’s always curious and interesting to learn how other illustrators work. Thanks again for sharing. Oh, and keep these Step-By-Steps coming!—- Okay, I’m heading back to the playground for some kickball. Maybe this time you guys will ACTUALLY show up….pleasssssse.

Travis Jackson

Greetings from NWArkansas….Great work Dennis…I’m enjoying the transformation of this little work of art….fun stuff…keep it up…you and your brothers are an encouragement. (ah shucks…tear drop).

Travis Jackson

One other note…I love the little details throughout…fun to look at and feel the textures….for example the chairs…just the little touches of highlights and shape of cushion makes me feel like I have sat in a chair like that before. Great stuff…

The Joy Of Painting Episode 4

March 16, 2006

JOP4

…with your very worried host, Dennis Jones…

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…picture one… …picture two…

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…picture three… …picture four…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …after a brief struggle in the painting process I finish the artwork and scan it into my computer.

Inside Photoshop I clean out the “window” area, open up the digital file of the photograph and insert it. The photograph is smaller than my window (picture 1) but this should not be a problem. I have used the color copy the client sent of the photograph and built the artwork directly on top of it, so I know proportionally everything is going to line up. All I have to do is enlarge the photograph.

I enlarge the photograph (picture 2) but things do not fall into place. I sit and look at the computer screen with my mouth open. This is not a good thing. What is going on here? I try stretching the picture down (picture 3) but this hides key elements of the photograph and the white icecaps at the bottom of the photograph do not work at all with the artwork. I try a total distortion in a last ditch effort to force things to work (picture 4) but this makes Europe huge, North America narrow, and Australia disappears. I dont think my client will go for that.

Something has gone terribly wrong. I grab the color copy of the photograph, put it under my artwork, throw it on the light table and look at it again. Everything lines up and is in perfect place. So how come it doesnt work in… oh… I know now… the color copy they sent is not the same size as the digital file they sent me to work with. Copy machines are notorious for either stretching or condensing an image as they print, and that is what has happened here. My artwork is in the wrong place because the color copy was not accurate. I have diagnosed the problem, but not a solution.

Will I be able to pull a rabbit out of my hat on this one or will it be back to the drawing board for a second try on this? Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Dan Lietha

and after the robot was chosen OVER the space monkey, it’s a machine that betrays you. You should’ve went with the space monkey after all!
Evil machines … Speaking of machines, what specific scanner do you use? I’m surprized nobody has asked that question yet … but it was coming!

Bucky Jones

Dennis, maybe you covered this already, but what is the final size of your painting, and is there a typical scale you work regarding proportions of actual to printed piece?

Dennis Jones

Dan… I agree with you… this could probably all have been avoided if we had just stuck with the space monkeys… I use the cheapest large format scanner on the market… the Mustek A3 USB…

Dennis Jones

Bucky… this poster was 17 by 22 and I usually work projects to size…

Thomas M.

From these images, it looks as though our fearless space travelers are approaching the earth too fast – almost warp speed!! Sweet Man ‘O La Mancha!!  However, they do keep a smile on their face, knowing full well that Dennis, their mission commander, will come through with the right instructions. Softly, the others in the Space Center Control Room begin their chant…DJ! DJ! DJ! DJ! DJ!

Don Jones

This Paintin’ Series has more twist and turns than an episode of LOST! For some reason I read your scanner to be a Musket A3… now that’s old. The Paul Revere patriot model no doubt. My solution to the proportion situation would be to COMMAND-T that bugger and morph it into submission.

janson

wow dennis

megan

Can you scan in the color copy and use that? Or isn’t the color copy very good?

Dennis Jones

…well, when they pay $800.00 for a photograph, I’m pretty sure they want to use the photograph and not a color copy…

…what I really like about your comment, Megan, is that it makes it sound like I am working on this project right now in real time… just like on 24…

Doug Jones

quick… back to your sealed bathroom, Dennis!

Dennis Jones

…yaAAaa …tripped over Edgar…

Doug Jones

Hey… tomorrow I think you should let everyone know how long the painting and adding photo actually took in real time. They will probably be amazed!

The Joy Of Painting Episode 5

March 17, 2006

JOP5a

…with your anxious host, Dennis Jones…

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…the photograph… the manipulated photograph…

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…the finished poster…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I have built a piece of artwork that is to be used as a frame for a photograph of the earth and it doesnt fit.

I am feeling really bad about this entire situation. All my client asked me to do was create a simple border to go around their $800.00 photograph. I convinced them that I could insert characters into the ocean areas and make it a much better poster. Now I am sitting in the middle of a disaster.

I decide my only hope is to manipulate the photograph (top left). Without getting too technical, I scale the image to a size that will show all the continents, erase the white icecaps at the top and the bottom, add a blue background and clone stamp transitional areas to create a workable image (top right). I place this into the window of my illustration and then darken my artwork by 10% so that it will not fight with the photograph for dominance.

I package everything up with a brief note of explanation, put it in the mail, and hold my breath. Will my client go for my solution to this problem? They may have some real issues with the way I manipulated their photograph. I could very easily be working on this project again… from scratch.

Two days later I get an email from the client… Dennis, we received your package… loved it… do you have time to do three more posters for us?

…whew!

The Comments

Bucky Jones

Dennis, you lucky dog! Way to go! And congrats on getting three more posters to do!!!

Dan Lietha

… and LUCKY US! Three more posters, THREE MORE thrilling series of Joy of Painting with Dennis Jones! YES! YES! YES! …or maybe I’m assuming a little too much at this point?

Don Jones

I’m just relieved this came to a close on Friday and I don’t have to be on pins and needles all weekend waiting for the outcome. This post brings more relief than having a gall bladder removed! Good one Den.

Thomas M.

I would have commented earlier, but I’ve just now awoken from the fainting spell that occurred shortly after finishing the story. Excellent job … Although, my squatty, but elegant looking, brothers in arms in Antarctica will not be pleased that they got the boot. Good thing they have the oscar win to soften the blow.

Roballoo

Nice to have a happily ever after to the story. I enjoyed the presentation. it was nice to see an example of your working process.

gary locke

WHO IS THE CLIENT? WHEN CAN I BUY IT? HOW CAN I BE GOOD LIKE YOU? DO I NEED TO TURN 50? THAT COULD HURT.

Can Ya Help A Brother Out?

March 18, 2006

PetesBand

…Pete playing with his band from high school…

Apparently for some time now a rock station in Oklahoma City has been sponsoring a “March BANDness” contest that runs at the same time as the NCAAs March Madness basketball tournament. They start out with 32 local bands, the radio station gives their songs airplay, people vote on the station web site for the song they like best, and the winning bands get to advance to the next round. The top four get to duke it out at a local amusement park in a “battle of the bands” for big prizes.

Most that advance are local bands that are playing in clubs every night and already have followings, but one group that is advancing is a band made up of college sophomores. Its my youngest sons band, North Rock. They have just made it into the elite 8.

Doug, Don… can ya help a brother out and vote for Pete’s band? Go to this web page. You will see the North Rock song on the list. In order to vote you have to go to the bottom of this list and register. On another screen you have to fill out an information field. (you only need to fill in the parts with the *s and I would also uncheck the boxes at the bottom where they want to send you stuff) Once you are registered, go back to the March Bandness page and VOTE NORTH ROCK! You will receive an email that will have a link on it. Clicking on the link registers your vote.

This is all happening very quickly. I think March Madness will be over this week and so will this contest… please vote now!

Ok… (1) register (2) vote (3) receive email (4) confirm vote by clicking email (5) bask in the glow of a job well done.

If we could just get all us Joness voting for Pete that just might be enough to put him over the top… but if a whole bunch of non-Joness could give us a hand on this thing, that would sure be nice…

You can hear their song HERE.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Done and done.

Keegan Jones

Oh boy, just noticed the new header images. Love it!

Don Jones

One vote one voice one winner great song. Peter be sure and smash a guitar or something along those lines for stage effect. People like that sort of stuff.

Doug Jones

I dunno… it’s really hard to not vote for something called “Bleeding Out Loud” or “The Donny Vomit Theme Song”…. well, OK, I’ll vote for Pete so I can bask in the glow of a job well done…

Nick Jones Everybody

The coolest part about the deal is hearing Pete’s song on the radio as I drive around OKC… pretty crazy.

Dennis Jones

…does everybody go crazy when his song comes on the radio like they do in the movie, “That Thing You Do”? …I sure hope so…

Dennis Jones

…Cap’n Geech And The Shrimp Shack Shooters used to be my favorite band… but now I think it’s North Rock…

Pete Jones

IT”S NOT NORTH ROCK, IT”S NORTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! thanks pops

Dennis Jones

…Pete, I think if you would change your bands name to Cap’n Pete and the North Rock Shooters you just might win this thing…

Doug Jones

…you’re gonna win that blue ribbon!…

Jeff

If you mention Texas in any tunes you have my vote.. Even though you don’t live in the United State Of Texas any more..How are things at our nothern border??

Speedie

Hey… I’m checking in from an airport… somewhere… I think Chicago… anyway, I just wanted you all to know Pete’s band made the final cut and gets to move on to the final four, big battle of the bands next Saturday!

Don Jones

ALRIGHT!! NORTh is the cinderella of the band battle… a cinderella story