Those Cantankerous Blues

August 3, 2006

BlueTest

…blues in rgb and cmyk…

It is so frustrating trying to make color work for a print job… ESPECIALLY those cantankerous blues.

One of the aggravations of doing color art is that there is no way to reproduce the brilliant colors that are on your original piece of artwork. You lose a little color, (or a lot of color) with each step you take towards a published piece.

You lose a little in the scanning process, (your scanner can only see a limited amount of color).

When you display in rgb mode on the internet, monitors can only recognize a limited amount of color, PLUS everyone has a different monitor, each with it’s own weird color setting, so there is really no telling what kind of color people are actually seeing in your picture.

And if, heaven forbid, you are doing a job to be printed on a press, your art must be in the dreaded cmyk mode because a printing press can only reproduce a very narrow field of color. CMYK seems to always totally destroy the blues in my work.

Recently I did this test to see which blue would work the best when transferred into cmyk mode. My conclusion… I probably need to stay away from blue and use more grays and browns if I want my original artwork to look just like the printed piece.

The Comments

Doug Jones

If you elect me, I will fix this issue of cantankerous blues. I promise I can get this done and it will be the first thing on my agenda when I take office. My opponents say THEY will fix this too, but they are all color-blind. They are also liers. Color-blind liers.

Vote for me.

I am Doug Jones and I approve this message.

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I’m so glad you have returned to an instructional post that all wanna-bees can profit from. this one BLUE me away! Bee-Nard

Doug Jones

Dennis is suffering from a bad case of the Ultramarine Blues…

I am Doug Jones and I approve this message.

Don Jones

Reminds me of that great little ditty…. Deep River Blues. “My old gal she’s a good old pal, she looks just like a water fowl and I got… those Deep River Balooooozzzeeee…”

Doug Jones

Don… for a mere $19.95 I will gladly approve your message. cash, check, or paypal….

Doug Jones

oops… my name is Doug Jones and I approve my last message.

My name is Doug Jones and I approve THIS message… (whew!)

bernardfromtheyard

I’m so happy to read all of these Blue-t-full comments. sigh

Dennis Jones

…Doug, I dont know what your party affiliation is… (I suspect toga)… but I’m voting for YOU to fix the insufferable cantankerous blue problem that is plaguing this fine country of ours… everybody… remember to vote!… and if you live in Chicago, vote often!

Doug Jones

I’m a Mugwump…

I am Doug Jones and I approve this message.

Doug Jones

Kyle had a similar complaint the other day. Even when you design on the computer, you don’t know what your colors will look like on someone elses monitor.

Don Jones

Have you heard of the muddled monitor blue conspiracy? All the flat-panel and tube monitor manufacturers have joined together to completely change the light spectrum of the color blue to a more dull, slightly dull tone. Before long the complement of orange will be… I hate to say it… BROWN!

Doug Jones

so first you paint it… then you scan it… then you convert to CMYK for print. Have you tried to tweak the CMYK blues in Photoshop, or is that too much trouble?

Dennis Jones

…I usually pump up the saturation a bit on my pictures to try and restore the color loss a bit, but all that really accomplishes with the blues is making them a good dense dark gray-blue…

Henrik Johansson

That is the depressing truth and it’s even worse with brilliant greens. The cmyk gamut is just too small, it doesn’t matter how much you try to boost the color in photoshop. Have you ever tried a printer who can print hexachrome? (You better let them do the separation though, a plugin for hexa-separation is about 1000 bucks!)

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Space Marine

August 9, 2006

SpaceMarineSK

…pencil…

SpaceMarine

…color…

I was out of town for a couple of days on business and apparently our tomato plants went crazy while I was away. I got home last night and found 16 huge tomatoes waiting for me on the kitchen counter. I took a look outside at the garden and it seems there are half a kajillion more that are ripe and ready to be picked. I’ve either got to find someone to give the extras to or open up a salsa factory.

The Comments

Don Jones

Get yourself some cottage cheese and throw yourself a “garden party.”

Doug Jones

I got exactly ONE tomato outta my garden this year. Everything else was eaten by the deer that sleep in my backyard. Oh… you didn’t know I run a B&B for deer?

roballoo

Now what do Space Marines and Tomatoes have in common? I do see a five star red circle on his shoulder. maybe he belongs to the 5-Star Tomato Regiment. Nice art btw. Looks like you had lots of fun on this one.

Dennis Jones

…yes, robalLOO… you are very perceptive here… this is indeed a member of the very elite, 5-Star Fighting Tomato Regiment based out of southern Mars and as you can see this trooper is using one of their hi-tech caulking guns…

…in related tomato news… last night for dinner we had… tomatoes… tomatoes with cottage cheese… bacon and tomato sandwiches… and fresh tomato salsa and chips…

Doug Jones

go ahead… rub it in, tomato king….

Dennis Jones

VOTE DENNY GENE TOMATO KING!

Don Jones

He’s the King of Indie Maters… He rules a vegetable home. A monster mater is his crown and the Craftsman is his throne…

Banshee

Nice Space Marine Dennis. [Notice I got away with the “All-Capitals” entry there-another point for me…

FOWA: week of 10 AUG 2005 ….I bet Space Marines fight for Freedom and Democracy too.

Mark Behm

Hey you have a blog. Whoohoo. I’ll be checking. Mark

Dennis Jones

Hey Mark! Good to see you stop by! As you can see, we have a real serious art forum going here… and some hot tomato talk…

…for the brothers n’ others… Mark is a phenomenal artist and his work inspired me to attempt digital painting… yes, I was a colossal failure at it, but nonetheless, Mark helped me along by sending me some of his custom Photoshop brushes…

…I would highly recommend you check out his web sight… you wont be sorry…

Doug Jones

digits will never replace good old grease paint…

Dennis Jones

…grease paint will never replace good old gouache…

Don Jones

Forget this sad little site… I’m going over at Mark Behm’s place!

Mark Behm

Thanks Dennis. The sheer number of Jones’ here is freaking me out. The place is lousy with them! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…ya got the lousy part right…

Don Jones

I’d like to think of us as lousy AND loose.

Doug Jones

hey Mark… I saw the stuff on your site… and I’m coming over to break your digits! No fair drawing so good… show us some lousy stuff once in a while to make me feel better…

Dennis Jones

…the sheer number of good pictures on Mark’s site is freaking me out. The place is lousy with ‘em… 🙂

black sunshine

OMG, i remember that old game . . . Space Hulk . . . ahhh!

Don Jones

I’m getting confused on this language here … what does lousy MEAN? Is it like calling something BAD even though it’s really good? Michael Jacksonesque… Please clarify Tomato King wannabe.

Banshee

I’ve now figured out why Dennis always has so many comments on his entries. He just leaves them up for a few days until he gets the required number to actually post a new entry. However, I tried that once, with the required number of 3 comments, and didn’t post an update for 5 months.
FOWA: week of 10 APR 2005 [You Jones boys can’t get rid of me!!! Hahahahah!]

Dennis Jones

…that’s right Banshee, I am persistent… I’m not letting go of a page until I have at least 20 comments on it… of course, once I get 20 I think, hmmm, 30 might be even better… then its 40… then 50… it’s a vicious cycle… and considering the fact that I dont actually have anything at all to say, one page every week or two is really all I need to do that with…

…and Don… when you hear someone in New England say something is wicked bad… that means it’s really, really cool… lousy with them is kinda like that… only different… in a similar sort of way… but really not at all… but kinda…

Mark Behm

Yes, none of us knows what it means, but our vocabulary is lousy with that term.

Don Jones

Louse on.

Banshee

…wicked!…

Don Jones

I can’t get over the fact that our FOW Banshee has been frequenting the hallowed halls of the Brother Jones site these past few days. Have you already committed the Black Hawk helicoptor handbook to memory?

Banshee

THAT’S what I was working on…  FOWA: 10 APR 2005

Sometimes I forget what I am doing. When I come back to consciousness I find I am at the brotherjones website.

tenke

how are the gourds this year?

GoRiller

August 16, 2006

GoRillerSK

…pencil…

GoRiller

…color…

Ok… I think I squeezed every last possible comment I could ever hope to get out of that last picture I posted… so it’s time for a new one…

…and also time for my hard hitting expose on what’s REALLY happening BEHIND THE SCENES at BrotherJones.Com! The following is an ACTUAL email I ACTUALLY received LAST NIGHT!!
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Hey dennis! Loud and clear here. Janson is now up and online with his own email address. I received an email this morning from him and all it said was “wet.” He had no explaination for that one.

Maybe we need to liven the site up… declare next week the Douglas Lee Jones Week or SOMEthing. I believe we are hitting the wall and real WORK might be pressing in on our sacred site maintenance and blogification. Don Loud
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…uhm… did you notice how Don intentionally did not capitalize my name? What’s that all about? Brutal…

…looks like Don is gunning for big brother Doug now! I hope I never get on Dons bad side! Scary…

…the Janson email thing is funny, but was it said in good fun or was Don throwing his own child under the bus for a cheap laugh? I think the viciousness of the rest of this email might indicate the latter! Shocking…

I can only conclude that Don’s anti-social behavior stems from the adversarial relationship he had with his Grandma Jones. He called her “granny” (which she did not like) so she called him “tubby” (which he did not like). I fear a lifetime of strife and conflict has followed Don as a result of this early learned behavior.

I apologize if I have tarnished the pristine image you no doubt have of BrotherJones.Com, but as a serious journalist it is my sworn civic duty and responsibility to alert the public to what is really going on behind the scenes here. And if your path should ever cross with my little brother Don… WATCH OUT!!

…I am now waiting for my pulitzer prize to arrive in the mail for this award winning article…

The Comments

Doug Jones

wet

Don Jones

Fantastic bloggin’ here den. Except now Doug can hunker down and prepare himself for next week’s Douglas Lee’s Plein Aire and SocMo Fiesta. The above e-mail excerpt was prompted by Den’s cry for help from the wilds of northern Indiana…having a bit of email problems… you guys get this one? Help me. I have fallen and I can’t get up.

Tubby

I owe all my eating disorders to “Granny.”

Banshee

I am glad to see that Don has finally given up on fighting the powers that be, and accepting his real middle name: Loud. Interestingly enough, my wife and I were laughing about this same exact misnomer not even one hour ago-without having seen this post. It must be some sort of cosmic convergence. As an additional note [since this post hasn’t reached traditional Banshee specifications yet,] I was just wondering to myself if the brotherjones site was due for an update or tweaking. I did not come to a conclusion, but figured there must be someone around who knows how to do website graphics [ahem-Keegan-ahem].

FOWA: week of 10 APR 2005

Doug Jones

so is the pencil sketch one of the doodles you do in church of the pastor?

Dennis Jones

…hey, I felt some conviction about doodling in church so I don’t do pencil sketching any more during worship services… now I sit in the back row on Sunday mornings with my 12” G4 PowerBook and play with Photoshop…

…with headphones on…

…I am expecting to feel some conviction about this soon… probably around the time I receive one of those “special” weekday visits from the parson…

Doug Jones

I always listen to the latest BrotherJones podcast on my iPod shuffle during sermon time. They are SO inspirational! Can’t wait for a new one. I have listened to the last one 24 weeks in a row now.

Don Jones

I am sorry to report my beloved iPod mini has bit the hard drive dust. No more running to inspirational 70s music… no more podcasts to get the mind off the pain…

Doug Jones

pity… so when is the funeral?

Dennis Jones

uhm… Don… I’ll be blowing thru town on Saturday… wanna fire up the microphones and burn a few podcasts for Doug?

Don Jones

I was thinking the Weasel Bus might be coming through on the FALL TOUR. I will start now preparing material for this exclusive Duger podcast.

Dennis Jones

…WeaselPaLooZa hits the road this coming Saturday!

Dont miss it!

Doug Jones

lotsa jokes and home made muzik… that’s my order… sermon length, of course…

George On A Horse

August 30, 2006

WashOnHorseSK

…pencil…

WashOnHorse

…color…

Our old Brother Jones buddy Tami Otterstatter wrote the best George Washington and his horse story for me a few years back, but we just could not get any traction on getting it published. This is a picture I did around then. Perhaps it’s time to drag that idea back out of the closet and give it another try.

The Comments

Doug Jones

love them Armstrong trees!

Dennis Jones

…doin’ my best from memory…

Don Jones

Giddy-up! Glad to see you’re back in the Huntington saddle.

roballoo

You can draw horse heads so well you didn’t have to sketch it, eh? That’s good!

Dennis Jones

…I kinda ran outa room in the sketchbook on the horse…

Doug Jones

you’ve heard of the headless horseman? This is the horseless headsman…

Dennis Jones

Don… have you heard Donald Fagens new album… I mean… CD… “Morph The Cat”?… wow… some really great tunes on that one…

Don Jones

Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve been listening non-stop to Ricky Skaggs for the past 3 months and need to get some variety in my audio diet. Fagen is ALWAYS stupendously good.

Dennis Jones

…my favorite tracs are “H Gang” and “What I Do”…

Mark Behm

I love this piece. Great rhythm to the whole thing.

Dennis Jones

…well Mark, I finally got Painter 9 last week and am now watching the tutorials trying to get the interface down… sure wish I could sit in on one of your “how to” classes…

Don Jones

I had a little over 3 bucks in change left in my iTunes account so I sprung for 3 tunes from a fellow Don: Morph the Cat; The Great Pagoda; & What I Do. A great bargain for 20 minutes of listening pleasure.

Dennis Jones

DONALD… H Gang is probably the best song on the CD… what were ya thinkin’…

Don Jones

I did a quick precursory listen to the tunes and went the VALUE root… that is… buy the songs which were longest in length. I am about 60 cents short for another purchase.

Dennis Jones

…what a wonderful morning I’m having… I get out of bed, fire up the email and there’s a message from Mac telling me my G4 PowerBook has an exploding battery in it… great… as if I don’t have enough to deal with today as is…

Don Jones

Didn’t Neil Diamond have a tune titled “September Morning?” or maybe it was… “Exploding Power Brick…”

Doug Jones

I suggest you have a bag of marshmallows handy just in case….

Dennis Jones

..if terrorists attack Huntington, Indiana I’ll be throwing my exploding laptop at them…

Doug Jones

and don’t forget to hold your breath as you run through the nerve gas, Jack

Dennis Jones

…24 …I mean… 10-4