Goat For A Face Guy

September 5, 2006

GoatForaFaceGuySK

…from the sketchbook thru the copy machine…

GoatForaFaceGuy

…Goat For A Face Guy…

I found some time this weekend to play, so I got a picture out of my sketchbook and got ready to paint. Not wanting to waste any of the limited time I had re-pencilling the sketch onto watercolor paper, I decided to use my copy machine to transfer the sketch.

The machine made noises it had never made before as it strained to pull the 140 pound piece of watercolor paper thru itself… but I say, “if it doesn’t kill ya, it will make you stronger” …so I believe my copy machine is a better copy machine because of this experience.

It seems copier ink is dry and powdery and it did not really fuse to the paper surface very well. As I painted it came off and mixed into the color creating… well… mud. Fortunately, I paint with gouache and the power of gouache came thru in the clutch once again. I just increased the amount of paint I was using and opaquely painted right over the top of the mud.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Cool! Lord of the Rings character with rock star hair… is this guy also an accountant?

Dennis Jones

…a finely groomed mane is quite important to Goat For Face Guys…

Dennis Jones

…hey Doug… Don seems to be absent today… I also heard there is a possible hurricane headed for the coast… these two things lead me to believe Don and family have headed toward the coast… they do seem to enjoy riding a storm out every other year or so… I don’t recall him punching out on the official Brother Jones Time Clock, though… looks like there’s a top secret reprimand in order here…

Doug Jones

If that be the case (which I’m thinking it is) one of us needs to go over and put up a new picture on his page… the potentate pic is really wearing on me…. whadaya think?

roballoo

Yesh I’d say he looks like an accountant. It’s the leather gloves that does it.

Doug Jones

I see a calculator in his back pocket…

Dennis Jones

…well… it’s obviously the middle of tax season for him…

Don jones

Nothing he likes better than a “gang audit.”

Dennis Jones

…I worked all weekend tearing down my studio and then putting it all back together… I think I have finally come up with a computer work space that I like…

Doug Jones

Toss that computer out the window like you threatened to… you’ll have lots more space!

Roballoo

Hey, it’s probably better than my G3. I’ll take it. Will we see before and after pictures of the ol’ studio?

Don Jones

Have you got yourself a optional standing/sitting work station? The more I think of that… the more I like it.

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New High Table

September 14, 2006

TableLow

…low table…

TableHigh

…high table…

Recently, I was in Oklahoma City visiting my two boys. One night my oldest son took me to see his new workplace. I walked into his studio, walked straight to his computer area, leaned onto his waist high work table and said, “this is great!”

Nick said when they moved into their new area all the designers wanted high tables to work on so they could stand as they worked if they wanted to. He said you feel pretty crummy when you sit low in a chair in front of a computer screen all day. With a high table you can sit if you want or stand if you want.

As soon as I got home and bought a sheet of MDF and immediately raised my computer workspace to waist level. I cannot explain how much better working at an elevated height is.

The Comments

Aaron

Nothing like raising the level of ones work, eh?

Doug Jones

Reminds me of that Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney song… “Ebony and Ivory”. It is good to see PC and Mac coexisting on the table together. …warms the cockles of my heart

Don Jones

This is also a great vantage point for spying on anyone coming up your driveway… It’s sort of an air-traffic controller deal.

Dennis Jones

…nice to see you back, Don… Doug and I pretty much brought Brother Jones to a screeching halt last week without ya…

Don Jones

Don’t blame yourselves… blame the terrorists. They are infiltrating everywhere. No wonder you’re keeping a watchful eye out your window. I see in the paper that you guys are enjoying a outbreak of E-Coli up in Indiana. Watch that bagged spinach on your salads.

Dennis Jones

…just another good reason for me NOT to eat spinach… as if there aren’t already plenty of perfectly good reasons to not eat it…

Roballoo!

Your desk is almost like a transformer! Cool. I think it’s kinda interesting that you have the newer G5 machine while Doug has the newer flat panel monitor. Actually now I see that you have three monitors? Mac, PC and Linux? Wow. You must be a super user or sumthin’.

Dennis Jones

…yep …I have all kinds of equipment I don’t know how to use…

Don Jones

It looks like you have room on your desk for a Mr. Coffee maker. Hang a few mugs on your bulletin board.

Regional Football Coverage

September 18, 2006

PainterTestRod

…a 30 minute color sketch…

NFL regional football coverage is great IF you like the team in your area. If you don’t like the team in your area… well… too bad… you’re going to watch your regional team play every Sunday anyway.

Doug lives in Nashville and gets to watch the Titans game each week. So far they have scored a grand total of 23 points in their two games and are currently 0-2.

Don lives in Missouri and gets to watch the Chiefs play each week. So far this year they have accumulated a whopping 16 points and are currently 0-2.

I live in Indiana and get to watch the Colts play each week. So far they have racked up almost 70 points in their two games and are currently 2-0.

This is about the only time of the year when it’s really good to live in Indiana.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Go ahead… rub it in… say… is this a digital doodle Denny? it’s nice and loosey goosey…

Keegan Jones

The Colts are the most exciting team in football to watch these days. Gotta call it now, Colts in the Superbowl.

Don Jones

Let’s not forget those San Diego Chargers… They just might give Peyton a run for his money.

Doug Jones

au contraire… The Titans are even MORE exciting! At the end of 3 quarters of play, they had racked up 2 (yes, TWO!) first downs! And one of those was the result of a 15 yard penalty on the Chargers. What a team!

Dennis Jones

…watching the Colts play live is a lot like watching the Colts play on the Madden Video Football Game… everything seems to work for them…

Don Jones

I think Coach Jeff may want to look into a greeter job at a local Nashville Wal-Mart. “Welcome to Wal-Mart. You may recognize me… I’m the former Titan’s coach. Enjoy your shopping experience… the milk and eggs are located about 30 yards deep, corner slant.”

Dennis Jones

HEY HEY HEY… BIG NEWS IN HUNTINGTON INDIANA… we have a brand new Walmart Super Center opening here THIS WEEK… now we have a McDonalds AND a Walmart Super Center…

…we has arrived!

Roballoo!

I think you’re right Don – it does have that bit o’ digital look to it. What I’m wondering is how’d Dennis get that football player to sit stil long enough on a Sunday to sketch him?

Doug Jones

yeah… answer the pressing question, Den… what media is this?

Dennis Jones

…digital …definitely digital …Wopner …time for Wopner …definitely time for Wopner…

Doug Jones

digital Whoppers? Whaaaaaat?

Don Jones

Den, last week at our local Wal-Marts they had Fritos or Cheetos for a buck a bag. You many want to look for that up there at your grand Super Center Opener.

Dennis Jones

…well… you can bet I’ll be there when the doors open… and probably have orange Cheetos crumbs strung down the front of my shirt a few hours after…

Don Jones

For me it’s the orange fingertips that gives me away… and the orange ring around my mouth… not that I inhale these processed pieces of cheese flavored fabricated cardboard or anything.

Doug Jones

I believe that the correct term for the orange stuff left on your fingers is cheedle… mr trivia….

Dennis Jones

…hmm …you can learn something new every time you visit Brother Jones… it doesn’t amount to much, but it’s new…

Don Jones

That is one word I am adding to my vokabularry.

Doug Jones

ARRRRGH!

Quick Digital Painting

September 20, 2006

PainterTestVince

…another 30 minute color sketch…

I try to quit work around five o’clock each day. My wife usually gets home from school a half hour or so later. I have started doing digital sketches in that time period. When Karen gets home, my picture is done. These little digital paintings are quick, loose, and actually seem to help me think in different ways when I go back to traditional painting.

The Comments

Don Jones

That is looking awesome. Who is that guy anywho?

Dennis Jones

…last year at the Mazda dealership I sketched this out of a Sports Illustrated that was in the waiting room I was waiting in as I was waiting for my oil to be changed…

…oh… so this is supposed to be Vince Young as a Texas Longhorn…

Don Jones

Did you get yourself a WACOM tablet?

Dennis Jones

…nope …I’m doing this with a mouse …but I’m hoping to get a tablet somewhere down the road…

Mark Behm

wince a mouse?! Even if you grab one of those $99 4×5 wacoms. Nobody likes painting with a bar of soap! Still, it’s looking good!

Dennis Jones

…that’s the main reason these are so loose… without the sensitivity of a tablet you are reduced to just pounding strokes onto the canvas…

Dan Lietha

Dennis, It kills me you did that sketch with a mouse! I look forward to the day when you get a Wacom pad. Anyway, the latest issue of Airbrush Action Magazine (Superman cover) has a very interesting feature article on Mark Fredrickson’s conversion from real airbrush to digital. If you can get a hold of it, it’s a good read. He works a bit differently than you do, but he sites his reasons for going digital and says he’s never going back. FYI

Dennis Jones

…I think everyone is pretty much working differently than me because I have no idea what I am doing digitally…

…thanks for the heads up on the Fredrickson article… I will check that out pronto…

Roballoo!

WITH A MOUSE?! Wowsers! That’s amazing. It does have a nice loose quality about it. I think what helps is you aren’t feeling any pressure to produce a finished quality level of work – just sketches. Keep it up. Looking forward to seeing more. I will have to check out that article too.

Doug Jones

Maybe Santa will bring you a Wacom for Christmas. It’s only 3 months away…

Cedric Hohnstadt

A mouse?!? Amazing! Especially the detail in the ear. I like the idea of finishing the day with a loose personal sketch. Do you also do warm-up sketches to start your day?

Dennis Jones

…if I started my day playing I don’t think I would have the discipline to stop and start doing my real work… so my morning warm up is coffee… black…

Doug Jones

I really like the chalk texture… so are you scanning your pencil sketch, then putting transparent color over it?

Don Jones

Dennis, I’ve seen others raise money for good causes on websites. I suggest you begin collecting contributions for a much needed Wacom Tablet. I will kick it off with a 5 dollar bill…

Dan Lietha

Here’s the site of a GREAT caricature artist that has made the jump to digital. See his step by step example at the bottom of his homepage. http://www.opdebeeck.com/ May Santa grant you “good boy” status and free you from the mouse with a nice Wacom tablet. 🙂

Dennis Jones

…can ya get one a them Waco Tablets at Walmarts? …’cause we have a new one a them in town…

Dan Lietha

I’m sorry Dennis. I should have said, “here’s the site of ANOTHER great caricature artist. And I believe they only sell Waco tablets in Texas.

Capn’ America

September 22, 2006

mech3CapAm

…digital painting…

Yes, it’s CAPTAIN AMERICA… fighting the dreaded… uhm… bubbles… yes, that’s what this is, Captain America fighting the dreaded bubble… machine… guys… bad guys… bad bubble machine bad guys…

…it’s a classic story, I’m sure you’ve read it…

The Comments

Don Jones

I must have missed that bubble debacle. Looks like you are coming along nicely painting with the mouse.

Dennis Jones

…I am on a one man crusade to save the mouse… will you join me in this effort?…

hennie

hahaha….love it. Don’t know how you manage with a mouse though… very cool. H

Doug Jones

… while relaxing in his luxurious bubble bath, Captain America suddenly realized that his rubber ducky was missing! Was there someone else in the tub with him??!! Stay tuned for Chapter 2… “Revenge of Mr Bubble”

Roballoo

nahhh… I just think he doesn’t know how to do laundry.

Dennis Jones

…the following is a paid political announcement

…MOUSES RULE, TABLETS DROOL!

Ad funded by the Save The Mouse Foundation …Dennis Jones, founder and CEO

Don Jones

I would like to up my WACOM tablet contribution from $5 to $5.37. Digital Drawing Best B Done with a Stick!

This political advertisement was funded entirely by the Liberation of Mouses for Illustration Society and Gouche Club.

Dennis Jones

…do I actually have to purchase a Wacom Tablet to be able to collect the $5.37 from you, ‘cause I could sure use that $5.37… we have a new Walmart Super Center in town now ya know…

Dennis Jones

…just got back from the new Walmart Super Center… spent $4.11 and had a free cup of coffee… on a scale from 1 to 10 I would rank this visit a 7.5… enjoyable, but not perfect…

Wolverine

September 25, 2006

mech4Wolverine2

…experimenting with tight and loose focus…

I have always liked comic book super heroes. I suppose it is because the whole “super hero” concept is just so outrageous…

…”I feel called to fight crime, but I’m not going to join the police department… I’m going to put on this brightly colored, skin tight, plastic underwear and wander the streets until I run into trouble.”

I like that…

The Comments

Don Jones

Den, looks like you are getting that PAINTER program cranked up in high gear. Fantastico! What are the dimensions of this? Do you work in RGB mode? Curious painter minds wanna know.

Dennis Jones

…well, actually… I haven’t got Painter figured out quite yet… but I do have Photoshop figured out and that’s what I’m using on these… since these are just for fun and for this web site they are RGB mode… this was a picture from my sketchbook which was about 4 inches square, and was scanned in at 150 dpi…

Mark Behm

Sweet. It really does look like you are hitting a comfort level with digital stuff. This looks great. There’s a wild place you can go to when you have that undo key that’s harder to hit with good old mud and sticks. Even if you just use it as an exercise to loosen up I think it’s worth it. Now buy that tablet before your wrist starts to bleed.

roballoo

That’s one mean lookin’ Wolverine! He can wear blue and yellow if he wants – I’M not going to argue with him! How about Adamantium wrists so you can keep using that ol’ mouse of yours.

Dennis Jones

…there was an interesting movie a few years back called “Mystery Men” that did a good job of lampooning the whole super hero thing… I think it flopped at the box office tho…

Don Jones

I still say “the TIC” is the ultimate in super heroes.

Dennis Jones

…yesterday at Wamart I saw season one of the Tic TV Show, grabbed it, held it in my hands for several minutes, then put it back on the shelf… sigh…

Don Jones

Obviously you’ve read some books on How to Handle Impulse Buying. If I knew where those books were located I’d go buy me a couple… right now.

Tom Bancroft

Hey Dennis, just found your blog thanks to Cedric H’s blog. Small cyber world, huh? I still charish the sketch you gave me of Capt. America when we met briefly in (where do you live again?) Indiana? This Wolverine is awesome too. I agree with everyone else, are you crazy? Buy a cheap Wacom tablet! You’ll love it! You’re making us all look bad creating this level of work with a mouse! Bah! Ha, by the way, I live by one of the other Jones, so I get to post here!

Dennis Jones

…Hi Tom, good to hear from you… a few weeks ago I got interested again in trying to figure the whole computer generated color thing out and I’ve been posting my efforts here every day or so… Mark has been giving me a little behind the scenes help along the way… if you have any insight for me don’t hesitate to share it… you working on anything interesting these days?

Yoder

September 27, 2006

mech5Yoda

…experimenting with brushes I found on the web…

Hey, RobalLOO… you asked for it, you got it!

Just my way of saying… well… no hard feelings after that vicious election campaign we ran against each other last summer.

…( you should have known better than to bring that divisive asparagus issue into the campaign )…

The Comments

Don Jones

I’m glad that our Brother Jones customer service desk is in full operation. Dennis, an awesome request fulfillment here. Take the rest of the day off.

Doug Jones

I’m really glad to see that Yoder is ridding the forest of those pesky Raiders…

Dennis Jones

…may the Chiefs be with you…

Don Jones

How ‘bout those Titans?

Dennis Jones

…the force is not with them this season…

roballoo

So that’s what asparagus looked like a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away. Thanks! I’m willing to put down my asparagus and declare a truce.

Doug Jones

there is now a website created by mad fans who want to fire Coach Fisher. What’s the official BrotherJones take on the T.O. deal?

Don Jones

T.O. is just cookin’ up a little attention for himself.

Cedric Hohnstadt

Love the texture you get from those brushes. Where did you find them, might I ask? And can ya order your Yoder to yodel? (Betcha can’t say that five times fast).

Dennis Jones

…when I said I was experimenting with some brushes I found on the web… well… they were really more of a stamp than a brush… they are what I made the vines with and I cant remember where I found them… I just Googled up “free photoshop brushes” and started looking around…

…if you were talking about the brushes I rendered Yoder with, those are just the dry media brushes that are standard in Photoshop…

Cedric Hohnstadt

Thanks Dennis. I like all of it, but I was especially wondering about the loose texture dabs in the lower left quadrant. Guess I’ve got a lot of practicing to do with Photoshop.

Dennis Jones

…the big circles are a stipple brush… I know that one… the stuff right above it might be a sponge or a brush on texture… I have really only been doing these for a couple of weeks now and am still in the process of trying to find the brushes that work for me, so I haven’t done it long enough to remember what is what right now…

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~ BROTHERJONES BONUS COVERAGE ~

My opening comments above referred to an election that was being held on my little brother Don’s blog page, so I have reposted it below.

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August 10, 2006

The Polls are Open

2006_08_10_TomatoKing

Today is the official 2006 Brother Jones Election day. Dennis has been nominated by Doug to run for Tomato King and I have been appointed his campaign manager. He needs your vote to ensure a victory garden. Not sure who is running against but I’m sure his upcoming speech and subsequent victory party will be tremendous. Remember, vote early and often. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

Vote Denny Gene Tomato King!

Political announcement paid for and funded by the Denny Gene For Tomato King Foundation… Denny Gene Tomato King, President

Don Jones

I just cracked open the ballot box and had to toss out a few ballots. They were write-in votes for Roballoo.

Dennis Jones

…that’s just the sort of thing you can expect out of that guy… but will he promise to do extensive research into home made tomato catsup recipes like I will? I THINK NOT!! But I will promise to do that RIGHT HERE AND NOW! In fact, I am willing to promise to do anything to be elected to this position…

…I will get a nice benefit package with this position, wont I?

Doug Jones

Anyone who can grow a ‘mater big enough to wear on their head like that, deserves to be Tomato King!

I’m Doug Jones and I approve this message.

Don Jones

I was just notified by the Brother Jones Advisory Bored that you can only hold one office at a time. Den, it’s either Tomato King or Gourd King. Which will it be? (Our exit pollsters await your answer.)

Dennis Jones

…my opponent for Tomato King (who shall remain unnamed-alloo), has been running a scurrilous ad campaign claiming I use hundreds of lab animals in my tomato research kitchens… Thats a LIE! We use just a very limited number of lab animals for tomato recipe testing… and this only to perfect the taste of our tomato products for you, the valued consumer…

Political announcement paid for and funded by the Denny Gene For Tomato King Foundation Denny Gene Tomato King, President

Dennis Jones

No Animals Were Injured In The Posting Of My Last Comment

Political announcement paid for and funded by the Denny Gene For Tomato King Foundation Denny Gene Tomato King, President

Don Jones

“A tomato in every pot and a gourd for every tot.”

“From Paste to Waste… The Tomato King Grows ‘em right!”

Dennis Jones

…my opponent accuses me of not having an agenda to run on… I HAVE AN AGENDA… as soon as I am elected Tomato King I will immediately disband the Brother Jones Advisory Board and get rid of the silly rule about one person not being able to hold both Gourd King and Tomato King offices…

Political announcement paid for and funded by the Denny Gene For Tomato King Foundation Denny Gene Tomato King, President

Banshee

What?! Disband the Brother Jones Advisory Bored… it sounds like he intends to become a Dictator if he is elected. If he wants to be a ‘tator, maybe he thinks this is about becoming the Potato King?
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FOWA: week of 10 APR 2005 Fighting for Freedom and Democracy

Roballoo

Unable to repudiate the above scurlious remarks due to an infestation of flyng termits in my abode(it’s true!). I blame the Gourd King and I intend to prove it. I demand a recount.

If duly elected I will put a stalk of asparagus in every refrigerator!

message paid for the the Asparagus Advisory Subcommittee of California

Dennis Jones

…do you really think we can trust some nut from California to be our new Tomato King? I think not…

VOTE DENNY GENE TOMATO KING

Political announcement paid for and funded by the Denny Gene For Tomato King Foundation Denny Gene Tomato King, President

Joe Willy

September 29, 2006

mech8Namath

…saint namath…

After watching the Colts sleep walk through most of last weeks game, then wake up in the second half, throw a bucket load of points onto the board and beat the Jaguars, (who had outplayed them the entire game), I fear there is little to no hope for the Jets this weekend… without a little divine intervention…

The Comments

Doug Jones

How about them Titans? Wonder if they will win ONE game this season? If they played a team like, maybe Peyton Manning’s team, maybe… they would get clobbered. Peyton is OK if you like quarterbacks with rocket laser arms…. wonder if he would consider tying one arm behind his back, just to make it interesting…

Don Jones

What is going on with those Titans anywho? Didn’t one of the Titan linemen stomp the opponents head when his helmet was off? Nothing like a cleat to the forehead to get yourself fined and sent home for a few weeks.

bernardfromtheyard

Well Dennis, I guess you were wrong about the Jets! What a game…a little Stanford v.s. Cal at the end there? Bernard

Dennis Jones

…the Jets started really slow in that game, but I was pretty impressed with how well they played the rest of it… and even tho I am a Colts fan, I was almost hoping that last play would work for the Jets… what a fun game to watch…

…and those Titans really do seem to be stomping the competition into the ground… literally…

Don Jones

I love these Monday morning Brother Jones NFL recaps. How many laterals were thrown there? Which reminds me … I need to check my septic lateral lines.

Doug Jones

I think Haynesworth got confused and started playing “Whack the Mole” with that guy’s head… nothing personal… Colts vs Titans… any wagering on this extreeeemly close match up?

Don Jones

I say let’s pick the final point spread and the winner gets first dibs on donuts at the next Brother Jones Bored Meeting.

Doug Jones

wel… it’ll be a leat 40 points… with Payty-Pie… it may go to 50

Dennis Jones

…I predict Jeff Fisher will go for at least 2 on-side kicks in that game… maybe as many as 4…