Elephant

October 3, 2006

ElephantSketches

…random sketchbook pages…

mech7Elephant

…leaving in the linework…

I’m still trying to figure out what I want digital color to look like. I don’t know whether to leave the line work showing, totally paint it out, or come up with some hybrid of the two, so I keep experimenting… and posting them here.

One thing I really like about this is how quickly you can move color onto a drawing. I’ve been scanning random sketchbook pages into my computer so that when the urge to do a little digital painting hits me, I can just snag a sketch and go.

The Comments

Don Jones

How is your Wacom Tablet Fund doing? Maybe Keegan should work a PayPal button on here for those spur-of-the-moment contributions.

Dennis Jones

…haven’t gotten around to getting a tablet yet… I’m not going to have a lot of time for the next few weeks to mess with this stuff anyway…

Doug Jones

…you will be spending your time out in the field on that big gourd harvest, right?

Dennis Jones

…we do have a fine harvest of tobacco box gourds this year…

Roballoo!

Nice. One of my favorite digital images fromm you yet. I guess this is kind of a hybrid thingy since I can stil see the linework?

Don Jones

Speaking of harvesting… the local authorities just busted our local elementary art teacher for having meth in the classroom. Strange but true. This could be my opening to get back into art edukashun.

Doug Jones

we had a kindergartener show up here with a bag of Marijuana and a loaded hand gun in her backpack…. the mom got arrested…

Dennis Jones

…I’ve been thinking about sitting in on a couple of night classes at our local university… I suppose I better get a gun and some drugs if I’m going to fit in with the other kids…

Don Jones

Good one Den… and don’t forget to wear a pair of Croks along with your hockey jersey.

Dennis Jones

…no one will even notice that I’m 300 years older than them…

Doug Jones

ever heard of “can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”

Dennis Jones

…I’m livin’ that every day…

Doug Jones

if anyone hassels you cuz you are 300 years old, just throw one of your Croks at ‘em…

Brian Beausoleil

I too can’t decide whether or not to leave the Pencil line work or not. But i do like the way if looks with it kind of keeps it loose and adds action to it. like my Football player that i did as my first digital painting. since then i have done one other and like the results so i guess i will leave them in for now. Brian

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Nashville Cat

October 5, 2006

CatSketch

…pencil…

CatColor

…color…

I like to draw animals even though I don’t know exactly how their anatomy works… as evidenced by this cat…

I couldn’t really remember how a feline’s back legs worked so I made a set up. I may have inserted a few too many joints… who knows?

I suppose it’s a good thing I make a living as a cartoonist and not as a technical illustrator.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Cool kitty… must have eaten those meeces…

Don Jones

That kitty needs to go the d-caf route.

Dan Lietha

Love that cat! Now, if we can only get you to stop painting with your mouse.

Dennis Jones

…back to sticks n mud on this one…

Dan Lietha

I thought that was the case as the cat looks really sharp.

Dennis Jones

…I did use a mouse for the background on this, but its fur got all matted up with gouache and I had to switch back to a brush…

Jete Pones

…pencil……color……annoying…

Michael Bolton

I don’t know what that last guy was talking about. This picture rocks dude!

Dennis Jones

…so do you Michael, so do you…

silas

not nnnnmy

silas

not any of my relation ps your mother says hello

Dennis Jones

…Hi Uncle Si… I dont know what the weather is like in Colorado, but it’s snowing here right now… HI MOM…

silas

HI it is 60 degrees here and sunshine. But we hit snow on our trip Tuesday. Gotta go—we are going to play bing with the “old folks”!!!!

Season Premier

October 12, 2006

JoyOfPaintingMOUSE

…The Joy Of Painting Part Deux…

The extremely popular, critically acclaimed “Joy Of Painting” series will make it’s long awaited, highly anticipated season premier next week on this channel. Last seasons debut episode was a roller coaster ride of nonstop painting action. Unlike some “other” shows that just tease us with dinosaurs eating people, this Joy Of Painting assignment takes place on a lost island somewhere in the Pacific where there are actual dinosaurs eating actual people.

The Comments

Don Jones

I can hardly wait to see what you paint up with your mouse. Maybe it will be a “happy little football player”?

Doug Jones

Wanna talk old school? I just read an interview with Bob Staake and HE works in Photoshop 3 in Classic on his G5 and uses a mouse. I’m thinking of going retro too. It sure works for him!

Dennis Jones

hmmm… thats not the guy I thought he was, Doug… wasn’t there a guy named Straake or Straight or something like that who did really nice sports caricatures?

Dan Lietha

That would be Bruce Stark. His web site is here: http://www.artofbrucestark.com I don’t believe he uses rodents to paint though.

Dennis Jones

…you can get some unique texture with them…

Roballoo!

Thanks, Bruce Stark does nice work. I might even have some covers in my TV guide collection (don’t ask). The other thing about Bob Staake is he says he does all of his photoshop work in only one layer. Amazing.

Roballoo!

Nice ‘Fro BTW.

Doug Jones

I’m lovin’ that double chin goatee myself…

Dennis Jones

…well, thanks …not everyone can grow one of those, you know…

Jete Pones

Don’t you guys know who Bruce Stark is? He uses mind bullets and only a quarter of a layer in photoshop. He also makes a mean omellete…

Dennis Jones

…Jete, I’m going to whoop a mind bullet, quarter layer on you if you dont hurry up and get a replacement battery ordered for your soon to meltdown laptop…

Don Jones

Dennis, upon further analysis of the above image I have determined you have “loaded” your mouse with a mixture of Yellow Ochre with a touch of Vermillion Deep. I always heard that gouache adheres firmly to vermin hair and now you have proved it.

Dennis Jones

…actually Don, what I have done here is called double loading… my mouse has a different color on each side… Yellow Ochre on one end, Naples Yellow on the other…

Don Jones

That double mouser pigment load really gives those “happy” trees some SNAP!

Dennis Jones

…I used the “sponge” technique on the happy little trees in this painting… the mouse seemed to really enjoy it…

Don Jones

I never imagined you were using a LIVE mouse. I bet after a few hard-hitting blending techniques the little mouse is beat into submission. Do you get your mouses from some local radiation or experimental lab?

Roballoo!

Is it a USB or a serial mouse? Just curious.

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 1

October 16, 2006

JOP1

…with your host, young Den Joneswalker…

R2D2nMe

…a beat-up R2 unit delivers a mysterious rough…

2Assignment

…what can this mean?

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

A damaged R2 Unit mysteriously arrives at my doorstep. I notice that something seems to be lodged in it’s Plaskon T-2000 Globulator, so I pry it out with my screwdriver. A hologram of a client instantly appears and pleads with me to do a poster for her. I feel sorry for the hologram girl because she is obviously having a bad hair day, so I say, “sure, I’ll do a poster for you.” A few days later the assignment arrives in the mail.

Some folks are very specific with their art direction, others… not so much. This particular job came with a rough attached (pictured above) for me to work from. I understood the concept, but the prospect of drawing a bunch of pipes and test tubes was not very exciting. I immediately began trying to come up with ways to change their idea. This, (of course), is where I usually… well… almost always… get myself into trouble.

I put their rough on the floor of my studio and decide to just walk around it for a few days while I work on other jobs. Perhaps time will supply me with the revelation I need to tweak this job into something I will enjoy doing a bit more.

Will the Force be with young Joneswalker on this project? Will inspiration magically pop up out of nowhere just like the hologram did? Or is something much darker lurking in his future? Find out in tomorrows exciting second episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

the FARCE is strong in young Joneswalker…

Don Jones

I got as far as the GUILT METER and felt so bad about this project I had to move on…

Dennis Jones

…unfortunately a GuiltOmeter, while meant originally to only measure guilt, tends to also induce a lot of guilt in a person…

Doug Jones

Rube Goldberg could do a number on this idea…

Doug Jones

It would end with a bowling ball falling off a ladder on someone’s toe and them yelling something bad… inducing heaps of guilt and blowing the GUILT-O-METER to smithereenes

Dennis Jones

…yes Doug, cursing is always a big plus in a Sunday School poster…

Doug Jones

yeah… you get to use all those symbols that you never get to use otherwise. Like #$*&!!@#%!!!

Dennis Jones

…wow, I’ve never heard you use that kind of language before, Doug… I’m kinda shocked…

Teper Senoj

Meesa thinks u sould youse that peectuure weeth photooshoop eend add a graydient

Dennis Jones

…I couldn’t understand what that floppy eared goomer was saying in the movie either…

Roballoo!

Oooh,a cliffhanger ~ I like it. Can’t wait for episode two.

Mark Behm

How many times do you ask yourself “and you picked ME for this job BECAUSE…?”

Dennis Jones

…I quit asking that 25 years ago… when you’re a burnt out old guy it really doesn’t matter all that much…

Don Jones

“Floppy eared goomer”… I’m using that phrase in my conversation!

Mark Behm

Heh heh heh.

Karen Jones

Dennis, you look so cute with that afro. It takes me back to when we first met… hee hee hee

Dennis Jones

EVERYBODY RUN… MY WIFE HAS FOUND OUR SECRET INTERNET CLUBHOUSE!

Dan Lietha

And I thought your Joy of Painting series were great before! This is REALLY getting interesting! Perhaps the REAL secret to Dennis’ success is about to be made known! YESSSSSSSSSS!

Dennis Jones

…ok, Dan, ok… you caught me… I confess… I am just the front man for a team of Jedi Knights that are actually doing the artwork… that little green one with the pointy ears is particularly good with gouache…

Yoda (pointy eared he is)

Too old, Joneswalker, are you, the training to begin, necessary that it is, in the ways of the force, backwards to talk like me…

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 2

October 17, 2006

FindingInspiration

…with your host, Den Joneswalker…

2Assignment

…the rough my client sent me to work from…

2RubeG

…an old Rube Goldberg cartoon…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …my client has sent me a very simple art request. All I have to do is follow their rough layout (pictured above). Instead, I am trying to think up a way to change their concept (just a little) as to make it just a bit more entertaining for me to work on.

For several days I continue to walk by and look at my clients rough as it lays on the studio floor. Then it hits me, this is just like one of those old Rube Goldberg cartoons. I fire up the Google search engine, find Rube’s work on the internet, and pull down a photo or two (pictured above) for reference. I now have a direction I like and am ready to tweak my clients idea.

Today’s exciting episode was really, really short. Will tomorrows episode be any longer? …or any more exciting? Find out in tomorrows really, really exciting, much longer third episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Looking at those pipes makes me wonder if SocMo C-3P0 (hey, that kinda rhymes) could slide through them backwards, with his eyes closed, and live to tell of it.

Dennis Jones

uhm… Keegan… his name is Soc-3P-Mo…

Don Jones

This is better than any LOST episode.

Dennis Jones

…oh,yeh …I seem to have forgotten that last week I said this all takes place on a hidden island where dinosaurs are eating people… I suppose I need to work that plot line into this story…

Doug Jones

Can’t wait for the bowling ball to fall on the dinosaur’s toe…

Don Jones

Don’t forget the “UDDERS”.

Dennis Jones

…Don, your “udders” comment reminded me of one of the best dialogs the brothers n’ others ever had on Brother Jones… Take a trip on the way back machine and enjoy it again…

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 3

October 18, 2006

2006_10_18_Soc3pMo

…with your host, Soc-3P-Mo… HEY!…

2QuikPencil

…a really rough, rough…

2Pencil

…the finished pencil…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I have come up with a way to tweak my clients assignment into something I will enjoy doing a bit more than their original idea. I’m going to turn it into a Rube Goldberg tribute piece.

[warning] Changing a clients assignment is, (of course), always a really bad idea. [end of disclaimer, on with thrilling story]

My first task is to figure out how this illustration might work as a Rube Goldberg cartoon. I roughly sketch out an idea (first picture), decide this is probably as good as anything I’m going to come up with, and proceed to work out the finished drawing (second picture). I attach that to an email and send it to my client for approval. This is a risky move. It is not exactly what they have asked for and I have invested a lot of time to get to this point in the process.

Will my Jedi mind tricks work? Is this concept just a little too far removed from their original assignment? Do they have some sort of problem with Rube Goldberg Tributes? Find out in tomorrows exciting fourth episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

I’m predicting that the gizmo will be OK… but you will have to make the guy at the end into a woman… of another race… facing the other direction… and much younger. I hope I win… I hope I win…

Dennis Jones

…well, you predicted the Rube Goldberg part correctly on day one… the force is strong in you…

Dan Lietha

Rube Goldburg would be proud of his Padawon learner for sure. I want to see if the client thinks you’ve gone to the dark side.

Don Jones

I think the SIN on the cook top should be larger; The guy’s pants should be stripes and the balloon should read “shame on me”.

Dennis Jones

…congratulations, Don… you and the client both seem to have issues with the balloon…

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 4

October 19, 2006

JOP4

…with your happy little host, Dennis Jones…

2BaseArt

…finished base art…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I emailed my client pencil roughs for approval. Before I can go to finished artwork, the client must first o.k. a sketch. If there is any kind of problem, this is where they get to slam on the brakes. My idea is a fairly different take on their original art request.

I receive the green light to proceed, they love the new direction. The only change is the wording on the balloon. Instead of “Hoo Hoo” they wanted “Whoo Hoo”. I did not know that was the correct spelling for that. You learn something new every day.

I start painting. My game plan is to paint all the main elements in with gouache and then add the background in Photoshop. Since this is my own little Rube Goldberg tribute, I decide to paint it all in muted tones, mainly grays and browns to achieve an old time look.

I am done with the painting phase and scanning the art when I hear the email bell fire off on my computer. It is my client. The email reads… “by the way, make sure this poster is very, very colorful.” This presents just a bit of a problem since I am already done painting everything.

Welllll… (does anyone remember those old Chicken Man Radio Shows where the announcer says that at the end)?… no? …well, anyway… will I be able to pull a rabbit out of my hat?… gerARRRrrr… (Rocky & Bullwinkle)… or will it be back to the drawing board for a second try at this? Tune in tomorrow for the final exciting episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

unless that editor sends you another email, I guess I lose out on that FABULOUS prize! shuckydarn.

Dennis Jones

…Doug, didn’t you say you were having your wisdom teeth removed this week? …next week? …sometime in the near future? …I think Don is in Texas right now…

Doug Jones

I had them out yesterday and have been sitting around with ice packs on my face for two days. It’s a thrill a minute! What’s Don in Texas for?

Dennis Jones

…arrggg… I suspect at your age you had some pretty long roots to pull out… good luck with all that… Don and Keegan are apartment shoppin’ I believe…

Doug Jones

As the doc told me, a 15 year old bounces back in no time… one of my advanced age takes 3 times as long to heal… been eatin’ pudding for 2 days now…

Dennis Jones

…I had my wisdom teeth pulled a few years back and have not been able to make wise decisions from that point on… coincidence? …I fear not…

Roballoo!

Ol’ Rube would be proud. Love the pattern on that guys pants. Hope there is a larger version in the end so we can see all your details.

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 5

October 20, 2006

JOP5a

…with your host, Dennis Jones…

2Finish

…finished poster…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I am trying to create a poster that has an “old time” look to it. My client is not aware of what I am trying to accomplish with color and has sent an additional email asking that the poster be very, very colorful. Unfortunately, I have already finished painting it using very limited color.

As I look at the poster, I really don’t really see any way to insert a lot of color into it. Boots, footballs, and anvils just aren’t very colorful items. My only option is to blow out the background with color. This is a tricky proposition. If too much is going on with the background it will overwhelm the images in the foreground. I keep piddling around with color until I come up with a solution (pictured above). I feel that, short of painting Skittles and a rainbow into the background, this is about as much color as I will be able to insert into this.

I burn the job to a disc and toss it in the mail. This didn’t turn out exactly the way I conceived it, but hopefully it will be what the client is looking for. I receive an email a day or two later saying, “hey, we sure liked that colorful poster” …whew!

The Comments

Don Jones

I was up all night worried that this project was going to crash and burn. But now life is just peachie again … Dennis does another high-flyin’ tightrope illustration and the Card WON last night!!

Dennis Jones

…Card? ..Cards… Cardinals? Did the Cardinals win last night? …Don, talking to you is just like talking to Lassie…

Lassie

Timmy fell in the well… bring card

Dan Lietha

That’s quite the movie transition. You started out with Star Wars and ended up with Lassie.

Dennis Jones

…yes, Dan, it’s amazing where you can end up when you have no real game plan for anything that you are doing… Brother Jones is a testimony to that philosophy…

Doug Jones

so… where are the dinosaurs?

Dennis Jones

…well, in this episode the dinosaurs pretty much just hid in the trees and growled real loud to try to scare the plein air painters on the beach… I don’t think anyone actually saw one…

Don Jones

Upon further study I have detected the music you were listening to while producing this fine piece of poster art. The color enhanced letters CCR can mean only one thing: Credence Clearwater Revival! ” I see a bad moon arising”

Dennis Jones

…yes, Don, you have discovered the secret evil backward masking I have inserted unknowingly into this poster… only it’s not backward… or masked very well… and I didn’t even know I did it… this is all very scary stuff…

Don Jones

If I had a pair of those pants I would be a happy man.

Dennis Jones

…I’m pretty sure you did back in the 70’s…

ricky heinrichs

…what year in the 70’s…

jango fett

… the star wars picture you took awhile back is exactly what it is…

Bruce Jones

A big Ohio hello to the Jones boys, from a first cousin. I enjoy your artwork now, just like when we were kids. Remember blowing off firecrackers in the old school yard? And I miss my “annual professional haircut” from Uncle Loyd. I remember it all… love to your mom. Bruce Jones

Doug Jones

Cuzin Bruce! Woo! Yep… those were the good old days! I always enjoyed your annual visits… and always cried when you had to go…. sigh….

Dennis Jones

HEY COUSIN BRUCE… do you remember how we used to always call you Cousin Bruce and you would tell us your first name was not “cousin” …but we went ahead and kept calling you Cousin Bruce because we just couldn’t help ourselves… good times… good to hear from you…

Don Jones

BAAAA-ROOOCE!!! Always a high-point when Jones cousins check in on this mind-numbin’ site. I remember y’all blowing into town from Virginia and Uncle Alton was always sporting the coolest sunglasses. I now wish I had enough hair for a haircut.

Doug Jones

It takes a BRAVE person to come out and admit that they are related to us. Think we should offer Cuz an honorary membership? If I remember correctly… it was from Bruce’s family that I first heard that phrase… “the Jones Appeal”

Craig Schutt

Oh, I actually thinks it’s much, much BRAVER to marry into the Jones clan! But I’ve never regretted it…well, except for that one time, when a picture of me in a Batman mask was posted on Don’s section of this site… Which reminds me: Halloween (er—make that Harvest Festival time) is almost upon us. Sure hope my son doesn’t ask me to dress up as the Caped Crusader again this year…

Doug Jones

but you look so GOOD in tights!

Dennis Jones

…I’m kinda uncomfortable with the direction these comments are headed in… I think we better fire up some manly football talk… arr, arr, arr…

Cedric Hohnstadt

Thanks so much for posting this little series. It’s encouraging to know that even a big-name illustrator like Dennis Jones occassionally runs into problems. You handled it very well. I can tell you are a “big name” illustrator because the finest illustrations always include either a frog, a bicycle, or an anvil. You included all three! Even Rockwell never achieved such a feat.

My New Internet Shop

October 30, 2006

1FramedPrint

…a framed print from the gallery…

On a fairly consistent basis, I receive email from people wanting to purchase existing Biblical artwork from me. As shocking as this may seem, I don’t keep a warehouse full of product or a staffed shipping department in my basement to take care of these requests.

Because of this, I have opened an Online Print Gallery. You can get prints here in a variety of formats, anything from a poster to a fine art canvas. You can buy them as is or put them in a mat and frame. Custom cropping is also available if you wish. Check out the site sometime and play with all the nifty bells and whistles.

The Comments

Don Jones

Bada-Bing…. CHa- CHING!!! Just in time for Christmas shopping. Good thinkin’, Dennis.

Doug Jones

have you got any zebra prints? I hear zebras are really HOT now…

Dennis Jones

…I just so happen to be wearing a fine zebra print today… thanks for asking…

Dan Lietha

Too cool! Can we request certain images to be added to your store?

Dennis Jones

…as long as it’s not a zebra print…

Doug Jones

I like the frame… is it for sale?

Dennis Jones

…boy, is it ever… I think the framing is where this web site makes it’s money… although the last time I checked, framing is pretty expensive anyway…

Don Jones

What did one picture frame say to the other? “How’s it hangin’?”

Dan Lietha

How’s business on the new store? Any success to report? 🙂

Napoleon D.

Gosh, no Ligers? They’re just about the coolest animal there is, I’m pretty good at drawing them, I could show you how sometime after I’m done working on my dancing moves.