The Thanksgiving 2006 Report

December 2, 2006

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…Nick points to the famous Notre Dame golden dome…

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…Pete and Nick walking to the stadium in a crowd…

Over the Thanksgiving break our oldest son Nick, (being a huge Notre Dame football fan) wanted to make a pilgrimage to South Bend to look at the school… which we did. After wandering around the campus for a while, my youngest son asked, ”…did we drive all the way up here just to take pictures?”

Yes Pete, yes we did… and here they are.

The Comments

Don Jones

This is good. Pete is hanging back with the other guitarist George while Nick is attempting to pickpocket John.

Doug Jones

I think Ringo is goosing Nick

Dennis Jones

…is that a Notre Dame hooded sweatshirt I see Nick wearing? …looks like LSU Tiger Bait to me…

Doug Jones

look… it’s 4  beatles… and two maggots! (the above comment is of a purely humorous nature and not intended to impune the character of said persons) I am Doug Jones and I semi-approve this message.

Dennis Jones

Doug, this requires a reasonable amount of entomology knowledge to catch the humor in the comment…

…for that reason I believe your comment is way over the heads of most of our viewers…

…well… at least over Dons head…

Nick Jones Everybody

I am uncomfortable with the proximity of Ringo’s hand… I always knew he was the creepy Beatle…

Dennis Jones

…since Don seems to be gone today, lets talk about him behind his back… did you know he fell on the ice in the church parking lot yesterday?… seriously…

Dennis Jones

…what Don exclaimed as he fell out of sight… was NOT Merry Christmas and to all a good night…

Doug Jones

can you say “lawsuit?” Don is probably meeting with Dewey, Cheatem and Howe right now to discuss litigation…

Dennis Jones

…no …I believe Don is probably meeting with his pastor right now trying to explain his comments as he hit the ground…

Don Jones

I’ve decided to “move my letter” and forego the humiliation of confessing my verbal tirade to the congregation.

Doug Jones

I’ve been thinking of moving my BrotherJones letter to another website… Preferably one with a higher quality of snacks and a better retirement plan

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A Brother Jones Tool Tip

December 7, 2006

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…my mower as it currently sits in my garage…

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…a lean, mean, grass eatin’ machine…

It is currently snowing very hard here in Indiana and as I was coming back through my garage with wood for the fireplace, I noticed my trusty riding lawnmower patiently waiting for summer. This inspired me to share a little Brother Jones Tool Tip with you that I believe we should all try to live by…

Take care of your tools and they will take care of you…

…yes, words to live by… I know I do.

…hope I don’t have problems with the mower again this spring.

The Comments

Doug Jones

that front tire looks spotless… better sling some mud on it, quick…

Dennis Jones

…I dont think I can today… we are having a bit of a blizzard right now (there is currently a 30 car pileup out on the highway) and my muddy yard is frozen… so I’m going to hop in my car and head up to the FedX box…Whoo HOO…

Keegan Jones

Haha, wow! How fast can that thing go?

Don Jones

Brother Don here reporting in from the SouthLake Town Square Apple Store. This image of your mower Dennis is front and center on this 30-inch monitor and is causing quite a stir. People are appearing sick and quickly leaving the premises. I see a lawn mower wash gift card in your future.

Dennis Jones

…I’m pretty sure the toxic mix of mud, water, and grass you see here has already tuned my blade housing into one big concrete slab… now that I think about it, I believe this is the same combination of elements they used to make bricks with in ancient Egypt…

BernardFromTheYard

Hey C’mon Dennis, Tis the season and all…how about changing that mower pic to your Christmas decorated lawn before cousin Eddie shows up? Or, at least add a snow shovel on the front.

My Online Christmas Card

December 10, 2006

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…hand made especially for YOU…

Well, it looks like I’m not going to be able to get my custom made, Dennis Jones Christmas Cards in the mail on time again this year. Hey, who am I kidding… I’ve never sent a custom made, Dennis Jones Christmas Card in my life… but with the invention of the internet I am now able to send custom made, Dennis Jones Christmas Cards to people all over the world… even Arkansas!

Simply print the picture on this page out on your home computer, sign your name in the appropriate spot, and place it on your refrigerator with all the other legitimate Christmas Cards you received this year.

It’s my sincere wish that the custom made, Dennis Jones Christmas Card captures the same magic and colors of the season for you that it does for me…

…and I mean that specifically to YOU, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ! …(please type your full name into the blank provided)

The Comments

Don Jones

The only thing missing from this unique and quality Christmas Card is typos.

Doug Jones

hmmm…. baseball and Christmas… what a natural combination… why didn’t I think of that?

Keegan Jones

Hahahaha! This comment is a Christmas gift. Print it out on a piece of paper, wrap it, and gently place it under your tree.

Dennis Jones

Keegan… done and done! …thanks for remembering me at Christmas time with this lovely gift…

roballoo

I’ve always enjoyed your hand lettering on your works o’ art, and have wondered for a while how it would translate into a font, but this here font seems to go quite well with the image.

Don Jones

You could have at least added reindeer antlers to that baseball helmet.

Doug Jones

I wuz thinking a red nose on the batter would be appropriate…

Paul Taylor

Dennis- Merry Christmas!! Why didn’t I think of that. each year I rush, run to Kinko’s, and then nearly pass out from licking all those stamps! Seriously, I know your art is mostly towards a spiritual approach, but have you ever thought about doing St. Nick and a Night Before Christmas book or even A Christmas Carol? If you did, I’d be first in line to buy it. Have a Merry Christmas! Paul

Dennis Jones

…thanks, Paul …and Don, the batter does have a red nose… it’s just very subtle…

Don Jones

Doug wanted the red nose… I wanted antlers.

Dennis Jones

…yes …but I wanted to tell YOU that specifically, Don… I don’t know why …I just did…

Doug Jones

Don… the antlers are under the helmet

Don Jones

I also want a white beard on this Weasel homer.

Doug Jones

yeah… and a red suit… get to work Den… chop chop!

Dennis Jones

…but everyone has a custom Christmas card with a fat guy with a white beard in a red suit with antlers… how many have a custom Christmas card with a fat baseball player with a fu manchu mustache and a “let’s gitter done” attitude?…

Don Jones

My card is came out beautifully. I have received many comments about it. It coordinates nicely with my Ball-O-Lights decoration.

Dennis Jones

…Don, I’ve noticed a lot more typos in your comments since you gave up coffee… just something you might want to consider…

Doug Jones

I’m thinking your card will be an odometer with twinkle lights around it… right?

Don Jones

Wishing you 200,000 Merry Christmaseseses! What gives on my speling?

Dennis Jones

…now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!

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~ BONUS BROTHERJONES COVERAGE ~

(My last comment above was referring to my little brother Don’s page that I am reposting below)

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December 14, 2006

Tiz the Seazon to be Jolly…

2006_12_14_DenXmasCardThe Christmas season for the Jones brothers is one which brings joy and happiness especially when it is time to get the daily mail. Even though the majority of our Christmas cards are addressed to “resident” there still are a few cards that are extra special and drive home the true meaning of Christmas. With the advent of digital technology, on-line Christmas cards have now become a quick and easy way to spread the holiday cheer and save the cost of postage. True to frugal form, Bubba Claus Dennis’ recent Christmas card offering was one which was unique and suitable for framing. If by chance you missed it, click over and print one for yourself and a friend.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

I sent you the extra large Christmas card!

Don Jones

Yes indeed… and it only used every ounce of my color cartridges to print out. Let’s see… that’s about a $39.45 cent Christmas card!!!

Dennis Jones

…here’s a Dennis Jones Christmas Card Seasonal Printing Tip for you, Don… toss that image on a flash stick, go down to Kinkos and make yourself an 8.5 X 11 card for around 99 cents… hey, treat yourself nice this holiday season and print yourself out two…

Don Jones

I much prefer the over-priced super sized version. “Spare no expense” for holiday items I always say.

Dennis Jones

…you know that print you are holding in your hands will be half price after Christmas…

Doug Jones

Don… head on over to my portfolio page… pick out an image… print it out… add the appropriate type and have yourself another card! you’re welcome…

Dennis Jones

…this online Christmas card stuff is so easy even a caveman could do it!

Doug Jones

I know at least one caveman that would be highly offended by that comment…

Dennis Jones

…you know that latest caveman commercial where he is in the airport and that quirky music is playing in the background… I liked that song so much I tracked it down on the internet and it is now on my heavy music rotation list…

Doug Jones

it’s amazing what you can do on the internets… …I’ll have to listen more closely next time that ad is on, I can’t recall that tune…

Gouache Painting Demo

December 14, 2006

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…from sketchbook to finish…

I am constantly experimenting with different supports to paint on. The other day I came home with a sheet of 140 lbs hot press Arches watercolor paper. It had been quite some time since I had painted on it and I wanted to see if I liked it any better now than I did then. I scanned shots of this little exercise at different points along the way and posted them as a sort of “mini-demo”.

2006_12_14_Wolverine1I am constantly experimenting with different supports to paint on. The other day I came home with a sheet of 140 lbs hot press Arches watercolor paper. It had been quite some time since I had painted on it and I wanted to see if I liked it any better now than I did then. I opened my sketchbook and picked out this image for my experimentation.

2006_12_14_Wolverine2I made a photocopy of the sketchbook page, taped it to the bottom of the 140 lbs Arches watercolor paper and then redrew it onto the watercolor paper using my light table. The drawing that I do on watercolor paper is pretty much all just contour line. I will use paint to define line, value, and shape so I don’t need to waste time doing that with the pencil drawing.

2006_12_14_Wolverine3As with most any project you take on in life, if you have some sort of a plan before you start, things will usually run a bit smoother for you as you try to accomplish your goal. My game plan in painting is almost always, paint the stuff in back first, the things up front last. This helps you avoid that “painted up to” look you see in a lot of watercolor paintings where the background and the foreground images meet. Since I am painting the old Wolverine in his bright yellow spandex jumpsuit, I will stick with a very limited yellow palette. I use purple to tint and accent as it is yellow’s compliment.

2006_12_14_Wolverine4With the background basically finished, I turn my attention to the foreground image. The first thing I do is simply block in color with flat, mid-tone washes. Now it is just a matter of refining these areas of color. I start modeling the yellow areas using purple to dull and darken my paint, and white to build up to the highlights.

2006_12_14_Wolverine5I continue to define the different blocks of color I have previously laid in. Using value to the max (extreme dark and extreme light), I turn the blue areas on Wolverines outfit into shiny looking black passages. I also start painting the cracks into the ground.

The reason Wolverine is digging and partially in a hole is because this picture came out of my sketchbook and I ran out of room on the small page to draw his bottom half… so I stuck him in a hole. This is the problem with doing sketches on small pieces of paper. There’s not enough room to let your drawing go where it needs to go to work properly. But it doesn’t matter here because I am simply testing Arches hot press watercolor paper on this piece.

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At this point I go ahead and add the finishing detail. I am now done with the painting phase. The 140 lbs Arches hot press paper has performed pretty well, but it’s surface is a bit harder than the softer surfaced hot press Winsor-Newton and Waterford papers that I usually paint on. I still prefer them.

As I evaluate the art, it doesn’t seem to have the punch I had hoped it would. The values aren’t quite right… but that’s OK because there is one more step to my art process. As an illustrator, I have to send my clients digital files to work with. Photoshop is always the last destination for any piece of art that I do. I scan the artwork into my computer and address miscellaneous problem areas there.

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In Photoshop, the first thing I do is pump up the saturation of the colors. This gives Wolverine a brightly colored, “comic book” look. I then adjust the value of the background. By darkening it up a bit, the lighter valued Wolverine snaps up and off the page. Then, (for the sake of this little demo), I add the lens flare effect to one of his claws. There is an infinite number of things you can do with a piece of artwork in Photoshop but I will stop here.

That is pretty much my standard painting process. I hope you enjoyed seeing it.

The Comments

Don Jones

Inspirational… motivational! This is much more than just a “mini-demo”. It’s a stinking tutorial worthy of PBS publication!! In HIGH DEF!

Dan Lietha

Now THAT’S a Christmas present!

craig schutt

Well, you know I’m partial to the long underwear superhero scene, so I think this is great! SNIKT!

Dennis Jones

..oh, yeh… SNIKT! …I forgot about that… I even had room for it…

Doug Jones

SNIKTity doo dah… SNIKTity day…. hey… did you skip the colored pencil step on this one? I’m thinking with the hard surface on this paper, pencils wouldn’t work real good, Clark.

Dennis Jones

…yep… the colored pencil deal is kind of a complex thing to try and explain in sound bites so I thought I might do something with that topic at some future date… but, to answer your question, while I was able to put those finishing touches in with colored pencils, the hard paper surface did seem to fight me a bit as I did…

Doug Jones

SNIKT!

Don Jones

Could someone explain SNIKT!? I have been left out of the loop on this…

Dennis Jones

…to your credit, Don, you never were that much of a comic book geek… Snikt is the sound that you hear when Wolverines claws pop out… and oddly enough, the sound you hear as the Colts and Chiefs fade out of playoff contention in December… snikt… SniKt… SNIKT…

Doug Jones

Thanks for asking that, Don… I was clueless too. Is it a sign of the end times when the Colts start loosing and the Titans start winning? There is something weird going on in the NFL…

Don Jones

Things went completely downhill with those stinking Thursday night NFL channel games… Monday Night Football on ESPN… I think we should get prepared to kiss FREE NFL football coverage bye-bye.

Doug Jones

pucker up…

Don Jones

SNIKT!

Brian

Amazing, Mr. Jones! I’ve been an admirer of your work since way back in the 1980s when I was in a church youth group and every month beheld your art in various church youth group publication (whose names I can’t recall).

roballoo

Hey! I’m not the only one! Welcome Brian.

Dennis Jones

…Hi Brian, thanks for the kind comments…

…and RobalLOO …the nominating committee meeting has just adjourned and (based on the strength of that last comment you made), I am pleased to be able to ask you to serve as my brand new official web page greeter…

…please give this your prayerful consideration…

Don Jones

According to the 1998 charter and bylaws of the Brother Jones Accord, “each official web page greeter will be expected to provide a firm handshake along with a pat on the back to each and every website visitor.” RobalLoo, welcome to work.

roballoo

At least I was alerted before I was voted into office. Could be worse. Two friends of mine found out they were Deacons in their new church when their names appeared in the church newsletter!

Dennis Jones

…whew …glad you hadn’t received your copy of the Brother Jones newsletter in the mail yet…

cheeriokid

Mr. Jones sir…..what was the overall time frame of this piece….very nice indeed-o…. yes….many days late on seeing this…hopefully you check old “post a comment” comments… Happy New Year to ya…

The Christmas Story

December 20, 2006

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…experimenting with Comic Life software…

Here’s a last minute, inexpensive little Christmas gift idea for an artist to go out and… well… buy for themselves, because you know nobody else is going to buy it for you… Comic Life Software… 25 bucks!

This software allows you create panels, word balloons, text, titles, everything you need to create a custom comic book page. I bought a copy last summer and to learn it, I translated the first chapter of the Biblical book of Luke, (which is really, REALLY text heavy). It was a lot of fun and the program was very easy to master.

This would be the proper time of year to post what I came up with in my portfolio section, so I have. You can see all eight pages here.

The Comments

Don Jones

It’s a gift that keeps on givin’, Clark.

Doug Jones

for Christmas I want new eyes… I think I blew mine out trying to read all the fine print on these over in the portfolio

Don Jones

Magnifyin’ glasses for everybody! A great stocking stuffer.

Doug Jones

I like that headline type… what is it? Did you beef it up someway or is that how it comes?

Dennis Jones

…Pete and I spent the afternoon in Ft. Wayne… basically at the dollar theatre… movie, shopshop shop, another movie, home… talk about needing some new eyes…

…Doug, that headline type came with the program… not sure what it is called…

roballoo

Are these illustrations new just for this or are they from one of your other Bible illustration assignments adapted just for purpose. ComicLife is way cool. New Macs come with it preinstalled apparently. I too wish I could read the other sample pages. perhaps you could post them here just like Bro. Doug did for last weeks parade o’ pics.

Dennis Jones

…this is all original art… I was trying to figure out a method I could use to do a comic… what I ended up doing was laying out the page with all the text and balloons, then seeing how much room was left (and the space configurations inside each panel) and tried to do art that would fit into each individual panel… so I have a whole lot of little tiny art sitting around the studio from this exercise…

Cedric Hohnstadt

Remember the old Bible comic books from the 70’s? This is way better!

I Got A Tablet

December 29, 2006

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…the first thing out of the Wacom…

I was a very good little boy this year and thus received a 6X8 Intuos3 Wacom Tablet for Christmas. This is a WHOLE lot easier than a mouse. I’m afraid my Brother Jones page is now going to evolve into some sort of virtual refrigerator door where I post my little digital pictures for the family to see.

The Comments

Doug Jones

cool dude with a ‘tude… I don’t think he got that iPod he wanted for Christmas… and while you are at that virtual fridge… pass me a slice of cold pizza…

Don Jones

This little guy is creepy.. good job. I visit the fridge a whole lot so I look forward to many digital pics.

Roballoo!

Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing more.

Dany

I received a wacom tablet for xmas too!!! i love it!! the first thing i sketched with my tablet wasn’t that good, though… My congratulations for your works! I do like your illustrations!

Don Jones

I keep checking the fridge for new Wacom art but so far no luck… Chiefs vs. Colts… Saturday… be there.

Dan Lietha

Wow! Dennis gets a Wacom tablet and I feel like I got something special for Christmas! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of what you learn to do with a real graphics tablet, especially since you were pretty stinkin’ good with just a mouse.

Mark Behm

I begged santa to get you one.

Cedric Hohnstadt

Congratulations! I would think drawing with a mouse would be akin to sculpting with a bowling ball, yet you pulled it off. I can’t wait to see you make that tablet sing!

jacob

im pretty sure my brother has that same tablet, your drawings are really awesome, i still have a read with me bible around somewhere in my house, theyre really great