Specs

January 3, 2007

Specs

…learning the tablet…

I’m still trying to learn the ins and outs of my new Wacom tablet. There are four keys on the top left corner that I customized. I set one to shrink and one to enlarge brush sizes. The other two are the eyedropper and space bar. Those seem to be pretty handy commands to have there. I’m trying to figure out whether the tip feel should be soft, firm or in the middle. I don’t really have any idea what tilt sensitivity is. So at this point I have no masterpieces to post… I’m driving with a learners permit.

The Comments

Don Jones

Who is this guy and what’s his story?

Doug Jones

You don’t know this guy? I am shocked! This is the famous Mark Klutzski… who lost both shoulders in a freak salad spinner accident. I think he is in the Branson Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Dennis Jones

…I believe we had our picture taken in front of his wax figurine a few years ago when we were all visiting Ripley’s together…

Don Jones

Oh, that’s it. I had him mixed up with the guy down at the license bureau who takes your picture.

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Cowardly Lion

January 4, 2007

CowardlyLion

…Dark Side Of The Moon Oz Fest…

For the life of me, I could not figure out how to vary line widths using my new Wacom tablet. I knew it could be done… I just didn’t seem to be able to do it. As a last resort, I hunted down the users manuel, (I remembered seeing one when I installed the tablet), and I actually HAD TO READ… cough, cough… I discovered that if you want thick and thin lines you had to be using a pressure sensitive brush… duh…

Does anyone know of some sort of online, remedial Wacom school for idiots I can enroll in? I would like to attend one that offers real live diplomas.

The Comments

Don Jones

Grasshopper, there are no shortcuts to reach the heights of a Magna Cum Laude Wacom Master. Time for you to paint…

Dennis Jones

…when I am able to snatch the pebble out of the Wacom Master’s hand I will only then be truly able to enter the world of the digital painter…

Don Jones

Time for you to go. Did I say that already?

Doug Jones

Ah… grasshopper. Once you have snatched the gummy bear from my hand, you must bring me the broom of the wicked witch of the West and 3 flying minkeys. Then the great and mighty OZ will grant your Wacon wishes. (don’t forget to say “mother may I”)

Don Jones

yes, of course… we meet again.

roballoo

I think the time has come for Dennis to admit he is a (paint) thinner and to re-paint.

Doug Jones

repaint… and thin no more…

Dennis Jones

…I have seen the light… I will repaint… and thin no more…

Nick Jones Everybody

try this

Mark Behm

Just figure out the size controls and the opacity/flow controls in the brush toolbox – the one to the right in the menubar thing. I think you’ll do OK once you get a handle on those 2 controls.

Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby

January 8, 2007

SirRugglesby

…who else could it be but good ole Rugglesby…

SirRugglesbyClose

…itching to trek about the latitudes…

I really like concept art. I decided to do a little of it myself this weekend and this is what I came up with. I’m not really sure if there is any sort of concept going on in my piece of concept art… unless you can call baggy striped pants a concept.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I think the concept here is Wal*Mart greeter gone BAD! “Hey… you wanna cart? Take it! TAKE THE CART NOW OR I’LL BLAST YOU!”… “thank you, and have a nice day”…….

roballoo

What a fun piece. With the striped pants I’d say he’s a golfer during the apocalypse. I imagine Golf would be a much more dangerous sport then.

Mark Behm

He’s great. Love his costume and the “tooth gate” behind him.

Don Jones

This would make a nice addition to ImageKind print place. I have to agree with Roballoo… those are golfin’ britches if I’ve ever seen ‘um.

Doug Jones

I hope this guy has another pair of those pants in his pack… in case he gets a hole in one…

Dennis Jones

…this page actually has secret, backward masked messages about the Beatles hidden on it. kinda…

Cedric Hohnstadt

Terrific illustration! Who’d have ever thought someone could look so intimidating wearing striped pajama pants.

Brian

I once shot a carnivorous prehistoric beast in my stripey combat pajamas. How it got in my stripey combat pajamas I’ll never know.

Craig Schutt

This is a comic book/graphic novel just waiting to happen…

Roballoo!

I must concur. At least you’d sell a couple of copies.

BernardFromTheYard

Awesome! Wacom, Painted or both?

JoBi

its looks like ‘Zerit’, a character designed by Massimiliano Frezzato

JEFF

TEXAS CHECKIN BACK IN AFTER A BRIEF VACATION. WHATS IT BEEN? 8 MONTHS? HOWS IT GOIN DENNIS?

deke

i googled the name. is this a song?

Luis

Klattu

Dennis Jones

…if you saw this seasons opening episode of 24 (when Jack stepped off the airplane from his little holiday stay in China)… that’s pretty much what I looked like when I disembarked the plane from europe last night… minus the handcuffs of course… but including the long beard and shellshocked look…

Deke & Luis: I was listening to an old Klaatu record one night and was inspired by a song on it called Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III, I did this picture as I listened to the album…

Jeff: Where have you been? Good to hear something out of you again! Are you involved in hockey at all this year? Last summer the team I played on won the league championship! I AM A WEINER! I mean WINNER! WhooHOO!

JoBi: I would have to agree with you JoBi, this does look like Zerit… I guess there really is nothing new under the sun…

Bernard: Painted… I still love to paint…

Craig & RobalLOO: You write it, I’ll draw it…

Brian: Always good to hear someone reporting in from the Stripey Combat Pajama Brigade… but you guys just have to do a better job guarding your uniforms…

Cedric: Try wearing striped pajama pants the next time you go out in public… people will get out of your way quick… they are indeed very intimidating…

Mark: Thanks… I’ve not had a lot of time yet to piddle around with the digital tablet, but its all been in Photoshop… I am starting to explore Painter now, (which is a whole different animal)… if I ever come up with anything decent I will post it up…

2006 Christmas Report

January 29, 2007

Xmas-2006-1

…Don, Doug and Dennis…

Xmas-2006-2

…tempers flair…

I must apologize for this very late filing of the Official 2006 Jones Family Christmas Report. I accidentally left my camera behind in Kansas City during the holidays and have only recently gotten it back.

The 2006 Jones Family Christmas started out innocently enough. With around thirty participants at the proceedings this year, we began the festivities by enjoying a fine meal together. Things quickly deteriorated into a vicious “who can make the best costume out of Christmas wrapping paper” competition.

Doug somehow weaseled out of participating in this with us. Don and I were not happy about this (as shown in the first picture). Tempers flared when Don’s crummy pirate costume won first place over my really cool super hero costume. Unfortunately, fisticuffs ensued… as usual.

All in all… just another typical Jones Family Christmas.

The Comments

Doug Jones

… and then we all played “catch the greased skunk”

Dennis Jones

…tarnation!

BernardFromTheYard

Hello Dennis, Your comic book background never seems to be too far away? Hey, could you email me the name of one or more publishers for your Bible books? Thanks, Bernard

roballoo

Hopefully you stopped here and didn’t try and put out a ‘wrap” album.

Dennis Jones

Bernard… the latest things I have done were with Zondervan… way earlier in time I did a bunch of books with Concordia…

RobalLOO… don’t be dissin’ my wrapping skills… I wrap under the name J-den-Z… don’t be hatin’ on us wrappers…

Don Jones

We were so close there in picture No. 1 to torturing Douglas. All that was missing was a plastic bag… and a telephone cord… and a switch blade. At least he does look terrified.

Doug Jones

you would be terrified too if YOU had a cardboard wrapping paper tube at YOUR throat! I am still having nightmares….

roballoo

Hey J-den-Z ~ I saw your Illustrated Bible in a drug store the other day – part of a Hallmark inspirational publishing display. Way cool to see it in retail-land and to go “I know that guy” – or at least, I comment on his blog.

Doug Jones

That reminds me, Roballoo… your blog commenting fees are due. Send ‘em in now for another fun year of posting comments.

BernardFromTheYard

I will have to take Yo wrappin’ skilz on your word…up! But yo artworks I can dig with my own eyes. Dares a pencil in da howz, ya!

BernardFromTheYard

Dennis, It’s Concordia! I found the books I was looking for! I first bought one ( The First Christmas ) back in the early to mid-nineties and just couldn’t find anymoore since. I hope you don’t mind my communicating off subject with you on your Blog…sinced you hold the record for the longest boom-a-rang emails. Wrappping It Up Now, BM

Dennis Jones

…yeh …I’m not so good on answering the emails so fast… but, hey, I want you to know I was head bobbin’ to the “pencil in da house” comment you made, Bernard… I was feelin’ it… yo, yo… word up… snap… dawg…

BernardFromTheYard

yeah you hearin’ me…yeah, dats what I’m talkin’ bout! Anybody messes wit my main dog I’m gonna Wacom! naw I’m saying?

BernardFromTheYard

Hey Dennis, Please tell me you’re working on ( or have already finished ) a cool Colts character for Monday morning?

Don Jones

I leave da Bro Jonz site for a few days and it turns into a gangsta rap type scene yo. My neck is draggin’ da bling and my tooth is capped in gode. Nasty D

BernardFromTheYard

Well Don, Better the gold in your teeth than a golden calf? Sounds like a modern day Moses deal to me. BFTY