Sock Cow Tribute

March 2, 20071DougSockCow

… brother Doug’s inspiring artwork…

1SockCow

…my tribute to brother Doug’s inspiring artwork…

Doug recently posted the photo at the top of this page in his section. I was inspired by the way he constructed cow heads and immediately proceeded with an attempt to re-create that look with an old sock.

The Comments

Roballoo

Neato. With the blue spots I’d say it’s part Smurf!

Doug Jones

Cool cow! You got the sock animal thing down. I was going to have a go at a sock creature… but spent the weekend on TAXES… I HATE when that happens…. I was wondering… what kind of milk you would get from a sockcow… sake?

Dennis Jones

…I’m afraid this cow is a milk dud…

Doug Jones

I wonder how much we can MILK this post? Another 20 comments or so? Say… where do you get your sox? I am at a disadvantage since I only have white sox that I wear with my tennies…

Dennis Jones

…I get socks out of my closet… I have a bunch of old work socks that I hate to wear because the elastic at the top quit working… because of their insubordination, they are becoming sock animals at an alarming rate… that’ll teach ‘em…

Doug Jones

that’s my problem, then… I never work in socks

Roballoo

Doug ~ for next year’s taxes I suggest investing in the Sock Market udderwise the the government will milk you for everything you’ve got.

Doug Jones

good idea… I’m going to put everything I have into argyles…

Don Jones

Them dang revenuers will sock it to you every time.

Roballoo

Apparently your cow would have been censored back in the day.

Dennis Jones

…that’s udderly preposterous…

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Changing Background Color

March 7, 2007

BWallace1

…working with the image in Photoshop…

BWallace2

…presto change-o… a different background…

This is a simple Photoshop trick I use often. If I’m not satisfied with the color on some part of my artwork, I just change it.

First I duplicate the artwork. The duplicate will be the top layer in the layers palette. I then change it’s color to blue using the hue/saturation palette. Next I erase some of the duplicate which allows my original image, (underneath) to show through. I have now changed my original brown background to a more interesting blue one. Pretty simple but hey, it doesn’t have to be complicated to work.

The Comments

Doug Jones

another dandy tip! I never think of doing this… maybe I should…

Don Jones

Bluetiful imagery.

Doug Jones

he has such a happy, positive look about him… he must know the SECRET….

Dan Lietha

Man! That’s such a simple solution. I’ve been doing this same thing with my Wacom Digital scissors all this time. 🙂

Dennis Jones

…the other night I noticed a tin of cinnamon mints on the dresser in the bedroom… I had never heard of this particular brand, so I popped a couple in my mouth as I crawled into bed… yuk, they had a really bitter aftertaste… the next day, I told my wife I didn’t sleep very well and, by the way, I didn’t like those mints very much… she told me the mints were caffeinated and it’s probably not the best idea to do the caffeine thing right before you go to sleep… well… I guess I can vouch for that…

Don Jones

Another Brother Jones personality characteristic feature or (flaw): Willingness to sample, snack, eat, chew, suck, and/or ingest various food and non-food items found around the house on counters, floors, dressers, drawers or fridge.

Doug Jones

sometimes I think about walking through a store and some total STRANGER hands me a sample of something… and I just pop it into my mouth… no questions asked. it could be a terrorist cleverly disguised, knocking off us Americans one by one… but free food is free food… resistance is fuTILE…

Don Jones

I like to loiter around those sample tables at Wal-Marts. Just keep sampling the fare until they ask me to leave. “I’m not quite sure… let me try another….”

Dennis Jones

…I seem to remember reading in USA Today that the next episode of 24 deals with a cleverly disguised terrorist handing sample foods out to unsuspecting citizens at the grocery store… Paula Abdul guest stars…

Doug Jones

Abdul… sounds like a terrorist name to me…. Get the noogie torture kit ready…

Don Jones

I will have my Poulan chain saw ready for action when those lights and cameras start rolling.

Working On A Park Map

March 14, 2007

ParkMap

…piecing together the different elements…

ParkMap2

…blocking the color into one small section…

I started my freelance art career doing amusement park maps. I am currently wandering down memory lane and working on another.

Technology has certainly improved my ability to cut through one of these behemoths. Several years ago I would have been working on this 22×34 inch monstrosity on one large, uncontrollable piece of paper. Today, thanks to our good friend Mr. Computer, I have the ability to work on this in several small, more manageable sections, and then stitch it all together in Photoshop to create the completed map.

The Comments

Don Jones

From the looks of this detailed little project you might wanna stop in at the local Dollar General and pick up a stronger pair of illustratin’ glasses.

Doug Jones

…so do you stitch this together with the same type of stitch you use on them sock creatures?

Trophy Rolls Into Town

March 19, 2007

ColtsVan

…the Indianapolis ColtMobile…

ColtsLine

…Hoosiers standing in line…

ColtsCaptains

…ready to rumble…

As their way of saying, “thank you Dennis for helping us win the Super Bowl this year”, the Colts brought the Lombardi Trophy to Huntington last Saturday. Hoosiers lined up for miles to get their picture taken next to the trophy. Since it looks pretty much exactly the same live as it looks on tv, I opted out of standing in line, jumped into the back of the gym, snapped a long distance shot and headed on home… before anyone could catch me and tell me I couldn’t do that. Yes, I suppose I could have made a grand entrance, gone to the head of the line and signed autographs, but I’m just not that kind of guy.

The Comments

Doug Jones

No wonder the Colts won. They have number 58, SocMo Jones playing for them. He is so BUFF! Unfortunately the Titans have Pacman Jones on their team. A total thug… giving us Joneses a bad name. Wanna trade?

Don Jones

I think I read that SocMo was the Colts franchise player this past year. Dennis Jones No. 4 on the other hand was traded… to the Raiders for a Chick-Filet $1 off coupon.

Doug Jones

… that made me laugh out loud… stop it, just stop it…

Don Jones

I bet Dennis went to the gym thinking they were passing out “Trophy Rolls” and coffee. Picked that up from the subliminal message in the blog headline…

Dennis Jones

…mmmm …trophy rolls…

Doug Jones

dang.. made me laugh again. twice in one day. new record.

Doug Jones

Hey… I was totally bummed out when Rob and Amber were eliminated from the Amazing Race last week. In fact, I am STILL bummed about it. Anyone else feel this way?

Don Jones

I missed last week and was surprised they had gone down. From the recap it looked like Rob sort of blew a gasket with that sign deal.

Doug Jones

Rob misspelled a word on the sign… and spelling counted. He never caught it. A very good lesson here for boys and girs… study those spelling words.

Don Jones

Spelling and grammer are so importunt.

Dennis Jones

…man… I buckle down, work non-stop, don’t check the web site for a while and the next thing I know I’m running a fan blog for the Amazing Race… which is fine with me… it was disappointing to see Rob and Amber mixed up in that nuclear bomb drone plane incident and have to be eliminated by Jack Bauer last week, but hey, that kind of thing will happen sometimes…

Hey, It’s A New Post!

March 26, 2007

PaletteWWW

…wow …this is way cool…

It’s time for a new post… so here it is. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you. People ask me, “Dennis… how are you able to continually post such high quality, interesting things on the internet? … your page is always so educational and inspirational”.

What can I say folks… it’s a gift.

The Comments

Don Maxwell

The essence of this post seems to signal that Dennis is suffering the after effects of Cabin Fever. Spring break along with March Madness have ran their course and now it is time for… well, April madness. It’s been a long winter in Indie for Dennis Davidson.

BernardFromTheYard

wow, You mean grabbing your digital camera and clicking the first thing you see is a gift? and, I’ve been trying so hard to find mine…where’s my camera?

Dennis Jones

…oh man… I shouldn’t be giving all my secrets away on the internet…

Dan Lietha

Actually I think you’ve exposed your mutant status as one of those gifted people on the show HEROES. Some people can fly, others go invisible or can heal from any wound. You, well, your gift is beyond any of those mutant gifts. Beware of Sylar!

Dennis Jones

…almost right Dan… actually, I’m a mutant X-Man… I am wearing my blue spandex super hero suit as we speak…

Doug Jones

I just KNOW these colors are a secret code… and I will be working night and day to crack this code. I just hope it doesn’t tell me to “Be sure to drink my Ovaltine”

Roballoo

I think it’s “Be Sure to NOT drink the water you clean your brushes in.”

Dennis Jones

…but the water I clean my brushes with turns the same color as the coffee I’m drinking… it all gets so confusing sometimes…

Dan Lietha

Thus explaining the origin of your mutant abilities.

Doug Jones

I think I drank some of that water… I’m seeing strange faces in odd places…

Don Jones

I’ve sent the above image to Chloe O’Brian, a senior analyst at CTU. I believe her experience at CTU as an Intelligence Agent and Internet Protocol Manager will enable her to crack this color scheme and provide advice on neutralizing the acid reflux of this gouache infested water. As you probably know she displays extraordinary mastery of computer hardware and software but has horrible social skills… just like us Jones brothers.

Chloe

I’ve got no idea what this is…

Doug Jones

WOO! It’s the Middleaged Mutant Ninja Palette Man! where is his side kick… Donut boy?

Granos De Cafe’

March 29, 2007

CoffeebBean1

…mmm… a fresh bag of coffee beans…

CoffeeBean2

…uhm… what’s this thing supposed to be?

One of my wife’s students just returned from Honduras with a bag of coffee for her… which means one of my wife’s students just returned from Honduras with a bag of coffee for ME! …hoo HOO!

The tag on the bag said these coffee cherries were hand picked, peeled, washed and clarified with pure mountain water by a centuries old process. The wet beans then dry on the patios of small growers, are sent to a 400 year old colonial town in Western Honduras and finally… and this is my favorite part… quoting the tag… “only the finest beans are selected by delicate women’s hands”.

I wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Comments

Dan Lietha

So, the theme of stuff to drink and an image of a weird mutation continues.

Doug Jones

The note on my coffee says it was harvested and prepared by heartless machines. Another great creature! Looks like a fierce coffee bull, protecting those delicate ladies. You are building up quite a collection of these…

Don Jones

I’m headed to Honduras!

Dennis Jones

…I wandered into our local coffee shop around 5:30 pm on Tuesday, had some sort of double shot coffee drink and surfed the internet for awhile… went to bed around 11:00… woke up just after midnight wide awake… around 1:00 I went downstairs, turned on the tv and started working on a mutant sock monkey… went back to bed around 4:00…

…note to self… no more coffee late in the after noon…

Doug Jones

I wondered where you got all your free time. now I know…

Dennis Jones

…yep… watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the 47th time and made a mutant sock monkey to boot…

Don Jones

Where exactly in Honduras do I pick up a bag-O-beans such as these?

Doug Jones

I watched a DVD from the library of that movie a couple years ago. It had bonus features of the stars talking about making the movie. I have seen Redford and Newman a lot and was used to seeing them older… BUT seeing an old Katharine Ross about killed me.

Dennis Jones

..fortunately for me I don’t look a day over 20…

Don Jones

Dennis, your last comment got cut off. You don’t look a day over 2086.

Don Jones

As the ol’ rotating banner reads… COFFEE! You can sleep when you’re dead.

Juan

Did someone say COFFEE!

Dennis Jones

…yikes… ok now… everybody… let’s all just try to stay calm here… Juan… I want you to sit the cup down on the table there… and back slowly away from the coffee pot… Don, Doug… get the net ready… does anybody know the number for 911?

Don Jones

Looks like Juan needs to hitch up his donkey and head to rehab.

JEFF

I think he looks kind of Homer Simpsonish’ if you look past the horns.. Btw, I think it was the Double Shot not just the coffee that did you in..

Dennis Jones

…he does kinda resemble Homer… those horns are actually the first set of arms I made for the thing… but they turned out way to big… so I sewed them to the sides of its head…

BernardFromTheYard

Dennis, go back and drink some more of that double shot Bean Martin Coffee and give us some art!!!!!

Dennis Jones

…I’ve got this weird kind of situation going as far as showing artwork on the internet… I am really, really busy right now and doing some really cool art stuff that I would love to show, but I can’t show it before the publishers have a chance to publish it, so I can only show art I do on my own in my spare time, but I have no spare time because I am so busy right now so I have nothing I can show…

Roballoo

So we’re stuck with mutant sockmonkeys in the meantime? Oh well, at least they’re cool mutant sockmonkeys. I love his teeth made out of buttons.

Dennis Jones

…let’s not think of it as being “stuck” with mutant sock monkeys… for the time being, let’s think of it as being blessed with mutant sock monkeys…

Doug Jones

…the Blessed Mutant Holey Sock Monkey… an Easter miracle!

Roballoo

Yes, I think you’re right Dennis. Don’t taunt the Super Mutant Sock Monkey.

Dennis Jones

…if anyone can remember the old Star Trek episode, “The Trouble With Tribbles”… that’s what my house is turning into with these things…