Painting Tip 13 C

May 7, 2007

LadderGuys

…the effective use of ladders…

LadderComparison

…RobalLOO thinks this is me but he is wrong… I look nothing like this guy… well, maybe the eyes… but that’s all…

Here’s a helpful tip for your next painting excursion. Use the ladder more effectively. When painting hard to reach areas, use ladders as stilts to move around the room. This is a huge time saver and rarely ends up in an emergency trip to the hospital. With all the extra time you save, you can now participate in more enjoyable pursuits… like bobbing for french fries.

The Comments

Jeff

A logical progression of the Spinal Fusion Scaffold System. New for 2007, The Total Hip Replacement Stilts go where no other ladder should. Arlington Orthopedic group is looking to sponsor this project..

Dennis Jones

…I believe I learned how to write up official sponsorship proposals from you, Jeff… perhaps Arlington Orthopedic would also be willing to sponsor some new hockey jerseys and a little rink time for us aging hockey players here in Indiana…

Jeff

Of course I get an official D.J. hockey jersey? I already have 1.

Roballoo

I could be wrong but is that Bro. Dennis looking askance from the left side of the image?

Dennis Jones

…maybe… the only way to know for certain is if he takes off the hat…

Jeff

I like the way the “T” can not really be seen on the ladder guys can leaving “PAIN”. Was this intentional?

Dennis Jones

…huh… no, I didn’t intend that, but it does work pretty well… I was reading an interview with the main guy from an old rock band called Klaatu and he was being asked about all the hidden stuff people found in their music and he said it was all news to him… in the arts, sometimes stuff just kinda happens, I guess…

Doug Jones

Painting tip 13-C… isn’t this a page from the “BrotherJones Do It Yourself and wind up in the Hospital” book we put out a couple of years ago?

Dennis Jones

…you caught me Doug… this is in fact a page from our, (now out of print), BROTHER JONES DO IT YOURSELF AND WIND UP IN THE HOSPITAL book we put out a few years ago… I think you can still find a few copies in the dollar store (along with most of our other published works)… perhaps I will post tip 13-D (talking on your cell phone while driving) later on this week…

Don Jones

I am working up a new title as well… Living Life In Chaos- Brother Jones tips on international travel, car and mower repair and budget tips for moving from “in the black” to “in the red”.

Dennis Jones

…Karen and I usually just look at each other, shake our heads and say, “it’s always something”…

Jeff

I think the two characters look nothing alike.. Notice the shifty brows, high forehead, beady eyes..Then look at the cartoon guy.. ha. ha.

Dennis Jones

HEY!

…life in northeast Indiana has been tough on my runway model good looks since moving out of Texas, Jeff…

Doug Jones

that runway has lots of potholes in it now…

Dennis Jones

HEY!

Jeff

I just changed modeling jobs..I now work for Biffs Old N Ugly..

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Purple Sock Monster

May 14, 2007

PurpleMonster1

…a very scary monster…

PurpleMonster2

…using the litter box…

This creature has absolutely no relationship to that purple dinosaur Barney. This is an extremely scary purple sock monster named Cousin Eddie. No relation to Barney. Well… they might be cousins… not sure…

The Comments

Doug Jones

is this Barney? It looks like Barney. I think it is Barney. Barney, Barney, Barney… You have moved on to the next level with this one! I like those little arms and the ears. I’m guessing you got some kind of wire in those arms?…

Don Jones

Where are these multi-colored socks coming from? Have you set up a big pot in the yard to dye your socks?

Dennis Jones

Doug… no wires, just socks and thread…

Don… Salvation Army…

D.H… he’s already in my sketchbook…

Don Jones

Dennis, did you get a Sock Sewing Kit from Barnes & Noble to get your creations kick started? I saw one there last week for about $20… “Make Sock Puppets… Be popular!”

Dennis Jones

…if it’s the book I think you are talking about, that’s what got me started doing this… it had never crossed my mind to make stuff out of socks… it’s a really fun book…

Doug Jones

hey… I got that kit at B&N a couple months ago and am hoping to make my first creature… … don’t hold your breath…

Don Jones

I’d be happy if I could simply find two socks that match.

jeff

Quick call Captain America before that thing reaches water and overwhelms your home.. A thing like that can get out of control..

Roballoo

Bro. Don ~ I wouldn’t be too surprised to find any missing socks in the possession of Bro. Dennis.

Don Jones

As soon as I get my socks warshed and out of the tub, then hung on da line… they disappear.

kamal98

hey men nice tablet (wacom) i have one also, not as fanncy as yours though. oh nice socks thing “ya nice”

Mount Paran Facility Opening

May 21, 2007

Mount Paran Facility Opening

MtParan1

…two Bible characters… well… two characters…

MtParan2

…a classroom interior…

MtParan3

…looking through her new See With Me Bible…

This weekend was the grand opening of Bible Land at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the good folks there were kind enough to fly me down to be a part of it. I’ve been working with Little Mountain Productions to create wall art for church interiors, and this is our first collaboration together. The artwork used was all from my See With Me Bible that is published by Zondervan.

I just noticed on the See With Me link (above) there is a telephone interview I forgot that I’d done. It seems to be one of my typical conversations. I am asked a question, I babble on aimlessly for a while, don’t answer the question, and eventually forget what the question was and what I’m talking about.

The Comments

Doug Jones

what were you saying? … I dozed off there for a moment…

Keegan Jones

Whoa, that is totally cool. Is that screen printed on the wall or something?

Shrub

Very nice! I will have to bring this up during the next church building project meeting!

Dennis Jones

…zzzsSNOrRt …whoa, I kinda dozed off myself… Keegan, those are huge vinyl wall coverings…

Doug Jones

this is like Dennis on the Jumbo-Tron! cool! It looks like it is in a classroom and a stage area… anything else? What are those screen like things on the right in the bottom picture?

Dennis Jones

…a three level puppet stage…

Don Jones

The rock seats even look to be in the Dennis Jones style. This is way cool…

Don Jones

I see you’re styling with the latest in the Johnny Cash line!

Doug Jones

For some reason… that picture of Dennis reminds me of Mr. Miyagi… the old master in the Karate Kid. ‘cept he had more hair…

Dennis Jones

…good observation, Don… they did model the rocks from the ones in the See With Me… the three tiered one on stage is a pulpit…

Dennis Jones

…wax on …WAX OFF…

Don Jones

Thanks for that reminder there Dennis… don’t forget your bikini wax for the upcoming summer swimmin’ season.

Dan Lietha

Alright Dennis, I gotta ask because inquiring Jones fans want to know. Are these the largest repoductions of your art so far or have there been larger ones made in the past? The Trivial Pursuit Jones Edition has to be accurate!

Dennis Jones

…this is at least the most ENLARGED of anything I’ve ever done… these pictures are only around 10 by 16 inches in size…

Roballoo

Wow! any issues with enlarging your work so much?

Dennis Jones

…I was really impressed with how these turned out… I sent the original artwork to the Little Mountain people and they re-scanned it all at about half a gazillion dots per inch so it all turned out really sharp…

Don Jones

Surprisingly, those large format printers do some amazing interpolation of pixels… The big 8×12 foot banner (& billboard) artwork we do around these parts are sent in at 50 to 85 dpi at actual size. Go figure.

Dennis Jones

…you lost me at interpolation… but I did understand the surprisingly part…

Doug Jones

I think everything works with algorithms…

More Mount Paran Photos

May 23, 2007

MtPFrontDesk

…reception area…

MtPclassrooms1MtPclassrooms2

…the classrooms…

Last weekend was the grand opening of Bible Land at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the good folks there were kind enough to fly me down to be a part of it. I’ve been working with Little Mountain Productions to create wall art for church interiors, and this is our first collaboration together. The artwork used was all from my See With Me Bible that is published by Zondervan.

Here are some of the classrooms from the church.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I hope they paid you by the square foot…

Don Jones

Gives me the “itch” to do environmental graphics.

Doug Jones

that could be a tick, Don…

Roballoo

So is this the beginnings of the bro. Jones Amusement Park? This could get interesting.

Felipe B. Vancin, 22 anos, brasileiro, designer

simplismente fantstico!!!! sou teu f Jones, espero um dia te conhecer…em ilustraes crists voc o melhor, nunca vi algo parecido….tenho a sua bblia ilustrada aqui no Brasil, sua arte, sua forma de caricaturizar personagens me emociona, sempre. Desculpa escrever em portugus, espero que entenda. vou deixar meu e-mail felipev@tiliweb.com.br, um grande abrao e parabns !!!!

Scott Werner

Dennis—Wow! Great job! These are amazing. I love it! Looking forward to visiting soon. Scott

Mount Paran Final Photos

May 25, 2007

MtParanLR1MtParanLR2MtParanLR3Last weekend was the grand opening of Bible Land at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the good folks there were kind enough to fly me down to be a part of it. I’ve been working with Little Mountain Productions to create wall art for church interiors, and this is our first collaboration together. The artwork used was all from my See With Me Bible that is published by Zondervan.

These are the walls in the great room. I particularly liked how the doors in the room were a continuation of the artwork.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I was looking at the last photo and the thought occurred to me… it would be great if they had some scratch and sniff things to go along with those animals. It would enhance the whole ark experience…

Don Jones

That is simply great looking. Did they create that Bible Land logo? Was that illustration also a direct pick-up from the See With Me?

Dennis Jones

…yep …the logo illustration was an art pull from the Bible…

Felipe B. Vancin, 22 anos, brasileiro, designer

Hi, D.Jones, I wait that it reads. I am Brazilian, I am in the last year of the college of design, I am developing my project of course conclusion, that is Biblical personages for children. It would like to say that I admire you very, the little time I bought its illustrated bible here in Brazil, would very like one day to be able to know you, therefore I am your fan. I adore all its drawings, I am Christian and I never knew Biblical drawings with as much sensitivity as you he makes. I very learned in its site and blog, but if it will be able to send me any type of material that can help me in my project, ours, would be the maximum! I can say that I am a better ilustrador due to you. A great one I always hug, that God blesses you very! it forgives the English, sincerely, Felipe B. Vancin.

Don Jones

Hello Felipe! Isn’t Brazil south of Arkansas?

Dennis Jones

Hello Felipe… thanks for your kind comments… I hope to see your artwork someday!

Different Sketch Paper

May 31, 2007

MeowiSK

…new for 2007 …yellow!

We sometimes become slaves to the familiar. I’ve been using the same sketch paper (the Canson Biggie Pad) for years now. I ran out the other day, and since it’s a two hour round trip to the art store, I searched around the house for something I could use in a pinch.

I found some yellow paper that I’ve had in my closet for several years now and used it. It’s a heavier paper than the Canson and much slicker. The pencil slid over the smooth surface and it had a much better feel to it… and it’s yellow… which seems to be a really big plus to me… for what reason, I’m not really sure.

Anyway, now that I’ve gotten used to the yellow paper, I can’t imagine using anything else… because I have become so familiar with it… I don’t know what I will do when it runs out…

The Comments

Doug Jones

when it runs out, you may find some paper in your restroom… Nice kitty! I have been using laser paper for years to draw on for the very same reason… it is slicker and I like the way pencil works on it. Wonder if it comes in yellow?

Dennis Jones

…hey, I need some help… I have used a particular Prismacolor colored pencil ( deco-orange 1010 ) for years now and have just found out they discontinued making it… A YEAR AGO… I can’t find them anywhere… the next time you guys are in your local art store, could you check to see if they have any left?

MA.

Nice tonal effect of the yellow. But I prefer Strathmore 14×17 sketch pad for drawing. It never fails me doing pencils, inks, and light watercolours. I’m on sketchpad number 29 now. I’m just hoping that they never run out of it. Nice job Dennis!!

MA.

Also, if you can get it, (Denril) it’s like onion skin paper and no matter what lead you use on it. It’s dark enough for reproduction.

Dennis Jones

…my pencil drawings are very quick and rough because all I do with them is tape them to the bottom of a sheet of watercolor paper so that I can redraw the picture onto it with a light table, so most any paper will do for that…

…but I’ve been thinking lately about doing a more finished pencil drawing with a lot of tone in it, and then dropping color onto it in Photoshop to see what that looks like…