Bugsey

August 2, 2007

Bugsey1Bugsey2

I built this little guy just before heading to Romania to help coordinate an International World Changers project.

The Comments

JEFF

I think little dude needs Iodine in his diet. It could help the goiters, or you could name him Marty Feldman…

N.H.

Thats outragously kool. He would fit right in the world of Monsters Inc.

Doug Jones

That wasn’t me…

Doug Jones

I think I have several of these guys living under my bed…

Roballoo

Wow this may be my favorite yet with it’s multi-limbs, stripey earlobes and puffy lips! Looks more like a World Devourer than a World Changer though. World Devourers probably isn’t a Southern Baptist endorsed group. But I could be wrong.

Dennis Jones

…we had over a hundred participants at this years World Changers project and this is pretty much what I looked like every time I stepped up to the microphone to say something…

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Difficult People

August 9, 2007

1DifficultPeople

This is an illustration I did for an article on how you can deal with difficult people… pretty much what I have to do on a daily basis with those other two yahoos here at Brother Jones.

The Comments

N.H.

Wow. Its just a part of life… I can almost hear the guy yelling. Yikes!

Doug Jones

but we are EASY GOIN’ difficult people, right?

Roballoo

where can I buy that tie! That would be great to add to my collection.

Don Jones

Difficult due to the early onset of dementia.

Cedric Hohnstadt

Those “little people” sure can be difficult to deal with. Just kidding. Fantastic illustration!

Dennis Jones

…hey Cedric… the brothers and I have been kicking around the idea of starting up a little online drawing club here… (this, of course, is just like all the other ideas we kick around here at Brother Jones… we keep kicking the idea until it shows absolutely no sign of life)…

…would you be interested in participating?… RobalLOO, how ‘bout you? …any other takers?

Roballoo

Hey I like it! Count me in. Will this be along the lines of Ilustration Friday and Drawer Geeks? or do you have something even cooler cooked up yer sleeves?

Dennis Jones

…well… our idea was kinda out there… we were trying to get the website redesigned a bit to accommodate it, but maybe we’ll just fire it up and see what happens…

N.H.

YES, thats a great idea. I have some work I would like to show you Jones Bros!!

Doug Jones

Aiiiii Yiei Yiiiiiiii….. 🙂

Bucky Jones

Beautiful work, as always, Dennis.

Gideon

August 14, 2007

GideonComputer

…computer color…

GideonPaint

…old school paint…

I keep tinkering around with computer coloring, but I seem to always be drawn back to the old, traditional, “mud on a stick” approach to applying color. This was an experiment I did to see if I could apply color faster to the same pencil drawing with a computer. The top two pictures represent about an hour of computer work on each one… the bottom picture is old school paint and also represents about an hour of work.

The Comments

N.H.

I really like the old school. It seems to have more detail. The muscles are better defined…

Don Jones

I’ll take the chicken fried steak with corn and mashed potatoes… ice tea and bread… white. That computer coloring technique is a hard nut to crack Den. Some things just simply take time… coloring, caulking, a round of golf.

Dennis Jones

…Don’s menu order above refers to the 50’s diner here in town that I took him to for lunch… this place isn’t one of those new retro style restaurants… it’s a place thats been around since the 50’s… or earlier… the regulars in the place kept giving us the evil eye while we ate… outsiders in their diner I suppose… the food tasted just like it was out of the 50’s… in fact, I’m pretty sure the chicken fried steaks we ate were deep fried in the same vat of lard they were using back in 1950…

Doug Jones

There are many ways to skin a cat, as they say. There are also many ways to color digitally. I ran across a children’s book illustrator the other day who does a full toned (B&W) rendering first. Then she adds another layer on top of that and puts in bright, flat color. The tone shows through and creates the dimension. Then you add some highlights and presto… there you are!

Doug Jones

I’m glad you cleared theat up, Den. I thought Don was off his medication again….

Don Jones

That ain’t medication Douger … IT”S STEROIDS! How do you think Barry and I stay so buff?

Doug Jones

buff?… BUFF… so THAT’S what you call it….

Don Jones

The regulars in the retro diner were giving us the evil eye ‘cause Den and I were smacking so loud. What’s lunch if you can’t chew with your mouth open and make a little noise?

Doug Jones

you know it’s good food when the other customers put in their ear plugs…

Don Jones

That fancy hotel I stayed in last week had complimentary ear plugs in the desk drawer. I had to turn the t.v. up real loud in order to hear it with those things in.

Crocodile On A Fence Post

August 23, 2007

CrokaDoodlDoo

…crocK-A-DOODLE-Doo…

I just got back from the annual, “haul your kid halfway across the country back to college” trip. I now have a ton of work to catch up on, but thought I’d better put up a new picture before I get voted off the Brother Jones Island.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It’s too late… we voted and you are OUT. According to our by-laws, you have one week to bribe us with a couple dozen Krispy Kremes in order to be reinstated to good standing…

Dennis Jones

…I thought you had to officially douse my torch first and say “it’s time for you to go”…

Don Jones

According to the Brother Jones Rules of Conduct, “Any blog not updated in a reasonable amount of time will be considered null and void and officially voted off the BJ Island.” Bon voyage!

Dennis Jones

…but I’m really good on the immunity challenges…

Roballoo

I dig that crazy sun back there.

Betsy

I heard you got stuck in some traffic. Was it around St. Louis?

Dennis Jones

…zowie, Betsy… we were making great time, got on 270 to bypass St. Louis, were cruising along and BAM, stuck in traffic as far as you could see in front of us and as far as you could see behind us… they were working on the bridge… 2 hours to travel 5 miles…

…Pete was in his car behind me and his air conditioner wasn’t working so a good time for him in the heat and humidity… I threw some gum at his car to liven things up… he threw gum at my car and it eventually melted all over my bumper…

…congratulations to you and Andy by the way!

Roballoo

Another reason to stay in California…Car Gum! Eewww.

Dogger

August 27, 2007

Dogger

I’m still experimenting with coloring my sketchbook drawings with Photoshop. I’m trying to achieve a look that retains my pencil sketch and is not overworked with color. This one got pretty close to what I’m trying to accomplish.

The Comments

Don Jones

Excelencia, calidad, prestancia!

N.H.

That is interesting. He looks like he came right out of a animated caroon. Radical!!

Roballoo

I must concur with Bro. N.H. there. I’m a tad concerned about them there front legs. looks like they could snap at any moment!

Doug Jones

Although they may look fragile… I know for a fact that Dennis uses only the strongest combination of Kevlar and carbon steel on his doggie legs.

Dennis Jones

…that’s right, Dogger… I mean, Douger…

Don Jones

Nothin’ beats dog blogs.

Doug Jones

swanky dog blogs

Don Jones

swanky radical dog blogs…

Blogger

August 30, 2007

Bloggershot

I enjoy looking at artist’s work over on Blogger. I think it’s because I can dial into the front page of someone’s site and see several pieces of artwork on it without having to navigate through a ton of pages searching for it. With that in mind, I snagged a bunch of illustrations that I have previously posted here at Brother Jones and slapped them together on a Blogger page. Same old artwork, now in one convenient place.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Gosh… I hope Keegan doesn’t hear about this….

Don Jones

I like what you’ve done in your place… tasteful new sidebars… the gradient behind the DJ-ART logo is… what’s the word I’m looking for? Swanky!?

Dennis Jones

…as I was looking through my Brother Jones folder for artwork to post on Blogger I realized the majority of things I post here are pictures of vegetables, lawnmowers and our heads photoshopped onto movie posters…

Don Jones

You mean the good stuff…

Doug Jones

I want my head photoshopped on a vegetable.

Doug Jones

Hey… are you still working your way through your iTunes music list?

Dennis Jones

…yes… I am currently on M’s… specifically, Mr. Downtown, Mr. Flutter, Mr. Greedyman, Mr. Powell, Mr. Roboto, Mr. Webster, Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Vanderbilt, etc….

Doug Jones

ooo…. just the mention of Mr Downtown gets the tune stuck in my head…