Blue Pencil

September 4, 2007

BluLineGator

This is an email I wrote to my brother Doug the other day plus his reply… (he’s always so happy with me when I publish our private emails)…

DENNIS to Doug… what kind of blue pencil is it that you use to draw with? Last night I picked up a blue prismacolor verithin and was experimenting with it, kinda liked how that whole thing was working, but I’ve already sharpened it down to nothing…

DOUG to Dennis… animators seem to work with COL-ERASE pencils. They can be erased unlike other colored pencils. They were made by Sanford but recently were bought out by Prismacolor. I read a blog by an animator who was really upset because the formula for the pencils had been tampered with. More waxy now… sometimes I hit a block and for some reason the colored pencils make things different, and break my block…

EPILOGUE: I found the ColErase pencils in Oklahoma and got three non-photo blue ones… wow, they didnt even show up on the paper at all! Not so good. I then discovered some 0.9mm blue lead for mechanical pencils, they work really well, but you can’t erase them so much. At this point I’m thinking if I get a ColErase pencil in a darker blue, that just might be the ticket.

One thing in Doug’s reply I didn’t really understand was the “colored pencil breaks creative block” comment… but when I started drawing with a blue line instead of a regular pencil line things just started happening on my drawing paper like magic. I can’t really explain it other than, now I understand Doug’s comment… and I really like drawing with a blue line.

The Comments

Doug Jones

you evidently didn’t read the part where I TOLD you to use the LIGHT BLUE pencil. As you found out… non-photo blue is no good. You should always listen to you brother…. :o) Oh… I tried the blue mechanical pencil leads years ago and they seemed to break all the time.

Dennis Jones

…I must have overlooked the part in your email about LIGHT BLUE…

…I tried blue mechanical pencil leads way back when and they broke on me, too… which is why I gave up on them, but I was buying 0.5mm leads… I think all 0.5mm leads break easily because they are so thin… but the 0.9mm lead is thicker and does not break as easily… the thicker line is better to sketch with too… you can’t get as fussy with details that way…

Don Jones

Perhaps it’s the Jason Bourne DEATHGRIP you utilize on those pencils?

Dennis Jones

…I do seem to draw with a pretty heavy hand…

Dennis Jones

…in college I had an art instructor who didn’t think we were trying hard enough if he didn’t hear pencil leads breaking and flying around the room… I have been classically trained to break pencil leads…

Doug Jones

Don… glad to see you referencing your fellow Nixa, MO chum Jason Bourne. I saw his latest movie…. very EXCITING!

Dennis Jones

…the camera shots on the action sequences were too shaky for me… I’m still jittery from seeing them…

Don Jones

I finished up the Bourne trifecta last week. I saw the last one first, the first one second and then finished up last with the second one in the series. I’m pumped to watch the finale again. I think Jason and his folks live just down the road from us on Cheyenne.

N.H.

I didn’t like the camra shake either. It was hard to tell what was going on during the fights. Wonder what would happen if I changed my name to Jason Borne?

Doug Jones

you would probably become rich and famous beyond your wildest dreams… I say go for it!

Dennis Jones

…I would appreciate it if you could start signing your comments in as Jason Bourne instead of N.H… it would be a lot more impressive to people to see that I am getting top secret, coded messages from Jason Bourne…

Jason Bourne

Kool. This will be fun. Remember, if the CIA comes in here, tell them who you “thought” I was. Or “think” I may be. Lets try to keep the Press out of all this… click

Don Jones

I saw a bumper sticker the other day and thought of Jason B… “Drive like it’s stolen.”

Tony

As far as colored drawing pencils I have found a fondness for American Checking pencils by papermate. It erases pretty well and isn’t as waxy as some colored pencils.

Dennis Jones

…I need to find a usable blue pencil that I can buy in my local WalMart or I’m pretty much outa luck in my little home town… I think I’m pretty much outa luck…

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Logan

September 6, 2007

logan

Just another experiment with something I pulled out of my sketchbook. I was piddling around with changing the color of the line work on this one.

The Comments

Doug Jones

This reminds me of ol’ Bill Armstrong. He had some great, wide sideburns that were so cool. I tried to grow mine like that… but mine were skinny and looked a lot like Italy. …sigh…

Don Jones

What makes this image so good is the subtle screened back stuff in the background… along with that patented Brother Jones “puzzled” look.

Dennis Jones

…did you guys watch the football game last night? …did you see the children’s choir from Ft. Wayne singing the national anthem?? …I was in the front row of that choir singing… I was on my knees trying to blend in of course…

Doug Jones

Yep, I spotted you… but I thought you were an Ewok…

Don Jones

I thought that was you on stage with John Meloncramps. Got no future in my small town… things look all da same in my small town… I pick up cans for a livin’ in my small town… can’t think of many lyrics in my small town…

Aviator Sketch

September 10, 2007

Aviatorhead

My home state NFL football Colts won this week. So did Doug’s home state football Titans. Don… looks like a long year for you and your home state football Chefs… I mean Chiefs. At least they had a really good HBO special this year.

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Great moustashe. My team, the Cowboys won last night also… And no one was chasing me (whew).

Don Jones

I was fortunate enough to see the Chiefs HBO show while I was in Indianapolis. Apparently, that was the high point for the season. I am sorry to report that I watched the FedEx Cup golf tourney and only switched to the Chief’s game on commercial breaks. It was more than I wanted to see of Coach Herm’s foncused football project.

Doug Jones

What are you sayin’… has the football season already started?

Don Jones

My prediction for the Chiefs… it’s already come and gone.

Dennis Jones

…well, I’d say the Chiefs will be at least as good as Cleveland this year…

Doug Jones

I enjoyed watching that old #4 cheesehead out there on the field. I find myself rooting for the old guys more and more…. dunno why…

Don Jones

I think the CHiefs will have their hands full with the dreaded Oakland Raidaaazzz. San Diego on the other hand… yeow. Tough.

Dennis Jones

…in that Green Bay game… did you see the Eagles fan in the crowd that had a big square chunk of aluminum foil on his head labeled Philadelphia Cream Cheese?

Doug Jones

missed seeing that…. dang!

Don Jones

I just heard someone say the Chiefs need to get Bill Cower back… Great idear.

Dennis Jones

…I say get Jerry Clower instead… remember that guy?

Don Jones

“Shoot up here amongst us!! One of us just has’ta get some relief!!!”

Doug Jones

Woo… knock him out, John!

Logan Part Two

September 12, 2007

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Last night I took another swipe at this little sketch. It looks a bit more finished now. Nothing really ever has to be totally finished when it’s digital and just sitting inside your computer.

The Comments

Doug Jones

OK now… what is going on in the background? How’d you do that? l like it.

Dennis Jones

…those are just some free brushes I found on the internet somewhere and you use them like a stamp…

Doug Jones

Dang… I just spent hours and hours trying to duplicate that…

Don Jones

Do you get those brush stamps to stick by licking the mouse?

Jason Bourne

It gets better and better. Is that Darkwing Duck in the sketch book? I miss that show…

CIA

We have located Jason Bourne… turn on the SocMo bat light….

Roballoo

Nice how you carry the background colors as a reflection in Bro. Logan’s face (the bottom right side of his nose is a really good example of that.) Looks like this is from that movie: wolverine meets Little Shop of Horrors.

BlueBear ColorBear

September 17, 2007

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This weekend the 1933 version of King Kong with Fay Wray was on TV so I watched it. What a hoot! The claymation special effects are great and those close up shots of Kong’s face are priceless.

The Comments

Don Jones

I checked my local listings and apparently King Kong was only on Kable. I can’t quite stomach watching the CHiefs anymore. What are we looking at up there in the illustration and inset? Blues first and then a colored rendition?

Doug Jones

Hey… how do you like the way our (Titans) field kicks up as you run on it. It’s like special effects.

Dennis Jones

1) …yes, King Kong was on the classic movie channel…
2) …and, yes, the Chiefs stink…
3) …I’m still just experimenting, trying to find my voice in the computer coloring world…
4) …yes, that is one fine, special effects field the Titans have… they always play Indie a good game…

Doug Jones

We came close… but no cigar.

Jason Bourne

Tubular! He would make a great Star Fox character. And I wish Pixar would make it into a movie.

Roballoo

Looks like it’s easy to add the colors when the image is only 112×146. I like the smiling determination on his face.

Doug Jones

I always liked the original KK. It was state of the art movie making at the time. It was the favorite movie of Bill Gaines, publisher of Mad magazine. For his birthday one year, the artists made a life-sized Kong head and put it outside his window (lookin in) in his NYC office. He loved it.

Dennis Jones

…oops …I was just looking at this picture and realized I forgot to put the other ear on this bear…

BattleCows Of Rohan

September 20, 2007

RohanCow

Rohan was perhaps best known for their mighty war horses… but let’s not forget about their fearsome BattleCows.

The Comments

Doug Jones

hey… is this the famous interrupting cow in battle garb?

Dennis Jones

…why, yes it mmMMMMOOOOOOoooo!

Jason Bourne

I hope I don’t run into one of them in a dark ally…gulp!!!

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

The Battle Cows of Rohan were udderly loyal to their fearless leader… SocMo the Great…

Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones

…I really wish this is what I had put on the shield in the first place, Doug…

…yesterday I was doing a job and it was basically just a guy in a tie pointing to a chalkboard… I made a pattern out of the “I GO Socmo” logo and made it the pattern on the tie, but then chickened out and deleted it…

Don Jones

“No guts… No glory.” “I hate cliches ‘like the plaque.’”

Dennis Jones

…now, Don… are you saying you hate cliches like the crusty hard stuff on your teeth? …or did you mean the plague? …because I suppose either one would work here… but I’ve never heard of hating something like the crust on your teeth before…

Frodo Piggins

September 24, 2007

29PorkOfTheRings

All alone for the first time, Frodo Piggins wondered if the magic ring he carried in his pocket could actually save his bacon. His traveling buddy, Hamwise Gamgee, had deserted him for an all you can eat buffet in Rivendell.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I thought that was old Ham Gamgee I saw at the Rivendell buffet. He was piling it on… but I out did him!

Jason Bourne

Fantastic idea… I hope there is not a Big Bad Wolf in the story, or our friend will have to find a brick house.

Dennis Jones

…I probably should have called him Spamwise Gamgee…

Doug Jones

tomato… toMAHto…

Doug Jones

hey… it’s bash the visitors day over on Don’s page…

Dennis Jones

…a close-up of Frodo’s magic ring…

Roballoo

What size was the original ‘cuz that lettering looks reeel small to me. Nice piece. This one and the previous harken back to that samurai bear you did.

Don Jones

Maybe my bashing is sleep related … Last night I slept like a baby… with cholic.

Doug Jones

now that is one extreeme close up! I’m glad he asks himself What Would Jonesy Do… Now THAT’S the question.

Dennis Jones

…I’ve always been kinda partial to the WWDJ one…
What Would Dennis Do? …it works for all the Brothers Jones…

Weasel Ranching

September 26, 2007

BloggerProfile

Everyone over on Blogger has a profile page where they list things they are interested in. If you click on them it shows you a page of all the other “Bloggers” that share that same interest. Out of the half a gazillion people with Blogger pages, I seem to be the only one interested in Weasel Ranching… sigh…

The Comments

Doug Jones

Oh… there are tons of weasel ranchers out there. They are just afraid to admit it to anyone. I’d like a nice juicy weaselburger right now, with fries… and a mocha shake…

Dennis Jones

…Doug if you would just list weasel ranching as one of your interests, at least there would be two of us on the weasel ranching page…

Doug Jones

Bad day on the ranch…

Jason Bourne

I wonder what an ostrichburger would taste like?

Doug Jones

hey there, Jason B… how old are you?

Jason Bourne

Salutations. Im 28, and in Texas.

Don Jones

Hey there Jason B… do you have a real job other that your CIA gig?

Jason Bourne

Not yet. I hope to be an illustrator and maybe get do what Disney did and Veggie Tales.

Dogsperado

September 27, 2007

DogsperadoPic

If somebody outdraws you, smile and walk away… there’s plenty of time to look tough when you’re out of sight…

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Looks like a Colt Peacemaker strapped to his side…(swanky)

Doug Jones

heh.. heh… That also looks like an 1892 Winschnauzer rifle.

Dennis Jones

…actually that’s an exact replica of an 1894 model Winschnauzer rifle… but you were close…

Doug Jones

there’s gotta be a joke here somewhere…

Don Jones

I just wanted to wait and gets some space between my comment and Jason’s.

Dennis Jones

If I lived back in the wild west days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I’d carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like “Hey, look. He’s carrying a soldering iron!” and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, “That’s right, it’s a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice.” Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they had made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink. Jack Handy

Doug Jones

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