Space Monkey

June 2, 2008

SpaceMonkey2

On Saturday I grabbed a hand grinder that’s supposed to be used on car bodies and sharpened the three blades of my riding lawnmower. It’s not exactly the correct tool to use for this, but being an experienced professional, I made it work.

Unfortunately, my wife walked into the garage as I was arcing a river of sparks onto the hood of her car. She apparently had some sort of problem with this and also pointed out to me that the stream of flame I was creating was also arcing over our oily push mower, a couple of gas cans and the dried grass I had just cleaned off of the riding mower. Women! 😦

I finished sharpening the blades, but then I wasn’t sure if they were supposed to be aligned on the mower in some special way, so I found the operating manual, turned to the correct page and in big bold letters it said, WARNING, we recommend you DO NOT try to sharpen blades yourself. Apparently, some rocket scientist somewhere had decided blades must be perfectly balanced in order to cut grass. Rocket Scientists! 😦

Just to be on the safe side, I created a very sophisticated tool in order to balance my blades consisting of a pencil and a piece of rope I found on the floor of my garage. My blades were perfectly balanced according to this, so I put the mower back together and am happy to report that it is working just fine except for the violent shaking that occurs when the blades are engaged…

The Comments

Bernard

My goodness…I thought I had smelled too much terps in my life. This is funny stuff…as for the wife. God did say that it was not good for man to be alone, though I’m not sure that fire prevention was precisley what He meant when He said that. Scientists…they did prefer the Monkey over us originally. But the Monkey couldn’t raise the money. So, now you got a Mower that goes with your shaking bed…I’d consider moving out of that place If I were you. Funny Stuff, thanks, Bernard

Dennis Jones

…the good thing about a riding lawnmower that shakes violently is that you don’t really even notice the earthquakes that much…

Dennis Jones

…ps …sorry about those Penguins… I rooted for them until the beginning of the third period and then fell asleep and apparently without my staunch support behind them they lost game 4… don’t blame them… blame me…

Don Jones

I say, close your eyes when you’re mowing and you’ll think you’re flying a helicopter.

Dennis Jones

…I usually do that when I’m driving the car…

Doug Jones

So… you can cut your grass and have a relaxing massage at the same time… cool!

Bernard

Ha…this is funnier than laugh-in! Doug, Don: a graphic mind is a funny thing to have…can’t stop laughin’ here on your comments. Since it’s obvious Dennis is the fall guy, are you two the straight men in this act? Dennis, can you try some radical coffee bean concoction tonight in order to stay awake seeing as it could be the last game for the birds?

Jason Bourne

Kool. This is one of the best… Never send a man to an apes job.

brett

cool space monkey looks like the one in your drawing book.And the one in the new movie space chimps.(: lol!

Dennis Jones

…it IS the one in my drawing book! …good memory, Brett!

Bernard

What drawing book? Checked Amazon…nada. Seriously, have you ever considered having the art from your sketchbooks printed and sold as sketchbooks? Like the artists over at: brandstudiopress.com I don’t know what their costs or quantity mins. are but I can vouch for their quality. Bought a couple of them and the printing/paper/covers are first class. It seems to be all the rage these days with artists. Finished sketches or not. I bet your stuff would sell off the shelf! Of course I would want an autographed one of yours. —BM

Roballoo!

Blurb let’s you self publish yer own books. Can’t vouch for them myself – but at least from the web site – but appears to be a quality product.

Dennis Jones

…Brett is my nephew and a few weeks ago he was looking thru the sketchbook I was carrying and remembered this page, apparently…

…I have bought a couple of those Brand Studio books myself and they are done really well…

…I actually have a Blurb book put together but I just haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet…

Bernard

Dennis, Thanks for staying up so late last night to keep the Pens in it for another game!

Dan Lietha

PULL THE TRIGGER on the book! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…Bernard, when the Redwings pulled even in the third and then peppered in like 600 shots on net for the rest of the period and got the lead I kinda figured it was all over for the Penguins but the crying… then the Pens dramatically tied the game seconds before the game was to be over… high drama! …to me this is starting to feel a lot like the invincible Patriots facing the underdog Giants in the last Superbowl… good series!

Jason Bourne

I’m in anticipation indeed!

Dennis Jones

…Dan, right now I have a book full of pictures and absolutely no words in it, which is probably a good thing, I don’t know… anyway, maybe I’ll polish it up and publish it later on this summer… call it “Mime” or “Mums The Word” or something…

Doug Jones

call it… “I’m Speechless”…

Roballoo!

Oooh – looking forward to the book. Will it have before and after pictures or is it all finished art at this point?

Dennis Jones

…at this point it is all just sitting on my computer and can still be anything I want it to be… what types of things do you think would be good to put in it?

Dan Lietha

I think it’d be great to see development sketches to final product. Even sketches that didn’t work and reasons why. Collections of finished pieces are nice, but I like to see the behind the scenes stuff. My 2 cents … but willing to pay much more for the book!

Bernard

Wow, this is an interesting question because…before this past year your transitional or “how It’s done” section would have kicked into a Gouache primer and the steps that process entails. Now, seeing as you have undoubtedly growned some new digital Wacom/Cintiq/Photoshop legs…do you go there instead or in addition too? I agree with Dan L. and all but don’t let the “how-To” be the biggie. Your finished pieces are still what rocks the world! “We Wanna A Book”,”We Wanna A Book”,”We Wanna A Book”!

Jason Bourne

If you have any dinosaurs, you could do a big one page image of a T-rex’s mouth wide open showing all the teeth…

Dan Lietha

If it turned out to be all finished art, I’d pay up just as fast to buy it. Dinosaurs have my vote too. 🙂

Don Jones

I’d like to see some early grade school work included… and a few church bulletin covers.

Dennis Jones

…ok, lets see now… this book needs to be an omnibus album which starts with my grade school art, then the gouache middle ages, and ends in the digital world, but also includes pencil sketches, tutorials, step by step seminars, church bulletins and one dinosaur with a lot of teeth… a piece of cake!

Doug Jones

and a special monkey section

Jason Bourne

Alright, sounds fantastic to me!

Bernard

I think you got it! except: NO SOCKS or GOURDS!

Dennis Jones

HEY!

gary Locke

doooood! i thought weasel boy was some one over at focus on the family! doood!!! you are getting good! do you work on a cintiq yet?

Dennis Jones

…hey Gary …I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to figure out who weaselboy was… I’ve been enjoying your blog… I got a Cintiq a few months back and it is quite the fancy work tool…

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Oh, Well…

June 5, 2008

PPenguin2

A quick sketch for you despondent Penguin fans who are struggling just to make it through the day…

The Comments

Bernard

Oh My! Dennis….you Thoughtful, Caring, Lean-On-Me, Artist, Son-of-a-Man who names all his kids with a “D”, Got My Back, Hockey Comrade, Fan….you! I don’t know what to say? Oh, How about…Thanks Man! I just told the wife last night how they are gonna have to win if I have any chance at getting a Penguin Hockey Player sketch outta you! I shoulda knew…the Jones Brothers do not go with the flow! It took me all night to quit crying and now…well, I’m just gonna snot up again. er, how much fer and autographed copy?

Jason Bourne

LOL…the fun will never cease.

Don Jones

Bernard, You need to get outside and do a little deep breathing exercises. I like that “snot up again” line… I really thought them penguins were gonna pull it out again in the final seconds.

Bernard

Don, you must have been talking to my wife because she tells me that every day. Of course she also told me to leave you guys alone…fat chance of that now! Dennis Is Great!, Dennis Is Great!, Dennis Is Great!

Dennis Jones

…my buddie Gary Locke said the Pens goalie needed a bigger butt for sitting on the puck more efficiently…

…it reminded me of a goalie we used to play against in Texas that would stuff a pillow down the back of his pants to widen up his blocking mass

Refrigerator Door

June 9, 2008

EPAAward

This certificate arrived at my house over the weekend and I’m not really sure what to do with it. When my boys were in grade school and would come home with certificates and we didn’t know what to do with them, we would always just tack them to the refrigerator door with a magnet. My Brother Jones page is apparently now just a hi-tech refrigerator door for me to hang things on.

This little comic book was a really fun project to do. I was given eight pages to work with and was told to tell the story of ShadRach, MeShach and ToBedWeGo in my own words for really young kids.

You can see the comic here.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis, YOU WERE ROBBED!! If the Three Guys Comic came in third place, then first and second must have been drawn by Drucker and Jack Davis. I really like how the last page snaps to a soothing, brilliant cyanish blue.

Dennis Jones

…the designer I worked with wrote me a little note and said she really liked the way I worked the word, “guys” into a Bible story… it is a DJV after all…

Jason Bourne

You could copy it onto a T-shirt. I bet no one has ever done that.

Doug Jones

EXCELLENT! Nice award, Denny! Glad to see it hanging on the old refrigerator. While I’m here I think I’ll help myself to some of that left over pizza I see in the fridge… and some of that tea… Hey, this is great timing… I have a SUGGESTION for another comic you can illustrate. If you do it I’m SURE it will win even more awards for you!

Bernard

Dennis, Congratulations! It’s always nice to be recognized ( except when involved in a covert military operation ). I’m with Don on the third place rip though. Any way we can view the 1st and 2nd place finishers? Don’t know Drucker but love Jack Davis’ work…is he still swinging a brush or has he been Cintiq’ed as well?

Don Jones

Drucker … as in Mort. The man.

Bernard

…so that’s Mortimer Drucker, or, Drucker Mort Mann? I heard of Sam Drucker…Petticoat Juntion I think?

gary Locke

are you cintiqued???!???!! alas, i am not yet…hopefully this year…..is it great?

gary Locke

oh man!!! the slideshow at the top is SO COOL……i love the bkgd designs——how you do that??

Jason Bourne

Can’t forget a good name… Or good food. LOL

Gary Locke

nice statue——and crown-and iron work on the staircase——-and furious robe……and purple circles.

Dennis Jones

. . . H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y R A C H E L !

Don Jones

WOw… That must have been an incredibly iced cake.

BadJess?!

June 11, 2008

Badjess

…we don’t need no steeenking badjess!

…ok, so in addition to a brand new prescription of those tasty Malaria pills I love so much, I also just got shots for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Meningitis, Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. The health clinic awarded me the coveted, Batman Bandaid Of Courage, which I am still proudly wearing as a badge of honor…

The Comments

Nick Jones Everybody

whoa. I like. This should be 10 feet tall and in my entry way to welcome out of towners to Oklahoma…

Jason Bourne

One bad dude with some serious ammunition on him. Look out Rambo!

Don Jones

Den, you should’ve donated a couple of quarts of blood while you were at it… Little side tip: Stay off the ski slopes in Africa.

Dennis Jones

…my wing of the family does seem to have trouble with ski mountains in foreign counties…

Doug Jones

ahh… I just realized that is FLOWERS around the top of his hat… I thought his brains were ooozing out…. he’s gotta lotta ammo… can he shoot a french fry outta a squirrel’s mouth?

Dennis Jones

…here ya go Nick…

Bernard

A nudder Fine Peace ‘O art but is he going back to the future? What’s with the fading edges? As for all those shots…I can’t say what I would have rather done and be religiously correct on a public blog but you must feel like one of them tomato pin cushin’s our grandmothers used to have, eh?

Dennis Jones

…pin cushins?! …we don’t need no steeenkin’ pin cushins! …we got my shoulders for that…

Gary Locke

FLOWER BRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!! why didn’t i think of that!!??? FINE ILLO DR. JONES! LOVE THE CHIN HAIR.

Dennis Jones

…thanks, but I shaved this morning so no more chin hair… hey, if you people haven’t seen Gary’s work, do yourself a favor and click on his link above…

Bernard

Too Late! I already did and WOW! Now I have another great place to stop for out-of-this-world artwork to look at. Great Stuff Gary. Have you parked the brushes yet to go digital or have you always been digital? 50/50, 60/40? I’m 20/20…with my glasses that is.

Don Jones

Just as long as you look like your Passport photo… you can get back into the U.S. in a few weeks… maybe.

Doug Jones

are you still hanging around the Webnet… or are you Out of AferKa?

Don Jones

I’ve got a feeling we are going to get tired of looking at this stinkin’ BadJess…

Bernard

I’ll second the commotion!

Roballoo!

Great Illo – fantastic melding of image and background texture – they really go well together. I also like your treatment of the hair – that mustache looks like it has a mind of it’s own. My only complaint is the brain ooze towards the top – glad I’m not the only one who saw that. That’s not good to look at before I go to lunch.