Back From Aferkah

July 1, 2008

GreenAnimal74

I saw some hippos in Africa… they looked like this… well, something like this… except they weren’t green… or furry… and I don’t think they had spots… but other than that, this is pretty much exactly what they looked like…

The Comments

Doug Jones

Hey… welcome back! This looks EXACTLY like a hippo to me. I saw one the other day in my backyard. Say… have you seen my glasses?

Dennis Jones

…I’m pretty sure I got the horns right…

Doug Jones

Will you be having a special slide show of your missionary trip to Aferka with a Love offering taken up at the end?

Jason Bourne

Hey welcome back to the USA. Nice, and nice background.

Cory Wasson

This doesn’t look like a dragon to me…. I saw the one you drew in february and was utterly disappointed. Completely Emasculated. I want fury and destruction, not malnourished and feeble. The Hippo was cool though. Well done sir.

Bernard

Dennis, Welcome back! I’ve been going crazy at work because you and your brothers are the only ones I know of that run active (respond) blogs! I was almost forced to start drawing myself with all th espare time I’ve had. Any misquito bites?

Don Jones

Glad you asked Bernard, Last night as I was painting my deck I was pretty much consumed by mosquitoes. Bites upon bites. Nothing that about a gallon of DEET wouldn’t fend off. My kidneys went into overdrive trying to filter the soaked in poison bug killer spray.

Dennis Jones

…Cory, the dragon is coming… I did, after all, enter into a binding legal contractual agreement to do one for you, so there is no way out for me… it will be later in July before it magically appears tho… glad you made it back ok… sounded like there was a bit of trouble with flights on the return trip…

Cory Wasson

It was incredibly miserable. Perhaps my agony on the trip could inspire u to draw a small feeble boy huddled in a ball of blankets on a plane shivering and downing a plethora of medicines. It was that bad. But i’m home now, and I’m almost eating food again, so its all good. The trip was wonderful though, even the last part couldn’t taint my memory of the time we had.

Roballoo

Are those candy canes sprouting from his head?

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SketchBook 1

July 10, 2008

Sketchpage4

I am currently paying the price for running around all last month with 16 hour work days, so I’ll probably just be posting pages out of my sketchbook for a while.

The Comments

Don Jones

Brew up those coffee beans and get CRANKIN’! And when you take a break…. mow parts of the yard.

Otto Meza

Sketch?… mmmm this are not sketch, I called ART

Jason Bourne

Alright, that is swizanky… Now we’re back on track.

brett

whos who?

Dennis Jones

…Brett, I was just drawing faces out of a National Geographic… I don’t know who any of these people are…

Jason Bourne

LOL. The guy in the upper left reminds me of Gene Wilder…

brett

so there someone from tv.

roballoo

Sketches are good. We like sketches. At least I do. can’t speak for any of the other readers.

SketchBook 2

July 15, 2008

Sketchpage3

I’ve got a job due today. In the old days, I would have needed to have an assignment done at least three days early so I could drop it in the mailbox and give the U.S. Postal Service a chance to get it delivered on time. Later, it seemed that all my clients gave me their FedX numbers and this allowed me to work right up to the day before the deadline before “overnighting” a project in. Today, I can use part of the deadline day to finish the job up and then send it to the client electronically later in the day. How times have changed… you young whippersnappers…

The Comments

Doug Jones

I like that kitty! …and Ironman. Saw Hellboy II the other day. Lots of Streampunk stuff going on there. Not much story, just a lot of eye candy. IMHO. Hey… I am shining the BrotherJones light into the night sky for a little help with my comments button. It has turned into a time machine taking you back to 2005 Spamalot…

Dennis Jones

…I think if you delete the page and post it up again new it should correct the problem… i is a web jeenius…

Jason Bourne

Oh, yea…Ironman! Awesome! Friday is….THE DARK KNIGHT! Nuff said.

Ironed Man

July 16, 2008

IronMan

I still have not seen the new Iron Man movie that everyone says is so good… or the new Indiana Jones movie… or any of the other big summer movies for that matter. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen any movies this summer at all. Well… I did see Chicken Little on the airplane, but I don’t think that one counts.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dittos on the movies. I have seen the first Batman movie a few hundred months ago. I now remember that the last flick I saw was Dr. Seuss’ Horton with a side order of butter and popcorn.

Doug Jones

hey… you got a great feeling of shiny metal here! Noice! interesting you can make it to Aferka for two weeks but can’t go to a movie… isn’t life strange?

Dennis Jones

…I may not have seen any movies this year but I did get to see an anvil shoot over the fourth… that was almost as good as a movie… sorta…

Terry Elliott

An anvil shoot? I hope nobody got hurt. I love happy endings!

Jason Bourne

Kool. Ironman is one of the best. Indiana Jones was not up to par. All I can say is BATMAN Friday…

Nick Jones Everybody

3 cheers for Ironman. 1 for the anvil shoot. 4 for Batman.

Dennis Jones

…so …you’re saying the Iron Man movie is better than the anvil shoot? hmmm…

Doug Jones

3 for a quarter 2 for one 1 for all … and does anyone have any theories on them LOST numbers?

roballoo

He looks like hes about to cry.

Doug Jones

he’s about to cry because… ONE is the loneliest number that you’ll ever doooo…

S.Stanley

Hey…heroes don’t cry. Well, not while they’re getting their picture taken. However, the slight tilt of I-man here makes him look as though he just stepped into the picture. Glory hog.

Jason Bourne

Ironman has had it rough. I think he knows Batman is going to take home the money…

Excited Kitty

July 21, 2008

SketchpageCAT

I made a square Photoshop brush that I’ve used on the last couple of things I’ve posted here and I’m really liking it. I think if I just tweak it up a bit more it could be a major player in my little arsenal of digital brushes.

The Comments

James

Dude, you are truly blessed. I like the highlights on the cats fur, done in pencil I think and his eye’s just pop a good use of color as always.  Huh…I don’t see Don or Doug’s comment yet, hmmm, I guess the cat got there tongues

Dennis Jones

…they’re scaredy cats…

James

Any chance in seeing in the future your batman done digitally. I love the way you did it by using Gouache…it would be interesting to see you with an arsenal of computerize brushes and great style with your background, what you’d come up with…maybe a joker instead, something your brothers can relate with 🙂

Don Jones

Yeooowwwww…. I am sorry to report that I failed to contribute to the box office SMASH Dark Knight this past weekend. I guess I will wait until it hits the RedBox at my local McDonald’s. Here kitty, kitty, kitty… Den, remember the time I was attacked by that crazy siamese cat at Aunt JoAnn’s house?

Bernard

Great Expression! The cat musta seen your socmo collection!

Jason Bourne

WOW. That is swanky. The eyes are really awesome looking.

Doug Jones

man… it’s only Monday and I am already gettin dissed on this page! I’m just wondering what that cat is afraid of…

Dennis Jones

…well, Doug… I believe this kitten just saw an eight-legged cat and it had never seen an octi-puss before so it kinda freaked him out…

…and, yes Don, I remember when Aunt JoAnns cats cornered you against the fireplace and mugged you… what a cat-astrphe that was…

…James, I’m liking the way you got the cat talk cranked up on this page yesterday… you can’t have enough cat talk I always say…

Doug Jones

Felix… Krazy… Sylvester… Garfield… a little more cat talk for you…..

Bernard

How ‘bout: “Rusty The Cat”

Dennis Jones

…don’t forget Morris… sorry, I’m being a copycat…

James

How about Kat-man-do…sorry it’s a West Coast thing.

Jason Bourne

I love Kit-Kat. Great stuff.

Dennis Jones

…it’s almost time for lunch… I’m thinkin’ catfish…

Bernard

LUNCHTIME! How about some Chinese…which would certainly explain the cat’s reaction.

Dennis Jones

…mmmm …Chinese …delicious …hey, what’s happened to Brother Don? …where is that fatcat?

roballoo

Some of that fur has a definite electric vibe to it. I dig it.

All Next Week… maybe…

July 24, 2008

sharkweek

Coming soon to a Brother Jones web page near you… SHARK WEEK!!!

The Comments

Doug Jones

can’t wait! remember when that shark ate your arm off? good times… good times…

Dennis Jones

HA! …that was pretty funny!

Dennis Jones

…you really only need one good arm to do what we do, anyway…

Dennis Jones

…makes it kinda tough to go out sharkin’ tho…

Doug Jones

lucky you didn’t loose your good nose pickin’ hand that time…

Jason Bourne

I hear shark taste like chicken.

roballoo

Who needs arms. real artists use their teeth. Is this a secret ploy to boost eyeballs to your site?

Dennis Jones

…is that a great white in the top right hand corner?

Doug Jones

it’s as white as you can get…

James

Dennis, the mouth piece goes on your mouth not on your chin and dude, what’s growing out of the mouth piece anyway????

Dennis Jones

…the mouth piece goes on your mouth and not on your chin?? …huh? …that must have been why I was having so much trouble breathing underwater…

Don Jones

Den, without oxygen your brain will die in a matter of minutes. Stick that mouth piece directly up your nose and BREATHE!!!

Noah’s ShArk

July 28, 2008

NoahshArk

On day one of Brother Jones Shark Week let us pay homage to the only reference made to sharks in the Bible. The well known story of a man and his shark… Noah’s ShArk.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Once again, your indepth Biblical research has enlightened me. I always thought that was his name… Noah Zark. huh… Well, I for one am so glad he saved one of those critters on the ark. I think the tank Noah kept him in was sealed with one of his inventions… Noah Zark Silicone Shark Tank Sealant. What an amazing guy!

Don Jones

I thought the shark was the only animal left OUT of the ark since he could fend for himself in the open water… but what do I know? Den, you may want to increase your prescription on your readin’ glasses in order to tweek your biblical insights even further.

Jason Bourne

Awesome. Didn’t know Noah built a huge fish tank. By the look of the shark, he wants the ocean…

James

Seems that there are no animals left, only this shark. Must of ate real well those 40 days and 40 nights. Talk about Hospitality, heck the airlines could learn something from Noah’s ShArk!  How do I book my next travel with this dude?

Dennis Jones

…I just noticed the Discovery Channel is running a Shark Week of their own right now… huhm? …what are the odds of that happening at the exact same time Brother Jones Shark Week is taking place? …kinda makes you wonder.

Don Jones

I see some sort of infringement happening here. Maybe it’s because the BrotherJones site is coming loose at the seams and we are beginning to fray… all due to this high pressure Shark Week. Our ratings will be taking a hit.

Dennis Jones

…I’m so flustered with the Discovery Channel ripping off our shark idea that I just can’t come up with anything new to post today for Brother Jones Shark Week… I guess I will just have to pay homage to Noah’s shark for another day and pray for inspiration…

Bernard

I thought Noah used some Li-on thread and towed them behind the ark?

Don Jones

Ride, ride, ride… let it ride! And would you cry, if I told you that I lied, and would you say good-bye? Would ‘ja let it ride?

Dennis Jones

…oh, great… now you’ve gone and flung a powerful cravin’ on me for a little Bachman Turner Overdrive… thanks a bunch…

Don Jones

Nothing that Last FM can’t cure.

Dennis Jones

…not with my lightning fast dial-up connection…

Don Jones

Do you have an oldies/70s station up in your parts? We have one now that features the John Tesh show in the evenings. Tesh keeps me company during those long hours of construction work.

Doug Jones

John Tesh used to be on our local TV news stations way back when. Did the news anchor thing. Never could have guessed that he would go on to make music to torture terrorists with…

Dennis Jones

…shark week on my page seems to have deteriorated into John Tesh talk… not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Don Jones

It’s INTEL… Intelligence For Your Life. That’s a real stretch for the Brothers Jones.

Dennis Jones

…I believe I have read on your page, Don, that the level of discourse here on Brother Jones is somewhere between low-grade intellect and high-class numbskullery…

Doug Jones

well… I thought for sure that you would have a shark somewhere in your sketchbook that you would drag out and paint up with that magic tablet of yours…. I guess I was wrong…

Dennis Jones

…man, I’m drowning in deadlines right now…

Don Jones

Deadlines are like circling sharks… and you’re the chum and guts and stuff.

Dennis Jones

…I’m glad we got the Shark Week talk back on track…

Don Jones

Remember boys, if you plan to catch a shark, you need to own, find or steal a 35- to 40-foot boat with enough deck space to stow your art gear and handle those bulky shark carcasses.

Doug Jones

This is the busiest I have ever been. I am now one week late on a job that requires a ton of sketches. BUT… I crank out another SHARK before I hit the sack each night …cause I LOVE SHARK WEEK!!!! :0)

Dennis Jones

…this IS the best shark week we’ve had in ages!

Don Jones

Sharkalicious!

Steampunked Shark

July 31, 2008

SteampunksharkSteampunkshark2

After being called out yesterday for my somewhat questionable commitment to Brother Jones Shark Week, I thought I better grab the magic tablet and whip out a new shark for my page.

I wanted it to be really good so I put a lot of time and thought into it… ok, I put no time or thought into it. I drew a shark and it was kinda boring. What could it be doing? Maybe eating people? That’s probably not a good idea. Maybe a pair of glasses on his beady little eyes. Maybe goggles would be better. What could I have him doing?

I then remember this is for Brother Jones and the two minutes I have already spent on this have been two minutes too long. I scan my sketch into the computer and start slopping color on it. Then Karen brings a slice of fresh, hot chocolate pound cake and a glass of milk to my studio and I take a break to eat that.

All in all, I spend more time eating the chocolate cake than I do on the shark picture, but this does not mean I am anything less than 110% committed to Brother Jones Shark Week. In fact, I’ve included process shots and typed a whole bunch on this page in order to indicate my total commitment…

…viva la shark week, I say…

The Comments

Doug Jones

WOO HOO! Now we’re talkin! a Steampunk shark dashed out in mere minutes with NO thought involved… and THEN some lengthy copy that goes NOwhere! THIS is what BrotherJones is all about! good jorb! Reminds me of the phrase I hear on CarTalk a lot… we could use the same motto.. BrotherJones… unencumbered by the thought process….

Don Jones

Yes, I second that no brainer blog from Den and would like to get a piece of the chocolate pound cake… please.

Dennis Jones

…thank you, thank you… I will email that slice of cake, Don…

James

Hey Dennis if I send a self address stamped envelope could I also have Karens special  Jones-o-late pound cake that way I could learn to draw like you, Pleeeeasse.  The shark looks great dude even if you spent more time eating than drawing. You have a way with that magic tablet  OH GREAT ONE.

Dennis Jones

…James, don’t worry about all that self-addressed stamped envelope nonsense… I’ll just email you a slice when I send Don his…

Don Jones

What type of milk goes with this digital cake? 2%? WHoLe? Skim? Should I even say it?…. SOY?

Jason Bourne

Shark week! Nice… I say that 2% milk is best. I could use some chacolate now also.  Where is Willy Wonka?

James

Good man…. looks like Mr. Steampunked Shark had a few pieces of Karens famous chocolate pound cake as well, that bad boy looks pleasantly plump and his goggles were a great choice, it protects his eye from small flying pieces of this delicious cake when he ripped into it.

Bernard

Well, now as a former foot-in-the-mouth victim myself, I have to say: Are you really committed to bringing it ( eastside Shark jargon ) the rest of the week? And, unless I’m an AOL provider I only count 2 Shark pieces of art here and it’s already Thursday? Now, before you label me an ungrateful steampunk, punk, I just want you to know that it’s fine by me if you just stick a fork in whatever’s left of Karen’s Pound cake and post that up here for tomorrow. By the way how much of that pound cake have you eaten? Maybe you should just take a photo of yourself AFTER you eat the rest of it…you know for ___ week. You Three Jones Bros. need to get on Viddler! You would make millions.

Doug Jones

I always thought sharks preferred yellow tinted goggles… guess I was wrong… again…

Bernard

Doug, Just like an old Steampunk leathersmith…Dennis only has GREEN lens for all his goggle creations.

Dennis Jones

…I’m still trying to figure out who the Viddler is… didn’t Jim Carrey play him in one of the Batman movies?

Bernard

…I’m not takin’ the bait! Anyone that can go from reverse to 100 miles an hour using a digital pen ( not to mention your new Cintiq ) and whose family tree knocks out state-of-art blogs like this one has to know exactly what ‘Viddler” is. If I sound course/cranky here outside the Jones Bros. Digital window…I guess I am! I once used this site to consul my pitiful digital insecurities while reading your frustrations on going digital. Now, the transformation is complete. Dennis has truly graduated onto Tie-Cong-Pen and is now one of them…the Digital Dogs who can do steampunked sharks while eating poundcake and without thinking. Where’s that leave an old pencil dog like me, trying to draw to the right while I look left? Well, ? Whats-a-matter….does that freaky cat got your mouse? Whew, I gotta get some help here….I know, I’ll go over to Doug and Don’s blog and see if they care?

Dan Lietha

It’s safe to say the DISCOVERY CHANNEL doesn’t have sharks like this!

Don Jones

Man, this blog is seeing some heavy duty pontification. Makes my head spin or maybe it’s the pound cake?

Jason Bourne

Word up: Pontification It has been a long day in here.

Dennis Jones

…don’t forget to turn the lights off when you leave…

James

The great one has spoken…hit the door gang.

Roballoo

I think shark week has been a rousing success. I don’t think I’ve seen this much posting around here since some other day a while back.

Dennis Jones

…that’s because there’s nothing more exciting than talkin’ sharks ‘n seein’ sharks… especially if they’re in close proximity to you…

Don Jones

I am quite amazed with the quantity of posts from Doug and Dennis given the shark infested deadlines that they are battling. I am not amazed with the quality of posts from Doug and Dennis given their consumption of coffee, milk and chocolate pound cake.

Jason Bourne

When it all comes down… I suppose quality is better than quantity, unless you’re eating. LOL