When Pigs Fly

October 1, 2008

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Introducing probably the greatest game ever created in the history of mankind, (and keeping in mind I’m not prone to hyperbole), you can believe me when I tell you this game has everything!

It’s got pigs, it’s got cannons… it’s got pigs getting fired out of cannons! What more could anyone want in a game?

The Comments

Doug Jones

woo hoo! I hope I get one in my Christmas stocking!

Don Jones

Did you and David Blaine get together and invent this game?

Jason Bourne

Kool. I guess I can’t say: “When pigs fly”…ever again.

Dennis Jones

…Karen came home with a box of Keebler Flipside cheddar pretzel crackers last night… (and keeping in mind I’m not prone to hyberbole), these might be the best crackers ever invented in the history of mankind!

Doug Jones

I once had a “72 Hyperbole… got good mileage…

Don Jones

You also had a sporty aluminum Vega.

nickjoneseverybody

That looks awesome… except from your picture, it doesn’t look like you could ever land a pig in the tray… Can you really win this thing?

Doug Jones

can you point it to the sky and pick up the Discovery Channel?

Dennis Jones

…no Doug… but it did work pretty well for E.T. to phone home with…

Nick, whatcha do here is turn the motorized sky on (that top thing) and it starts turning around, then you give the Wheel Of Fortune spinner a spin and see what it is everyone gets to do… if you spin yourself up a flying pig, you get to load one of your little velcro piggies into your cannon, shoot it up and try to get it to stick to the sky UNDERNEATH that top thingie…

Doug Jones

Better be careful…. sounds like you could PUT YOUR EYE OUT WITH THAT THING!

Dennis Jones

Jason Bourne

Ah yea.The most famous Christmas movie of all time… I also really, really, enjoy Earnest Saves Christmas.

Bernard

Is this a Bible game? Because those pigs are in for a rude awakening before the games over if it’s in reference to the passage I’m thinking of. On another note…whenever I had a hyperbole my grandmother would always rag-tie a few “raw” strips o slab bacon on it. Then after an hour or so, she took it off and commenced with the surgical removing procedure I was the one Flyin’ not the bacon.

Roballoo

I think we need more truth in advertising, shouldn’t it be called “When Pigs Stick.” I realize it doesn’t have the same ring to it, but I think it better explains the basic gameplay.

Dennis Jones

BREAKING NEWS STORY
This afternoon, our local minor league baseball team has just changed its name from the Fort Wayne Wizards to the Fort Wayne Tin Caps…

…this area is closely associated with Johnny Appleseed and legend has it he wore a tin pot on his head as a hat so they were trying to tie into that concept…

…unfortunately for the braintrust that came up with this brilliant idea, folks around here are already calling them the Fort Wayne Pot Heads…

Don Jones

That made me laugh out loud…

Dennis Jones

…I can’t believe how poorly this logo was executed…

Don Jones

The designer needs executed.

Roballoo

As a fellow designer I’m not for executing any of my kind ~ you never know, I could be next.

Dennis Jones

…brother Don is prone to hyperbole…

Don Jones

That TinCaps logo ROCKS. These books weigh a ton. I could sleep for a year.  I’m so hungry, I could eat Doug’s cooking.
BrotherJones.com is the hub of the solar system. I could go on forever…

Jason Bourne

Wonder if I could start a fad wearing a tin cap every day?

nickjoneseverybody

still better than the OKC Thunder logo…

Jon Slone

I’m sorry, i guess i don’t know what they’re called. What I’m talking about though is when you draw a sketch and you stick it on that glass with the light under it so that you can “Trace” it on to a new sheet of paper. I have one of those, but it’s for 8×10 sheets of paper. Do you know if they make them bigger?

Dennis Jones

…Jon, are you talking about a light box? You can get light boxes in all sorts of different sizes. You can order them online. I think Hobby Lobby carries them, (if you’ve got one of those in your area)… the bigger ones can get a bit expensive, but they can be really easy to make.

Bernard

did I read the word execute? Agh yes…I almost forgot that as a peasant commentor I’m under the rule of the kingdom of Jones. Jon: Made allot of lightboxes in my day but if your in a hurry and want one you carry and take with you try the: Artograph Light Tracer II Light Box from Cheap Joe’s

Zaz

Yeah Jon, that’s a good place to shop, Cheap Joe’s and Dennis is right light boxes can get a bit pricey, but here’s a thought…if your work has a copy machine you can blow up or reduce the image you’re working on and then take it home and draw away on your
8×10 light box. It’s what I do, it work just fine.

Jason Bourne

I use to trace a lot of Calvin and Hobbes comics. I think it helped me improve in freehand.

Jon Slone

Thank you. That’s exactly what I wanted to know. I may just try to make one.

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When Pigs Fly Barn Sketch

October 8, 2008

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I’m still working round the clock, so since there is nothing new or experimental to show here, I will post some sketches from the “When Pigs Fly” game.

More and more, I’m being asked for Photoshop files with all the different elements of the illustration separated out and placed on their own individual layers. This way, the designers can move the different parts of the picture around to fit their type.

This was an idea for the barn on the cover which was not used.

The Comments

Don Jones

I see some similarities to Grandpa Grantham’s barn… the only thing missing… flying tobacco pouches!

Jason Bourne

Swanky! I like the cannon.

Bernard

I love mega elements in a whole sketch like this! Reminds me of the really old comic novels from mad…took hours/days to find everything. I’m getting similar requests from my customers for the PSD layer thing or even individual pieces that make up the whole sketch. Whatz everybody’s feelings on this? I guess if their paying for it it’s okay…I just don’t always draw everything separately that way.

Jon Slone

I’m a writer and illustrator of children’s books for both kids and adults. Everyone asks me if I have a website. Currently, I do not. Any advice on who to turn to? The do’s and don’ts maybe? Thanks.

Dennis Jones

…hey Jon, I think your best bet would be to go over to Blogger.Com and create one of those… they are free and they are easy to do…

Jon Slone

Thank you. I’ll look in to it. Now I’m off to barnes and noble to do a reding/signing. My book is “Riggleberry Bloke” if you want to check it out on barnesandnoble.com

WoodChuck

October 13, 2008

WoodPile

The seasons are changing here in Indiana, it’s getting kinda nippy at night, and that means one thing… time for me to cut fire wood. I am trying something new this season… the legendary wood PILE. I have found this to be much easier than stacking wood into orderly rows… not that I’m looking for the easy way out or anything…

The Comments

Don Jones

That’s one good lookin’ wood pile. Bet you burned off a few 3 Musketeers putting that together.

Jason Bourne

Yep..Fall is here again. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and Christmas in no time…

Doug Jones

This wood pile is not high enough… I am highly offended…

New Programming

October 16, 2008

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My brother Doug is programming tv shows again over on his page. I really liked his current entry, so I colored it up on my lunch hour.

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Nice. “The Weasel Wisper” sounds like the title of a great suspense thriller movie…

Doug Jones

Cool…. I wuz lookin’ for that Photoshop button that colorizes things, but couldn’t find it. You must know where it is!

Don Jones

Excuse me, those are Den’s patented, black, high-top Converse. Dennis, if you study this image closely, Doug has drawn you passing gas of some sort… Let’s keep this blog respectable Doug. We don’t want OSHA coming down on us for illegal emmissions.

Doug Jones

This is Dennis’ SPECIAL whispering he does…

Dennis Jones

HEY, WATCH IT DOUG…

…I just noticed something cool right now on our site… if you flip back and forth between Doug’s page and mine, Doug’s picture changes before your very eyes …it doesn’t take much to entertain a Jones…

Don Jones

LOL, That is rich… Speaking of our spoils, my brothers, have your IRAs dried up and vanished like the rest of the world’s? Not to brag, but I could retire today and live like a king the rest of my life… that is, if I die tomorrow.

Buddy Rich

badda ching!

Doug Jones

My friends… I have a plan that will give you a huge tax break and lots of money if you will just vote for me… and Joe the plumber will clean your drains, my friends…

Joe

I will be happy to plunge your toilets… and look to our beloved government to bail me out if my bad business venture goes down the crapper.

Jason Bourne

Now that Joe the Plumber is famous, he could run for President right now and win by a landslide.

Kyle Jones

I know this is on the wrong post but…

Dennis Jones

…HAH! …yup, that’s it! …thanks for digging that up Kyle, it made my Friday!

Roballoo

Hey your game is on the internet – now you’ll be real famous!

Don Jones

Why do stereotypical T.V. families always consist of Dad, Mom, one boy and one girl?

Doug Jones

the same game maker also made Gassy Gus… a real obvious tie in to Brotherjones…

Dennis Jones

…an obvious tie in to brother Dons first comment on this page, anyway…

Jason Bourne

I was thinking if I was President I would make Oreos and Kool-Aid famous the way Ronald Regan did his jelly beans.

Don Jones

Swank of an idear there Jayson Born.

Sneak Peek

October 21, 2008

GreatestGame

I have noticed that a lot of artists will post snippets of the art they are currently working on and that somehow magically keeps them out of hot water with their publishers, so in that same spirit of walking right up to the line and then sticking your toe over it just to see what happens, I give you a snippet, sneak peek at the illustration I was working on early this morning… that would be four in the morning, eastern time…

The Comments

Jason Bourne

I love sneak peeks! This is a must see when finished…

Don Jones

Your architectural chops are amazing. I had to look that word up three time in order to spell right.

Doug Jones

hmmmm… I thought you knew how to spell chops since you eat them so often…

Dennis Jones

…you should see my karate chops…

Doug Jones

you eat pigs that know Katate?

Doug Jones

make that Karate….

Dennis Jones

…I kinda liked KaTAtee better…

Don Jones

I was hesitate to comment on “Katate” ‘cause I had never heard of it…

Dennis Jones

…remember Hi-Katate? …that was some pretty sweet cologne back in the day…

Don Jones

I recall one Christmas when Doug received a total of about 2 gallons of it…

Dennis Jones

…he’s currently working thru his last bottle… I think…

BrotherJonesBlastFromThePast

October 23, 2008

BroJo81

Dennis, Don, Doug

…yep, here we are back in ‘81… sportin’ hair and dreaming about making a million bucks on that newfangled contraption called the internets…

The Comments

Don Jones

I’m speechless. Here you’ve gone and exposed our little siamese twins plus one secret.

Doug Jones

I think you got that date wrong. Anyhoo… did we all get the same shirt for Christmas that year?

Don Jones

and matching underwear…

roballoo

It’s the beardsly twins (er – triplets). Makes me miss my beard. Maybe it’s the angle of the shot and the shorter Christmas tree in the background but you three look awfully tall. Having never met a Bro. Jones in person (just over the Internets), that could be the case: maybe you are all over 7 feet tall. I betcha Sneakerologist could date those there Nike’s for a definitive answer to the photo’s date.

roballoo

Thankfully (I hope) there’s no matching photographic proof of the matching underwear. tmi

Dennis Jones

…Doug, the back of that picture just says Christmas ‘81… I suppose it could be from Christmas 2081 and we mailed it back to ourselves from the future with a little note that tells us to get out of the stock market immediately and I’ve just misplaced the note somewhere… I don’t know…

Doug Jones

darn… I hate when we time travel and then forget to read the notes we write. Those white Nikes were my FAVORITE shoes for many a year… now I wear Crocs…. the end is near…

Jason Bourne

2081…LOL. Hey future Jones bros, could you send me back a flying car if you’re reading this.

Doug Jones

I think we should all go trick or treating this year like this. Where can we get some hair?

Dennis Jones

…Sherman, I jumped into the WAYBACK MACHINE and this image popped up…

Zaz

You guys look like brother Gibbs doing country. Come to think of it they were around in the 80’s as well. Which one of you has that high pitch girl like voice?????

Dennis Jones

…whOa …the WAYBACK MACHINE just took a swerve into the ‘60’s…

Doug Jones

I’m still waiting on my royalties from making that album… SocMo bought an island in the Pacific with his moolah…

Dennis Jones

…aaARgg …I can’t seem to be able to steer the WAYBACK MACHINE back into 2008… I just shot right past it…

Brother DonKey

October 27, 2008

BrotherDONkey

…yes, this is indeed a tribute to our little brother Don… and to a mule… brother DON-key… what next, a moving tribute to brother Doug and an indian boat? …a brother Dougout canoe…

The Comments

Don Jones

Oh thanks alot, Den … and this being an election year, folks will think I’m Democratic

Dennis Jones

…oh, sorry, ahem… yes, THIS is our OFFICIAL tribute to little brother Don… and an elephant… brother DON-ephant…

Don Jones

Well, I’m not sure if I feel any better with this attempt at a illustrative correction. You know I am sensitive about my weight…

Doug Jones

I don’t think this is a DONkey… it’s a COLT on his way to Nashville where he will get squashed by a a bunch of baby BLUE meanies….

Dennis Jones

…yep… this could be a really interesting game tonight… the Oilers are really good this year… I mean, the Titans…

Doug Jones

Nashville is really excited to be on the TeeVee tonight… they are painting everything blue around town…

Dennis Jones

…maybe they are painting things blue to welcome America’s Team… The Colts!

Dennis Jones

…I just spent all afternoon in Ft. Wayne… in the Mazda shop… and it looks like I’m going to be tagged for over $1700.00 on car repair… but I did get a spiffy new truck to drive around in as a loaner, so at least I have that going for me…

Doug Jones

Woo! that’s a mighty expensive oil change…

Dennis Jones

…ok, let’s review my last 24 hours… I’m presented with a major car bill, my internet goes out and is just now back on, I coughed coffee all over my Cintiq and the Colts lost last night… other than all that, everything is going perfectly!

Doug Jones

I think it’s time to move to Missouri. The Chefs need your help. Peyton already has his Super Bowl ring… time to help someone else. I hear they have good internets down in the Show Me state too….

Don Jones

The Cheeefz were thinking of calling up Daunte Culpepper… but apparently Duante does his own negotiating and didn’t get the deal done. The internets are solid down here in the Ozark hills. They run industrial strength netting from outhouse to outhouse.

Dennis Jones

Don Jones

These SocMo signs are EVERYwhere… except in my very own yard.

Swashbuckling Pirate Dog

October 30, 2008

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When all else fails, put a dog in a pirate suit… that pretty much works every time…

The Comments

Don Jones

YEs indeEd.. That works great. But the question is: Is that an auethenticl rendering of a diamond or an artistic simulation of a cubic zirconia?

Zaz

Good Morning Dennis, Just awesome! From the background to the highlights running across his pants to the way you Illustrated the hands. This only shows me that I need to draw a heck of alot more to gain an imagination like yours. Your style blows me away. “Hey”, my Dad used to wear a belt like that, it looks better on the Pirate Dog.

Don Jones

That pant highlight that Zaz is talking about makes them look polyester. I like that.

Dennis Jones

…Zaz, I guess you missed the point in my exhaustive blog post above… you don’t need no imagination… all ya gotta do is draw a dog… put him in pirate clothes…

Don Jones

You gotta learn to “read between the lines” Zaz… GOSH!

Dennis Jones

…if the dog in a pirate outfit doesn’t work, a bear in a medieval costume is usually a sure bet, too…

Doug Jones

Awesomeness dittos! This little dawg is mucho more fun to look at than that wood pile. Not that there is anything WRONG with your wood pile. I was actually thinking of endorsing a wood pile for president till SocMo threw his hat into the ring. …and Zazoo…. I see your problem… when I click on your name I am told I need a new browser…  what’s up with that?

Zaz

Sorry dougger, Not sure, I guess I’m a week act and the browser knows it. Hey den, I got what you were saying, I’m just saying your style is the best. It’s one thing with coming up with things it’s another thing to draw them life like but with a twist to them. Your work inspires me to do better. I’m new at all this but our Lord sure gave you a gift and whats good about you and your brothers is you work hard at it and you’re doing something with it.

Dennis Jones

…oh, I knew you got it, Zaz… I was just yanking your chain, trying to get a snarky response outa one of the brothers… always good to hear you chime in…

Don Jones

I don’t work hard at anything… except #10 Gravy Bowls for $3.30 at Hardees.

Dennis Jones

…ya know, we had a Hardees here in town but it went out of business… and now you have gone and flung one powerful craving on me for a gravy bowl…

Doug Jones

sNaRk sNaRk

Don Jones

Hardeeeeeez just recently introduced the smaller version of their famous high quality Black Angus burger, which I highly recommend.

Jason Bourne

Rad. I like the ape. Angus is some great meat! Speaking of food, a Sloppy Joe would be nice one day again.

Doug Jones

Ok… so SWASH must mean JUMBO. So Swashbuckle translates to Jumbobuckle… which is what this doggie is wearing. I think this would be another great BrotherJones product. The Swashbuckle belt. To hold in those large tummies in the upcoming high calorie holiday eating season…

Dennis Jones

…Douger… check out the Facebook for a little surprise…

Bernard

Whoa, that’s what I git for not coming around for a while…a BIG “Lookitt Datt’! Off the planet! I love everybody’s style and techniques but Dennis your stuff is the Jim Thorpe of art for me. I came for the art but I stayed for the humor… you Smith boys are too funny!

Doug Jones

Thanks for the heads up… I check in at Facebook about once a month… if I remember… so how did you film this?

Dennis Jones

…Doug, that’s just jpegs loaded into iMovie with a song attached… I gave up on the screen capture thing… it seemed to bog my system down too much during the capture and I actually like how this turned out just about as much… I might experiment with it a bit more… it’s really pretty fun…

…BERNARD! Hey, have you got your new web site built yet? Let us know when you do so we can all come over and for a little visit…