Rat Terrier

April 2, 2009

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My apologies to anyone who owns a rat terrier because this doesn’t look anything like a rat terrier… but it does kinda look like a rat, so in my book, it’s a rat terrier.

One of the many advantages of creating on a computer is that you can always give it another go if you’re not happy with your first attempt. Unless you flatten your image, you can always go back in time and try it again… just like on LOST.

The Comments

Don Jones

I see the Rat Terrier is sporting the official Brother Jones doo.

Bucky Jones

Our first dog as a kid (back in the early 60’s) was a rat terrier, Chico….a feisty little dog who ultimately lost a fight with a motorcycle. I said he was feisty…not smart.___Great art, as always, Dennis.

Dennis Jones

…we had a rat terrier named Moo, and she was a feisty little dog, also… she lost a fight with a dog 3 times her size but survived that… then lost a fight with a coyote but survived that… smarts don’t seem to run real deep in the rat terrier gene pool…

Doug Jones

… and loved that bubble gum!

Dennis Jones

…well, there’s no denying that dog loved to party when we were out of the house…

Doug Jones

so is the orange/blue one the second attempt? I like it best.

Dennis Jones

…well, all I was doing here was experimenting with technique… the blue one has saturated color slopped all over it and the second one was painted on top of a brown base color… the blue one is looser, and thats always more interesting to look at than a tightly rendered piece I think…

Zaz

I enjoy the pic with the blue background, it shows the Rat Terrier more and the other example is a bit too Orange, the Terrier matches with the background and you lose some of the detail. But for the record they’re both great examples of tight vs. loose. Thanks Den, love your work!

Alan Anderson

I like the blue version with the contrast between dog and background. I love the expressions you put on your characters. Since discovering your work you have become one of my favorite artists.

Dennis Jones

…thanks Zaz & Alan… it seems your votes combined with Doug’s have formed a unanimous, consensus pick. Blue wins! Congratulations Blue. SIDENOTE: Blue also won Miss Congeniality.

Bernard

Hello Dennis- Your little church video using the Flip is great but how/what do you use to edit/convert to ? and upload with no sponsors? Mine look good while still in iMovie and/or Quicktime but get grainy when uploaded to video handlers.

Roballoo!

As good as you’ve gotten in the digital painting realm, I wonder how you’d fare with Corel Painter at this point?

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The New Photoshop CS4

April 19, 2009

WeaselFootballExperiment

Ok, I’m back home working on a new computer, which means all my internet stuff is pretty much in shambles and has to be put back together. I also upgraded from Photoshop CS to Photoshop CS4 and I’m scrambling to get that thing figured out. It looks like it will do some pretty cool stuff. I put together a little 3 second experimental animation that you can see in my comment section below. I was pretty unsuccessful with figuring out the new I-Movie, but even though it’s an unsophisticated little video, it does show a lot of potential for what Photoshop CS4 is capable of doing.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

Don Jones

That is very interesting… mmm.

Tim Shirey

I saw a big difference just jumping from PS CS3 to CS4, so I’m sure you are over the moon now with making the leap from CS to CS4 (extended). Many great features you will appreciate as an illustrator! Besides jumping to CS4 recently, I’m also adjusting to the addition of Corel PainterX in my workflow alongside PS CS4. PS and Painter make a nice match! Now my oils, brushes, Prismacolors, gouache, canvases, etc. make for a nice “artsy display” for visitors coming by the office. 😉 I’ve been one of those “lurkers” quietly enjoying your blog & illustrations.

Dennis Jones

…here’s my experience with Painter, I fire it up every 2 or 3 months, get really frustrated with it, park it back in the garage and it sits there until I forget how frustrated I was with it, then I pull it back out and repeat the process…

…going from CS to CS4 was quite a leap in features for me, but nothing compared to my brother Doug who jumped from Photoshop 7 to CS4… his head must still be spinning…

Tim Shirey

I had similar past experiences with earlier versions of Painter! Not happy memories. 😦 I was surprised how “bearable” PainterX was to past versions but it still feels like pulling a mule cart through mud compared to PS CS4! I do about 90% of illustration work in PS and finish off with Painter. When I switched to PS from using gouache (+color pencil) I missed not having my toothbrush to flick paint on the paper. Once I created a new PS brush with the effect of flicking paint from a brush or toothbrush, then I was a happy camper.

Doug Jones

I miss my beloved PS7 sniff… but I have found the paint bucket in CS4 so all is well. : ) I would like a paint flicking brush… sound like fun! Is it a modified splatter brush? Den… there has got to be a better way to post video than putting it in the comments… dontcha think?

Tim Shirey

I created a page where you can see a description, samples, and download. Feel free to use it. I love to collect all kinds of PS brushes! …but whenever I looked on the Internet for spatter brushes, I only found brushes created from a scanned splatter “pattern”. That was fine for a “single click” splatter pattern, but not what I needed. I wanted something with individual drips customizable and created from within the PS brush presets. Enjoy your PS CS4. Since CS4 now directly accesses the graphic card, the major increase in speed from CS3 was like having a new computer upgrade.

Nick Jones Everybody

The SFX really take this video to level 11. I’ll start outsourcing my motion graphic work to you any day now….

Doug Jones

hey Tim, I downloaded that brush… can’t wait to give it a try. You have some great work on your site!

Dennis Jones

…wish I knew what SFX’s were…

Doug Jones

that’d be Sugar Frosted Xmen… my favorite cereal

Dennis Jones

…mmmm

Don Jones

Special Fried Xggs.

Dam

Very good your designs!! Congratulations- I admire your style and colors..

Updated And Clueless

April 29, 2009

camelneedle2a

I just came across this little video. It was one of the last movies I made on my old computer. I recently upgrading systems and my new computer came with the prized 09 I-Life programs. I fired up the new I-Movie and quickly discovered it was completely different than the 06 version that I had been using. I spent 45 minutes just trying to figure out how to import a video into it. (curiously enough, you use the “import video” button to do that) I’m pretty sure this new I-Movie program can do most anything, including making toast, but until I figure out what slot to put the bread in, I’m clueless as to how to use it.

The video is below in the “comment” section.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

there seems to be an optical illusion working on me with Mr. Camel. I keep thinking he has like 6 legs, but I count them and there are only 4….

Don Jones

I’m speechless. REally like that soundtrack…

Jeff

The bread goes in the C.D. Rom slot i think let me try it out first.. Yup. My computer is TOAST…problem solved

Dennis Jones

…a most excellent post, Jeff. You coaching any hockey these days?

Roballoo!

The soundtrack sounds like the Elevator Smooooooth Jazz Stylings of the Rippingtons? Am I correct?

Dennis Jones

…the Rippingtons is correct… great music to wind down to… or if you’re a Jones, to wind up to…

Jeff

No no hockey going on here, We just have the Stars. They specialize in snatching a defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Bernard

Another DJ Masterpiece!

Dennis Jones

…tis disappointing to be a Stars fan these days… last season they looked to be on the verge of making a serious move forward, got lots of hype as this season began, and then just imploded… oh well… Bernard, your Pens better get someone besides Crosby scoring for them or the Capitals are going to jump all over them in this series… ahhhh… hockey talk…