It’s All Over… For Now…

May 5, 2006

Wacom1

The bluntness of garish and unsubtle color…

Wacom2

…with the excruciating inability to execute fine detail.

Yes, my mini excursion into the world of computer generated artwork has now officially come to an end. I took the borrowed Wacom Tablet back to my friends house this week. These four images are pretty much the only things I have to show for my little venture into the unknown.

For me, painting on the computer with the Wacom felt a lot like painting on a piece of glass with a blunt stick… not very subtle. I dont know how people do fine detail this way. The whole experience really just made me appreciate the qualities of traditional painting that much more…

…so it’s back to paint in little metal tubes, squirrel hair tied to the end of a stick, and water for me… for now.

The Comments

Bucky Jones

Good for you, Dennis! More power to you!

Hennie

Well…hope you’ll give it a try in the near future. It takes some time getting used to 🙂 But you don’t really need to go that route. You’re a master at what you do and if it aint broke, don’t fix it. Love those digital paintings by the way. Cheers H

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I guess misery loves company because I’m nearly in the same exact place as you with the computer. Only difference is I gave up on all the detail a few years back and settled for changing my art to match my software, ram and computer knowledge. Now, as I’m trying to go back to the heavy detail I once did by hand I’m still wackin’ it out with a wacom but don’t know if I want to stick it out or do what you just did…it’s a cross between the old dog and the old tricks. enjoy your sharing this with us though!

Don Jones

I think your customer friendly relationship and purchasing program with Cheap Joe’s would suffer if you continued on in the Wacom direction.

Doug Jones

yeah… Cheap Joe has probably dispatched a couple of guys to Huntington to have a “friendly little talk” with you, Den… beware of concrete shoes

Don Jones

Watch those knee caps too. Better yet, just leave town for a few days. Get on that mower and scram!

Dennis Jones

…if I’m going to make it down to the big Keeg-o-rama Shin-Dig next weekend I better get the riding lawn mower tuned up and be hitting the road on Monday…

Don Jones

Don’t forget to check the SLICK 50 level and over pressure the tires for the ultimate in gas mileage acquisition.

Doug Jones

These actually look pretty good. I’m impressed. I think the key to detail may be in resolution. If you have a very high res file you can zoom in and work pixel by pixel if you want.

Don Jones

The key to detail is LASIK.

Dennis Jones

…one thing I am really curious about in this whole computer vs. traditional painting deal is… supposedly, the big plus for computer generated artwork is that it is SO fast… what exactly is SO fast? (this is a serious question, by the way)… what kind of time does it take for someone to generate a piece of “arty” looking artwork on a computer?

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I would say that IT ( most artwork ) is done much faster on the computer than by hand ( for 97.5% ) of the professional artists out there. The problem lies with that 2.5% of the artists whose work is way up there at your level…and with the detail your generating. I think the mouse swings back in your favor ( time wise ) to do it by hand when the detail that you throw down comes into play.

bernardfromtheyard

Part 2: I’ve been kicking myself for years for not drawing/painting my work on a Mac (practically hiding from all the MacAddicts out there) and trying harder to get the same detail as my paintings. But after spending a little time at your site I’m actually feeling better about both mediums and last night (for the first time in years) I actually walked into a art store and started looking into buying paint supplies again and considering a dual existence between the two. Sorry, Doug & Don I know this is a funny blog and you all are a riot but sometimes we need a good cry in our brush cleaner.  😦   Sike! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…well, I don’t have an axe to grind here one way or the other… I am just real curious as to how people do the detailed “arty” stuff with a computer… a typical job for me is to illustrate a portion of a story or article… last week I did one that had a U-Haul truck, 4 other cars, people showing in all the cars and a guy on a bike… I have no idea how I would have even attempted something like that on a computer… or how long it would have taken if I did… I just don’t see how I could ever use a computer on an actual job to do illustration…

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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.