All Cintiqed Up

April 8, 2008

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The Fed Ex guy delivered a Cintiq to me on Saturday and then backed out of the driveway and into my soaked yard leaving monster tire ruts. WHO CARES, I’ve got a brand new Cintiq! I’ll fix those tire tracks later… maybe in August.

What a great piece of equipment this is. Just a tiny learning curve to get the feel and then it’s off to the races. I’m thinking it must be like driving a Ferrari. I can drive a car, a Ferrari is a car, but it’s a real different kinda car. In other words, I was all over the road with it at first, but I’m quickly getting the hang of it and could not not happier about making the plunge into Cintiq Land.

The Comments

Dan Lietha

HEY! Congrads on the Cintiq! I’m happy for you and jealous of you all at the same time. I’ve been Jones-ing for a Cintiq for a while. PLEASE give us a full review (even a series would be great!) of what you have and the likes and dislikes you discover using it. Does it save time? Does it really make it possible to draw on your computer as you’d like to be able to draw? Inquiring artist minds want to know. Your blog could put me over the top to get one.

Doug Jones

ooooo…. a new toy! fun! That’s a cool basketball texture on the material… is that a brush?

Dennis Jones

…Dan …as far as I’m concerned, the Cintiq is everything it’s cracked up to be… there was always a disconnect for me when I blindly used a tablet while looking somewhere else at a computer screen… a lot of guess work in that… maybe I’m in the right spot, maybe not… it’s a whole lot easier when your picture is right below your stylus… a more traditional feel to it… I’ll try to comment on this a little more this week if you like…

…Doug, yes, that is a brush I found while digging around on the internets… I think it will be a useful one… I like the texture it produces…

Dennis Jones

…Doug, I was going to email that brush to you but it’s in a set somewhere and I will have to find it, separate it out, save it as an individual brush, yadda yadda yadda… all that to say… I didn’t email you the brush… but I woulda…

Don Jones

Congratulashunz on the new digital drawin’ canvas. I see many fast, cranked, beaootiful, masterpieces in your future.

Jason Bourne

Nice indeed. Indeed… Live and learn from the best.

Doug Jones

you probably don’t have the address to where you found the brushes do you? Hey… I have a ton of experience with a Cintiq. If you want to send yours down to me I will be happy to break it in for you. The breaking in period is very critical and I have done it dozens of times….

Don Jones

Speaking of breaking in … I mowed for the first time yesterday. Nothing appeared to break.

Dan Lietha

Which Cintiq did you buy? 21 inch? 20 inch? 12 inch? Gotta know, gotta know!

Dennis Jones

…hokay …I got the widescreen 20WSX which I think is only available in the US right now… since I’ve totally flipped over to doing all my color on the computer, I didn’t want to get the smallest one just to save a little money and then be wishing I’d bit the bullet and got a bigger one since I work on it every day…

…the screen seems huge to me… I find myself working down in the lower left hand corner a lot… well that sounded kinda weird… Photoshop is my default working program and with the widescreen I have all the palettes I work with open and on both sides of the screen and still have miles of room…

Dan Lietha

That’s funny. I guess it would seem HUGE to someone that’s been painting on a small video game screen. 🙂 Also, very good info to know. THANKS!

Dennis Jones

…a Floyd Norman cartoon…

roballoo

Your digital painting skills have come a long way in a very short amount of time. The Cintiq is only going to help. I’m very impressed. I’d like to see pics of it in action – in the wilds of your studio.

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Cintiq Glove

April 23, 2008

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It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. I love working on my new Cintiq. Your hand rests right on the screen and all the action takes place under your pen so it has a very traditional feel to it.

I walked into my studio the day after I got my Cintiq and it’s screen was so greasy I thought someone had been frying bacon on it. Hmm… must have been my greasy hands on the screen… what to do? Quit eating chips while I work? Never! …what to do? …what to do?

Well, what I did was what any right thinking American would do in a situation like this, I went to Walmart to look for an answer… and buy another bag of chips. I found a 99 cent jersey glove, cut out all the fingers but one, and walla… a Brother Jones Custom Cintiq Drawing Glove. Works great, is quite elegant and surprisingly is also appropriate for formal wear.

The Comments

Kirk

Ya, I went and got cotton gloves at the photo equipment store and did the same. I got one of these Cintiqs for work about two months ago. It is better then a tablet, and then other times it drives me a little crazy. At least my art sucks on a Cintiq. Your work is looking great these days. God Bless.

Doug Jones

back many years ago I saw a picture of Elwood Smith inking a drawing and he was wearing a white glove with the fingers cut off. I got a pair but don’t remember where I got them now. I used them about twice for inking. Those gloves bell ringers use might be what they are. Anyhoo…. a light cotton glove might be the thing for summer wear… save the jersey for winter.

Jason Bourne

Thats some fancy software. Maybe I’ll catch up with all the techno one day.

Don Jones

High water britches and one glove… Michael Jackson ain’t got nothin’ on you. Wooo!

Dan Lietha

Wow! Just a buck for a great Cintiq glove. You could’ve spent $15 for the same thing: I’m looking into the Cintiq 12WX. It only has a 12inch screen. After working on the 20 inch screen, do you think 12 might be too small?

Dennis Jones

…hey Dan …uhm, well… first of all, I would never represent myself here as any sort of knowledgeable Cintiq expert… I just took a shot in the dark with my fingers crossed and bought one because it looked like the next tool I needed to do my work with… I was just hoping it would be all it was cracked up to be… in my humble opinion, it was…

…anyway, since I’ve never worked on the smaller one, I have no idea if it would be large enough or not…

…however, keeping in mind these things plug into your computer just like a second monitor, you can easily move all your Photoshop palettes (or whatever program palettes you use) over to the other monitor which clears all the clutter off the Cintiq which I think would leave plenty of work space on a 12… that’s my guess, anyway…

mark behm

Those thin white cotton ones from photo stores are great if the jersey one gets too hot.

Dennis Jones

…Mark Behm’s the guy to ask whether a 12 inch screen is large enough or not… (he’s been helping me behind the scene on this digital stuff for years now)…

here’s Mark’s blog…

Sig

I WANT A CRAB COUNT… AND I WANT IT NOW!!!

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

I have some illustration pots soaking… time to pull em up and see what I caught…

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

we caught a pretty big crabbydon there!

roballoo

It’s just glovely!

roballoo

Now I’m really looking forward to what digital delights you bring us next Bro. Dennis.

Don Jones

I always enjoy eating a cheese sandwich while I unload crab.

Dennis Jones

Kirk

When I wear the white cotton glove at work (while I am working on the cintiq), people ask me if I am OK, or what happened to my hand as though I hurt it. Sort of funny.

Space Monkey

June 2, 2008

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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…

Steampunked Shark

July 31, 2008

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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

More Aviator Glasses

August 6, 2008

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This is just another little exploratory venture into Cintiqland… and another effort to answer the burning question, “how fast can I whip something out”?

The Comments

Don Jones

Are you using a stop watch to time yourself?  What’s the big hurry on these Cintiq sketches anywho? Remember and repeat to yourself the Brother Jones mantra… “Live slow.”

Dan Lietha

Now ssssllllooowwwlllyyyy tell us the answer to that burning question!

Dennis Jones

…well, the answer to both questions is I didn’t time myself, but this was pretty darn quick…

…what I’m really enjoying about the Cintiq is that if I just have a few minutes here or there I can slap color down on a sketch loose and fast, it’s pretty fun, and it gives me a picture to post here and thats good because I’ve pretty much run out of things to write about here…

Zaz

Morning Dennis, how long did this piece take you to do?

Zaz

Well, you beat me to the punch my friend. Just when I sent my question you answered it with (pretty quick). Heck dude,I’m still at the stage of throwing color on my drawing then scanning it in to photoshop and dropping in highlights and shadows. So you see why your drawings are so cool for all of us to view.

Jason Bourne

Most excellent. I guess I need to buy me some aviator goggles.

Doug Jones

we really need to be selling steampunk goggles here, don’t we?

Dennis Jones

…I always try to wear mine when I’m workin’ the Cintiq…

Don Jones

I have a yellow-lensed pair I wear when installing spline into screens.

Dennis Jones

…I like to look at the world thru my rose-colored ones…

Don Jones

I wear a different pair with an orange lens when I fire up the StiHL weedwacker. One lens got busted out.

Bernard

now, howd I know they were gonna be “GREEN” ? Curious though, how long did this take you…pretty quick is too vague because there are people that think that new Walmarts go up, “Pretty Quick” too?

Dennis Jones

…hmm, well, the sketch was already done, so I am guessing I piddled around with the color on this for maybe 15 minutes or so… (it’s a pretty loose finish)

Bernard

Just jagging you Den…who cares how long. Your stuff is too cool for school but you should consider teaching or DVD’in it for some more trip money to Afirca or wherever next your going. Hey, I notice your quite the globe trotter…how do you swing that so much? Oh, I know…Cintiq sends you out on promotional excursions right?

Paul Harvey

Meek and self deprecating Dennis Jones, flying out of the small international airport of Fort Wayne, Indiana is in fact, a sophisticated, passport stamp collecting world traveler. He taps the Brother Jones Corporate credit card for all of his somewhat misguided, missionary endeavors. Over the years, he has acquired a nice bounty of Frequent Flyer credits which he swore he’d never use … that is, until he laid his myopic, near sighted eyes on the beautiful, sleek Cintiq. He immediately cashed in all the chips to purchase this large, Illustrating coloring marvel…

Now you know … the rest of the story.

Jason Bourne

Hummm..? Could you say that in Laymans terms…LOL.

Bernard

MY GUESS IS: PAUL HARVEY IS A JONES!

Dennis Jones

…thats my guess, too… I think that Paul Harvey comment has brother Don’s fingerprints all over it…

Bernard

Dennis, if there is a stiff penalty for MAIL fraud…I wonder what it might be for E-Fraud or maybe in this case, B-Fraud for Blog. I think if your found guilty of digital tampering one should lose one of their own digits?

Don Jones

It must be my healthy dose of adjectives that gives me away or SOMEthing?

A More Simple Approach

August 8, 2008

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I’ve been searching for a more simple approach to take with color and I’m kinda liking this look. More flat color, less rendering. Of course, tomorrow I’m sure I will like the next thing I stumble into…

The Comments

Don Jones

Less is more. Sempe Fi.

Dennis Jones

…well, more or less, I suppose…

Jason Bourne

More is great, less can also be dealt with. This is great, none-the-less….

Zaz

Nice to see you still can go back to your old style of humorous Illustrating…almost looks like you did this with Gouache. It’s a cleaner piece and not so dark and busy looking. I think you hit this one like the olympian you are.

Dennis Jones

…I did this between my shot put and high jump competitions…

Don Jones

Let the Sans-A-Gouache Games begin!

Doug Jones

Ah, Grasshopper… to simplify is the goal. Soon you will learn the total simplicity of the clean black line… and the paint bucket. The Zen of illustrating. But I fear that for you, Grasshopper, that will only come when Heck freezes over and Favre is traded to the Jets…

berlykim

clean, looks like traditionally rendered. the shading looks good, except my eye was kind of drawn to a circle type area of shading under the right nostril- but I have had lots of caffeine and little sleep today- so you can blame it on my eyesight. great work. enjoy all you are doing for the glory of God. keep laying up treasures, brother.

Don Jones

Eagles soar, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines.

Another Process Page

August 14, 2008

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I am always interested to see the process of how people move from point A to point B in most anything, so with that in mind, here are a few pictures showing how I worked though a little sketch I did at church one night.

The Comments

Dan Lietha

OK, here’s a process question for you. I just received a Cintiq 21UX (still can’t believe it … WOW!) and am curious to know what functions you’ve assigned the buttons on the side of your Cintiq to do. I know this ranks up there with on which side of your mouth do you start brushing your teeth, but rookie Cintiqers want to know … at least this one does.

Zaz

Hey Den, was the sermon that boring, drawing at church, you’re awesome dude, how many times did your Karen elbow you in the ribs during this sketch?  But seriously, seeing your process is a great help for me on how you select your color choices. The second piece looks a little muddy and dark, but then you pull it out and come up with everything perfect at the end. Thanks Man

Jason Bourne

He looks like he might be a youth pastor from back in the day. Swanky..

Dennis Jones

…Dan… congratulations, you won’t be sorry! Ok, here’s how I set mine up. First I disabled all the controls on the right hand side because I kept accidentally hitting them (being right handed) and I could never figure out what had just happened when I did that… The slider button dealie underneath the buttons… I disabled that, too… I kept accidentally hitting it, also… Those top 2 buttons that are off by themselves I set up for eraser and brush… This is my setup for the block of buttons… the top one I have setup in multiple undo mode… the left button is my color picker… the top right middle button is brush size up and the one below it is brush size down… the button at the bottom is the hand/move… I usually start brushing my front teeth first, but then move to the left side after that… There are probably much better ways to set a Cintiq up, but this is what I’m doing…

Dennis Jones

…Zaz… the muddy under-painting is a more traditional approach to painting, probably from my background in painting with gouache… you paint up opaquely from dark to light, and this is one thing the painting digital deal is really good at…

Dan Lietha

Thanks for the info. I’ll try starting with my front teeth and see how I like it. 🙂 How’s your Cintiq glove? Do you still use the same one from quite a few blogs ago?

Dennis Jones

…I went to a camera shop and got some photo gloves… a much better solution than the jersey gloves I got at Walmart…

Doug Jones

what kind of toothpaste do you use on your Cintiq and what side do you start brushing it on first?

Don Jones

I started using the photo gloves when I play golf and haul hay. I wear two so I don’t get confused with Michael Jacksonian.

CinderElephant

August 21, 2008

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So… “what’s this all about,” you ask? Well, it’s pretty much just your basic elephant standing on a background of brown swirlies with some type covering up the problematic dead space in the upper right hand corner… pretty standard stuff…

The Comments

Don Jones

Elly, Elly, big fat belly, Cinder Elephant. Had to bone up on this story this morning.

Dennis Jones

…there’s a story to this?

Doug Jones

has CinderElly been snorting watermellons?

Jason Bourne

Gnarly…Nothing like swirls to  brighten up your day.

Don Jones

I GOOGLED up CinderElephant and discovered a nice little story about a fat girl who liked sports and her two super skinny stepsisters.

Bernard

I like the art but a flesh colored Elephant? Dr. Suess would not approve.

Bernard

Hey, wait a minute here….now there are swirls in the flashing banner at the top of this blog? Now either you’ve gone swirl crazy or you’re using your brothers istock photo accounts again?

Don Jones

Swirl craziness + Dennis Jones Cintiq Illustrations = mighty fine art insanity.

Dennis Jones

…when the history books are written about the Jones Brothers blog site this will be referred to as Dennis’ swirly period…

Bernard

Hey I’m not trying to unionize the Brothers Jones blog or anything but has any of you visitors ( uh, that be everyone not named Jones ) noticed that the Jones boys get a nice bright namebar above their post while we get stuck to a drab, dry-wall looking color that is not even in most color palettes? I mean, I know I’m not a card carrying member of the Neopolitan Artist’s Guild but what’s with the bland pueter color? I would hate to see this evolve into a town meeting so howz about some love here? Can you give Keegan a ring and have him hit us with another shade of pale before my self esteem goes any lower? I know…you can repent and show some love right off, by having him program the blog to give every non-Jones a DIFFERENT color? Yes, that’s right I have just a little too much time on my hands don’t I? Just Goofin’ for some attention. I should get RED as a warning for long blog comments?

Dennis Jones

…HEY, BERNARD, THAT’S A REALLY GOOD IDEA. I’LL GET KEEGAN RIGHT ON THAT!

…pssst …doug …don …get the fire hoses ready …it looks like the peasants are revolting…

Don Jones

Bernard… get some decaf.

Dennis Jones

…yeesh, Don, that sounded a little harsh… of course, I did call our visitors peasants… so… hmmm.. I may have to wipe this page clean in case we’ve offended anybody and start all over…

Jason Bourne

Its all good. I’m a peasant of the Jones’ clan. Hang in there Bernard, we’re all for ya…

Bernard

Hey, don’t go getting politically correct on us now…besides I would rather be a pheasant in the house of Jones than a super star on a blog nobody visits! Don, I smash my own coffee beans with my pen tablet ( gotta use it for something )and mix them with socmo juice! Jason, you mispelled pheasant! Maybe Dennis can paint us a GREEN one? Buhhhaaaha! Ha! I’m here for thearpy because what else can we do now that paint fumes are becoming extinct?

Don Jones

Bernard, let me backtrack and apologize for my harsh sounding, caffeine induced retort. Your multi-colored comment box idea is a good one. Off to therapy…

Dennis Jones

Hybrids

September 15, 2008

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Sometime last summer while experimenting with what exactly I wanted to do with the new digital medium I’m now immersed in, I did several “hybrid” pieces of art. They were half traditional, half digital. This one has the color blocked in with gouache, and then it is finished out digitally on the Cintiq.

The Comments

Zaz

Good Morning DJ, For my own education, what part of this piece was done with the Cintiq? The old Dennis style, real clean looking. It was good to see your Colts pull it out yesterday in the second half you’ve got to be some what pleased.

Jason Bourne

Tubular. Nice texture on the tree an it looks like you can feel it.

Don Jones

Fantastic. You were hybrid before hybrid was cool.

Bernard

This is the great use of color and subject art style that first got me looking for you back around ‘93-’95 I think you were born to create this kind of art. Makes me want to go and get my first Concordia, Simon “The First Christmas ” book out again! Just love this work.

Doug Jones

awesomness dittos…

Dennis Jones

…man, it’s been a typical Monday for me… and quarterly tax day to boot… arrghh… hey, how ‘bout dem Chiefs? …can anybody say new Chiefs coach Bill Cower? Doug, your Titans are leading the Colts in the division… for now… Zaz, I punched up the color and added the highlights n stuff… actually, I can’t really remember what I did… I’m still in a love/hate relationship with painting on the computer… sometimes it all works and it’s great, and other times I want to throw all this gear out the window and apply for the greeter job down at Walmarts…

Doug Jones

It’s funny… the paper here said the 2-0 start for the Titans is the first time they have had a 2-0 start since 1999… when they went to the Super Bowl… Looks like we’re going again this year… right? … right?

Dennis Jones

…if it said that in a newspaper it must be true… Congratulations!

Bernard

New Chiefs Coach, Bill Cower.

Jason Bourne

What a game it was last night! Thats what football is all about!

Don Jones

Keegan was sitting in the end zone… I called him after the Felix JONES kick-off TD return.

Dennis Jones

…Keegan couldn’t have picked a better game to go to…

Don Jones

It even sounded fantastic on AM Radio.

Dennis Jones

…wha? ..were you and your family all huddled around the gigantic old tube radio in your living room, sitting in rocking chairs, knitting and listening to the scratchy radio play by play, or what? …good night, John boy…

Don Jones

Janz and I were driving back from the Fun Acre Miniature Golf Course and Spa in Springfield listening in the Hummer. (Hummer of a heap Honda)

Bernard

Dear Jones Boys, you know how I hate to go off topic but this is a business proposition ( and a whole lot faster than email )! Would y’all consider renting me your gnarly pencil art-piece ( from the brotherjones.com homepage ) to use on a blog I’m building? It wouldn’t be prominently displayed as is yours but used as a teeny-tiny category/comment post icon(s) for the site? …you would be able to visit, raid and discredit me whenever you felt like it? c’mon whaddya say? LMK, BernardFromTheYard

Don Jones

Do hear about the cannibals that ate a missionary… They got a taste of religion.

Dennis Jones

…I’m not sure if Don was speaking in the King’s English on that last comment or if he was impersonating Yoda again… Bernard, send me an email…

Dom Philibert

Awesome!!!!!! love your color scheme.

Dennis Jones

…WOW, Dominic I’m your new biggest fan! …your artwork is amazing…

Bernard

WOW…is right! Great Stuff Dom…Denn, it’s okay, my adreneline has fizzled and I’ve gone to Philly so see if there are any chewed up, broken pencils left at Lincoln field to model my new blog icons after. Talk about a “Sacl-Attack”.

My Garage Door

September 22, 2008

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Malcom, (the “chaos theory” guy) from the Jurassic Park movie said, ”…life will find a way”. That seems to be the situation taking place in front of my garage door right now.

The Comments

Dan Lietha

MAN! I’ve been trying for years to get a flower to grow in front of my garage and it just never takes. What is your secret? Any special plant food? What kind of flower is it? What direction does your garage face? Do you limit opening your garage door? And do you credit your Cintiq in your success in growing this flower in any way? 🙂

Don Jones

You must be using the new and improved Concrete Miracle Grow. I say, get on the Craftsman mower and show that rebel type flowery sort who’s boss.

Jason Bourne

That is quite amazing! Who knew concrete would work so well?

Dennis Jones

…Dan, all I can say is, flowers didn’t grow in the concrete at my house BEFORE I got a Cintiq… so… you can do the math for yourself… seems pretty obvious to me…

…Don, no need to show the flower who’s boss… Karen apparently did not think this was quite as unique as I did because all traces of the flower are now gone… glad I snapped a picture of it before it was too late! …flower killer!

Doug Jones

interesting… not long ago I was watching Batman Begins on TV. At one point Alfred is talking to Bruce and says… “Took quite a fall, didn’t we, Master Bruce? And why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” I thought hey… that’s good! I gotta remember that. I find it interesting that the deep philosophical insights that the Brothers Jones have come from Dinosaur movies and Batman…

Roballoo!

Who would win in a fight: Batman or Dinosaurs?

Don Jones

Maybe Karen has it pressed flat as a memento inside some photo book. Maybe not…

Jason Bourne

Bats would win. He would just use his “Bat-Dino Repelant”.

Ray J. Johnson

Did you paint that arrow on your garage door for this photo? Nice clean tape job.

Dennis Jones

…yes, yes I did… and my wife wasn’t so happy about that, either…

Roballoo!

maybe if the arrow matched the house color more she would go for it. I would try that.

Jason Bourne

Do I see the Knight Rider mower? Does it talk and everything? LOL.

Don Jones

You can’t tug on Superman’s cape… You can’t spit in the wind… You can’t pull the mask off the ol’ Lone Ranger… And you don’t mess around with Den.

Doug Jones

I think that flower has lived longer on this page than it did in real life!

Don Jones

Dennis must be blogstipated.

Zaz

I see everyone has a lot of time on there hands…OK boys, Time to grab the round up and move on. Dennis, paint your garage door and make Karen happy again, and lets get back to the wonderful world of Jones Brothers Art…we miss you man!

Dennis Jones

…man. I am just swamped with work right now… if I get a break, I’ll dig around and try to find something new to put up here…

Zaz

Not to worry, it’s a good thing to be busy it means you’re needed…No pressure Dennis and remember, the big guy only give us so much that we can handle. God Bless dude, and have a make it a great weekend.