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.

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YouTube Video

November 4, 2008

bearinhat

Well, I’ve finally done it… I’ve jumped into the world of film making and I’d like to announce the premier of my first feature length film! …well it’s only 46 seconds long, but I have a pretty short attention span. You can see it here on YouTube.

The Comments

Doug Jones

mega awesomeness dittos…. I liked seeing the progress happen at each stage. Good color on this guy! …and another Swashbuckling belt to hold in the groceries

Don Jones

I am now a charter subscriber to the Dennis Jones YouTube channel. I pass out 5 stars like free money. That music is quite contemplative, reflective… I think I heard it on an elevator.

Dennis Jones

…Doug, one of the Dennis Jones Keys To Good Comedy is to put a big fat belt on everybody…

…Don, the bands Journey, Yes and Boston all found new lead singers by watching guys sing on YouTube, so I decided I better get on YouTube quick, keep my fingers crossed hoping the Doobie Brothers discover me, drop this art gig, and hit the road with them…

Don Jones

hit the road with them… as a roadie! Don’t give up on your Weasel group so fast … there’s still time to gel and write a couple of hits.

W E A S E L – the One Hitless Wonder.

Dennis Jones

…if I could just move closer to Oklahoma City I could strong arm Nick into playing drums, Pete into playing lead guitar, beg you to come play keyboards, I would hold down the bass and WE WOULD hit the road with… WEASELBOYZ!!! THE ONE HITLESS WONDERS!!

Jason Bourne

It’s Little John from Robin Hood. Or so it reminds of, in the Disney animated classic…swanky.

Doug Jones

can I join the band… I have a ukulele and just recently bought an ocarina at a craft fair…

Dennis Jones

…if you can play that Joe Brown song on the uke, you’re in!

Bigonjee Boi

Very inspiring. Reminds me of Hoosiers when they win the championship.

Dennis Jones

…do ya think? …I was afraid my plot line was just a bit thin.

Don Jones

I shop iTunes everyday hoping to pick up that classic WeaselBoy tune “Bit-O-Honey.”

Dennis Jones

…as much as I would like to claim that song, that one’s not mine… that one belonged to Pete…

Jason Bourne

Maybe I’ll be a Weasel Whisperer one day sooner or later…

Jon Slone

Hey Dennis, I need a website. Can you recomend someone good and on the low side? Also, any tips or things I should avoid? I asked you this before and you said to go to blogger.com. But isn’t a blog different from a web page? I may be wrong. I just need a little help. Thanks.

Bernard

Oh my God! Now it’s YouTube….why aren’t you acting OUR age? There is no telling where this could end. Better get out your Ross Fro cuz I can see you at all the Art’s & Craft store openings now! Actually, I’m looking forward to following your fame on tour…saw an old van along the road I might buy and fix up. Yepper! Gonna be a Jones Bros. groupie.

roballoo

Good job on the videos. The colors on this really pop.Great use of the interwebs. Wonder if this will lead to a how-to book deal?

Jason Bourne

Yea, do How-to on YouTube also!

Dennis Jones

Bernard, I dug around and found my Bob Ross wig… still fits great!

Dennis Jones

Jon… up there on the left of my page is a link to “WeaselBoy”… that is a Blogger page… you can put up pictures, you can write stuff… you can probably accomplish whatever it is you want to do for free with it… most web designers charge buckets of money to build web sites… you could figure Blogger out and manage it yourself for free…

Bernard

Jon, Take it from Link ( Mod Squad ) and go ahead and give blogger a try. If nothing else you’ll have something to show someone somewhere until you can get a regular website. I’m actually switching from a website to a blog instead, but then I’m used to going the other way. Aghhh!! Is that a mouse your holding Den? I just saw that!

Dennis Jones

…yes, that picture was from back when I first starting digital painting, I didn’t have a Wacom tablet yet, and I was just using a mouse…

Doug Jones

You wore that mouse down to whiskers… have you worn out a Cintiq pen yet?

Dennis Jones

…yep, I still have that old mouse in a shed out back… sometime I visit Mr. Jingles and watch him do tricks…

Doug Jones

now the official Brother Jones follow up question: …Really?

Bigonjee Boi

i know its not the same, but i have some gerbils you can try out…

Dennis Jones

…rumor has it you’re planning to join WeaselBoy and play lead guitar in the upcoming Awesomeness Dittos Concert Tour…

Bigonjee Boi

…as long as we cover some wham…

Dennis Jones

…we’ll open our concerts with a cover of Careless Whisper…that oughta get the crowd really worked up and ready for a rockin’ show!

Jason Bourne

Yea, rock’em bop’em and soc’em!

Bernard

Lol!

roballoo

Will there be any concert videos of this Wham! tribute band on You Tube?

Dennis Jones

…no, but there will be a table in the back of each concert with WeaselBoy video cassettes and 8-tracks available for purchase…

Mac Artist

Just came across your illustration “Stress-less Parenting” in Enrichment magazine. Been a big fan and great to see you are doing so well. We are at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, surrounded by Ozarkians. However, a native of Hoosier Land and still big a fan of the Colts. Saw your bio on these two lands! Love your illustrations and appreciate all you are doing out there. Great youtube video! Blessings – Jennifer Cook

Don Jones

Den, I put your web address on that illustration you did for Enrichment magazine. Looks like people DO READ the fine print.

NFL Films Presents

November 24, 2008

WeaselFootball

It’s Thanksgiving week and that means a whole lot of food, fun and football… so to get things kicked off right, here’s a YouTube video tribute to the legendary Sheboygan Wild Weasels.

You can see the video here.

The Comments

Don Jones

The painting… the music…. brilliant! I am pumped for Thanksgiving and I don’t know why.

Dennis Jones

…you don’t know why?? …here’s two words for you… WEASELS FOOTBALL!

Doug Jones

awesomeness dittos… a little tech question: do you do the darks with a brush on multiply? you don’t use the burn and dodge tools do you?

Dennis Jones

…I don’t do the multiply because it seems to add too much saturation… no burn, no dodge… I paint everything with the brush in normal mode…

Doug Jones

hmmm… we need a little Christmas time Cintiq workshop

Dennis Jones

…hey, my offer still stands… you get a Cintiq and I’ll drive down to Nashville and show you everything I know about it…. shouldn’t take more that 6 or 7 minutes…

Bernard

Fantastic! You even had the music stop on time too! Are you back to work this week ( new pic/video ) or do we have to have Thanksgiving leftovers here at Bros. Jones?

Dennis Jones

…ha! …ok, Bernard… something new…

Bernard

C’Mon Man ( Keyshawn )…you know if you give us an inch we will want a yard! Now, you’ve got us all the way up to painting videos…Jones seminars cannot be too far off.

I’m Seeing Spots

December 8, 2008

BaseballFilm

This baseball picture is part of a spot illustration I did for the assignment I’ve been working on for the past month or so. I did a quick count this morning and I’m approach 200 spot illustrations for the project, and I’ve still got a whole bunch left to do.

You can see the YouTube Video here.

The Comments

Bernard

whoa, that’s like 4-5 per day, everyday? Yikes! that’s allot of cintiq & Photoshoppin’ Must be a huge book?

Don Jones

I like the big views and close-ups edits… back and forth… Another winner!

Doug Jones

I’m still lost in the 60s…. who did that music?

Dennis Jones

…Doug, that’s an old Phil Keaggy song from I think the 80’s somewhere…

Doug Jones

so I’m still two decades behind…

Doug Jones

For me, this one was the most fun to watch. I liked seeing it build from the ground up… literally…

Dennis Jones

…don’t forget your fabulous “Socmo In Living Color” opening… with just a bit more spit and polish, we’ll be ready to launch our Brother Jones Music Video channel…

Bernard

I hear ya Doug…me too. Dennis, are freehanding the color blocks in place w/Cintiq or making masks as you go along?

Dennis Jones

…Bernard, I am trying to keep my process just as simple as possible… 3 layers… the middle layer is the line work in multiply mode… the other two layers are in normal mode… I block color in UNDERNEATH the line work and then put the finishing touches on the TOP layer… no masks…

Bernard

Yes! Simple is very good…because I probably don’t have to tell you that I am simple! Seriously, thanks for all you do to help us computer noobies.

Jason Bourne

Simple is better…I prefer this way of life also. This is great.

Tax Collector

December 16, 2008

TaxCollector

In school I was taught that as an artist, I should work an entire painting up at the same time… but I’m not an artist, I’m an illustrator, and I’m using a computer now and not the old squirrel hair, sticks and mud… so I paint the stuff in the back first and the stuff in the front last. It’s fast and simple. Here’s a small spot illustration I did that shows what I’m talking about.

You can see the YouTube video here.

The Comments

The “Ripleys” Guy

Dennis, I love to watch those but you should put a warning about the scary video at the end!

Dennis Jones

!!!WARNING!!! SCARY VIDEO ENDING ON THIS!!!

Bernard

Dennis, I agree… only Artists have to work up an entire painting at the same time. Just like only humans have to put on their underwear first! I’m a welder so I don’t even paint any underwear at all. Oh no…are we staying on topic here? Quick, Don and Doug get in here and change the topic before we seem like we’re all artists!!!!!!!

Doug Jones

You are amassing a bunch of these videos. I am considering doing one too… we’ll see… Hey, your approach makes the most sense to me. I have seen some painters (excellent oil painter types) that start in one spot and put on a finished stroke. Then they add the next correct stroke next to it and on and on till it is finished. I can’t imagine painting like that. (any hat tricks today?)

Dennis Jones

…no hat tricks today …how are you doing on your work? …are you going to be able to kick back and enjoy Christmas?

Doug Jones

got my major job done on Monday. I’m now sorting things out so I can hit the road on Friday.

Don Jones

That was a shocking ending. I’ve never seen credits roll like that.

Dennis Jones

…well, Don, in some circles I’m known as a pretty edgy film maker… well… crop circles…

Doug Jones

i’m still STUNNED myself…

Don Jones

The circles I run in are under my eyes.

NFL Overtime Rules

January 7, 2009

FootballDog

I would like to see the NFL overtime rules revised just a bit. I say keep the sudden death in overtime deal, that’s all good… just add the first team to score 6 wins. Simple! This would keep a team from winning the coin toss, running three plays and kicking a field goal to win. It would not have changed the outcome of the Colts-Chargers game, but if you can’t keep the other team out of the end zone when all the marbles are on the line, you shouldn’t win anyway.

You can see the YouTube video of this picture here.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

cool! you probably spent more time coloring this than I did drawing it.

Don Jones

NIce mutt! Speaking of dogs gone bad… our beloved Lola jumped the Fed-X man last week and bit his pant leg and held on. Kellie beat her down with the package she just received. (Car keys from Cincy)

Dennis Jones

…man, the fun just keep rolling on in from that Cincinnati trip of yours…

Don Jones

My cell phone was dead so I placed a little call from the motel room to discuss the missing key dilemma. Upon checkout, I was made aware that call cost me $37.

Doug Jones

$37 is what a newspaper will cost ya not long from now…

Bernard

Whoo-Wee! these just keep getting better and better. I’ve only heard arguments for and against the OT dilema…but yours sounds like a reasonable compromise. Dog? I thought this was a failed drug-tested hare?

Zaz

Great dawg Den, compact and looks hard to get through if it was a lines man. OK boys, question of the day…who do you like, the Hoosiers or Gators in tonights BCS Championship game?

Bernard

Well, if “Like” means favorite I’m torn because I have always liked OU growing up but I am without a doubt a Tebo fan so I will be rooting for Florida. If “Like” means who do I think will win then I would say that OU has a slight edge with that O but that they don’t seem to always bring their “A” game to the big stage so…”Florida” It’s never simple for me…because I’m simple.

Bernard

Hey Zaz, you did mean SOONERS instead of Hoosiers did you not?

Dennis Jones

…yup, that hoosier deal Zaz tossed out at us threw me, too… I had to think real hard about who exactly it was that was playing tonight… I’m a Tebo fan, but also have Oklahoma ties… so… I guess I’m just rooting for a good game at this point…

Tim

We mean Tebow not Tebo.

Don Jones

I was thinking of getting Tivo.

Bernard

Dennis, Not counting slim and none, what are the chance$ ( or bribe$ ) of hiring you to paint one of my sketches? 1.) A full color psd or tiff 2.) The above PLUS a YouTube video for my blog (with digital painting credits noted). P.S. Don’t forget my Jones Bros. pheasant discount.

Dennis Jones

…Don, if you get Tivo you could watch Tebo at a later date… very convenient…

…Bernard, I’ve gotta shove anything extracurricular back into late February… well… not bribes… bribes are welcome at any time…

Bernard

Agh, I knew you would be too busy for such foolishness. But PTL your busy cause those heating, food and guitar lessons cost money! where do I send (email) the sketch to ( or do I roll it up and hide it in the secret coffee can, out in the wood shed )?

Zaz

Sorry gents, I ment Sooners my bad, It was a good game last night and I’m happy for Tebow, it’s also great to see what God is doing in his life. Could be a good role model in the future for young people. Can’t wait to see your next drawing, and what the subject will be.

Bernard

no problem Zaz…we knew that “SOONER” or later you would catch it! Lol! Well, it was a great game but don’t forget that ol’ Sam Bradford is quite a young man of integrity and moral fiber too…the boy reads the Bible before every game. It’s a good time for role models in the college game.

Dennis Jones

..hmmm …you don’t HAVE to be a convicted felon to be a good football player?? …I’ve never heard of such a thing…

Doug Jones

Pacman Jones is MY role model. I can’t understand why he has been kicked off his second NFL team…

Don Jones

Speaking of roles, I had a delicious cinnamon roll from Krispy Kreme yesterday. I took my coffee cup in and the lady behind the counter sort of gagged on its degree of filth.

Bernard

Speaking of models, I think they would make great football players. I have quite a few in the attic some finished and others not even opened yet. …there no high like Testor’s Glue high!

Dennis Jones

…check out this (old Brother Jones post) from 2005… two out of the three went on to become famous NFL football felons …I’m not sure whatever happened to that third guy…

Doug Jones

When Bean-ard suggested models would make great football players, I was thinking of the female kind. If that were true, Howie would have a pretty good team on Deal or No Deal. Super bowl contenders, even.

Don Jones

I enjoyed that blast from the past. Since my memory does not serve me well, it was all new to me!

Doug Jones

We can hide our own Easter eggs! life is guud…

Doug Jones

hey… are we up for a new season of 24? anyone?…

Dennis Jones

…I’m polishing up my brass knuckles and looking for terrorists to rough up as we speak…

Doug Jones

…and I am waxing up my waterboard…

Nate

Seen your art for years… are you doing it digitally?  It is truly unique – wonderful concepts… God sure dumped a load of talent on you, guy. Nate

Dennis Jones

…thanks, Nate. This last year in March I bought a Wacom Cintiq and started using it exclusively at that point to produce my work with… everything before then was traditional, brush and gouache work…

Cows With Guns

February 9, 2009

CowWithGun

…I don’t know what to say about this other than, if you really like cows and guns, this should land right in your wheelhouse.

Cows With Guns from Dennis Jones on Vimeo.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Awesome video! Digital painting blows me away.

Don Jones

Bovine Freedom via Cintiq! These videos take Brother Jones down to the next level… good jorb!

Dennis Jones

…I’m going to milk this video thing as long as I can…

Don Jones

This one’s good for a month!

Dennis Jones

…well now that’s just udderly ridiculous, Don…

Doug Jones

that was a MOOving comment, Den…

Dennis Jones

…I can hardly wait for LOST this week… I’m hoping they’ll finally explain how the udders got onto the island…

Aaron

Is this Illustrator or Painter? I can’t tell cause its movin’ so fast! Good stuff, though….

Dennis Jones

…neither one Aaron, it’s Potatoshop… I mean Photoshop…

AD

Amazing one!

Zaz

Yep, it’s just another utterly cool Illustration from one of the Jones boys about.  Bonnie and Cow-Hided.

Custom Desk Hole

February 16, 2009

DeskHole

When we were growing up, it was always fun to go to our grandparent’s farm. Grandpa was a pretty creative guy and came up with all sorts of custom made things.

He took a square piece of plywood, cut a half circle out of one side, and Grandma would sit in her easy chair with the plywood resting on the arms of the chair and she would be in the center part that had been cut out. That was her work desk. I thought that was the coolest thing ever, because that plywood “desk” literally wrapped all the way around you.

The other day, my arm and shoulder was getting really sore from working long hours on the Cintiq and I realized I needed to support my elbow on something. I remembered Grandma’s desk, and twenty minutes later I had a hole cut out of my table top. It works great!

The Comments

Doug Jones

This is also similar to those baby chairs with the tray that surrounds the little tyke. Do you like to throw things in the floor and have Karen pick them up for you?

Don Jones

How long did it take to cut that out with your Dremel?

Doug Jones

so… if you stuff too much into your PIE hole, you can always Dremel out a larger DESK hole for yourself. Great idea!

Roballoo!

Although another interpretation of the photo could be that ol’ SocMo got a little hungry there. Wood ~ Yum!

Dennis Jones

…an excellent observation, robalLOO!

A Couple A Space Guys

February 18, 2009

GrantsGuys22

Here’s a couple of space guys… getting ready to go do something… probably something cosmic… out in space somewhere, I’m guessing…

The Comments

Don Jones

I can sense a looser, more “at-ease” Cintiq technique. Probably due to the modified table top… beautiful.

Bernard

Dennis, did I hear someone say you might have time tomorrow, to color (cintiq) a sketch I have for an upcoming poster I’m doing for my friends 50th birthday? —Can’t Konn a Kahn uh?

Doug Jones

looks like a new, improved Pedro Perez and the Cosmic Taco Jockeys suiting up for an adventure.

Dennis Jones

…si senior…

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

what’s going on here? why is the video playing in your comments?

Don Jones

I’d say Dennis is doing a little cross cow marketing.

Dennis Jones

…I’m still experimenting with what the best way to post video on Brother Jones is… Nick seemed to suggest my page was still kinda messed up on his browser from posting video, so I was thinking I could maybe post them in the comment section without it effecting my main page… I kinda like it better in this smaller package anyway…

Roballoo!

Hey! That guy on the right has an “R” on his chest – could that be me in that space suit? One can only dream.

My New Cintiq Glove

July 17, 2009

CintiqueGlove

My wife came home from a flea market the other day with a bag of nylon lint-free inspection gloves, and they are great for the Cintiq. I had been using cotton photo gloves, but they seemed to quickly stretch out of shape. As you can see from the Sharpie customization job, I am now digitally painting with a much more aggressive attitude.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Great to see that Cintiq in action, there. And isn’t that image on the glove the same as the tattoo you have on your neck?

Dennis Jones

…why yes, thanks for noticing…

Terry Elliott

Eat your heart out Michael Jackson. Oh wait….

Dennis Jones

…I do occasionally hop out of my drawing chair and do a spontaneous moonwalk… then I sit down and get back to work…

Jeff

Just don’t hire a personal physician and you will be O.K.

Doug Jones

What kind of stogie are you smokin’ there, Den?

Dennis Jones

…Jeff, the last time I saw a physician was when my shoulder was all locked up and you sent me to see a Dallas Cowboys physician friend of yours and he gave me a free shot of something that almost immediately unlocked my shoulder…that’s not the same guy Michael was using, is it?

Tim Shirey

Since I work in the “attic” of our office, it gets quite warm and I use the cheap white gloves (all fingers cut out except for the pinky) with my Wacom Cintiq. I buy packs real cheap from Photo stores that sell dark room supplies. And….yes… I would get the Michael Jackson comments from people coming past my door. 😉

Dennis Jones

…Swiss, eh? …10 or 15 years ago our family spent a week or so somewhere in Switzerland and I can’t remember where… it was by some big body of water, we got on a boat and went over to some sort of woodworkers village (Berne, maybe?) …our kids went to some camp up in the mountains (Interlochen?) …all I can remember is everything looked like it was straight off a post card… a beautiful looking place…

Don Jones

I bet that would also make a nice hay haulin’ glove… and/or golf glove.

Dennis Jones

…it would make a perfect golf club for me because about the only thing I’ve got going for me in golf is my intimidating demeanor… and a wicked cross-check…