Wolverine

September 25, 2006

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…experimenting with tight and loose focus…

I have always liked comic book super heroes. I suppose it is because the whole “super hero” concept is just so outrageous…

…”I feel called to fight crime, but I’m not going to join the police department… I’m going to put on this brightly colored, skin tight, plastic underwear and wander the streets until I run into trouble.”

I like that…

The Comments

Don Jones

Den, looks like you are getting that PAINTER program cranked up in high gear. Fantastico! What are the dimensions of this? Do you work in RGB mode? Curious painter minds wanna know.

Dennis Jones

…well, actually… I haven’t got Painter figured out quite yet… but I do have Photoshop figured out and that’s what I’m using on these… since these are just for fun and for this web site they are RGB mode… this was a picture from my sketchbook which was about 4 inches square, and was scanned in at 150 dpi…

Mark Behm

Sweet. It really does look like you are hitting a comfort level with digital stuff. This looks great. There’s a wild place you can go to when you have that undo key that’s harder to hit with good old mud and sticks. Even if you just use it as an exercise to loosen up I think it’s worth it. Now buy that tablet before your wrist starts to bleed.

roballoo

That’s one mean lookin’ Wolverine! He can wear blue and yellow if he wants – I’M not going to argue with him! How about Adamantium wrists so you can keep using that ol’ mouse of yours.

Dennis Jones

…there was an interesting movie a few years back called “Mystery Men” that did a good job of lampooning the whole super hero thing… I think it flopped at the box office tho…

Don Jones

I still say “the TIC” is the ultimate in super heroes.

Dennis Jones

…yesterday at Wamart I saw season one of the Tic TV Show, grabbed it, held it in my hands for several minutes, then put it back on the shelf… sigh…

Don Jones

Obviously you’ve read some books on How to Handle Impulse Buying. If I knew where those books were located I’d go buy me a couple… right now.

Tom Bancroft

Hey Dennis, just found your blog thanks to Cedric H’s blog. Small cyber world, huh? I still charish the sketch you gave me of Capt. America when we met briefly in (where do you live again?) Indiana? This Wolverine is awesome too. I agree with everyone else, are you crazy? Buy a cheap Wacom tablet! You’ll love it! You’re making us all look bad creating this level of work with a mouse! Bah! Ha, by the way, I live by one of the other Jones, so I get to post here!

Dennis Jones

…Hi Tom, good to hear from you… a few weeks ago I got interested again in trying to figure the whole computer generated color thing out and I’ve been posting my efforts here every day or so… Mark has been giving me a little behind the scenes help along the way… if you have any insight for me don’t hesitate to share it… you working on anything interesting these days?

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Giacometti

February 28, 2008

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I hated art history classes in college. There were just too many weird artists and creepy pictures to try to remember. I do remember one guy though… Alberto Giacometti. He did these bizarre sculptures of people with really skinny legs and arms. I always liked that look. I tend to gravitate toward that same sort of skinny little leg and arm thing on my people, too.

The Comments

Don Jones

“Draw Comics the Marvel Way”…. in your case Dennis, that should also read “No Way”. Batman is pumped.

Dennis Jones

…he just drank a case of pop and is letting out a super hero belch…

Doug Jones

remember popping beads from our childhood? Those plastic things that you stick together? That’s what I thought of as I was looking at this guy’s arm. You could sell a super hero model kit with lots of parts (shoulders, arms, bicepts, feet, etc.) that snap together. You could have fun snapping together super hero figures. Get the BrotherJones production department on this now! chop! chop!…

Dennis Jones

…oh, that’s right, popping beads… that was my inspiration… not Giacometti… what was I thinking?

Jason Bourne

Ah, there it is. YES. Swanky.. Thanks DJ. He looks like the Bizzaro Batman.

Doug Jones

for some reason unknown to me, I really like that background color! I don’t think I would have come up with that, but it works great! I just noticed Batman’s rear molar has a cavity. Robin, fire up the Batmobile

Super Duper Man

March 5, 2008

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Yesterday was Super Duper Tuesday… so today is going to be Super Duper Man day… all a part of a super duper week, I suppose…

The Comments

Doug Jones

so are you happy that you can make bright blues and reds now?

Otto Meza

Yes… how you do thats

Jason Bourne

Nice shading. We need the rest of the Justice League also…

Dennis Jones

…I am happy that I can make really bright colors now… I love painting with the ole sticks, hair n mud, but I could never achieve the brilliant intensity of color with traditional media that I can with a computer… now it’s a matter of trying to keep it all under control… which is not always easy…

Roballoo

It’s been great to see your progress in the realm of digital media! You’ve come a long way, and your confidence shows. You’ve definitely captured the bright comic book colors of ol’ Supes here. He really stands out form the city-gray background. Is it my imagination or does he needs a shave?

Roballoo

Weird – not sure how I did they smaller, indented type effect above.

Don Jones

Stayed mentally prepared Denny Gene, ‘cause when these bright, colorful digital images get converted to the old, limited CMYK color spectrum for printing… well, let’s just say they’ll never look the same.

WeaselBoy

…hey, good to see you hangin’ your shingle out on this page today, Don…

the Phlegminator

nothing beats an ibuprofren & Aleve cocktail.

Doug Jones

Was in a bookstore today looking at the Art of Bee Movie. As I was looking at lots of cool character sketches I started noticing the medium used on them. There was a variety of looks to them, but just about every one was listed as “pencil and photoshop” … so you are in good company…

craig schutt

It’s super, man. I second the request for more Justice Leaguers…

Green Hulk

March 21, 2008

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I think I read somewhere that they had changed the Hulk’s color from green to red, but I’m not sure about that. We will probably need to call in BrotherJones Expert… well… BrotherInLawJones Expert Craig for an accurate ruling on this assertion. At least they are keeping him in cheery red and green Christmas colors. It looks like they are having a snow storm in Chicago so our trip home is no doubt going to be problematic.

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Whoa! Totaly tubular! A red hulk? That would be a neat change…

roballoo

Maybe it’s just me, but for some weird reason your Hulk’s head reminds me just a little of our current President.

Dennis Jones

…I believe our current president here at Brother Jones is Doug… hmmm… yep, you could be right, robalLOO…

zieglarf

There IS a red Hulk now, but I think it’s a different person entirely.

Wardman

May 7, 2008

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What happens when you run out of time and try to finish a sketch up quick? Instead of having a cool picture of some intimidating looking character you somehow end up with a guy in a green bathrobe that needs a shave.

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Very interesting, makes me think of The Thing, from Fantastic 4.

James

How did you come up with that type of background?

Don Jones

I heard on the radio yesterday, that along with the IRONMAN movie now showing, in the near future there will be a THOR movie and one on the AVENGERS. Comic book heroes have become a cash cow.

Doug Jones

I am the walrus… coo coo ka choo….

Dennis Jones

…James, when I do these little color studies all I want to do is paint the subject, so I don’t usually expend any time painting a background… I have a file of miscellaneous, uhm, background kinda stuff and I will just choose one or two and toss them into the background…

James

It makes Wardman pop from the background and the color used works with his green bathrobe…I see Wardman has summer teeth and no drool, Nice!

craig schutt

Just at quick tip concerning the (excellent) Iron Man movie. DON’T LEAVE until after every last credit is over. There’s a short but very special scene that should make comic geeks (like me) giddy. Giddy geeks…I like it.

Poster Inspiration

November 21, 2009

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My little brother Don called the other day needing an emergency poster quickly for one of his publications. He said the theme was kinda cowboy related, and told me to do whatever… typical instructions you can expect to get from one of the Brothers Jones. I thought Don might be interested to see where the inspiration for his poster came from.

The Comments

Jeff

Without any other instruction “Gopher it”!

Doug Jones

Your blog seems to have come down with the Spam flu. Thanks for showing this… I was wondering how you did the comic book deal…

Doug Jones

There were a bunch of SPAM comments here… but when I posted my comments, it all went away! It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

Jeff

Spam for thanksgiving,,, Just like Mama used to make.

Don Jones

Is it too early to break out the egg nog? I’ve been playing Christmas Island by Leon Redbone for the past month. Awesome poster… ANY inspiration is GOOD inspiration I say.

Dennis Jones

…I have taken control and proclaimed myself the official Spam Czar of the Brother Jones Empire… I logged onto Don’s page over the weekend and deleted several spams that had shown up there and then deleted the ones on my page earlier this morning. I vow to use my power only for good…

Jeff

Every good Super Hero starts off with the same good intentions. But absolute power……….

Dennis Jones

…yes, it is a heavy burden to bear… I find myself already scheming up ways to corner the spam market and after that perhaps… deviled ham?…

Jeff

I know this is already rolling around your brain, but have you come up with Spam Mans official uniform? Every good crime fighter needs cool threads to fight injustice..

Nik

This is awesome. A great supervillan name would be “The Spammer”! And congrats to the Cowboys at another wild n crazy game! whew

Dennis Jones

…introducing …SPAM MAN!!

Don Jones

“In darkest pantry or coldest fridge light,
no canned meat shall escape my sight,
let those who worship the deviled ham,
beware my power,
Huntington’s own SPAM MAN!”

Dennis Jones

…I’m carving that into my refrigerator door as we speak…

Jeff

Yiikkesss!! Thanks Nik.. I fell asleep between the 23rd punt and 2nd missed F.G. attempt..

Jeff

I dont think I have ever bought Spam on purpose…I think the ingredient list includes “parts”.. I’m not O.K. with that…..Sorry Spam Man

Dennis Jones

Span Man Tuesday Morning Report

It seems our spammers hit between 7-7:30 EST… I deleted 2 from this page and 4 from two of Don’s pages…

Spam Man… ever diligent… ever watchful…

Jeff

Good Work Spam Man.. Gotham is a safer place…..

Dennis Jones

…thanks Commissioner …don’t forget to flash the giant spam spotlight into the nighttime sky anytime you need help…

Don Jones

INCOMING SPAMOLA! Where are you SPAM MAN?

Jeff

I can see this will be a Never Ending Thankless job…

Doug Jones

Dennis has found the secret to logging high comments numbers… spam…

Dennis Jones

…incoming span …sapping strength …don’t know how long I can hold on… must use …spam blaster ray gun… before all is lost…

Jeff

Add Pineapple… Spam is the #1 meat in Hawaii ya know. That should increase the beam strength.

Don Jones

Jeff, consider yourself the official Brother Jones Spam Connoisseur Consultant and Commenter of the day! Congratchulashunz!

Jeff

I will begin my job as S.C.C. with a recipe for Spam and Cream Sauce… It is a Thanksgiving tradition..

Nik

Me too when I can create oven roasted Spam.

Jeff

Turns out Spam is NOT a big hit on T-Day

Camp Calvary

December 1, 2009

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I suppose some kids looked forward to going to summer camp. We dreaded it like the plague.

Every summer we got shipped off to Camp Calvary for boys grades third and up. Things quickly always turned into a “Lord Of The Flies” scenario with the oldest kids ruling fiefdoms they carved out for themselves during the week. It could be pretty tense if you found yourself on the bottom of the food chain.

Mom always send a quilt for us to sleep under which was kinda weird since it was the middle of August, but I kept it pulled over my head and sweated all night because that was far better than having the rats that were running up and down the rafters (I was always on a top bunk next to the rafters) from running up and down me all night.

Every afternoon we would walk barefoot down a rocky road to the creek to have a swim. It was a pretty scary walk since we knew that waiting for us in the water were snakes. The older kids would take turns standing on the bank and watching out for them. I still remember the time a water moccasin began circling around a kid, he grabbed it by the tail and slung it away from him and into a crowd of other kids which sent everyone screaming out of the creek. Going for an afternoon swim was just like participating in the Baton Death March.

Camp Calvary did have a snack bar that was open every day and you could buy ALL THE CANDY YOU WANTED! Of course, poor money management usually made that pleasure come to an end the first day.

We drove by Camp Calvary this weekend on our way back home for Thanksgiving. They’ve made a lot of improvements since our camping days… but I bet it doesn’t put the fear of God in you like it did back in the old days. We were always thankful just to make it out alive.

The Comments

Doug Jones

My two memories of Camp C are taking pajamas with me the first time I went, and seeing that everyone else was sleeping in their undies. My PJs stayed in the suitcase that week. Yes I said suitcase… backpacks and duffle bags had not been invented yet… unless you went to the army surplus store. The best year was when one boy opened his suitcase and it was FILLED with comic books! I don’t remember if I had ever read comic books before that point, but I read them every chance I got that week… ahhhh… memories….

Dennis Jones

…I think one year Mom and Dad sent us to camp with aluminum cots to sleep on… which the guys on the top bunks would jump down on to get out of bed… which broke them immediately… so a lumpy week of sleep on those broken cots…

Don Jones

Yes indeed, on that broken down aluminum cot debacle. I always felt closer to God after hiking a mile, straight uphill for the evening service. The outdoor chapel was more of a rest and recovery station By the time you caught your breath and the sweat had subsided it was time for the decent… TO THE SNACK BAR!!

Jeff

Bummer for you…. We loved going to church camp.. and now our kids do ..sorry to hear that.

Dennis Jones

…no problem, Jeff …it made the Brothers Jones what we are today! …warped.

Don Jones

Every time I ingest massive amounts of snacks…. it’s a spiritual experience…

Dennis Jones

…you are on a higher spiritual plane than most of the rest of us…

Doug Jones

… and we got to play HORSESHOES! How incredibly low-tech can you get?

Doug Jones

… and I made such a contribution to the place that they put my name on the sign! Thanks for not blocking it out.

Don Jones

Back on that river swimming fiasco, I do remember that it was IMPERATIVE that everyone utilize the “buddy” system while in the drink. It’s important that you have a designated buddy covering your back for sneak water moccasin attacks… There was no swimming… all us scared little boys just formed a circle and sort of tread water until it was time to get out. I think it was a camp conspiracy by the counselors to get us to “wash up”…

Dennis Jones

…hey, it was the middle of August and it was a dorm full of boys… of course they were trying to get us to take a bath…

Nik

I loved my church camp back in the day. One of my all time favorite camp movies is Earnest Goes to Camp.

Doug Jones

Remember the year you took your Dremel to camp? You carved that ornate design on the back of a pew. You were an early pioneer of pew tattoos.

Don Jones

Seems I remember a couple of car crashing, drink and driving videos in the sanctuary

Dennis Jones

…I do believe they were trying to scare the H-E- double broken hockey sticks out of us… for our own good, of course…

Dennis Jones

…I must apologize for using that strong language in my last comment… I did learn it at church camp, though…

Don Jones

We got quite the edukashun while attending church camp… but nothing compared to those Royal Ambassador float trips!

Doug Jones

Hey, how about giving Peyton this week off. He really needs to rest up some doncha think?

Dennis Jones

…GO COATS!

Don Jones

Where’s SPAM MAN when you need him??!!

Spam Man

…been knocking ‘em down here all morning, but as far as your page goes… you’re on your own, dude… that’s just the way Spam Man roles these days… might need to fire the almighty Keegan spotlight into the night time sky…

Doug Jones

So far I have correctly answered two questions on the comments pages… I think I am ready for Jeopardy!

Dennis Jones

…hey, I’ve really enjoyed watching Vince Young create magic on the football field for the last 5 weeks… to bad that has to come to an end this weekend… GO COATS…

Jeff

Ok now I have to take a pop quiz to post on Bro Jones? I did not study

Jeff

Yup 2 in a row….woo hoo……………..

Jeff

Yur makin me feel all smart and stuff

Spam Man

…hello upstanding citizen. The Mighty Spam Man here. Dennis and Donzle got totally pounded with spam today, so in order to combat the evil SpamBots, we are having to do some things a bit differently around these parts now…

Don Jones

U.S. Presidents for $100, Alex…