An Inlaw… Or An Outlaw?

April 15, 2007

InOutlawSketch

…a quick thumbnail sketch…

InOutlawColor

…the finished illustration…

This is a magazine illustration I recently did. It was for a story about improving family relationships. The title was, “Are You An Inlaw, Or An Outlaw?”

I immediately thought of using cowboys for this job. I don’t know why I immediately thought of using cowboys for this job… the story did not reference cowboys in any way, shape or form… I just really like to draw cowboys and this seemed like a pretty good opportunity to do a couple. I scratched out my idea (first picture) and sent it in for approval. I got a green light to go with the concept and did the illustration (second picture).

I really like the rough little quick sketch I did… it makes me laugh. It really captured the spirit of what I was hoping to do.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I’m surprised they didn’t just go with the sketch.

Dan Lietha

When you turn out a final that is so very different that the submitted rough sketch, do you ever get objections? I find most people unable to visualize what the final will be as they cannot get past the image first submitted. I assume the client here has seen your art before so they would be able to know the end result would be far different and better that the rough, but what about others? Did I make that clear as mud? 🙂

Dennis Jones

…most roughs that I submit for approval look pretty close to what the finished artwork will be… this particular quick and rugged looking rough was sent only to see if I could draw cowboys for the job… their response was, “looks good, go to finish”, so for some reason I didn’t need to send a better sketch on this particular assignment…

Roballoo

I like the riangle bodies on the sketch but the final with the expressions on the horsies really cracked me up

Doug Jones

riangle bodies?

JEFF

I love the eyes on the dark horse.. Looks like me at 0430 when the alarm goes off. Reminds me of a 1982 video game Dragon Slayer..

Roballoo

Yes, riangle bodies! I’m®oballoo ain’t I? Other people see triangle bodies but not me.

Doug Jones

oh… I thot it had something to do with riangling up some grub…

Weberson Santiago

Very, very good!

Dennis Jones

…thanks …Batman is fun to do… I personally like to do him with really big ear things… if I wasn’t so busy right now I would paint one up… he’s one of the old standards I grew up on…

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Dogsperado

September 27, 2007

DogsperadoPic

If somebody outdraws you, smile and walk away… there’s plenty of time to look tough when you’re out of sight…

The Comments

Jason Bourne

Looks like a Colt Peacemaker strapped to his side…(swanky)

Doug Jones

heh.. heh… That also looks like an 1892 Winschnauzer rifle.

Dennis Jones

…actually that’s an exact replica of an 1894 model Winschnauzer rifle… but you were close…

Doug Jones

there’s gotta be a joke here somewhere…

Don Jones

I just wanted to wait and gets some space between my comment and Jason’s.

Dennis Jones

If I lived back in the wild west days, instead of carrying a six-gun in my holster, I’d carry a soldering iron. That way, if some smart-aleck cowboy said something like “Hey, look. He’s carrying a soldering iron!” and started laughing, and everybody else started laughing, I could just say, “That’s right, it’s a soldering iron. The soldering iron of justice.” Then everybody would get real quiet and ashamed, because they had made fun of the soldering iron of justice, and I could probably hit them up for a free drink. Jack Handy

Doug Jones

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Cowpoke

March 19, 2008

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A quick report from New Orleans… so far I’ve dined on gumbo, jambaliya, helped Karen finish off the rest of her shrimp and tonight I’m going to a crawfish boil… I’m livin’ the dream.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I think this guy was trying to snatch some of your shrimp, and you punched him in the eye…

Don Jones

Hey Zydeco Weaselo! Laissez les bon temps rouler (lay ZAY lay bon ton rule ay) in other words… Let the good times roll! C’est magnifique (say mag ni FEEK) – That’s magnificient

Jason Bourne

Wow, what big lips! Sattle up your horses, we have a trail to blaze…

Coats Win Again

November 9, 2009

HoustonTexans

The Houston Texans road into town and almost beat our beloved Indinaplis Coats again… almost. They have almost beat the Coats here for the last seven years.

The Comments

Jeff

YEEEE HAAAAAAAAAA! And the Dallas Plowboys snatched another victory out of the jaws of defeat… The only consistant part of their game is inconsistancy.

Dennis Jones

…that was quite the dogfight they had there in Philly…

Jeff

Yes it was, but when you watch them there is never a point you can turn the channel because you KNOW they will win. Last time I did that,, They lost. Go Figure. By the way where is the little guys Shootin Iron?

Nik

That was sooo great, Eagles didn’t have any time outs left!!!

Jeff

Dennis, Im embarrassed, Dog Fight, Michael Vick.. That was a great pitch and I missed it.. Sorry.

Dennis Jones

…woo …a crazy day. …right after posting this I ended up driving down to Indianapolis for a day of miscellaneous stuff…

…Jeff, I did a job that needed a great big word with a little tiny cowboy riding on it, so I did the word and the cowboy separately, and then put them together in Photoshop… this is the cowboy part of that and the publisher for this particular project would not have wanted a shiny pair of six shooters on his hips, so, there’s your answer…

…by the way… if you look real close, you might even see a little bit of a resemblance to a fabulous Rangers hockey jersey from way back when…

Jeff

I see it….I still have one just no way to put a picture up.. That is a great Jersey.

Dennis Jones

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Jeff

Yup thats the crazy little High Stickin Rascal…. That was one seriously sponsored team.

Jeff

Was that Peters Jersey or yours??

Dennis Jones

…that ones mine… hey, I don’t think you ever saw the goalie helmet I did for that jersey… give me a second and I’ll load a picture of it up here for you…

Dennis Jones

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Dennis Jones

…the helmets a little beat up now… I played goal in a men’s league in Fort Wayne when I first moved up here and would occasionally show up in my Ranger jersey and helmet for practice…

…I kinda quit doing that because it seemed to be way too much fun for the guys to aim at my head when the fancy helmet was on…

Jeff

It’s called shot placement practice…LOL Dont take it personal.. Great Helmet!

Nik

That is really cool helmet!!!

Poster Inspiration

November 21, 2009

DonsPoster

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

Life’s Tough

February 8, 2010

LifesTough

There’s an old John Wayne movie called Sands Of Iwo Jima where Sgt. Stryker says, …”life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid”. I like that…

The Comments

Jeff

I need this for my classroom..

Bernard Molek

My son is gonna love this toon as John Wayne is his favorite. Not easy to look upon a ilo with a “Horse” in it first thing in the morning after the SB though…nice Job!

Nik

LOL! Thats great. Sounds like a sang my dad would say.

Doug Jones

goes along with my favorite quote… “if you don’t think too good, don’t think too much.” -Ted Williams

Dennis Jones

…looks like it’s our turn to get pounded with snow… not that that’s anything out of the ordinary…

Doug Jones

Wha? You say something there, Nanook?

Bernard Molek

Who said: ‘No Brag, Just Fact”?

Dennis Jones

…just spent the last two hours shoveling snow off the driveway…

Doug Jones

That’s good exercise… and we all know you need good exercise. I just wait till the next day and my snow is always gone. One of the perks of living here.

Dennis Jones

…one of the perks of living here is shoveling the snow several times during each big snow storm so it doesn’t get too deep to shovel…

Doug Jones

I hear that’s good exercise.

Bernard Molek

no, no….here’s what you do. You get mad and buy a super duper snow shovel and then you go out and “Git-Er-Done”

Dennis Jones

…hah …good job, Bernard! …and I like the way you incorporate a kitchen spatula into your snow removal process…

Bernard Molek

Aghhh, 3 more inches this morning and still coming down!

roballoo!

Great quote. With all this snow will there be a real life Mudman coming soon?

A Tough Old Cowboy

March 3, 2010

CowboyByLake

A tough old cowboy told his grandson that if he wanted to live a long life, the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on his oatmeal every morning.

The grandson did this religiously to the age of 103. When he died, he left 14 children, 30 grand-children, 45 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great grandchildren, and a 15 foot hole where the crematorium used to be.

The Comments

Jeff

Badda Bing……

Dennis Jones

…true story …I read about it on the internets…

Don Jones

Obviously, he was not a smoker… fantastic story/picture combo…

Jeff

He left quite an impression on his home town..

Dennis Jones

…holy smokes!

Doug Jones

ka zinga…

Nik

Badda-Bing,Badda-Boom!

Don Jones

I have found a pinch of Folgers coffee grounds between cheek and gum provides many hours of productivity and bad breath.

Dennis Jones

…hey, I just did a blast from the past. I cut up a couple of bananas, put them in a bowl with a little sugar and milk and had them for desert. Mom used to get us to eat bananas that way when we were growing up. I haven’t done that for decades…

Doug Jones

all you are missing is the Cheerios…

Dennis Jones

…I was walking through Walmart the other day and they had a big display of CHOCOLATE Cheerios and I bought me a box… but I wouldn’t want you to think I am an impulse buyer… I probably wanted those when I walked in and just didn’t know it…

Don Jones

That’s MONKEY CEREAL MAN! I too indulge in the liquified bowl of banana utopia on occasion… I chase it all down with a shot of IBC root beer for good measure.

Dennis Jones

…ha! …monkey cereal. So that’s what it’s called?!

Doug Jones

Ah… remember the good old days when you could entertain your kids by just putting some Cheerios in the floor? Them days are LONG gone…

Don Jones

I coined that Monkey cereal branding phrase. It’s the Folger’s “pinch” doing the thinking…

Dennis Jones

…Karen’s always tossing Cheerios on the floor for me to… hey, now wait just a minute here!?..

Rondell Jenkins

That horse look like he hawngry for some water!

Jeff

I see Sockmo thrown into yet another advertizing campaign.