I Like George

February 8, 2005

aaaWashington

I’m a new George Washington fan. Before now he was just the… father of our country-dollar bill guy to me and thats about it. But I have recently been reading a new book called “Under God” and the first story in it is about Washington and let me tell you something… GEORGE WASHINGTON ROCKS!

I found the story I was reading from this book on the internet at the Under God Web Site. You might enjoy reading it, too. It inspired me to do this picture.

The Comments

uncle eddie

looks real good, Clark! I’d like a T-shirt with that picture on it for one of the kids.

David Lee

You have a good looking site. Keegan did a bang up job.

Dennis Jones

Thank you… and as for Keegan… I now proclaim him… BROTHERJONES BOY GENIUS OF THE WEEK! Congratulations Keeg…

D.J. Smith

I think it was said of Eisenhower that as he was about to go to bed would go to a window of the White House, look into the sky and say something to the effect that “I leave it in your hands now.” He knew while he slept the country still needed protection. I might have that completely wrong…makes for a good post anyway. God bless our presidents Repulican or Democratic and God bless America. May we all be “George Washingtons.”

D.J. Smith

What does one have to do to get to see an original Dennis Jones illustration? I mean the real deal; no prints. Your work is just amazing. I want to study under you. Do you ever come to Nashville, Tennessee? We have the Grand Ole Opry, home of Contemporary Christian Music, and we do wear shoes and no, we don’t talk to each other in corn fields and salute our hometown populations like they did on HeeHaw. Come on people…

Dennis Jones

hmmm… thats interesting D.J….. my brother Doug lives in Nashville, doesn’t wear shoes, and always signs off on his e-mails with a great big HEE-HAW… (just one of the reasons I haven’t been down there in a while… that plus the fact he lives out in a cornfield somewhere)…

Doug Jones

I live in the cornfield so them thar revenuers cain’t find me…

D.J. Smith

WAIT…you’re related to THAT Doug Jones! Sweet! I can’t believe I didn’t recognize Doug’s work. I guess all this corn gets to you after a while. Is Doug the guy in a souped up Ford going down a dirt road running some of that thar white lightin’? Dennis, I hope y’all come on down for a visit sometime soon. We’ll have a good helpin’ of chitlins, mashed potatos n’ gravy, turnip greens, and pork rhines. We can wash it down with some sweet tea or lemonade. For desert we’ll break out the RC Cola and Moonpies. When can we expect you?

Don Jones

Alright! A Tennessee hillbilly buffet. Count me in. I’m not really overweight, I’m just six inches too short. Pass the pie

Dennis Jones

Wall YEE HAW that sounds mighty fine! Mighty fine indeed!

I drew caricatures at Opryland during my college years… Nashville is a great place…

D.J. Smith

Y’all come now, ya hear? We’ll leave the light on for you. My wife’s a mighty fine cook. She’ll fix up somethin’ that’ll make your brain beat out the top of yo mouth just to see what’s tastin’ so good! I wish I had gotten in on the charicture action at Opryland. I went to David Lipscomb for college and they closed down the park near the end of my college career. Someone from the same company opened a kiosk in Opry Mills, our overblown mall that resides where Opryland used to be. I talked with the folks there about how to develop the skills and eye of the charicturist they worked with. She said there was no “training” but the lady did give me some photocopied book that explains a bunch of stuff but nothing that helped make me a better illustrator. I really would like to expand my illustration skills to a professional level. I’m a partner in a graphic design firm in Brentwood and occasionally get asked to do some illustration work. Some serious, some humorous. I prefer humorous. I was trying to get an illustrator by the name of Travis Foster to help me and he was willing but we never have been able to make a connection to get the ball rolling really. I think I just need a little help to take the talent up a notch. I did have Frank Thomas, one of Walt Disney’s (the man Walt) Nine Old Men, critique one of my illustrations. I’ve been trying. Maybe one day. You guys all have some good stuff. Very inspirational for me. I appreciate it. Sorry to be long-winded. You know us hillbillies. We don’t get company very often and we still just take baths once every full-moon.

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The Value Of Time

July 29, 2005

NativeTakeTwo

Sometimes you just have to stop, step away from the art disaster you are in the process of creating, forget about it, give it a little time, and then come back and try it again later.

This is an Indian from my sketch book that I really liked, so I painted it… but I just could not make it work. My first painted picture does not even look like an Indian. Nick called him Elvis. Sometimes paintings fall together for you, sometimes they dont. This one didn’t.

I had a little time late this afternoon and was flipping thru my watercolor sketch book when I came across this picture. I started to tear it out of the book because it is so embarrassing, but then thought, “I wonder if I can salvage this”. I scrubbed a bunch of it off, and worked some brighter colors into the background. I also widened the bridge of the nose and fixed a couple of other facial features.

When you are in the process of painting a disaster and have blown hours and hours into it, you are very hesitant to scrub away all those hours of work. But when you come back to it months later you dont remember all the time spent and can have more of a “go for it” attitude.

If you have the luxury of time, put away the problem painting and try it again later… much later.

The Comments

Don Jones

This is like an artistic make-over show Hey bus driver MOVE THAT GOUCHE!!!

Doug Jones

Good one, Don… LOL

Doug Jones

I think someone made this Indian laugh just seconds ago, and his milk ran out of his mouth…

Don Jones

Personally, I really liked the previous spiked hari doo. The new and improved higher contrast of feathers and background sings

Dennis Jones

Zowie… I am wiped out… I just got back from a Mtn. Grove road trip… 10 hours down on Sunday afternoon… 10 hours back on Tuesday… plus I developed some sort of ear/tooth infection deal that kept me awake and in pain ALL of Sunday night… I got no sleep at all… I went to a dentist that next morning and got an antibiotic and a pain killer… so I was pretty much in a fog the entire time I was there… also on the trip back home… and at the writing of this email… I better go on to bed…

kelly (one of Gary’s)

I viewed the sketch book a few days ago – really enjoyed george washington. What do you think of Abe Lincoln as a subject??

Dennis Jones

Lincoln was a bit of an odd looking character… so he is always a lot of fun to do… maybe I will take another crack at him… I will post it if I do… thanks for the note…

Paying Attention, Taking Notes

February 28, 2006

TBsketch

…exhaustive note taking on my part…

TBcolor

…full color notes…

Last Thursday night I went to a lecture by longtime Disney illustrator Tom Bancroft on our local college campus. I took a seat on the very back row, (this being my traditional spot from when I attended college) and got ready to get back into school mode and take some notes. I really enjoyed hearing what Tom had to say.

I had the best of intentions to take exhaustive notes while I was there, unfortunately my note taking skills have not advanced much since 7th grade. My problem has always been that my writing turns into drawing. This does not mean that I am not listening… it simply means that I am multi-tasking.

So, here you have it, my complete lecture notes from Tom’s talk. I share them now with you. The interesting thing is, sometimes my notes jump over into my watercolor notebook, as they did here.

The Comments

Doug Jones

hey… great little critter, Den! I like the way he is shakin’ his Badonk-adonk!

Jeff

He’s Practicing for the next Olympics. Ski Jumping is his event and the tail is just for counter stability..

Dennis Jones

…he does seem to be missing ski poles in his hands…

Jeff

He finds it cheaper to practice in the off season.. Animal Olympic budget cuts…

Don Jones

The colors are vibrating on my RGB screen… beeyoutifulll. Your back row positioning is still engrained from all those art history classes. Was there green vending machine coffee available?

Dennis Jones

…for some reason I ended up in an art history lecture class in college that started at 7:30 in the morning… every class period started by turning off the lights and then clicking thru slides… the back row was a premium spot to sit because you could rest your head against the back wall and doze until class was over…

Jeff

I used that very study technique during American History.. It turns out, George Washington did not have anything to do with the Civil War.. Who knew?

Don Jones

Here’s a little lecturing flashback- When examining the above image for the intrinsic value inherent in its purpose, we find that in order to conceptualize its true meaning, the image must be experienced in the visual realm. zzzzzz…

Jeff

Whut?? My pa did’nt go fur all that book larnin’.

Doug Jones

anyone see Paul McCartney on PBS last night?

Dennis Jones

…zzz …>snort<… oh, I just woke up after Dons last comment…

Don Jones

I caught that Beatle. That was a really good show. His on the spot recording at the end was the best. I’m looking for some glasses around the house that will ring like those

Doug Jones

just think… you have more in Garage Band than they had in their entire recording studio back then…

Don Jones

That’s a crazy thought… and true. The only things missing on my end are musical talent and a good head of hair.

Joe Programmer

Ah, so that’s what you were doing way up there, Dennis. For fun I looked at my notes (which are usually phrases that I didn’t understand) including “chapel credit”, “manga style”. Not a single doodle, not a single Bible verse… I like yours much better.

Dennis Jones

well… I must confess, Joe… that Bible verse came from my exhaustive note taking at church the following Sunday…

George On A Horse

August 30, 2006

WashOnHorseSK

…pencil…

WashOnHorse

…color…

Our old Brother Jones buddy Tami Otterstatter wrote the best George Washington and his horse story for me a few years back, but we just could not get any traction on getting it published. This is a picture I did around then. Perhaps it’s time to drag that idea back out of the closet and give it another try.

The Comments

Doug Jones

love them Armstrong trees!

Dennis Jones

…doin’ my best from memory…

Don Jones

Giddy-up! Glad to see you’re back in the Huntington saddle.

roballoo

You can draw horse heads so well you didn’t have to sketch it, eh? That’s good!

Dennis Jones

…I kinda ran outa room in the sketchbook on the horse…

Doug Jones

you’ve heard of the headless horseman? This is the horseless headsman…

Dennis Jones

Don… have you heard Donald Fagens new album… I mean… CD… “Morph The Cat”?… wow… some really great tunes on that one…

Don Jones

Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve been listening non-stop to Ricky Skaggs for the past 3 months and need to get some variety in my audio diet. Fagen is ALWAYS stupendously good.

Dennis Jones

…my favorite tracs are “H Gang” and “What I Do”…

Mark Behm

I love this piece. Great rhythm to the whole thing.

Dennis Jones

…well Mark, I finally got Painter 9 last week and am now watching the tutorials trying to get the interface down… sure wish I could sit in on one of your “how to” classes…

Don Jones

I had a little over 3 bucks in change left in my iTunes account so I sprung for 3 tunes from a fellow Don: Morph the Cat; The Great Pagoda; & What I Do. A great bargain for 20 minutes of listening pleasure.

Dennis Jones

DONALD… H Gang is probably the best song on the CD… what were ya thinkin’…

Don Jones

I did a quick precursory listen to the tunes and went the VALUE root… that is… buy the songs which were longest in length. I am about 60 cents short for another purchase.

Dennis Jones

…what a wonderful morning I’m having… I get out of bed, fire up the email and there’s a message from Mac telling me my G4 PowerBook has an exploding battery in it… great… as if I don’t have enough to deal with today as is…

Don Jones

Didn’t Neil Diamond have a tune titled “September Morning?” or maybe it was… “Exploding Power Brick…”

Doug Jones

I suggest you have a bag of marshmallows handy just in case….

Dennis Jones

..if terrorists attack Huntington, Indiana I’ll be throwing my exploding laptop at them…

Doug Jones

and don’t forget to hold your breath as you run through the nerve gas, Jack

Dennis Jones

…24 …I mean… 10-4