2004… Whew… Sure Glad That One Is Over

January 9, 2005

journal-2004-whew

Wow, what a work year 2004 was for me. I started a 384 page book job in February with full color illustrations on each page. The due date for the project was December 3, 2004. I don’t know what made me think I could do 384 pieces of art in one year, but I signed my name to the contract and there would be no turning back.

Of course, as I think back on it now, since I started the project in February, and it had a deadline in December, I did not actually have a full year to execute this project. I really only had approximately 10 months to do the 384 pieces of art. That would only be… perhaps… 300 days or so?

Plus I traveled to Europe a couple of times so that would take my work time down to… maybe… 200+ days to do the 384 pieces of art?

Throw in all the mandatory family/ school/ holiday traveling and that would leave what?… maybe… like… perhaps… well… I don’t really know how many days I actually had to complete this book.

(I never was all that good in math. Just another reason to choose funny picture drawing as a career path).

So… it was a pretty poor scenario I faced in 2004. A couple of hundred days to do close to 400 pieces of art in. For virtually an entire year, (if I was in town) I was in my studio, working an average of 14 to 16 hours a day.

During the first several months of this project, stress would pop me out of bed around 4 every morning. I would crank the coffee pot up and then work frantically until around midnight. Then stress would catapult me out of bed the next morning and I would do the same thing again the next day. And then again the next day. And then again the next day. And then again the… well… anyway… you get the idea. I did very little this year but work….

….but I did meet the deadline and the book is currently in production. It will be shipped to the printer sometime during the first half of 2005 with a release date scheduled for later on in the year. The pictures that flash at the top of this page are a kind of sneak preview for the new book. I will post more information on this project as it gets closer to market.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

I’m looking forward to checking out your new book job when it is published! Those flash header images look really good.

Kathy

I really enjoyed your site and loved the graphics and humour..Very Cool. Keep up the great work =) Hugs Kathy

Arvind

You borthers are rocking!! 🙂 Keep the creative juices flowing….

Marsha

Love the website. My brothers are very cool. Can’t wait to see the new Bible.  Brett has just started reading the last one. He told his SS teachers that his uncle Dennis wrote the Bible and there were lots of neat mice back in Jesus’ day.

Dennis Jones

Hi Marsha… always good to see one of the SistersJones strolling thru the site… If I’d have known you were coming I would have picked the place up a bit…

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Art Tip of the Day

April 11, 2005

art-tip

It is really helpful to have some sort of game plan formed BEFORE you start slinging paint. Here is a simple strategy I use. Paint the stuff in the background first. Paint the stuff in the foreground last.

The Comments

Don Jones

Now we’re talking. An artistic illustrator type website with some HOW TO And a BONUS slam on Satan. I like it.

Dennis Jones

I thought since we are registered on the Cheap Joe Art Supply Web Site as an “Artist Forum” we might need to get around to talking art at some point…

OK, glad that’s over… now we can move on to something else!…

Prince of Darkness

HEY… what th… you cant do that…

Banshee

I think art tips are a great idea!

Painting Process

April 18, 2005

PaintingProcess

Chris in Dallas sent an email asking me some questions. Rather than answer Chris with another email full of words, I will answer his questions here with pictures.

His first question was, why do you paint the background first and the main image last…?

If you do it the other way, the background looks like you painted up to and around the figure. That is usually not the look I am going after.

Question Two, do you use some sort of airbrush frisket to protect the main image?

Nope. I paint right over the top of the image and then wipe the paint off a little before it dries.

Question Three, any good books on the subject?

I mentioned a few books I like on DJ-ART.com Gouache is just opaque watercolor, so the techniques found in any good watercolor book are pretty much going to apply to gouache, too.

I hope this was helpful Chris. Thanks for giving me something to write about this week.

The Comments

Don Jones

Now we are getting somewhere… this even inspires me to break out the brushes and start slinging paint. Now that I think of it, I did just that this past weekend as I sealed our deck.

Dennis Jones

oh great… that reminds me that Karen want the front porch painted this summer…

Don Jones

My suggestion is to calculate how much time you think it will take… and then multiply that figure by 10.

Robert Lamm

Hey, Dennis…..when is that big “04” project hittin’ the stores? is it “25” or more like 6 to 4?

Terry Kath

I’ve noticed that you guys(Jones folk) make many Chicago references. Do you guys like them? (The group i mean) i think Chicago is the greatest group of all time. To me, no one beats them. what say you?

Dennis Jones

Hi Terry… wow… I thought you died several years ago… still Wishing You Were Here… to answer Questions 67 and 68 let me Beginnings with this Dialogue… Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?… your email Make Me Smile… do you like the Fancy Colors we use for our comments… I think I am going to spend Saturday In The Park…

Don Jones

Terry, I do indeed like Chicago… but at this point I don’t own any of their tunes go figure? I fondly recall swimming in a pond just north of our home town and Chicago’s OLD DAYS blasting from the 8-track of my VW bug.

Dennis Jones

Robert… thanks for writing most of Chicago’s really big hits…

I just got a call last week from my publisher that the new book was just about ready to go to the printer so it might be out in the next few months sometime… maybe… I really dont know anything for certain about that yet…

peter Cetera

Hey guys, this is Peter. Sorry i left the group! If i had known i would only score 2 lousey hits(theme to Karate kid part 2 & duet with Mrs. V. Gill) in 21 years of being on my own i never would have left. But hey, what can i say…I’m a skosh vain. But look, if you guys ever need me you can “Call on me”. Personally I’m “Feeling stronger every day” that i read God’s word and view your seminal “Chicken scratches” Then “Along comes a woman” and i ask her to “Stay the night” and she says to me, “baby what a big surprise” refering of course to my argosy of my Jones’ artwork laying about! All kiddin’ aside, i was born in August of 70…..the same month and year that Chicago’s first hit materialized….which was “make me smile”. Cool huh? Write back. “I’m a man” that needs another comment.

Dennis Jones

Isn’t it interesting how the transit authority of Chicago did NOT want THEIR name associated with this little nothing band in ANY way and would not let them use CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY… oops…

Danny Seraphine

Hey….it’s danny here. The erstwhile drummer for chicago. I know what you mean Dennis….regarding your last comment. Big mistake! Who do they think they are?! Did you know that Chicago is the only group to score 3 number one hits with 3 different singers? They rock!!! Hard!!!
It goes like this……JESUS, big rock! Chicago, little rock! Mountain Dew, tiny rock! Sittin’ around writing and drawing all day…….priceless!!!!

Dennis Jones

Man… if the guys that play the horns in the band start writing I’m going to be in trouble cause I dont know any of their names…

Walter Parazaider

How about that 10 letter handle. $100 dollars to anyone who ever pronounced his name right. Walt (In case you didn’t know) was the founder of the group. also he played woodwinds. most notably…the flute solo in Color my world. What other kinds of music gets you rockin and rollin’ Dennis?

Dennis Jones

hmmm… as a child of the 70’s I grew up with all the classic… well… classic rock… so I like all that stuff… I appreciate anything that is good… a band I really liked during the 80’s was Mylon LeFevere and Broken Heart… that stuff would always get me going… I am currently at the mercy of my two boys as to what I know about todays popular music… whatever they put on my computer is what I listen to… I like the way Keane sounds… I like the Elms last effort… I guess I am pretty eclectic in what I listen to…

Gretchen

merideth… MERIDETH… oh, Merideth, we got a bad elephant…

Dennis Jones

thats pretty funny… but really an inside joke!

Merideth

Gretchen do you want to ride on top of the elephant?

Goliath

Hey Dennis…..how tall are you and Don? You guys look “hugh Mongus” in your pictures.

Don Jones

Not sure how tall we are, but we sure are wide. You can find better bodies that ours in a used car lot.

Dennis Jones

Goliath, I am 6’2”… and since my summer hockey league starts in just a few weeks I am up around 200lbs right now… I like to go into the season pretty heavy because I no longer have the skills to compete against the twenty year olds I am forced to play against… this means the only thing I have to offer my team is mass… a pair of inline skates adds about 4 inches to your height… and you should see how the competition gets outa the way when they see a 6’6” 200 pound outa control disaster headed their way…

Marcelo from Brazil

hehehehe…this is exacly the kind of tip i was looking for!!!! Made a lot of things much easyer now!!!hehehehehehe…just kiding!!!
thanks Mr Jones!!!!! ABRAO!

Dennis Jones

Hey Marcelo… send me some more pictures! You are a great artist!

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…

This Is So Easy

January 31, 2006

NoahzArk

…can you spot the hidden reference?

I just finished this Noah’s Ark illustration. I have done many of these over the years, but this one has a little something extra in it. Lets play the “Can You Find It” game. I tucked a movie reference into this picture somewhere… can you find it?

…(this is so easy, a caveman could do it).

The Comments

Caveman Anti Defamation

NOT COOL

Dennis Jones

…seriously, I didnt even know you guys were still around…

Caveman

Next time, do a little research…

Caveman

…Ill take the roast duck… with mango Salsa.

Caveman Two

…I dont have much of an appetite…

Doug Jones

I’m KING of the WORRRRRRRLD! … no, really I am. Seriously.

Dennis Jones

…well… that little game didn’t last very long…

Doug Jones

game?…. what game? I AM king of the world. …I like the Alley Oop arms on the bears

Dennis Jones

…thats what ya get when you dont use any reference for your animals…

Don Jones

Dennis Jones – Art … “All Illustrations are Reference Free!”

Dennis Jones

…thats right, Don… if I dont know from memory what a character looks like I just draw in stick arms and legs… like I did with the monkeys in this picture…

Don Jones

I just read in the paper they have opened up the TITANIC museum in Branson. For about $17 you can see the stairway and the boat’s steering wheel… not sure what else. Believe it.. OR NOT!

Dennis Jones

…that sounds like a titanic disaster waiting to happen…

Don Jones

Branson also has recently added a TARGET … I forgot what else. It doesn’t matter.

Don Jones

Come on Den … anything new would be great here. I like the picture and everything but I need some variety in my visual diet.

Dennis Jones

…hey… I posted up last month… something… I think…

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…

Making The Jump

March 2, 2006

Jump1

…from the Sketchbook to Watercolor Notebook…

Jump2

…copier…light table…paint…

Jump3

…a successful jump…

In my last journal post I made the comment that occasionally one of my drawings will jump out of my sketchbook and into my watercolor notebook. I received an email asking how exactly that jump takes place. I would like to say it’s a very complicated process that requires a doctoral degree… of course, we all know the Brothers Jones are not exactly rocket scientists, so it stands to reason the transfer is a pretty low tech, simple procedure.

I first duplicate my sketch on the copier machine. This gets it out of the sketchbook and into a more workable format. I tape this copy to the bottom of the watercolor paper and put it on my light table. The light table allows me to see the sketch and I redraw it onto the watercolor paper. Now that I have transfered the sketch onto the watercolor paper I am ready to paint.

Here at Brother Jones, you ask the questions, we give you the answers… as simple-minded as those answers might be.

The Comments

Doug Jones

… and here we see the REAL secret of your success… you have 3 arms!

Bucky Jones

Dennis, thanks a ton for the step by step. Interesting, as always….but I gotta go with Doug on the Three Arm thing!

Jeff

Dennis, Thanks for the info. Can you take it one step further and give us some great insight on your gouache painting techniques. After all, that’s what you do at Brothers Jones right? Love the work!

Don Jones

Dennis, this sounds like the makings for another STEP-BY-STEP Gouache Paintin’ Podcast. Or another song.

Jeff

The podcast is great! but us illustrator types are visual!

Thomas M.

Video podcast 🙂

Don Jones

I can fire up the Sony VX1000 and pull this off. But on second thought, it might encroach on the soon-to-be-released Nick Jones Everybody video series featuring Dennis and his secret society of gouache and gourd lovers.

Doug Jones

On second glance, that third hand is looking a bit on the purple side. This must be the one that holds the ol’ coffee cup as the other two are slavin’ away doing all the hard work. You must have this multi-tasking thing DOWN, eh?

Dennis Jones

…bad news… Karen just called from Ft. Wayne and told me she bought a food scale…

I do not know what a food scale is… I do not know what a food scale is for… but I fear a food scale is not good news for me…

…with this in mind I am currently hauling all the potato chips and snack cakes in the house into my studio and hiding them away just in case I am about to embark on some sort of structured eating program… I am also frantically trying to eat all of what’s left from my secret stash of Valentines Day candy…

I fear good times around here are about to come to an end… put my name on the prayer list at your church…

Jeff

The food scale is great for candy and potato chips!

Dennis Jones

…>munch< munch >munch<… really?

Don Jones

You don’t need no stinkin’ food scale. Just tell Karen that approximately 49 chips or 62 Hershey Kisses will completely fill your mouth… without measuring!!

Mokuu

Wow, thats instantly gets you a backup copy without scrapping the original, yet i do wonder how much that copier machine costed you 🙂

A Little Demo

March 8, 2006

Timothy1

…rough …pencil …blocked in …hair

Timothy2

…shirt …face …detail …photoshop

I was finishing up a job yesterday and part of it called for a tiny spot illustration to be attached to the title. I scanned it along the way for this little demo.

I do a quick pencil rough and (if it has a good feel to it) that is what I use. Taping the rough to the back of a 140 lbs piece of Winsor-Newton hot press watercolor paper I redraw it to the papers surface using a light table. I then block in the color using Winsor-Newton gouache, define the different elements with paint, scan the finished art into photoshop, add whatever needs to be added there, burn the finished product onto a cd and ship the cd to my client. Done.

I am still pretty much all old school all the time… with a little high tech sprinkled in at the end.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis, this is one top-knotch Illustratin’ post. You are on a roll! But, make sure it’s not a CINNAMON roll.

Thomas M.

Thanks for the step, by step process … (now making it into a flip book … sweeeeeet)… So, from the way you described this, it sounds like it took you, what, 20 minutes – including writing up the blog entry? (sobbing) … Why do I punish myself coming here … (after a 20 minute recovery period) … Due to lack of room, I’ve had to go pretty much “new school” A pencil, sketchbook, scanner, and Painter/Photoshop … Oh, and a computer … I’m still trying to get a good feel to getting digital watercolor down, but you keep me wanting to improve my skills. (starts sobbing again)…

Don Jones

BrotherJones.com Punishment is Our Priority. Always.

Dennis Jones

…Tony Couch says painters can be divided into two groups… those who HAVE BEEN discouraged and those who WILL BE discouraged… nothing wrong with discouragement; that’s a part of the game… the crime lies in quitting because of it…

Paul Taylor

Great demo Dennis. Have you ever done the Beatles ala the “Flower Power Era”? Anxiously awaiting your next treat! Coo-coo-ka-chu, the Walrus

Dennis Jones

…well now I’m really confused… if you are the walrus, who is Paul?… I thought I had that thing all figured out but now I’m not sure what’s going on…

Bucky Jones

All right!!! Another great step by step! Much appreciated and admired, Dennis. Thanks.

Dennis Jones

…Buckey Jones… or is it really the EGGMEN… goo goo gjoob… ggoo goo gjoob

megan

Really nice, thanks for sharing. Go, Old School!

Doug Jones

so what happens when you get to the photoshop stage? do you put the image on top of the circle and erase what overlaps?

Jeff

Dennis, Great stuff! Old school still rocks! Quick sketch and a bill for high dollars is the best!

Don Jones

I like the way Jeff thinks.

Jeff

Dennis, What colors do you mix to get your flesh tones? Oh, and by the way how is the food scale working out?

Dennis Jones

…the food scale …hmm …well …I have learned potato chips are really, really light …a spiral cut 10 pound ham weighs about 10 pounds …and that if you put a 10 pound spiral cut ham onto the brand new food scale you are probably going to get yelled at…

Dennis Jones

…my flesh tones are pretty much just a mix of Naples Yellow and Burnt Sienna…

grant brown

cool stuff. would love to see a series of how to by you.

Starting Next Monday!

March 10, 2006

JoyOfPainting

…I’m not sure yet what exactly is going to start next Monday… but I’m thinking surely something exciting will…

The Comments

Don Jones

Den, this is scarin’ me especially that fine detail text about your “Wet-on-Wet” technique.

Mrs. Jones

TODAY IS DENNIS’ 50TH BIRTHDAY!!!! Perhaps that is why Monday will bring such “newness.” Historically, the half century mark has been the initiator of great change to an era. {YOU MAY SEND YOUR BIRTHDAY GREETINGS AND GIFTS IN CARE OF HIS WIFE.}

Don Jones

I already detect great changes in Dennis’ hair stylings.

Doug Jones

That’s a funny pic! You made me laugh! … you sure can get some awesome detail with that BIG brush, Denny…

Keegan Jones

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan Lietha

Is that a double-goatee or does your neck have a hairball?

Dennis Jones

…nope …just another one of my fine photoshop “thats good enough” jobs…

Dan Lietha

I’m glad you put your full effort into your illustrations, where it really counts!  Happy birthday!

Don Jones

Isn’t that majestic mountain scene up around Fort Wayne?

Jeff

Dennis, Love the fro! That really is old school. If you get enough dried gouache in that brush, you can use it as a pick! hehe Happy Birthday and look forward to Monday

Doug Jones

HA! see what you have started? Now we are actually EXPECTING to see something Monday. The pressure is on! Maybe we’ll get Monkey Mondays… eh?

The Joy Of Painting Episode 1

March 13, 2006

JOP1

…with your new host, Dennis Jones…

JOP1pic

…my slightly different take on the job…

Welcome to The Joy Of Painting; Episode One …The Return Of The Sith. I am your host, Dennis Jones, and this week I will be walking you through one of my recent jobs from start to finish.

The telephone rings. I answer. It is a client asking if I have time to do a job for them. I say sure, what do you have. They proceed to give me a brief explanation of the assignment. The company has purchased an outer space photograph of the earth and want to turn it into a poster for upper elementary age kids. All they want me to do is put a simple border around the photograph so that it looks like the viewer is looking at the earth through a satellite window. I say “sounds good, send it on”, and hang up the phone.

I receive the job the following day via FedX. Among other things the envelope contains (1) a letter from the designer explaining exactly what they want (2) a color copy of the satellite photo (3) a CD with a digital file of the satellite photo to use when I get into Photoshop.

As I look through this information I start to think this poster would look much more exciting if there were at least a couple of kids looking out the window …maybe in space suits …and a monkey …a space monkey. This of course is not what the client has asked for. Before I spend too much time heading in this direction I decide it might be wise to run this by my client first. I attach a sketch (pictured above) to an email and send it to them asking if perhaps they might like to use my slightly different idea instead of their original one.

Will my client go for this different idea? Is this concept just a little too far removed from the original assignment? Do they have some sort of problem with space monkeys? Find out in tomorrows exciting second episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

Cool! First we had Dancing with the Stars, followed by Skating with the Stars… I think we are now ready for Painting with the Stars! I’m betting they go with the new improved idea… looking forward to next exciting episode… Woo!

Dennis Jones

…I am basing this feature on the hit TV show 24 …lots of fast paced action and a cliff hanger at the end…

Keegan Jones

Love it. The cliff hanger is making me wish it was already tomorrow. I’m hoping nobody dies is your series.

Dennis Jones

…I hate to let the cat out of the bag …but I am mortally wounded at the end of the next episode…

Doug Jones

Of course Jack was totally dead and then brought back to life to fight more bad guys… no recovery needed… amazing! Maybe you can survive a serious paper cut…

Thomas M.

I hope you’re planning on putting a “Don’t Push this Button” on the control panel. Every spaceship worth riding in has one. Oh, and don’t forget the integrated iPod holder in the dashboard either. What about cup holders? I don’t see any of those … can those be worked in somewhere too? It’s all about the options that are thrown in for free that truly make any ride a good deal. However, the monkey does add an option that even Honda would be jealous over.

Doug Jones

I like the way you’re thinking, Thomas…. let’s add a hula dancer on the dash too…

Thomas M.

Doh … how could i forget the hula dancer! Good call, Doug… And tinted windows… Does it have tinted windows? Those solar flares can really do a number on your eyes.

Dennis Jones

…quite honestly …if I had thought of any of the items listed in the comments above I would have thrown them into this illustration …this is a great example of how brainstorming with other creatives is always a good idea…

megan

To capture the TRUE Joy of Painting feeling: Can you call every item in your painting a “happy little (fill in the blank)”? Much thanks.