King Konged

January 10, 2006

GorrillaBed

…before Christmas… after Christmas…

Christmas can be a tough time of year for an illustrator. In an effort NOT to work through the entire holiday season, I work like a maniac BEFORE the season starts, take the break off, and then work frantically to catch up AFTERWARDS. Interesting things can happen to art trapped in this time period.

One of my clients needed a picture of a gorilla sleeping in a bed. The top picture is the rough I sent in for approval before Christmas. During the holidays I saw King Kong. (that pretty much killed an entire afternoon) After returning home, I began the finish on this spot, but there seemed to be something missing now. What was it? Oh… my gorilla needed a girlfriend like King Kong had. So I added a dolly for my monkey.

Thanks to the holiday break I was able to add a missing element to this illustration.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I think you’re on to something here, Den. You should go see a movie before you finish each picture! … but I think you should stay away from that cowboy movie… not that there’s anything wrong with that….

Don Jones

Kong makes this King look like a twin.

Dennis Jones

…that reminds me… did either of you guys see a movie called “Straight Story”… about a guy that rides his lawn mower cross country?

Doug Jones

yeah… it was a real slooooow movie… but I liked it!

Doug Jones

are you doing a lawnmower illo now?

Dennis Jones

…no… but if I were I bet I would be able to add the missing element to the illustration…

Don Jones

If I recall he was going to see his brother.

Dennis Jones

….yes… it is a really slow movie about brothers riding mowers that kinda makes you feel good at the end… this should be the official movie of the Brother Jones web site…

Doug Jones

It would be more fitting if it was about slow brothers constantly destroying thier mowers…. We could relate to that.

Doug Jones

By the way… that’s a

cow

MOOOOOooooo….

Doug Jones

great gorilla pic, there.

Don Jones

Speaking or repaired mowers ironically… I just picked up the Sears CRAPSMAN last Saturday.. a hundred bucks worth of new parts and some air in the tires… she’s ready for a spring rock mulching party in the front yard. Still needs a new battery.

Dennis Jones

…I have two Sears riding mowers at this time… the old one that is REALLY torn up… and the new one that is only KINDA torn up…

Don Jones

That is REALLY KINDA funny. As we have cussed and discussed before, SEARS does do house calls. You may need a second mortgage but at least you can get the grass mowed a few more times.

Dennis Jones

I’m getting pretty tired of mowing down 3 acres of cow pasture every weekend… the only thing that has saved me is my Bose Noise Reduction Headphones…

Don Jones

You may want to try the Texas/Oklahoma remedy for mowing… grass fires. Simply torch it every other month. Also, may I suggest you use diesel fuel instead of gas. (You’ll hold on to your eyebrows.)

Dennis Jones

…burning can be enjoyable… last spring instead of pulling up and hauling off the dried out vines in the gourd patch we just burned em all off… a fun time was had by all…

Doug Jones

While you are burning off those old gourd vines, don’t forget to get your long hot dog sticks and make some toasted marshmallows and cowfish…. you can make a saMOOre BWA Haaaaa Haaaa………..

Dennis Jones

…I could invite the neighbors over for some as I accidentally burn down our neighborhood…

Don Jones

Nothing more enjoyable than a hot, scorchin’ S’mor marshmallow stringing across your chin as you watch the remaining embers of your torched home glow in the setting sun.

Dennis Jones

…didn’t this happen in Dougs neighborhood recently… I seem to remember one of his posts on this subject…

Don Jones

I believe Doug got away with that little bit of arson fun. Just kidding Doug… We all know you are a true-blooded Boy Scout. Scout’s honor. (or did you drop out of that?)

Doug Jones

I have advanced to the next level of scouting involving a recliner and juggling various remotes at the same time. Very demanding…. but a necessary skill for these modern times

Dennis Jones

I have one remote control that is supposed to be the king of all the other remote controls so that I dont have to juggle various remote controls… but I cant figure out how the king remote control works… so I too am mastering the fine art of juggling remotes…

Don Jones

I too have all those remotes to deal with: The T.V. remote; the DVD remote; the Sound System remote; the VHS remote… there is a remote possibility that one day I will get these figured out.

Don Jones

Did you ever get the Nick Jones podcast to download? Keeg checked and said it should be working.

Nick Jones Everybody

I can’t get it to work either…

Don Jones

Download that bad boy from iTunes. That should work.

Doug Jones

That was a pretty exciting game yesterday… but I could have written a better ending… Is there sackcloth and ashes around your house today?

gary locke

i have a cub cadette that i will put up against any lawn tractor in the arena of “no way on earth that thing will mow a lawn” category. Broken muffler adds to the effect once started.

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Spring House Cleaning

March 30, 2006

Ape

…a brand spankin’ new monkey to look at…

For the last year I have thrown things randomly into my Brother Jones Portfolio Section. I had color art in one place and sketches to that same art somewhere else. Last night while I was waiting for Lost to come on TV I went in and consolidated a lot of this mess. You might just find a couple of new things in there if you look hard enough.

The Comments

Don Jones

Good looking minkey I take it you are beyond a seeing eye dog and white cane…

Dennis Jones

…since my Lasik eye surgery I can’t see well enough to do my tight little cartoon drawings… this is all I can do now…

Don Jones

Well known artists always go through certain “periods” during their career: (i.e. blue period) Den, you have entered your Lasik period… characterized by everything being really big, splattered, loose…

angeline

digitally painted?

Roballoo

Your lasik adventure reminds me of Monet…I went to an exhbit of his water lilie paintings a few years back and found out that as he got older his paintings lost more of their detail and became looser, more abstract. One day he had surgery on his eyes and lo and behold the detail in his art came back. Nice painting of the simian. I liked the splotches on the right side. a nice little touch.

Don Jones

Dennis where R u? This monkey is getting older by the monet.

Doug Jones

Denny is doing his famous “post and run” thing

Don Jones

Better than him doing his “postal” thing. Does he own any firearms?

Dennis Jones

…yes Doug, I am like the traveling evangelist that has three fiery sermons and a fast car… speaking of which, I hafta run again now, but I will come back and play tomorrow… probably…

Doug Jones

don’t forget to collect that big LOVE offering before you skip town, Rev…

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Below are the pictures that were in my PORTFOLIO SECTION that I mentioned in my post above.

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My Official Weekend Report

February 12, 2007

GreenMo1

…in the laboratory…

GreenMo2

…it’s …ALIVE…

This is my official weekend report as required by the legal division of BrotherJonesOnTheWeb. Why I am the only brother that has to fill one of these forms out, I do not know.

The weather has turned vicious here in Northeastern Indiana, and we are running low on fire wood. This, however, is not a problem for a manly woodcutter like me. I walked into my garage to fire up my manly chain saw only to discover that whoever used it last had knocked the chain off and left the saw in disrepair. I, (of course), was the last person to use my chain saw sometime last summer.

I put the saw back together, (a very manly thing to do), did a cold weather start on it, hiked into the woods behind my house and started cutting lumber. I then drove my SUV back to collect the wood, got it stuck in a snow drift, got it unstuck, and then made several manly trips back and forth picking up wood, hauling wood and stacking wood.

Then I made a sock monkey… another very manly thing to do.

The Comments

Don Jones

This morning on the news they were reporting that burning freshly cut wood from the ice damage was not a good idea. it needs to DRY OUT (for about a year). Otherwise, you are building up some serious creosote in your chimney by burning it. I suggest burning your dirty laundry for heat. Stay warm and cut down on your warshin’ at the same time.

Dennis Jones

sorry, can’t talk now… putting out fire in house…

Dennis Jones

…make that house fire… gotta go…

Don Jones

HOOK UP A HOSE! Better yet…. GRAB THE HOT DOGS and MARSHMELLOWS!!!

Doug Jones

great looking monkey! uh, great looking MANLY sock monkey, that is… I can read the expression on his face… it says, “I wanna move to Florida!” It got down to freezing for a couple of days here and I immediately got tired of winter. I actually had to put a coat on… can you believe it? Two days of cold weather is all I need. No sign of flakes so far. This is all good cuz I don’t have a chainsaw… or woods to go cut down trees in. but we DO have deer that were eating anything green in our flower garden yesterday…

Doug Jones

Hey… I was expecting to see Weasel Boy on the Grammys last night. What happened? Did you get bumped by Sting?

Dennis Jones

…WeaselBoy wasn’t even nominated for anything! …what’s up with that?

WeaselBoy

😦

Dennis Jones

…they’ve been predicting bad weather for us all week and last night our Severe Winter Weather WATCH turned into a Severe Winter Weather WARNING… fortunately, today we are no longer under that warning… we are now under a BLIZZARD Warning… whew!… I think we dodged a bullet on that one…

Dennis Jones

…hmm …they’re saying now that we are going to have white out conditions …I didn’t think they even made white out any longer… I mean, with computers and all, who really needs it anymore? …anyway, I looked out the window to see what was going on, but couldn’t really see anything…

Dennis Jones

…hmm …they just declared a Level 2 Travel Advisory… unless you are an emergency vehicle you will be ticketed if you are on the road driving around… but I am needing a Krispie Kreme Donut right now, REALLY BAD and there are none left in the house… that’s an emergency, isn’t it?

Don Jones

GET IN THE CAR AND GO NOW MAN!!! IF JACK BAUER CAN UNDO NUKLEEAR BOMBS YOU CAN GET TO WAL-MART AND BACK WITH DONUTS!!!

Dennis Jones

…I guess I didn’t realize how simple it is to disarm a nuclear bomb… but after watching Jack disarm one on TV last night I feel pretty confident that I could do it, too, in a pinch… if that situation ever arose here in Huntington… like in my neighborhood or something…

Doug Jones

If you could put one of those Nookier suitcase bombs on your driveway, it would probably get rid of your snow for you… and your neighbor’s snow… and your neighbor’s neighbor’s snow… and ….

Don Jones

Attention my brothers I’m planning on buying a couple of syringes of Sodium Pentothal for you next Christmas.

Doug Jones

oh, goody! I love it when we play “torture the brother!”

Dennis Jones

…I’m thinking Jack is going to have to kill his entire family plus a couple of in-laws to save the world this time…

Don Jones

and the little dog too!!!

Dennis Jones

…NOT TOTO!!!

Doug Jones

how much snow do you have???

Dan Lietha

If those of you in this ice-encased frozen zone are trapped in your house (that hasn’t burnt down from creosote build up in the chimney) and you have to wait for the ice to melt to rejoin civilization, check out this guy’s digital painting info blog: danidraws.com Great info!

Dan Lietha

Correction … check out this GAL’S digital painting web site: danidraws.com OOPS!

Doug Jones

I had just found this site recently myself… great information there!

Doballoo

I see she’s a D. Jones too. That does it I’m changing my name to Doballoo Jones in an attempt to monetize on my nascent illustration career

Dennis Jones

…ok, well now… where are we today? I started shoveling snow at the crack of dawn and did that for most of the morning… how much snow did we get you ask? …pastorally speaking I would have to say we had drifts at least 12 feet high… realistically more like 2 or 3… which is nothing to snuff at when you are shoveling it all by hand… so now I’m trying to catch up on work…

…I noticed the danidraws girls last name is Jones… she’s not a sister I’ve accidentally forgotten about, is she?

Dougaloo

Dougaloo… has a nice ring to it, eh? I don’t recall a sister named Dani… maybe one named Mani would be more like it…

Don Jones

How about our sister Norah? We’ve yet to hear from her since she hit the bigtime…

Space Monkey

June 2, 2008

SpaceMonkey2

On Saturday I grabbed a hand grinder that’s supposed to be used on car bodies and sharpened the three blades of my riding lawnmower. It’s not exactly the correct tool to use for this, but being an experienced professional, I made it work.

Unfortunately, my wife walked into the garage as I was arcing a river of sparks onto the hood of her car. She apparently had some sort of problem with this and also pointed out to me that the stream of flame I was creating was also arcing over our oily push mower, a couple of gas cans and the dried grass I had just cleaned off of the riding mower. Women! 😦

I finished sharpening the blades, but then I wasn’t sure if they were supposed to be aligned on the mower in some special way, so I found the operating manual, turned to the correct page and in big bold letters it said, WARNING, we recommend you DO NOT try to sharpen blades yourself. Apparently, some rocket scientist somewhere had decided blades must be perfectly balanced in order to cut grass. Rocket Scientists! 😦

Just to be on the safe side, I created a very sophisticated tool in order to balance my blades consisting of a pencil and a piece of rope I found on the floor of my garage. My blades were perfectly balanced according to this, so I put the mower back together and am happy to report that it is working just fine except for the violent shaking that occurs when the blades are engaged…

The Comments

Bernard

My goodness…I thought I had smelled too much terps in my life. This is funny stuff…as for the wife. God did say that it was not good for man to be alone, though I’m not sure that fire prevention was precisley what He meant when He said that. Scientists…they did prefer the Monkey over us originally. But the Monkey couldn’t raise the money. So, now you got a Mower that goes with your shaking bed…I’d consider moving out of that place If I were you. Funny Stuff, thanks, Bernard

Dennis Jones

…the good thing about a riding lawnmower that shakes violently is that you don’t really even notice the earthquakes that much…

Dennis Jones

…ps …sorry about those Penguins… I rooted for them until the beginning of the third period and then fell asleep and apparently without my staunch support behind them they lost game 4… don’t blame them… blame me…

Don Jones

I say, close your eyes when you’re mowing and you’ll think you’re flying a helicopter.

Dennis Jones

…I usually do that when I’m driving the car…

Doug Jones

So… you can cut your grass and have a relaxing massage at the same time… cool!

Bernard

Ha…this is funnier than laugh-in! Doug, Don: a graphic mind is a funny thing to have…can’t stop laughin’ here on your comments. Since it’s obvious Dennis is the fall guy, are you two the straight men in this act? Dennis, can you try some radical coffee bean concoction tonight in order to stay awake seeing as it could be the last game for the birds?

Jason Bourne

Kool. This is one of the best… Never send a man to an apes job.

brett

cool space monkey looks like the one in your drawing book.And the one in the new movie space chimps.(: lol!

Dennis Jones

…it IS the one in my drawing book! …good memory, Brett!

Bernard

What drawing book? Checked Amazon…nada. Seriously, have you ever considered having the art from your sketchbooks printed and sold as sketchbooks? Like the artists over at: brandstudiopress.com I don’t know what their costs or quantity mins. are but I can vouch for their quality. Bought a couple of them and the printing/paper/covers are first class. It seems to be all the rage these days with artists. Finished sketches or not. I bet your stuff would sell off the shelf! Of course I would want an autographed one of yours. —BM

Roballoo!

Blurb let’s you self publish yer own books. Can’t vouch for them myself – but at least from the web site – but appears to be a quality product.

Dennis Jones

…Brett is my nephew and a few weeks ago he was looking thru the sketchbook I was carrying and remembered this page, apparently…

…I have bought a couple of those Brand Studio books myself and they are done really well…

…I actually have a Blurb book put together but I just haven’t pulled the trigger on it yet…

Bernard

Dennis, Thanks for staying up so late last night to keep the Pens in it for another game!

Dan Lietha

PULL THE TRIGGER on the book! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…Bernard, when the Redwings pulled even in the third and then peppered in like 600 shots on net for the rest of the period and got the lead I kinda figured it was all over for the Penguins but the crying… then the Pens dramatically tied the game seconds before the game was to be over… high drama! …to me this is starting to feel a lot like the invincible Patriots facing the underdog Giants in the last Superbowl… good series!

Jason Bourne

I’m in anticipation indeed!

Dennis Jones

…Dan, right now I have a book full of pictures and absolutely no words in it, which is probably a good thing, I don’t know… anyway, maybe I’ll polish it up and publish it later on this summer… call it “Mime” or “Mums The Word” or something…

Doug Jones

call it… “I’m Speechless”…

Roballoo!

Oooh – looking forward to the book. Will it have before and after pictures or is it all finished art at this point?

Dennis Jones

…at this point it is all just sitting on my computer and can still be anything I want it to be… what types of things do you think would be good to put in it?

Dan Lietha

I think it’d be great to see development sketches to final product. Even sketches that didn’t work and reasons why. Collections of finished pieces are nice, but I like to see the behind the scenes stuff. My 2 cents … but willing to pay much more for the book!

Bernard

Wow, this is an interesting question because…before this past year your transitional or “how It’s done” section would have kicked into a Gouache primer and the steps that process entails. Now, seeing as you have undoubtedly growned some new digital Wacom/Cintiq/Photoshop legs…do you go there instead or in addition too? I agree with Dan L. and all but don’t let the “how-To” be the biggie. Your finished pieces are still what rocks the world! “We Wanna A Book”,”We Wanna A Book”,”We Wanna A Book”!

Jason Bourne

If you have any dinosaurs, you could do a big one page image of a T-rex’s mouth wide open showing all the teeth…

Dan Lietha

If it turned out to be all finished art, I’d pay up just as fast to buy it. Dinosaurs have my vote too. 🙂

Don Jones

I’d like to see some early grade school work included… and a few church bulletin covers.

Dennis Jones

…ok, lets see now… this book needs to be an omnibus album which starts with my grade school art, then the gouache middle ages, and ends in the digital world, but also includes pencil sketches, tutorials, step by step seminars, church bulletins and one dinosaur with a lot of teeth… a piece of cake!

Doug Jones

and a special monkey section

Jason Bourne

Alright, sounds fantastic to me!

Bernard

I think you got it! except: NO SOCKS or GOURDS!

Dennis Jones

HEY!

gary Locke

doooood! i thought weasel boy was some one over at focus on the family! doood!!! you are getting good! do you work on a cintiq yet?

Dennis Jones

…hey Gary …I was beginning to wonder if you were ever going to figure out who weaselboy was… I’ve been enjoying your blog… I got a Cintiq a few months back and it is quite the fancy work tool…

Monkeys, Marge… MONKEYS!

January 22, 2009

PacRim1 PacRim2 PacRim3

…so Karen and I dropped into this Hindu place with a great big gold statue out front and rather than climb the six gazillion steps that led up the mountainside, we opted to snack on tea and curry in the restuarant that was there and I said, “this looks just like a place I saw on The Amazing Race” and the guy we were with said, “it is!”

As we were leaving I noticed some of the statues were moving, but they were not moving… it was monkeys… MONKEYS!!! …monkeys crawling all over the place! I sprinted over to them, jumped right into the middle of the action and started snapping pictures. Karen finally had to come over and drag me away.

The Comments

Terry Elliott

Dang, you guys have pretty cool restaurants in Indiana. I hope this Hindu place goes national!

Don Jones

Karen and Dennis, I’m sorry to tell you but you’re the last to arrive in the humble and snowy cornfields of Huntington, Indiana. I’ve been striking the same pose as that hopped up Golden Thang-a-majigger. It’s obvious he has a strained lower abdomen. Am I late for the meeting?

Dennis Jones

…the meeting is over on your page Don, but as acting commissioner, you have to call it to order…

Don Jones

I’ve requested the attendance of the good Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether.

Roballoo!

Didn’t climb the steps? You’re either wimpy or pretty smart. After studying the photo, I’ll opt for smart.

Roballoo!

I just realized, that’s one BIG statue. Yikes.

Dennis Jones

…lots of steps AND 90 plus degrees outside PLUS tons of humidity… I’ve personally always been a really big fan of air conditioning and soft chairs…

Doug Jones

I am glad to see that monkeys like Pringles! It gives me a warm feeling just knowing that.

Don Jones

That littl monkey has the best, well-groomed handle bar stache ever!

Dennis Jones

…do you remember seeing this place on Amazing Race? …it was the season with the beauty queens…

Doug Jones

did you count all those steps, Den? if not you have to go back and count them before you can check in…

Dennis Jones

…great googly-moogly…

Don Jones

MINKEY??? You said MINKEY!!! Clouseau: “Yes… a Chimpanzee Minkey”

Chimpanzee RidinOnA Segway

March 27, 2009

ChimpSegway

I feel it’s my responsibility to bring a little culture to the Brother Jones website and with that in mind, please click into the comment section below, watch the 40 second video and, good luck getting that out of your head any time this weekend.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

Don Jones

That is one catchy tune… Seems like it went to number one back in the early 70s. Nothing beats a Segway minkey.

Dennis Jones

…that’s a lot of entertainment for your money right there…

Roballoo!

The wife and I have canceled our plans to go to the local multiplex and decided to stay right here and watch this fine flick. You have saved us oodles of money. Thank you.