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…

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New High Table

September 14, 2006

TableLow

…low table…

TableHigh

…high table…

Recently, I was in Oklahoma City visiting my two boys. One night my oldest son took me to see his new workplace. I walked into his studio, walked straight to his computer area, leaned onto his waist high work table and said, “this is great!”

Nick said when they moved into their new area all the designers wanted high tables to work on so they could stand as they worked if they wanted to. He said you feel pretty crummy when you sit low in a chair in front of a computer screen all day. With a high table you can sit if you want or stand if you want.

As soon as I got home and bought a sheet of MDF and immediately raised my computer workspace to waist level. I cannot explain how much better working at an elevated height is.

The Comments

Aaron

Nothing like raising the level of ones work, eh?

Doug Jones

Reminds me of that Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney song… “Ebony and Ivory”. It is good to see PC and Mac coexisting on the table together. …warms the cockles of my heart

Don Jones

This is also a great vantage point for spying on anyone coming up your driveway… It’s sort of an air-traffic controller deal.

Dennis Jones

…nice to see you back, Don… Doug and I pretty much brought Brother Jones to a screeching halt last week without ya…

Don Jones

Don’t blame yourselves… blame the terrorists. They are infiltrating everywhere. No wonder you’re keeping a watchful eye out your window. I see in the paper that you guys are enjoying a outbreak of E-Coli up in Indiana. Watch that bagged spinach on your salads.

Dennis Jones

…just another good reason for me NOT to eat spinach… as if there aren’t already plenty of perfectly good reasons to not eat it…

Roballoo!

Your desk is almost like a transformer! Cool. I think it’s kinda interesting that you have the newer G5 machine while Doug has the newer flat panel monitor. Actually now I see that you have three monitors? Mac, PC and Linux? Wow. You must be a super user or sumthin’.

Dennis Jones

…yep …I have all kinds of equipment I don’t know how to use…

Don Jones

It looks like you have room on your desk for a Mr. Coffee maker. Hang a few mugs on your bulletin board.