JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 4

October 19, 2006


…with your happy little host, Dennis Jones…


…finished base art…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I emailed my client pencil roughs for approval. Before I can go to finished artwork, the client must first o.k. a sketch. If there is any kind of problem, this is where they get to slam on the brakes. My idea is a fairly different take on their original art request.

I receive the green light to proceed, they love the new direction. The only change is the wording on the balloon. Instead of “Hoo Hoo” they wanted “Whoo Hoo”. I did not know that was the correct spelling for that. You learn something new every day.

I start painting. My game plan is to paint all the main elements in with gouache and then add the background in Photoshop. Since this is my own little Rube Goldberg tribute, I decide to paint it all in muted tones, mainly grays and browns to achieve an old time look.

I am done with the painting phase and scanning the art when I hear the email bell fire off on my computer. It is my client. The email reads… “by the way, make sure this poster is very, very colorful.” This presents just a bit of a problem since I am already done painting everything.

Welllll… (does anyone remember those old Chicken Man Radio Shows where the announcer says that at the end)?… no? …well, anyway… will I be able to pull a rabbit out of my hat?… gerARRRrrr… (Rocky & Bullwinkle)… or will it be back to the drawing board for a second try at this? Tune in tomorrow for the final exciting episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

unless that editor sends you another email, I guess I lose out on that FABULOUS prize! shuckydarn.

Dennis Jones

…Doug, didn’t you say you were having your wisdom teeth removed this week? …next week? …sometime in the near future? …I think Don is in Texas right now…

Doug Jones

I had them out yesterday and have been sitting around with ice packs on my face for two days. It’s a thrill a minute! What’s Don in Texas for?

Dennis Jones

…arrggg… I suspect at your age you had some pretty long roots to pull out… good luck with all that… Don and Keegan are apartment shoppin’ I believe…

Doug Jones

As the doc told me, a 15 year old bounces back in no time… one of my advanced age takes 3 times as long to heal… been eatin’ pudding for 2 days now…

Dennis Jones

…I had my wisdom teeth pulled a few years back and have not been able to make wise decisions from that point on… coincidence? …I fear not…


Ol’ Rube would be proud. Love the pattern on that guys pants. Hope there is a larger version in the end so we can see all your details.


I Am Spartaweaselcus

October 15, 2009


The story had reached its sad conclusion. Spartaweaselcus and his rebel band of olive pickers were trapped and surrounded by the mighty Romaine Lettuce Army. Julius Weazer galloped up on his fearsome war armadillo and demanded, “which one of you is Spartaweaselcus?” To his astonishment, each rebel one after the other answered, “I am Spartaweaselcus.” Unable to determine which one actually was the former gladiator, Weazer confiscated all of their olives and set sail for the new world where he opened a successful chain of Olive Garden Restaurants and Spartaweaselcus lived to eat pizza another day.

The Comments


Nice chin..

Dennis Jones

…trying to stay true to the original version of this story…

Don Jones

I’d give anything for a belt like Sparaweaselcussesss.

The “Ripleys” Guy

That right arm looks vaguely familiar…Is that where Under Armor got that thing they put on Adrian Peterson in the commercial????


WOW! That is GREAT! Love the sword and he reminds me Tom Cruise!


Who was ever scared of Tom Cruise? Clearly Kirk Douglass was much more intimidating.


I’m just sorry the epic has to end.

Dennis Jones

…Jeff, you’re the one that started this whole mess with those nutty comments a couple of posts back. You got the story bouncing around in my head and then I had to put pictures to it…


Hello! You are great man. Really one of my favorite illustrators. Keep on.


This has been a really fun picture set..


You can call these segments, “Twisted History” we will have even more kids failing history tests.

Dennis Jones

…we can add the theme music from “Fractured Fairy Tales” to them from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show to really punch em up…

Dennis Jones

…thanks Apollojet!


Good idea.. If we are going to warp young peoples minds with Twisted history, we should have theme music..