JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 1

October 16, 2006

JOP1

…with your host, young Den Joneswalker…

R2D2nMe

…a beat-up R2 unit delivers a mysterious rough…

2Assignment

…what can this mean?

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

A damaged R2 Unit mysteriously arrives at my doorstep. I notice that something seems to be lodged in it’s Plaskon T-2000 Globulator, so I pry it out with my screwdriver. A hologram of a client instantly appears and pleads with me to do a poster for her. I feel sorry for the hologram girl because she is obviously having a bad hair day, so I say, “sure, I’ll do a poster for you.” A few days later the assignment arrives in the mail.

Some folks are very specific with their art direction, others… not so much. This particular job came with a rough attached (pictured above) for me to work from. I understood the concept, but the prospect of drawing a bunch of pipes and test tubes was not very exciting. I immediately began trying to come up with ways to change their idea. This, (of course), is where I usually… well… almost always… get myself into trouble.

I put their rough on the floor of my studio and decide to just walk around it for a few days while I work on other jobs. Perhaps time will supply me with the revelation I need to tweak this job into something I will enjoy doing a bit more.

Will the Force be with young Joneswalker on this project? Will inspiration magically pop up out of nowhere just like the hologram did? Or is something much darker lurking in his future? Find out in tomorrows exciting second episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

the FARCE is strong in young Joneswalker…

Don Jones

I got as far as the GUILT METER and felt so bad about this project I had to move on…

Dennis Jones

…unfortunately a GuiltOmeter, while meant originally to only measure guilt, tends to also induce a lot of guilt in a person…

Doug Jones

Rube Goldberg could do a number on this idea…

Doug Jones

It would end with a bowling ball falling off a ladder on someone’s toe and them yelling something bad… inducing heaps of guilt and blowing the GUILT-O-METER to smithereenes

Dennis Jones

…yes Doug, cursing is always a big plus in a Sunday School poster…

Doug Jones

yeah… you get to use all those symbols that you never get to use otherwise. Like #$*&!!@#%!!!

Dennis Jones

…wow, I’ve never heard you use that kind of language before, Doug… I’m kinda shocked…

Teper Senoj

Meesa thinks u sould youse that peectuure weeth photooshoop eend add a graydient

Dennis Jones

…I couldn’t understand what that floppy eared goomer was saying in the movie either…

Roballoo!

Oooh,a cliffhanger ~ I like it. Can’t wait for episode two.

Mark Behm

How many times do you ask yourself “and you picked ME for this job BECAUSE…?”

Dennis Jones

…I quit asking that 25 years ago… when you’re a burnt out old guy it really doesn’t matter all that much…

Don Jones

“Floppy eared goomer”… I’m using that phrase in my conversation!

Mark Behm

Heh heh heh.

Karen Jones

Dennis, you look so cute with that afro. It takes me back to when we first met… hee hee hee

Dennis Jones

EVERYBODY RUN… MY WIFE HAS FOUND OUR SECRET INTERNET CLUBHOUSE!

Dan Lietha

And I thought your Joy of Painting series were great before! This is REALLY getting interesting! Perhaps the REAL secret to Dennis’ success is about to be made known! YESSSSSSSSSS!

Dennis Jones

…ok, Dan, ok… you caught me… I confess… I am just the front man for a team of Jedi Knights that are actually doing the artwork… that little green one with the pointy ears is particularly good with gouache…

Yoda (pointy eared he is)

Too old, Joneswalker, are you, the training to begin, necessary that it is, in the ways of the force, backwards to talk like me…

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JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 2

October 17, 2006

FindingInspiration

…with your host, Den Joneswalker…

2Assignment

…the rough my client sent me to work from…

2RubeG

…an old Rube Goldberg cartoon…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …my client has sent me a very simple art request. All I have to do is follow their rough layout (pictured above). Instead, I am trying to think up a way to change their concept (just a little) as to make it just a bit more entertaining for me to work on.

For several days I continue to walk by and look at my clients rough as it lays on the studio floor. Then it hits me, this is just like one of those old Rube Goldberg cartoons. I fire up the Google search engine, find Rube’s work on the internet, and pull down a photo or two (pictured above) for reference. I now have a direction I like and am ready to tweak my clients idea.

Today’s exciting episode was really, really short. Will tomorrows episode be any longer? …or any more exciting? Find out in tomorrows really, really exciting, much longer third episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Looking at those pipes makes me wonder if SocMo C-3P0 (hey, that kinda rhymes) could slide through them backwards, with his eyes closed, and live to tell of it.

Dennis Jones

uhm… Keegan… his name is Soc-3P-Mo…

Don Jones

This is better than any LOST episode.

Dennis Jones

…oh,yeh …I seem to have forgotten that last week I said this all takes place on a hidden island where dinosaurs are eating people… I suppose I need to work that plot line into this story…

Doug Jones

Can’t wait for the bowling ball to fall on the dinosaur’s toe…

Don Jones

Don’t forget the “UDDERS”.

Dennis Jones

…Don, your “udders” comment reminded me of one of the best dialogs the brothers n’ others ever had on Brother Jones… Take a trip on the way back machine and enjoy it again…

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 3

October 18, 2006

2006_10_18_Soc3pMo

…with your host, Soc-3P-Mo… HEY!…

2QuikPencil

…a really rough, rough…

2Pencil

…the finished pencil…

To recap yesterdays exciting episode; …I have come up with a way to tweak my clients assignment into something I will enjoy doing a bit more than their original idea. I’m going to turn it into a Rube Goldberg tribute piece.

[warning] Changing a clients assignment is, (of course), always a really bad idea. [end of disclaimer, on with thrilling story]

My first task is to figure out how this illustration might work as a Rube Goldberg cartoon. I roughly sketch out an idea (first picture), decide this is probably as good as anything I’m going to come up with, and proceed to work out the finished drawing (second picture). I attach that to an email and send it to my client for approval. This is a risky move. It is not exactly what they have asked for and I have invested a lot of time to get to this point in the process.

Will my Jedi mind tricks work? Is this concept just a little too far removed from their original assignment? Do they have some sort of problem with Rube Goldberg Tributes? Find out in tomorrows exciting fourth episode of …The Joy Of Painting!

The Comments

Doug Jones

I’m predicting that the gizmo will be OK… but you will have to make the guy at the end into a woman… of another race… facing the other direction… and much younger. I hope I win… I hope I win…

Dennis Jones

…well, you predicted the Rube Goldberg part correctly on day one… the force is strong in you…

Dan Lietha

Rube Goldburg would be proud of his Padawon learner for sure. I want to see if the client thinks you’ve gone to the dark side.

Don Jones

I think the SIN on the cook top should be larger; The guy’s pants should be stripes and the balloon should read “shame on me”.

Dennis Jones

…congratulations, Don… you and the client both seem to have issues with the balloon…

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 4

October 19, 2006

JOP4

…with your happy little host, Dennis Jones…

2BaseArt

…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…

Roballoo!

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.