2004… Whew… Sure Glad That One Is Over

January 9, 2005

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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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Red Sea

June 22, 2005

RedSea

I was digging around on my other computer last night hoping to find an old program I really needed, (which I didn’t find) and ran across these two jpegs and thought, hey… that’s enough for a journal page on the Brother Jones site…

…so here is my fabulously exciting and insightful, educational AND inspirational, New Journal Page Entry!

This is an illustration (and the pencil) from my new Children’s Bible that will be coming out later this year from Zondervan and available at a retailer near you…

…and yes that was a shameless plug for it.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis, with your sense of positioning and dramatic presentation… you could be a movie director. You would have to move the Indiana gourd farm to Hollywood though…

marcelo from Brasil!!!!!!

I bet nobody has ever though about this scene from this point of view…not even the “guy” who wrote it! Don is right, u guys should do movie direction!!! hey,i want one of those bibles for me!!!!!

Dennis Jones

CUT… go to print with that last comment…

Doug Jones

I have a copy of the first Bible you did. It is autographed by Moses. Is Moses going to be autographing the new one too?

Banshee

Cool Dennis. It is fun to see those before/after pics.

DJ

Hey! That doesn’t look like Charlton Heston. And you call yourself an artist. (Just kidding) Nice work.

Dennis Jones

DJ… long time since I’ve heard from you… I thought you had fallen off the other side of the earth… I like the splash page on your new web site… looking forward to seeing it when its all done…

DJ

Yeah, it’s been a while. Growing a business you know. The new website has been updated. I hope you’ll check it out when you get the chance. We would appreciate any and all feedback.

It’s Here! maybe…

September 1, 2005

SeeWMECover

HOO HOO!… This is the big release date for my new Bible!

I dont know if you can actually go out and find one in a book store yet…

…but at least it’s up on Amazon.com now.

The Comments

Keegan Jones

Whoa, awesome! I’ve had the opportunity to see this bible first hand and it’s definitely a winner folks.

Don Jones

Woo Hoo!!! To coincide with the See With Me Bible debut is The Brother Jones Show – Podcast #7 featuring Den and Don in the naugahyde corner booth. This will be available for download later on this evening.

Dennis Jones

I anticipate that podcast with great fear and trepidation… I seem to remember it taking place about 3 in the morning after much drinking of coffee… no telling what was said…

Dan Lietha

As a member of the Dennis Jones fan population, I request heaps of shameless self-promotion (in the most humble Christian way possible of course 🙂 ) and insights from the drawing board on the See With Me Bible. Fans can never have too much information! I’m off to buy my copy! Dan

Dennis Jones

Thanks Dan…

If I remember right, this podcast is chocked full of shameless self promotion… and one or two questions on technique which I immediately dismissed in order to get back to shamelessly promoting the new Bible again…

Did I mention I have a new Bible out?

shameless…

Don Jones

Sorry to say, in the course of slicing and dicing this interview in the editing process… it has evolved into some sort of out-of-sync, garbled, Beelzebub-sounding interview. In other words, it’s a top-knotch podcast nugget!!

Dennis Jones

…some might say it’s a pieced together disaster… we would say it’s Brother Jones at its very, very best…

Don Jones

I can already predict it will be on our Best Of Brother Jones 2005 CD.

Dennis Jones

…the “Best Of” CD’s can be door prizes at this years Mtn Grove Christmas n Card Party!

Kelly – one of Gary’s

Looks Quality – where can I get it for 16.99 – amazon says I can get 5.44 off the cover price. But I think you are so worth it…maybe I’ll just send my 32% savings to you direct…yeah that the ticket. Can’t wait to see it.

marcelo from Brasil!!!!!!

hey , I want one of those!!!!!

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This is the best news of the day! Reminds me of that movie where Steve Martin’s character is so happy to get the new phone book… THE NEW SEE ME BIBLE’s HERE, THE NEW SEE ME BIBLE’s HERE, THE NEW SEE ME BIBLE’s HERE!!!

Dennis Jones

hmmm… …now… are you comparing ME or YOU to Navin Johnson?… because if you are comparing me to Navin… well… thats a pretty close comparison…

Casey Harpe

I just ordered my two copies. I feel kind of weird ordering a childrens’ Bible when I don’t have any children. Dennis, when are we going back to Romania?

Dennis Jones

Hi Casey… I believe another trip is being put together for late May… are ya going with us I hope?

Casey Harpe

Our group is going somwhere overseas next year but I’m not sure where. We definitely have not ruled out Romania. My aunt Becky (who was in our group) and I are going with a different group to Uganda in Feb. and we are very excited about that. We are going to work with an orphanage that has about 350 kids with 10 adults to take care of them. Can’t wait! Hopefully, I’ll see the Family Jones next May…at least part of it.

Dennis Jones

350 to 10?!… sounds like they are probably needing a little help!

The Seasoned Traveler

March 27, 2006

BookSigning

…a really big pile of my books…

I traveled deep into the heart of the Bible Belt last week, (San Francisco), to do a book signing and discovered something in the process. I am the kind of traveler that my wife hates to encounter when she’s flying. It’s not that I’m rude or obnoxious. I’m just oblivious to everything that’s going on around me. Fortunately for both of us, I was traveling alone.

I arrived at the airport in plenty of time to check in but I could not figure out how to work the auto-check-in computer. I got into another line which had a real live lady to talk to and she told me to go use the auto-check-in computer. I went back to the smug auto-check-in computer which was now mocking me and proceeded to punch buttons until it told me it could not find me in the system and to go back and talk to the lady that told me to go to the auto-check-in computer. Then the auto-check-in computer malfunctioned and quit working, a development which the people standing in line behind me did not seem to appreciate.

I finally got my ticket and proceeded to the security gate where I was stopped and was told that I could not get onto the plane because my drivers license had expired. The security guy took pity on me and let me go on through but warned me that other security people might not be so kind to me. This made the rest of my trip a pleasant experience knowing that at any point along the way I could be stopped by any security person on a whim and not allowed to go any further.

I was so happy to actually get onto my airplane that I walked several rows past my assigned seat and had to ask the line of people behind me to back up so that I could get back to my seat. They were all very gracious and hardly rolled their eyes at all.

I had a connecting flight to catch in Chicago and I got aboard that plane with no problem, but it was a very large plane and I had some trouble finding my seat. A steward saw me struggling, grabbed my ticket, looked at it and told me I had passed my seat. He walked me back to the front of the plane, helped me into my seat, and hardly rolled his eyes at all.

My wife, (who was already in San Francisco), picked me up when I arrived and then was my chauffer for the entire week since my drivers license was expired. She sure thought that was fun and hardly rolled her eyes at all.

We flew back together, but since she was in first class and I was in coach she boarded the plane long before I did. When it was time for my section to board, a flight to St. Louis had begun boarding through the same breezeway. I marched right down the breezeway to the plane that was going to St. Louis. Fortunately I figured this out before it was too late, got into the correct airplane, slid into my seat and whipped out my Ipod Nano to listen to some music. The Nano immediately ran out of juice, but that’s ok because you can power them back up with a laptop computer… which I don’t own… so I looked out the window a lot and listened to the guy snoring in the seat next to me.

We arrived back in Indiana safe and sound except for one of Karens hard shell suitcases which literally had a hole in it where one of the wheels had been ripped off. Fortunately for me I did not have that problem… my suitcases were fine… they located them somewhere in Texas… I am sure they will make it home safe and sound…

…one of these days.

The Comments

Doug Jones

Good story there, Dennis. Wish I coulda been there with you. Not that I would be of any help… but I could take some cool pictures of all the people doing their eye rolls.

Bucky Jones

Dennis, I feel your pain. The joys of Air Travel.

Don Jones

I hope you were wearing a retro Brother Jones sweatshirt with a big ol’ URL pasted on the front. The upside to venturing out of the house is that it makes being home SO MUCH better… and less conspicuous.

Roballoo

What? I could have gotten an autographed Bible from Mr. Jones himself? Live and in person? If I had only known you were in my home turf of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dan Lietha

Are you doing any other book signings in the future? And how about any book readings of the SEE WITH ME BIBLE? 🙂 That would be fun to watch.

Dennis Jones

….that’s not a bad idea, Dan… a book READING… of my WORDLESS Bible… I’ll have to get busy on that one…

Travis

nice story….(rolling my eyes) : )

Joe Programmer

Some team of programmers in some obscure cubicles have failed miserably – those check-in systems are supposed to be easy enough for even artists and grandmas. Ha!

Mount Paran Facility Opening

May 21, 2007

Mount Paran Facility Opening

MtParan1

…two Bible characters… well… two characters…

MtParan2

…a classroom interior…

MtParan3

…looking through her new See With Me Bible…

This weekend was the grand opening of Bible Land at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the good folks there were kind enough to fly me down to be a part of it. I’ve been working with Little Mountain Productions to create wall art for church interiors, and this is our first collaboration together. The artwork used was all from my See With Me Bible that is published by Zondervan.

I just noticed on the See With Me link (above) there is a telephone interview I forgot that I’d done. It seems to be one of my typical conversations. I am asked a question, I babble on aimlessly for a while, don’t answer the question, and eventually forget what the question was and what I’m talking about.

The Comments

Doug Jones

what were you saying? … I dozed off there for a moment…

Keegan Jones

Whoa, that is totally cool. Is that screen printed on the wall or something?

Shrub

Very nice! I will have to bring this up during the next church building project meeting!

Dennis Jones

…zzzsSNOrRt …whoa, I kinda dozed off myself… Keegan, those are huge vinyl wall coverings…

Doug Jones

this is like Dennis on the Jumbo-Tron! cool! It looks like it is in a classroom and a stage area… anything else? What are those screen like things on the right in the bottom picture?

Dennis Jones

…a three level puppet stage…

Don Jones

The rock seats even look to be in the Dennis Jones style. This is way cool…

Don Jones

I see you’re styling with the latest in the Johnny Cash line!

Doug Jones

For some reason… that picture of Dennis reminds me of Mr. Miyagi… the old master in the Karate Kid. ‘cept he had more hair…

Dennis Jones

…good observation, Don… they did model the rocks from the ones in the See With Me… the three tiered one on stage is a pulpit…

Dennis Jones

…wax on …WAX OFF…

Don Jones

Thanks for that reminder there Dennis… don’t forget your bikini wax for the upcoming summer swimmin’ season.

Dan Lietha

Alright Dennis, I gotta ask because inquiring Jones fans want to know. Are these the largest repoductions of your art so far or have there been larger ones made in the past? The Trivial Pursuit Jones Edition has to be accurate!

Dennis Jones

…this is at least the most ENLARGED of anything I’ve ever done… these pictures are only around 10 by 16 inches in size…

Roballoo

Wow! any issues with enlarging your work so much?

Dennis Jones

…I was really impressed with how these turned out… I sent the original artwork to the Little Mountain people and they re-scanned it all at about half a gazillion dots per inch so it all turned out really sharp…

Don Jones

Surprisingly, those large format printers do some amazing interpolation of pixels… The big 8×12 foot banner (& billboard) artwork we do around these parts are sent in at 50 to 85 dpi at actual size. Go figure.

Dennis Jones

…you lost me at interpolation… but I did understand the surprisingly part…

Doug Jones

I think everything works with algorithms…

More Mount Paran Photos

May 23, 2007

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…reception area…

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…the classrooms…

Last weekend was the grand opening of Bible Land at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the good folks there were kind enough to fly me down to be a part of it. I’ve been working with Little Mountain Productions to create wall art for church interiors, and this is our first collaboration together. The artwork used was all from my See With Me Bible that is published by Zondervan.

Here are some of the classrooms from the church.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I hope they paid you by the square foot…

Don Jones

Gives me the “itch” to do environmental graphics.

Doug Jones

that could be a tick, Don…

Roballoo

So is this the beginnings of the bro. Jones Amusement Park? This could get interesting.

Felipe B. Vancin, 22 anos, brasileiro, designer

simplismente fantstico!!!! sou teu f Jones, espero um dia te conhecer…em ilustraes crists voc o melhor, nunca vi algo parecido….tenho a sua bblia ilustrada aqui no Brasil, sua arte, sua forma de caricaturizar personagens me emociona, sempre. Desculpa escrever em portugus, espero que entenda. vou deixar meu e-mail felipev@tiliweb.com.br, um grande abrao e parabns !!!!

Scott Werner

Dennis—Wow! Great job! These are amazing. I love it! Looking forward to visiting soon. Scott

Mount Paran Final Photos

May 25, 2007

MtParanLR1MtParanLR2MtParanLR3Last weekend was the grand opening of Bible Land at Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the good folks there were kind enough to fly me down to be a part of it. I’ve been working with Little Mountain Productions to create wall art for church interiors, and this is our first collaboration together. The artwork used was all from my See With Me Bible that is published by Zondervan.

These are the walls in the great room. I particularly liked how the doors in the room were a continuation of the artwork.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I was looking at the last photo and the thought occurred to me… it would be great if they had some scratch and sniff things to go along with those animals. It would enhance the whole ark experience…

Don Jones

That is simply great looking. Did they create that Bible Land logo? Was that illustration also a direct pick-up from the See With Me?

Dennis Jones

…yep …the logo illustration was an art pull from the Bible…

Felipe B. Vancin, 22 anos, brasileiro, designer

Hi, D.Jones, I wait that it reads. I am Brazilian, I am in the last year of the college of design, I am developing my project of course conclusion, that is Biblical personages for children. It would like to say that I admire you very, the little time I bought its illustrated bible here in Brazil, would very like one day to be able to know you, therefore I am your fan. I adore all its drawings, I am Christian and I never knew Biblical drawings with as much sensitivity as you he makes. I very learned in its site and blog, but if it will be able to send me any type of material that can help me in my project, ours, would be the maximum! I can say that I am a better ilustrador due to you. A great one I always hug, that God blesses you very! it forgives the English, sincerely, Felipe B. Vancin.

Don Jones

Hello Felipe! Isn’t Brazil south of Arkansas?

Dennis Jones

Hello Felipe… thanks for your kind comments… I hope to see your artwork someday!

New Photoshop Brush

October 1, 2007

BillyCower

I was piddling around on the computer this weekend and decided to learn how to build a custom Photoshop brush. I was very proud of myself for learning how to do this… then a little less proud when I discovered how easy it was… then not too proud at all when I forgot to save it and threw it away accidentally… but I did paint this little picture with it before it disappeared forever.

I’ll never forget that little Photoshop brush… it was a true and loyal friend… while it survived…

The Comments

Don Jones

I never got to try that little Photoshop brush, but I bet it was a good little work horse. Coach Cower needs to trade his NBC desk job for a Chiefs sideline gig. Phlegm win big this week even with the LIONS defense.

Doug Jones

I keep thinking I need to try to make a PS brush… but just never get around to figuring it out. But if YOU can do it… there is hope for all of us

Don Jones

Do you bang your mouse back and forth on the desk like Bob Ross cleaning his brush?

Dennis Jones

…well, that made me laugh out loud…

Don Jones

I still enjoy a good Bob Ross paintin’ show. Especially when he loads up that fan brush with a touch of blue and lots of magic white and proceeds to create a wonderful little waterfall in his world.

Doug Jones

Yeah… that made me laugh too… in my world… all the happy little trees are deformed. They still play Bob’s program here. Love the Afro. You might want to check out the Bob Ross Cult

Don Jones

Dennis Jones

…well, since it’s apparently Bob Ross Day on my page, a little something from the archives…

Don Jones

A true, best of Brother Jones ArKival Klassic.

Jason Bourne

Bob Ross paints mice? Who knew? Incase you’re reading Bob, would you paint Bespin or Kamino. It would be awesome.

Andy

No mistakes here, just happy accidents. Words of wisdom from Bob Ross and my mom…

Dennis Jones

…my mom never thought my accidents were all that happy when I was a kid… of course, my accidents usually involved a broken or severed limb or two…

Andy

I thought it was unwavering motherly encouragement until I was in a therapy session around age 23… when I realized she was referring to me. Maybe I’ve shared too much.

kelly

hello. I have been checking in off and on for the past coupla years. Big fan of you all. Dennis, I had an interesting thing happen while reading the “See with Me Bible” with my daughter last night…a few weeks ago she learned about Jonah, she’s almost 4, while she relayed the story from Sunday school, she kept referring to Jonah as “She” – I then explained to her that Jonah was a boy. She got very agitated and explained to me that Boys don’t wear yellow dresses with purple. I later saw in the story book the class used that he indeed had a yellow robe and purple sandals and sash…back to last night, as I read the story I was surprised to see, even in the Dennis Jones version Jonah sports yellow and purple, luckily there was no questions of whether he was a boy or girl, I plan to research today to see if Jonah’s choice of wardrobe is mentioned in the Bible…just thought it as interesting.

Dennis Jones

Hi Kelly …I don’t think there’s anything about what color robe Jonah wears in the Bible… probably most everyone was wearing some shade of brown in those days, (except for the very wealthy)… of course, a full color Bible full of brown is not all that exciting… in a picture Bible with tons of different characters, you have to make them look different in some way, so you put one in yellow and call him Jonah… you put one in green and call him Peter… I was just using color to differentiate different characters… it was fun to hear the story about you daughter…

Doug Jones

I personally think Jonah wore a robe with polka dots…

Dennis Jones

…I’m pretty sure his robe was kinda polka-dotted after being half digested by Big Fish gastric juices…

Roballoo

Your P-shop paintin’ skils r da bomb. Love that treatment of the area under the brim of the hat –

Dennis Jones

Roballoo

Yikes!

A New Title, sorta

September 11, 2009

SWMCoverRWMToddler

A few years ago, my See With Me Bible was released. It was all pictures and virtually no text. It was something pre-readers could look at on their own, and something parents could use to tell their children the stories in their own words. Sales figures indicated the wordless concept was just not connecting, so the title was pulled off the market, text was added along with a new cover and title and we now have the brand new (sorta) Read With Me for TODDLERS!

You can take a look at it here on Amazon.

The Comments

The “Ripleys” Guy

Dennis, I want to purchase one of these early Bibles for my Grandaughter (5 1/2 years of age) Which would you recommend: this new version for Toddlers or the Read With Me NIrV? Thanks

Don Jones

Kenny G. plays the sax… Denny G. plays the cintiq! It’s all beautiful music, man…

Dennis Jones

Mr. Ripley Guy… I’d go for the sorta brand new “Toddler” Bible… it’s almost like brand new except really not at all…

Jeff

As a proud owner of several copies I hope that the sorta brand new pages are more resistant to the following: Cheezy poof residue- Red fruit punch- “Sneeze Cheese”- Crayons …Other than that my copies are as near mint as one can be after 3 kids.

Don Jones

Jeff Fisher struck that same pose as Noah last night when Hines Ward got stripped.

Dennis Jones

…man, the Titans looked scary good last night… it worries me for the home town Colts that play in the same division as them…

…Jeff, after three kids if any pages are still attached you’ve got a winner…

Nik

I’m an owner as well and do enjoy them as an “adult”. I’m a kid at heart though. Corgrats Cowboys on the first win of the season!!!

Dan Lietha

Aw man … add a new cover and a few words and now I have to go and buy it because I have to have all that cool Dennis Jones stuff. Oh well, I gotta do what I gotta do! 🙂

BTW, I had a chance to use the Cintiq 12WX for a few days as my 21UX was out for repairs and I found the 12WX was too small to use well, for me at least. The larger 20 or 21 inch versions provide that much needed context to an image even when zoomed in real close.

Dennis Jones

…interesting …because I have really been wishing for a tablet laptop of some sort that I could do real live digital painting with away from my studio…

…I thought maybe the 12WX might be an option, but you still have to lug around cords and a laptop to run it with… I’ve been looking hard at the ModBooks, but I’m scared to get a brand new computer that has been torn down and modified… I think there are some pc tablets out there, but I dont know anything about them…

Doug Jones

I just read some things recently about folks buying the Modbook. They sounded really good till I saw how much they cost! I also read some guys complaining about their brand new Cintiqs getting scratches on the screens. Any problem with that?

Don Jones

Don’t get Denny G. started talking about his “ailments.”

Dennis Jones

…right after I got my brand new Cintiq, I let Peter give it a try and mysteriously had a little scratch on the screen after that…

Britni Brault

Now that our daughter has officially torn all the pages out of the “See With Me” bible and chewed on most of the cover I’m going to have to get her a new one. Ill check out the “New” edition but I do love the one with only pictures. They might have had to add words because people don’t read their own bible so how could they tell the stories to their kids when that is their own study time too=)

Britni Brault

Okay I admit it, it can be my only devotional time too. But I also watch Veggie Tales.

Doug Jones

I wonder if the discontinued wordless Bible will become a rare, valuable item. I’m putting my copy in a zip lock bag just in case…

Dennis Jones

…check the price of some of the old ones on Amazon right now…

Dan Lietha

I purchased a copy of the original Read with me Bible for 50 cents at a garage sale!

Dennis Jones

…hey Dan… are you a Brett Farve fan yet or still waiting to see how that situation all works out?

…that touchdown of Adrian Peterson on Sunday was the best run I’ve seen, well, maybe ever… when you stop in the middle of your run, grab hold of a defender and throw him out of bounds, then start running again and still beat everyone to the end zone… wow… a thing of beauty…