Classic Art

April 25, 2005

Early-Dennis

I came across this fine example of early Dennis Jones artwork over the weekend.

I don’t know exactly what to say about it other than I think perhaps I might be needing some… well… professional help.

Maybe the junior psychiatrists in the BrotherJones Web Family (and you know who you are) can help me out with a bit of psychoanalysis.

Just take it easy on the psycho part of the analysis because I think this picture indicates I have been teetering precariously close to the edge for quite some time now.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It looks like at some point you got hungry and took a bite out of your paper. I guess we were all out of Mayonaise sandwiches.

Dennis Jones

DOUG! Don’t be tellin’ all our family secrets… people will think we are weird if they find out we grew up eating mayonnaise sandwiches…

Doug Jones

OOPS!

Don Jones

I think I see some LION KING images here. I say we can gear up for a Disney infringement lawsuit with this particular drawing document in our hands. I really like the drinking, corn cob pipe smoking guy in the bottom right corner. In fact, the majority of these characters are smokin’ and drinkin’.

Quique

Are you crazy or what? It is totally clear he was drawing about San Fermn Fiesta in Spain .. and actually, he did the drawings while totally drunk there!!

Doug Jones

Hmmm… Dennis did disappear for a day when he was 6, but I never knew he went to Spain.

Dennis Jones

Yep… that was one wild weekend of corncob pipe smokin’ and chocolate milk drinkin’…

Dennis Jones

Rufus Wainwright has a song called Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk that is pretty good…

Don Jones

I’m seeing it… it’s Denny running with the bulls…

Roy

Looks like Grandpa Floyd’s corn cob pipe.

Doug Jones

uncle Roy checks in… Woo Woo! That big guy in the right corner seems to be holding up one of grandpa’s little tobacco sacks. I always liked those little sacks with the draw strings. He also looks like he has 4 pieces of duct tape on him.

Dennis Jones

We cousins spent many a Sunday afternoon in Walnut Grove hollowing out corncobs and grapevines and constructing pipes to smoke Grandpa’s crabgrass with…

Doug Jones

…but nobody knew about it cause they were all playin ROOK…

Don Jones

Or napping in the front yard… let’s see first post-lunch naps… THEN the card table was broken out for the ROOK games.

Roy

I though you guys smoked grape vines.

Dennis Jones

Smoking grape vines was always a last resort option… corn cob pipes… now that was the way to go… we just wanted to smoke a pipe on the front porch like Grandpa did…

Don Jones

All I wanted to do was bang my pipe on the side of the house.

Nicolai the Great

????? ?? socmo ?? ????? ??? ??????.

Nick Jones Everybody

ahh man that didn’t work…. anyway, I was looking at the picture and I think…… THAT’S SOCMO IN AN EARLY DENNY JONES PIECE! He’s on the bottom second from the right. He’s wearing a jacket, but don’t let that fool you, it’s him alright.

Don Jones

I’m sure glad you used archival quality newsprint as a youngster Den. These should last forever.

Sigmund Freud

Where to begin…

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New Sketchbook Stuff

June 10, 2005

6-10-Yoda-

I can fritter away a lot of time quickly with a pencil and a sheet of paper. I did this picture yesterday killing time at the dentist’s office while waiting for my son. I just posted eight new sketches from my drawing book. Nothing earth shaking here, just something new to look at.

The Comments

Doug Jones

drew something, you did.

Don Jones

Janson is demanding a print-out of this Yoda drawing… I must comply.

Banshee

Awesome Dennis… maybe the hint of some faded colors… you could submit it to a fan art website. It is really good. FOWA: week of 4-10-05 Forget things sometimes I do. When no longer on the dark side I am, at Brother Jones website I am found.

Dennis Jones

Yoda talk is kinda fun… take a sentence… split it in two… put the first part at the end and presto chango you are talking Yodish… mmmm… end this comment now I must… mmmm…

Lexie’s Picture

September 26, 2005

LexieLetter

A little girl handed me this picture yesterday at church. Lexie wanted me to know that I was not the only artist in attendance that day.

This is a picture of me on the left with my glasses and facial hair, and Lexie on the right… the two artists! Her note at the top of the page says, “I Am A Artist… Sincerely, Me”.

Its always good to know what you look like to the children in your church.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It looks like she is yelling out your name… her mouth is a perfect “D”

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Looks like you have that Elvis lip impersonation going for you.

Don Jones

Looks like Lexie has been traumatized by you, Den. She is in her “screaming, say it ain’t so” mode.

Kyle Jones

You grew your sideburns back?

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…

Making The Jump

March 2, 2006

Jump1

…from the Sketchbook to Watercolor Notebook…

Jump2

…copier…light table…paint…

Jump3

…a successful jump…

In my last journal post I made the comment that occasionally one of my drawings will jump out of my sketchbook and into my watercolor notebook. I received an email asking how exactly that jump takes place. I would like to say it’s a very complicated process that requires a doctoral degree… of course, we all know the Brothers Jones are not exactly rocket scientists, so it stands to reason the transfer is a pretty low tech, simple procedure.

I first duplicate my sketch on the copier machine. This gets it out of the sketchbook and into a more workable format. I tape this copy to the bottom of the watercolor paper and put it on my light table. The light table allows me to see the sketch and I redraw it onto the watercolor paper. Now that I have transfered the sketch onto the watercolor paper I am ready to paint.

Here at Brother Jones, you ask the questions, we give you the answers… as simple-minded as those answers might be.

The Comments

Doug Jones

… and here we see the REAL secret of your success… you have 3 arms!

Bucky Jones

Dennis, thanks a ton for the step by step. Interesting, as always….but I gotta go with Doug on the Three Arm thing!

Jeff

Dennis, Thanks for the info. Can you take it one step further and give us some great insight on your gouache painting techniques. After all, that’s what you do at Brothers Jones right? Love the work!

Don Jones

Dennis, this sounds like the makings for another STEP-BY-STEP Gouache Paintin’ Podcast. Or another song.

Jeff

The podcast is great! but us illustrator types are visual!

Thomas M.

Video podcast 🙂

Don Jones

I can fire up the Sony VX1000 and pull this off. But on second thought, it might encroach on the soon-to-be-released Nick Jones Everybody video series featuring Dennis and his secret society of gouache and gourd lovers.

Doug Jones

On second glance, that third hand is looking a bit on the purple side. This must be the one that holds the ol’ coffee cup as the other two are slavin’ away doing all the hard work. You must have this multi-tasking thing DOWN, eh?

Dennis Jones

…bad news… Karen just called from Ft. Wayne and told me she bought a food scale…

I do not know what a food scale is… I do not know what a food scale is for… but I fear a food scale is not good news for me…

…with this in mind I am currently hauling all the potato chips and snack cakes in the house into my studio and hiding them away just in case I am about to embark on some sort of structured eating program… I am also frantically trying to eat all of what’s left from my secret stash of Valentines Day candy…

I fear good times around here are about to come to an end… put my name on the prayer list at your church…

Jeff

The food scale is great for candy and potato chips!

Dennis Jones

…>munch< munch >munch<… really?

Don Jones

You don’t need no stinkin’ food scale. Just tell Karen that approximately 49 chips or 62 Hershey Kisses will completely fill your mouth… without measuring!!

Mokuu

Wow, thats instantly gets you a backup copy without scrapping the original, yet i do wonder how much that copier machine costed you 🙂

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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USA Today

April 7, 2006

Cower

…from the newspaper, to my watercolor sketchbook…

Some people enjoy going outside into nature to become inspired to create art. My experience with that has been that nature is full of biting bugs and is frequently very hot. I have found it much more enjoyable to be inspired from inside the comfort of my own house, in a climate controlled environment, sipping a favorite beverage, and looking at my USA Today.

The Comments

Don Jones

I too was reading the old USA Today… today and realized that the NFL has an interchangeable game deal going in the latter part of the 2006 season. Apparently NBC can pick and choose a few of the games they broadcast on Sunday evening. I was disappointed to see that the NFL channel is getting into game broadcasts. In fact, the Chiefs play on Thanksgiving night ON CABLE. Dennis… reserve my seat now in your living room. Karen… weigh up some snacks for the game. Thanks.

Doug Jones

needs more scowl… This guy has the best scowl in the NFL

Don Jones

I would have to DISAGREE there with you Douger… I believe Jon Gruden has the ultimate scowl goin’ on. Coach Cowher has the best JAWLINE in the NFL. I would like some additional comments from others on this heated little debate.

Dennis Jones

…when Marty Schottenheimer coached the Browns he had to decide whether to keep Bill Cowher as a linebacker or Sam Mills… he kept Cowher… Mills went on to become a pro-bowler for New Orleans… Cowher went on to coach with Marty… Schottenheimer said he traded the best player, but kept the best coach…

Don Jones

That’s good info there Den. But where exactly does Marty fit into the picture? Seems Lamar gave him the boot from the Chiefs… and he couldn’t quite cut it with the Redskins. He may be the best TRAVELED coach in the league.

Jeff

It’s still Hockey season ‘aint” it? Try Ty Domi he has an all star mug..

Dennis Jones

…Hey… I think you’re right… since the NHL moved from ESPN to OLN I never see it anymore… I kinda forgot they were even still playing… it’s probably almost time for the playoffs, isn’t it?…

Jeff

Not for the STARS….ha!

Dennis Jones

…are you still a Rangers fan? …they are having a surprisingly good season this year…

Jeff

I am on a self imposed black out.. N.H.L. players had no problem leaving the fans hanging for a season so I am leaving them for a season. I am sure they will survive the financial blow I have dealt them..But the sting from my action will last at least a day or two.. “evil laugh”

Dennis Jones

…I’m with you, Jeff… now that there are two of us on self-imposed NHL blackouts, I doubt whether the NHL will be able to recover as quickly from the crushing financial blow we have dealt them together… SOLIDARITY…

Jeff

I tried the hate mail thing but when you start with “you guys stink” they usually don’t respond..

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis & Jeff, Make that 2.5 of us on the NHL blackout list. I say .5 because with Sid the Kid in pittsburgh I’m entitled to at least his games. Besides my son would kill me if I didn’t follow his new favorite player. As for Cower, sorry Don, but it’s a triple threat…Jawline, Spitter and Scowl.

My New Watercolor Sketchbook

April 26, 2006

DenBook1

…the cold press book …the hot press book…

DenBook2

…building the perfect beast…

DenBook3

…a vellum cover sheet for the first page…

Almost all the pictures I have loaded on Brother Jones come from my watercolor sketchbooks. I love to work in them because when I finish one up, it’s like having a mini portfolio of original artwork.

The first one I got had cold press paper in it. I dont really like painting on cold press because of the rough surface, but it forced me to work thru the texture and I came out with several nice pieces in that book.

The second one I got had hot press paper in it which I liked much better. It wasnt the same watercolor paper I actually worked on, but at least it had a smooth surface to it. I just finished the last page of that book, and called the art supply store to get another. They said they were out of stock and were not expecting to be receiving any more for at least three weeks.

Wait a month for another watercolor sketchbook? I dont think so.

Last week I spoke at an elementary school that was in the middle of one of those “write your story, illustrate your story” type projects, and they were going to make their books themselves. I decided if a bunch of third graders can make a book, surely I can, too.

I took three large sheets of my favorite hot press watercolor paper and cut them into eighteen pages. I ripped the back off an old pad of sketch paper, cut out a cover and a back and spray painted them. I then took the whole thing to Staples where they punched holes in it and put on the spiral binder.

The watercolor sketchbook I was trying to buy from the art supply store sells for about twenty-five dollars. My watercolor sketchbook…

…three sheets of paper… $9.00…

…the hole punching and wire binder… $1.78…

…having your favorite paper in a new watercolor sketchbook…

…priceless.

The Comments

Don Jones

This is downright inspirational. It motivates me to look around and rig-up something for myself. I bet this will be your favorite sketchbook of all time…

Doug Jones

Ah-ha! You built the Mole-den-skine sketchbook! Way to go! I bet this was a way more fun than painting railing, eh? So… now you need to post that first painting that’s peeking out…

Doug Jones

Ah-ha! You built the Mole-den-skine sketchbook! Way to go! I bet this was a way more fun than painting railing, eh? So… now you need to post that first painting that’s peeking out…

Doug Jones

I seemed to have double clicked there… double your pleasure… double post! I guess I should go back to third grade and pick up some art tips for myself…

Don Jones

You put anything under vellum and it becomes upscale and cool.

Roballoo

It would be a lot of fun for the fans to see an entire watercolor sketchbook here on Brother Jones. Of course that’s easier said than done. But think of the adulation of the fans! The roar of applause!

Bucky Jones

I second that motion!

Dennis Jones

yeeEeEEE-ipes… that sounds like a lot of scanning and photoshopping… not totally out of the question, but would require some work…

Jeff

And the front porch project takes another deadline hit…Mom ain’t gonna like it…

Roballoo

Just send it to me and I’ll scan it for you…I promise to send it back, honest! 🙂

Grant Brown

Wow looks great.would love to see the toon you have on the page.looks great

Roballoo

I’d only keep 1 or 2 pages tops as a fee for my scanning services (OK 4 or 5 – but that would be it!). And I would return it right away – only 2 years to allow me to savor every sketch 🙂

Mokuu

Impressive, those some awesome customization abilities!

Elephant

October 3, 2006

ElephantSketches

…random sketchbook pages…

mech7Elephant

…leaving in the linework…

I’m still trying to figure out what I want digital color to look like. I don’t know whether to leave the line work showing, totally paint it out, or come up with some hybrid of the two, so I keep experimenting… and posting them here.

One thing I really like about this is how quickly you can move color onto a drawing. I’ve been scanning random sketchbook pages into my computer so that when the urge to do a little digital painting hits me, I can just snag a sketch and go.

The Comments

Don Jones

How is your Wacom Tablet Fund doing? Maybe Keegan should work a PayPal button on here for those spur-of-the-moment contributions.

Dennis Jones

…haven’t gotten around to getting a tablet yet… I’m not going to have a lot of time for the next few weeks to mess with this stuff anyway…

Doug Jones

…you will be spending your time out in the field on that big gourd harvest, right?

Dennis Jones

…we do have a fine harvest of tobacco box gourds this year…

Roballoo!

Nice. One of my favorite digital images fromm you yet. I guess this is kind of a hybrid thingy since I can stil see the linework?

Don Jones

Speaking of harvesting… the local authorities just busted our local elementary art teacher for having meth in the classroom. Strange but true. This could be my opening to get back into art edukashun.

Doug Jones

we had a kindergartener show up here with a bag of Marijuana and a loaded hand gun in her backpack…. the mom got arrested…

Dennis Jones

…I’ve been thinking about sitting in on a couple of night classes at our local university… I suppose I better get a gun and some drugs if I’m going to fit in with the other kids…

Don Jones

Good one Den… and don’t forget to wear a pair of Croks along with your hockey jersey.

Dennis Jones

…no one will even notice that I’m 300 years older than them…

Doug Jones

ever heard of “can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”

Dennis Jones

…I’m livin’ that every day…

Doug Jones

if anyone hassels you cuz you are 300 years old, just throw one of your Croks at ‘em…

Brian Beausoleil

I too can’t decide whether or not to leave the Pencil line work or not. But i do like the way if looks with it kind of keeps it loose and adds action to it. like my Football player that i did as my first digital painting. since then i have done one other and like the results so i guess i will leave them in for now. Brian

JoyOfPainting Part2 Episode 3

October 18, 2006

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…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…