August Imaginefx Magazine

August 10, 2009

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Steve Harpster sent me a kind email saying he had kinda lost track of me, (the story of my life) but when he saw the short blurb about my website in ImagineFX he had rediscovered me. A short blurb? … in ImagineFX? …Wha…? I didn’t know anything about any short blurb in ImagineFX. I sprinted out to Barnes and Noble, picked up the August issue and sure enough, right there on page 26, bingo! I am apparently on their radar for some odd reason. Thanks for the heads up, Steve.

The Comments

Don Jones

Here we go, Gothic Art… Cow with an uzi… Dennis, this is fantastic press. Keep up the good work.

Doug Jones

The cover says “Paintings that Pop” that’s probably why they put your gun toting cow in there…

Dennis Jones

…my two boys both call me pops… maybe that’s it…

Doug Jones

I find it curious that we can change our headline title and fix whatever bug we get sometimes that sends you off into spam city…

Don Jones

Have either of you two ever ingested SPAM? Seems I did once and it was really on the salty side…

Dennis Jones

…I used to ingest spam but then I went into my Preferences folder and turned on the spam blocker…

Don Jones

I do that too… but mine I find in the medicine cabinet and is called DiGel.

Don Jones

Excuse me for sounding and typing like an idiot.

JEFF

Did that say $15.00 for 1 copy WOW! I’m sticking with comic books.

craig schutt

Guess I’ll have to hunt down that August issue, Dennis. I have been known to purchase a copy of ImagineFX every now and then. Strictly for the articles, you understand… Next thing you know that cow will pop up in an issue of Heavy Metal!

Dennis Jones

…I’ve bought quite a few over the past couple of years as I’ve tried to unravel the mystery of digital painting…

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Spartaweaselcus the Hoplite

October 5, 2009

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For years I pencilled on watercolor paper because I rendered with watercolor. With my switch to digital coloring I am no longer chained to drawing on that inferior surface.

I’ve recently been experimenting with all kinds of paper to do my pencil work on. I love bristol but it’s a bit pricey. Brother Doug uses laser copy paper. I tried some of that. Not bad. The other day I was killing time in Staples and noticed they had a 32 pound laser paper that’s 25% cotton. It comes in white and ivory (looks yellow to me). I bought a package of the ivory and I really like the feel of it. This hoplite was my first experiment using it.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

…we’ve been having a problem with spam over on brother Don’s page for a couple of weeks now and I’m guessing Keegan came in with some extra thick duct tape and fixed it but in the process all the comments on my page were deleted so I just wanted everyone that posted here to know I didn’t delete your comments… I liked your comments… there were some really funny comments on this page… they might have been the best bunch of comments made this year… perhaps the best comments ever made in the history of Brother Jones commenting ever!… unfortunately they became a casualty in our fight with spammers… oh, the humanity…

Don Jones

I’m hearing you Dennis. In our ongoing battle against the evil, viagra-selling SPAMmers, there will be losses. But, we must hold our blog high, and continue to wage war against those that are trying to sell something here. On second thought, maybe they can help us move some of our overstocked shelves at the Brother Jones Cafe Press store?

Jeff

Just put Spartaweaselcus and his army on them..

Dennis Jones

…we did have Spartaweaselcus as our primary defense against spam and those are indeed three despicable spam arrows stuck in his shield… the problem was Don was taking on thousands of spam comments a day and poor Spartaweaselcus was simply overrun…

Roballoo!

Good to hear – here I was thinking you fine folks didn’t like me anymore. Whew!

Jeff

Historically Spartaweaselcus led an army of migrant olive pickers on a crusade through northern Italy taking over pizza shops right? Only Julieus Wheezer and the Roman Army could stop him..I’m not sure, I failed history.

Don Jones

Jeff, that is my kind of history. I remember ol’ Wheezer and his Olive brigade just like that!

Jeff

I AM Spartaweaselcus.. no I am Spartaweaselcus…

Dennis Jones

…I’m going to take all the comments Jeff has made on my page over the past few years, string em all together, add pictures and make me the biggest baddest graphic novel ever!

Jeff

I am all about the history thing..

Poster Inspiration

November 21, 2009

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My little brother Don called the other day needing an emergency poster quickly for one of his publications. He said the theme was kinda cowboy related, and told me to do whatever… typical instructions you can expect to get from one of the Brothers Jones. I thought Don might be interested to see where the inspiration for his poster came from.

The Comments

Jeff

Without any other instruction “Gopher it”!

Doug Jones

Your blog seems to have come down with the Spam flu. Thanks for showing this… I was wondering how you did the comic book deal…

Doug Jones

There were a bunch of SPAM comments here… but when I posted my comments, it all went away! It’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

Jeff

Spam for thanksgiving,,, Just like Mama used to make.

Don Jones

Is it too early to break out the egg nog? I’ve been playing Christmas Island by Leon Redbone for the past month. Awesome poster… ANY inspiration is GOOD inspiration I say.

Dennis Jones

…I have taken control and proclaimed myself the official Spam Czar of the Brother Jones Empire… I logged onto Don’s page over the weekend and deleted several spams that had shown up there and then deleted the ones on my page earlier this morning. I vow to use my power only for good…

Jeff

Every good Super Hero starts off with the same good intentions. But absolute power……….

Dennis Jones

…yes, it is a heavy burden to bear… I find myself already scheming up ways to corner the spam market and after that perhaps… deviled ham?…

Jeff

I know this is already rolling around your brain, but have you come up with Spam Mans official uniform? Every good crime fighter needs cool threads to fight injustice..

Nik

This is awesome. A great supervillan name would be “The Spammer”! And congrats to the Cowboys at another wild n crazy game! whew

Dennis Jones

…introducing …SPAM MAN!!

Don Jones

“In darkest pantry or coldest fridge light,
no canned meat shall escape my sight,
let those who worship the deviled ham,
beware my power,
Huntington’s own SPAM MAN!”

Dennis Jones

…I’m carving that into my refrigerator door as we speak…

Jeff

Yiikkesss!! Thanks Nik.. I fell asleep between the 23rd punt and 2nd missed F.G. attempt..

Jeff

I dont think I have ever bought Spam on purpose…I think the ingredient list includes “parts”.. I’m not O.K. with that…..Sorry Spam Man

Dennis Jones

Span Man Tuesday Morning Report

It seems our spammers hit between 7-7:30 EST… I deleted 2 from this page and 4 from two of Don’s pages…

Spam Man… ever diligent… ever watchful…

Jeff

Good Work Spam Man.. Gotham is a safer place…..

Dennis Jones

…thanks Commissioner …don’t forget to flash the giant spam spotlight into the nighttime sky anytime you need help…

Don Jones

INCOMING SPAMOLA! Where are you SPAM MAN?

Jeff

I can see this will be a Never Ending Thankless job…

Doug Jones

Dennis has found the secret to logging high comments numbers… spam…

Dennis Jones

…incoming span …sapping strength …don’t know how long I can hold on… must use …spam blaster ray gun… before all is lost…

Jeff

Add Pineapple… Spam is the #1 meat in Hawaii ya know. That should increase the beam strength.

Don Jones

Jeff, consider yourself the official Brother Jones Spam Connoisseur Consultant and Commenter of the day! Congratchulashunz!

Jeff

I will begin my job as S.C.C. with a recipe for Spam and Cream Sauce… It is a Thanksgiving tradition..

Nik

Me too when I can create oven roasted Spam.

Jeff

Turns out Spam is NOT a big hit on T-Day

New Blog Site Experiment

March 19, 2010

NewBlogSite

…ok, I’m looking at what my options are here because I’m not going to share a page with creepy spammers. Brother Jones was a custom, cutting edge blog site when it launched in 2005, but in computer years (much like dog years) that’s getting pretty old. Brother Jones has become increasingly more susceptible to spammers and there isn’t a whole lot the brothers can do about it (we aint exactly rocket scientists).

Would some of you help me as I experiment with a couple of things? Could you please go over to this new Dennis Jones page and leave a few comments on that site here and there so I can see how everything works on it. I would appreciate it. Thanks!

The Comments

The “Ripleys” Guy

Really like it! The only thing on a wide screen monitor it leaves a ton of empty space on the sides, maybe ad some very faint pencils sketches visible going outward. Very faint.

Jeff

Whatever keeps your blog going is great with me..