You Can’t Teach An Old Dog…

April 19, 2006

HappyDog

…sit, boy, sit… good dog…

I wrote a song once and the only lyric in it was… “gonna throw this computer… out the window… if it ever does this again…” That pretty much sums up my working relationship with a computer. I have noticed, however, that several artists are now “painting” their artwork via the computer. It looks so very “painterly” when they are done, just like it had been executed with traditional media. I decided to make friends with my computer and teach myself how to do this, too.

My little computer project has, (of course), turned into a constant source of pain and frustration for me over the past month or so. I suppose if I had some sort of Wacom Tablet dealie to work with instead of a stupid mouse it might be easier, but one way or another, I just cant seem to get the hang of it.

Recently, (after yet another disastrous attempt at computer painting), I shut down my computer, picked up my paint, brush and water, and painted this dog. I actually had fun doing it. I enjoy the organic nature of painting. Very tactile, therapeutic in its own way, and then it hit me… I was trying to reproduce with the computer what I do right now with the brush, paint and water. What was I trying to do that for?

What advantage would there be if I were able to accomplish this great feat of computing? I have less control on the computer than I do with a brush in my hand, have no original piece of artwork when I am done, and it takes me twice as long since my cantankerous computer is fighting me every step of the way.

They say you cant teach an old dog new tricks, and I’m beginning to believe that just may be the case for me.

The Comments

Jeff

I feel the same way Dennis…Why hang a poster on someones fence when i am used to a spray can.. Love the dog by the way… He looks like mine when I have the shock collar remote..

Doug Jones

A computer is good when you want to scribble something out and then slap some color on it real quick without dragging out the water, brushes, and paints, and cleaning everything up afterwords… like that BAD golfer on my page right now… it’s really good for us lazy people. I’d say stick to painting… trying to paint with digits ain’t worth the aggravation, and leaves your sketchbook empty

Thomas M.

What program are you “attempting” the artwork with? Just curious … Since I have no space for the traditional medium, all I have is the computer with Painter, Photoshop, and Illustrator. All three of which I’m still trying to become more comfortable with.

Don Jones

I suspect this little doggie found the Expresso Roast coffee grinds. You don’t need no stinkin’ computer Denny Dawg. It would be like a car mechanic with clean hands.

Jeff

Dennis, I feel the same way. I have a Wacom tablet, and I still do not get the same results. I have all the software also, Photoshop, Painter ya da ya da.. They are all merely tools. Some work better than others. For most of my “paying work” I still will pull out the trusty pencil, create a sketch, scan it in, ad some quick color variations and presto. I guess it is all in how you use the tools. I am still amazed at how guys like Ryan Church (Star Wars Concept Artist) can create his art with such mood and feeling, just using the computer and a tablet. I do know that he is classically trained, but found a medium that he can use to create and make money at. Some of us still need to rely on the old tools that feel comfortable. Nothing wrong with that! I would much rather see your work with the good Ol’ manual brush. It is hard to create the spontaneous backgrounds like you do any other way. Put the mouse down and grab the brush!!! Throw the computer out of the window! No wait, then you could not post to your site…strike that!

McNair Wilson

(To be said in thick Mexican accent) “Step away from the computer, Dennis.” If you spent a few hours everyday trying to learn and get better at computer art you might, in a few YEARS, attain solid mediocrity. And think of all the drawings, paintings and great sketches you will never have created whilst trying to learn a new trick. But it’s only a trick if you can do it. Your art is NOT A TRICK! Paint on, my friend.

Dennis Jones

…hey, does anybody out there know how many posts are in my front porch railing? …you dont?… well, I’ll tell you… 98… how do I know?… I’ve been painting them for two days now… they are square… which means each post has four sides that each have to be dealt with… 98 times four is… well… half a brazilian different surfaces to deal with if my math is correct… and this is not counting the 5 columns and assorted other goodies that go along with the front porch… not good… not good at all…

Dennis Jones

Thomas… I am using Photoshop…

Dennis Jones

…one of my buddies took pity on me and brought over a Wacom tablet for me to play with for a week or two… it makes a huge difference… but I still end up wishing I had spent my time painting… I will post some of these computer failures if anyone is interested in seeing them…

Doug Jones

McNair… “solid mediocrity” is what I strive for! :o) Dennis… If you used the computer, you could just click on each rail with the paint bucket and it would be done!

Don Jones

It must be the Spring Clean mandate from Brother Jones Corporate that’s is taking place. Den, you’re paintin’ posts and I’m etching concrete. Doug, let’s get busy on the 2006 Great Outdoors Brother Jones Plen-aire Spruce-up.

Dennis Jones

…Don …a good idea springs from Doug and McNair’s comments…

…why dont you make a flash banner that reads, “Brother Jones… striving for solid mediocrity”…

Doug Jones

amen

Don Jones

I’m all over it!!

Dennis Jones

…or CONTINUALLY striving for solid mediocrity…

Dennis Jones

…that makes us sound much more diligent…

Don Jones

I’ve got it loaded up… nothing great… just mediocre. Perfect.

Roballoo

The trick is to NOT reproduce your analog art style when going digital as you noted. Just as you work differently if you were working in pastels vs. oils, the same applies to digital. I think the more successful artists who have gone digital have used the medium to express themselves differently, in a way their analog art didn’t allow them to. I look at it as another tool to express my creativity To do it right you do need a Wacom tablet. Painter – the program is a nice tool to have too. But you have painter – the skills that is, which is the best tool to have. I would encourage you not to give up. Just keep practicing and don’t force it. Try and make the learning experience as fun as possible and see what develops.

Doug Jones

I feel the FORCE is strong in this Roballoo padawan…

Dennis Jones

YOUNG DEN SKYWALKER; All right, I’ll give it a try.

JEDI MASTER YODA-BALLOO; No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Hennie

Hi Dennis, I’m a HUGE fan! I do digital illustration using a wacom tablet and mostly painter. It just takes some time getting used to, but once you’re up and running you won’t look back! It’s so much faster than the traditional way, especially if you’re on a few tight deadlines! And….there’s an UNDO button… 🙂 Love your work!

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I think I can come here for my therapy because it’s nice to know that not all of the pro’s are on the computer yet. I’m on it but it has cost me my hand painting details…now I’m working my way back uphill with the world’s tiniest wacom and a lot of frustration. I’ll feel better once I can turn out something satisfactory. GB

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It’s All Over… For Now…

May 5, 2006

Wacom1

The bluntness of garish and unsubtle color…

Wacom2

…with the excruciating inability to execute fine detail.

Yes, my mini excursion into the world of computer generated artwork has now officially come to an end. I took the borrowed Wacom Tablet back to my friends house this week. These four images are pretty much the only things I have to show for my little venture into the unknown.

For me, painting on the computer with the Wacom felt a lot like painting on a piece of glass with a blunt stick… not very subtle. I dont know how people do fine detail this way. The whole experience really just made me appreciate the qualities of traditional painting that much more…

…so it’s back to paint in little metal tubes, squirrel hair tied to the end of a stick, and water for me… for now.

The Comments

Bucky Jones

Good for you, Dennis! More power to you!

Hennie

Well…hope you’ll give it a try in the near future. It takes some time getting used to 🙂 But you don’t really need to go that route. You’re a master at what you do and if it aint broke, don’t fix it. Love those digital paintings by the way. Cheers H

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I guess misery loves company because I’m nearly in the same exact place as you with the computer. Only difference is I gave up on all the detail a few years back and settled for changing my art to match my software, ram and computer knowledge. Now, as I’m trying to go back to the heavy detail I once did by hand I’m still wackin’ it out with a wacom but don’t know if I want to stick it out or do what you just did…it’s a cross between the old dog and the old tricks. enjoy your sharing this with us though!

Don Jones

I think your customer friendly relationship and purchasing program with Cheap Joe’s would suffer if you continued on in the Wacom direction.

Doug Jones

yeah… Cheap Joe has probably dispatched a couple of guys to Huntington to have a “friendly little talk” with you, Den… beware of concrete shoes

Don Jones

Watch those knee caps too. Better yet, just leave town for a few days. Get on that mower and scram!

Dennis Jones

…if I’m going to make it down to the big Keeg-o-rama Shin-Dig next weekend I better get the riding lawn mower tuned up and be hitting the road on Monday…

Don Jones

Don’t forget to check the SLICK 50 level and over pressure the tires for the ultimate in gas mileage acquisition.

Doug Jones

These actually look pretty good. I’m impressed. I think the key to detail may be in resolution. If you have a very high res file you can zoom in and work pixel by pixel if you want.

Don Jones

The key to detail is LASIK.

Dennis Jones

…one thing I am really curious about in this whole computer vs. traditional painting deal is… supposedly, the big plus for computer generated artwork is that it is SO fast… what exactly is SO fast? (this is a serious question, by the way)… what kind of time does it take for someone to generate a piece of “arty” looking artwork on a computer?

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I would say that IT ( most artwork ) is done much faster on the computer than by hand ( for 97.5% ) of the professional artists out there. The problem lies with that 2.5% of the artists whose work is way up there at your level…and with the detail your generating. I think the mouse swings back in your favor ( time wise ) to do it by hand when the detail that you throw down comes into play.

bernardfromtheyard

Part 2: I’ve been kicking myself for years for not drawing/painting my work on a Mac (practically hiding from all the MacAddicts out there) and trying harder to get the same detail as my paintings. But after spending a little time at your site I’m actually feeling better about both mediums and last night (for the first time in years) I actually walked into a art store and started looking into buying paint supplies again and considering a dual existence between the two. Sorry, Doug & Don I know this is a funny blog and you all are a riot but sometimes we need a good cry in our brush cleaner.  😦   Sike! 🙂

Dennis Jones

…well, I don’t have an axe to grind here one way or the other… I am just real curious as to how people do the detailed “arty” stuff with a computer… a typical job for me is to illustrate a portion of a story or article… last week I did one that had a U-Haul truck, 4 other cars, people showing in all the cars and a guy on a bike… I have no idea how I would have even attempted something like that on a computer… or how long it would have taken if I did… I just don’t see how I could ever use a computer on an actual job to do illustration…

Quick Digital Painting

September 20, 2006

PainterTestVince

…another 30 minute color sketch…

I try to quit work around five o’clock each day. My wife usually gets home from school a half hour or so later. I have started doing digital sketches in that time period. When Karen gets home, my picture is done. These little digital paintings are quick, loose, and actually seem to help me think in different ways when I go back to traditional painting.

The Comments

Don Jones

That is looking awesome. Who is that guy anywho?

Dennis Jones

…last year at the Mazda dealership I sketched this out of a Sports Illustrated that was in the waiting room I was waiting in as I was waiting for my oil to be changed…

…oh… so this is supposed to be Vince Young as a Texas Longhorn…

Don Jones

Did you get yourself a WACOM tablet?

Dennis Jones

…nope …I’m doing this with a mouse …but I’m hoping to get a tablet somewhere down the road…

Mark Behm

wince a mouse?! Even if you grab one of those $99 4×5 wacoms. Nobody likes painting with a bar of soap! Still, it’s looking good!

Dennis Jones

…that’s the main reason these are so loose… without the sensitivity of a tablet you are reduced to just pounding strokes onto the canvas…

Dan Lietha

Dennis, It kills me you did that sketch with a mouse! I look forward to the day when you get a Wacom pad. Anyway, the latest issue of Airbrush Action Magazine (Superman cover) has a very interesting feature article on Mark Fredrickson’s conversion from real airbrush to digital. If you can get a hold of it, it’s a good read. He works a bit differently than you do, but he sites his reasons for going digital and says he’s never going back. FYI

Dennis Jones

…I think everyone is pretty much working differently than me because I have no idea what I am doing digitally…

…thanks for the heads up on the Fredrickson article… I will check that out pronto…

Roballoo!

WITH A MOUSE?! Wowsers! That’s amazing. It does have a nice loose quality about it. I think what helps is you aren’t feeling any pressure to produce a finished quality level of work – just sketches. Keep it up. Looking forward to seeing more. I will have to check out that article too.

Doug Jones

Maybe Santa will bring you a Wacom for Christmas. It’s only 3 months away…

Cedric Hohnstadt

A mouse?!? Amazing! Especially the detail in the ear. I like the idea of finishing the day with a loose personal sketch. Do you also do warm-up sketches to start your day?

Dennis Jones

…if I started my day playing I don’t think I would have the discipline to stop and start doing my real work… so my morning warm up is coffee… black…

Doug Jones

I really like the chalk texture… so are you scanning your pencil sketch, then putting transparent color over it?

Don Jones

Dennis, I’ve seen others raise money for good causes on websites. I suggest you begin collecting contributions for a much needed Wacom Tablet. I will kick it off with a 5 dollar bill…

Dan Lietha

Here’s the site of a GREAT caricature artist that has made the jump to digital. See his step by step example at the bottom of his homepage. http://www.opdebeeck.com/ May Santa grant you “good boy” status and free you from the mouse with a nice Wacom tablet. 🙂

Dennis Jones

…can ya get one a them Waco Tablets at Walmarts? …’cause we have a new one a them in town…

Dan Lietha

I’m sorry Dennis. I should have said, “here’s the site of ANOTHER great caricature artist. And I believe they only sell Waco tablets in Texas.

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

I Got A Tablet

December 29, 2006

Kid1

…the first thing out of the Wacom…

I was a very good little boy this year and thus received a 6X8 Intuos3 Wacom Tablet for Christmas. This is a WHOLE lot easier than a mouse. I’m afraid my Brother Jones page is now going to evolve into some sort of virtual refrigerator door where I post my little digital pictures for the family to see.

The Comments

Doug Jones

cool dude with a ‘tude… I don’t think he got that iPod he wanted for Christmas… and while you are at that virtual fridge… pass me a slice of cold pizza…

Don Jones

This little guy is creepy.. good job. I visit the fridge a whole lot so I look forward to many digital pics.

Roballoo!

Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing more.

Dany

I received a wacom tablet for xmas too!!! i love it!! the first thing i sketched with my tablet wasn’t that good, though… My congratulations for your works! I do like your illustrations!

Don Jones

I keep checking the fridge for new Wacom art but so far no luck… Chiefs vs. Colts… Saturday… be there.

Dan Lietha

Wow! Dennis gets a Wacom tablet and I feel like I got something special for Christmas! Looking forward to seeing the fruits of what you learn to do with a real graphics tablet, especially since you were pretty stinkin’ good with just a mouse.

Mark Behm

I begged santa to get you one.

Cedric Hohnstadt

Congratulations! I would think drawing with a mouse would be akin to sculpting with a bowling ball, yet you pulled it off. I can’t wait to see you make that tablet sing!

jacob

im pretty sure my brother has that same tablet, your drawings are really awesome, i still have a read with me bible around somewhere in my house, theyre really great

Specs

January 3, 2007

Specs

…learning the tablet…

I’m still trying to learn the ins and outs of my new Wacom tablet. There are four keys on the top left corner that I customized. I set one to shrink and one to enlarge brush sizes. The other two are the eyedropper and space bar. Those seem to be pretty handy commands to have there. I’m trying to figure out whether the tip feel should be soft, firm or in the middle. I don’t really have any idea what tilt sensitivity is. So at this point I have no masterpieces to post… I’m driving with a learners permit.

The Comments

Don Jones

Who is this guy and what’s his story?

Doug Jones

You don’t know this guy? I am shocked! This is the famous Mark Klutzski… who lost both shoulders in a freak salad spinner accident. I think he is in the Branson Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

Dennis Jones

…I believe we had our picture taken in front of his wax figurine a few years ago when we were all visiting Ripley’s together…

Don Jones

Oh, that’s it. I had him mixed up with the guy down at the license bureau who takes your picture.

Cowardly Lion

January 4, 2007

CowardlyLion

…Dark Side Of The Moon Oz Fest…

For the life of me, I could not figure out how to vary line widths using my new Wacom tablet. I knew it could be done… I just didn’t seem to be able to do it. As a last resort, I hunted down the users manuel, (I remembered seeing one when I installed the tablet), and I actually HAD TO READ… cough, cough… I discovered that if you want thick and thin lines you had to be using a pressure sensitive brush… duh…

Does anyone know of some sort of online, remedial Wacom school for idiots I can enroll in? I would like to attend one that offers real live diplomas.

The Comments

Don Jones

Grasshopper, there are no shortcuts to reach the heights of a Magna Cum Laude Wacom Master. Time for you to paint…

Dennis Jones

…when I am able to snatch the pebble out of the Wacom Master’s hand I will only then be truly able to enter the world of the digital painter…

Don Jones

Time for you to go. Did I say that already?

Doug Jones

Ah… grasshopper. Once you have snatched the gummy bear from my hand, you must bring me the broom of the wicked witch of the West and 3 flying minkeys. Then the great and mighty OZ will grant your Wacon wishes. (don’t forget to say “mother may I”)

Don Jones

yes, of course… we meet again.

roballoo

I think the time has come for Dennis to admit he is a (paint) thinner and to re-paint.

Doug Jones

repaint… and thin no more…

Dennis Jones

…I have seen the light… I will repaint… and thin no more…

Nick Jones Everybody

try this

Mark Behm

Just figure out the size controls and the opacity/flow controls in the brush toolbox – the one to the right in the menubar thing. I think you’ll do OK once you get a handle on those 2 controls.

Wacom Tablet Running Again

February 27, 2007

JeffSaturday3

…our hero, Jeff Saturday…

I finally got around to reinstalling the drivers for my Wacom Tablet after my system switch, so it’s back up and working again. Last night to make sure it was running right, I piddling around with this old sketch of Jeff Saturday. Did you hear Indianapolis won the SuperBowl this year? Have I mentioned I live in Indiana and am a Colts fan? I have? Oh. Sorry…

The Comments

Don Jones

Jeff Saturday is the real deal. I recently read a magazine article about his faith in Christ along with other born-again Colts. Amen.

Doug Jones

Indianapolis Coats? Is that what you wear up there in the winter? Say… what kind of computer maitenance are we supposed to be doing? Did the tech guy tell you?

Dennis Jones

…I believe offensive juggernaut center/runningback Jeff Saturday scored the go-ahead touchdown in the AFC Championship game this year… the only game of the season I DIDN’T get to see… aARrrrrgh…

Dennis Jones

…yes Doug, I have several Indianapolis Winter Coats in my closet downstairs… they come in handy as I shovel snow… again… and again… and again…

…computer maintenance… I’m not really too sure what we are supposed to be doing… all I know about a computer is that when I punch the button on the front a little blue light comes on and it starts working…

I think the tech guy maybe de-fragged the hard drive and re-dejuggulated the fraxamazoid… something like that…

Don Jones

I bet he had to pull out the defibulators as well…

Dennis Jones

…I do seem to remember him slapping a couple of paddles onto the sides of my computer and yelling clear… but I thought he was just trying to jump start it…

Doug Jones

I hope he didn’t damage the flux capacitor when he did that…

Dennis Jones

…yes, it was a risky move, but the only other thing that could generate that much power is a bolt of lightning and it’s impossible to determine when and where they will strike…

Doug Jones

That is very true… unless you have the BrotherJones lightning predictor. Available for $9.95….

Dennis Jones

…I am offering (for a limited time only) an “earth-friendly” Brother Jones Lightning Predictor made exclusively out of gourds… it also predicts whether you are global warming or not…

Doug Jones

Didn’t Al Gore have one of those that didn’t work? He got hit with 50 jigawatts of lightning and never was the same…. … except he did put on a few pounds…

Dennis Jones

…this is true, Doug… the “earth friendly” Brother Jones Lightning Predictor doesn’t actually work… but that’s not important… it’s the good intentions that count… and I certainly intended for it to work…

Roballoo

Nice use of shadows inside the helmet and I like the color combos. Yer Wacoming skills are getting better.

Doug Hughes

Hi Dennis…….a new fan from South Africa..maybe the same age!! My question…what is the average size of your artwork you work on?

Dennis Jones

…thanks RobalLOO…

…Doug from South Africa… the size of most of the professional work I do runs around 8×10 to 12×18 depending on what the job calls for… (right now I’m doing posters that run 18×24 in size)… most of the Wacom things that I do are just for fun and all come out of my 8×11 sketchbook…

My Weekend Painting Projects

April 9, 2007

1portrait1

…a weekend portrait…

StairThing

…and a marvel in Brother Jones engineering…

Over the weekend I had some time to piddle around on my Wacom Tablet and did this little portrait. Things are still pretty out of control for me when I try to paint things digitally. Who knows what it will look like when it’s done?

That’s pretty much how my house painting skills go, too… out of control and who knows what it will look like when it’s done? I painted the walls on our stairway this weekend. In an amazing feat of Brother Jones engineering, I constructed a platform in order to use a ladder on the stairs.

My wife walked by as I was painting, looked at me wobbling around on the ladder which was being supported by the rickety contraption I had made and said, “Don’t fall…” (which made me feel good) ”…because I have a cake in the oven.” (which made me feel a little less good)… until I remembered that I was going to get to eat the cake later. This made me feel good all over again.

The Comments

Don Jones

That’s genuine paintin’ ingenuity there Den… It’s the Brother Jones Elevatin’ Ladder Paintin’ Platform featuring the patented 2-legged scrap wood stablizer.

Doug Jones

I think that guy above is a bit concerned for your safety…

Roballoo

I’M a bit concerned for your safety!

JEFF

That might give the Little Giant Ladder system a run for its money.. You might try a catchy name like “Spinal Fusion Scaffold”

Dennis Jones

…maybe I could work out some sort of sponsorship with the medical community… this devise would surely keep business headed their way…

Don Jones

Doug could use this contraption to climb up that tree and take care of that T.P. problemo.

Roballoo

This image is why we the readers kindly ask those at Bro. Jones headquarters to please keep their painting to more easel oriented type assignments. Thank you.

Dennis Jones

…we here at Brother Jones Headquarters would be happy to do that, robalLOO… if we only knew what that meant…

Dennis Jones

…after much thought and contemplation I believe I now understand robalLOO’s post… paint pictures, not walls… I couldn’t agree more… I will be passing that message on to my wife along with robalLOO’s phone number …the next time she tries to put me to work painting walls, robalLOO can explain to her why I really shouldn’t be doing that…

Doug Jones

freshly painted walls are SOOO over-rated

JEFF

That would be more of a safety risk than your “ladder”..A wife can inflict much more damage than falling down stairs.

McNair Wilson

Two questions: 1. How was the cake?

2. Did you sign the wall and will their be limited edition lithos of key sections of the wall available through the Jones Shop?

okay, three… 3. Did you say to your wife (when she said “I have a cake in the oven.”), “Don’t burn it.” ?

Dennis Jones

1) …excellent!

2) …no need to sign the walls… when people see the lumpy dried paint drips and the paint that is now all over the ceiling, they will know exactly who’s responsible for painting the walls.

3) …like all smart husbands, I kept my thoughts to myself…

YouTube Video

November 4, 2008

bearinhat

Well, I’ve finally done it… I’ve jumped into the world of film making and I’d like to announce the premier of my first feature length film! …well it’s only 46 seconds long, but I have a pretty short attention span. You can see it here on YouTube.

The Comments

Doug Jones

mega awesomeness dittos…. I liked seeing the progress happen at each stage. Good color on this guy! …and another Swashbuckling belt to hold in the groceries

Don Jones

I am now a charter subscriber to the Dennis Jones YouTube channel. I pass out 5 stars like free money. That music is quite contemplative, reflective… I think I heard it on an elevator.

Dennis Jones

…Doug, one of the Dennis Jones Keys To Good Comedy is to put a big fat belt on everybody…

…Don, the bands Journey, Yes and Boston all found new lead singers by watching guys sing on YouTube, so I decided I better get on YouTube quick, keep my fingers crossed hoping the Doobie Brothers discover me, drop this art gig, and hit the road with them…

Don Jones

hit the road with them… as a roadie! Don’t give up on your Weasel group so fast … there’s still time to gel and write a couple of hits.

W E A S E L – the One Hitless Wonder.

Dennis Jones

…if I could just move closer to Oklahoma City I could strong arm Nick into playing drums, Pete into playing lead guitar, beg you to come play keyboards, I would hold down the bass and WE WOULD hit the road with… WEASELBOYZ!!! THE ONE HITLESS WONDERS!!

Jason Bourne

It’s Little John from Robin Hood. Or so it reminds of, in the Disney animated classic…swanky.

Doug Jones

can I join the band… I have a ukulele and just recently bought an ocarina at a craft fair…

Dennis Jones

…if you can play that Joe Brown song on the uke, you’re in!

Bigonjee Boi

Very inspiring. Reminds me of Hoosiers when they win the championship.

Dennis Jones

…do ya think? …I was afraid my plot line was just a bit thin.

Don Jones

I shop iTunes everyday hoping to pick up that classic WeaselBoy tune “Bit-O-Honey.”

Dennis Jones

…as much as I would like to claim that song, that one’s not mine… that one belonged to Pete…

Jason Bourne

Maybe I’ll be a Weasel Whisperer one day sooner or later…

Jon Slone

Hey Dennis, I need a website. Can you recomend someone good and on the low side? Also, any tips or things I should avoid? I asked you this before and you said to go to blogger.com. But isn’t a blog different from a web page? I may be wrong. I just need a little help. Thanks.

Bernard

Oh my God! Now it’s YouTube….why aren’t you acting OUR age? There is no telling where this could end. Better get out your Ross Fro cuz I can see you at all the Art’s & Craft store openings now! Actually, I’m looking forward to following your fame on tour…saw an old van along the road I might buy and fix up. Yepper! Gonna be a Jones Bros. groupie.

roballoo

Good job on the videos. The colors on this really pop.Great use of the interwebs. Wonder if this will lead to a how-to book deal?

Jason Bourne

Yea, do How-to on YouTube also!

Dennis Jones

Bernard, I dug around and found my Bob Ross wig… still fits great!

Dennis Jones

Jon… up there on the left of my page is a link to “WeaselBoy”… that is a Blogger page… you can put up pictures, you can write stuff… you can probably accomplish whatever it is you want to do for free with it… most web designers charge buckets of money to build web sites… you could figure Blogger out and manage it yourself for free…

Bernard

Jon, Take it from Link ( Mod Squad ) and go ahead and give blogger a try. If nothing else you’ll have something to show someone somewhere until you can get a regular website. I’m actually switching from a website to a blog instead, but then I’m used to going the other way. Aghhh!! Is that a mouse your holding Den? I just saw that!

Dennis Jones

…yes, that picture was from back when I first starting digital painting, I didn’t have a Wacom tablet yet, and I was just using a mouse…

Doug Jones

You wore that mouse down to whiskers… have you worn out a Cintiq pen yet?

Dennis Jones

…yep, I still have that old mouse in a shed out back… sometime I visit Mr. Jingles and watch him do tricks…

Doug Jones

now the official Brother Jones follow up question: …Really?

Bigonjee Boi

i know its not the same, but i have some gerbils you can try out…

Dennis Jones

…rumor has it you’re planning to join WeaselBoy and play lead guitar in the upcoming Awesomeness Dittos Concert Tour…

Bigonjee Boi

…as long as we cover some wham…

Dennis Jones

…we’ll open our concerts with a cover of Careless Whisper…that oughta get the crowd really worked up and ready for a rockin’ show!

Jason Bourne

Yea, rock’em bop’em and soc’em!

Bernard

Lol!

roballoo

Will there be any concert videos of this Wham! tribute band on You Tube?

Dennis Jones

…no, but there will be a table in the back of each concert with WeaselBoy video cassettes and 8-tracks available for purchase…

Mac Artist

Just came across your illustration “Stress-less Parenting” in Enrichment magazine. Been a big fan and great to see you are doing so well. We are at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, surrounded by Ozarkians. However, a native of Hoosier Land and still big a fan of the Colts. Saw your bio on these two lands! Love your illustrations and appreciate all you are doing out there. Great youtube video! Blessings – Jennifer Cook

Don Jones

Den, I put your web address on that illustration you did for Enrichment magazine. Looks like people DO READ the fine print.