Battle For Middle Earth

June 14, 2006


…The Gourdsman Warrior Helmet…


…ready for action…


…in the way on the battlefield…

When the call to defend Middle Earth was given, none bothered to contact the Gourdsmen of Huntington Deep.

Gourdsmen were highly skilled craftsmen, but their usefulness on the battlefield was dubious at best. While their lightweight gourd armor allowed them to move quickly in combat zones, (especially in retreat), it unfortunately could barely withstand the attack of even the smallest of trolls armed with whiffle ball bats. Henceforth, Gourdsmen warriors tended to litter the battlefield and create a huge nuisance for all other warring parties.

They were, however, frequently contacted after the battle was over to host victory banquets, as they were quite good at kitchen activities and preparing elegant table decorations.

The Comments

Dan Lietha

At a quick glance, I thought the Green Bay Packers had a new look this season! 🙂

Doug Jones

Cool helmet! I am guessing you uncovered this archaeological find while digging around in your gourd mounds. Good researching on the history… I never read about things like this in my history books at MGHS. So these guys eventually evolved into caterers? Think Martha Stewart has any Huntington Gourdsman blood in her?

Don Jones

I can’t stop grinning about this… You are in your element here Great Gourdsmaster Denny!

Dennis Jones

…unfortunately, Don, I fear that you are right… this does seem to be my element… how embarrassing for my wife n’ kids…


I really really really want that helment.

Dennis Jones

…sorry Mandy …it’s now standard gear for me to wear every time I’m wheeling around the yard on my riding lawn mower…


Im sure your wife rolles her eyes and goes back in the house at that sight! hehehe


It’s gourd-eous! 😛


FishMonger Warrior Class

September 1, 2009


I recently did a fairly large aquarium themed project which required me to illustrated dozens of fish. After finishing that job, I sat down with my sketchbook, (obviously still in fish drawing mode) and these little fish riders popped out onto the page… so here’s another look at one of them.

The Comments

craig schutt

Love the fish, Dennis! On a somewhat related note: did you know Peter DeSeve just started a blog?

Dennis Jones

…I’ve always really liked DeSeve’s work.


The fish looks like he has the job enthusiasm of a toilet brush.. Awesome work and even more awesome news..Phillips MRI was negative for new growth!!!!!!!!!!1

Don Jones

The only thing missing on this great illustration is a Bass Pro logo.

Dennis Jones

…you know what, Don… now that you mention Bass Pro, this fish looks pretty much exactly like the one I did for our “big mouth” bass t-shirt way back when… I haven’t gotten any better at drawing fish at all!

…that’s good news on Phillip, Jeff. Glad to hear it!


Great image. Very fun. Love that background too. But that red hairy blobby thingy ~ is too crazy. Very Seussian.

Dennis Jones

…you could be right, robalLOO… that’s kinda what you get when you work quick… “how ‘bout red for this? …why not? …hmmm, well, good enough, what next.” …if I were to take another stab at this I do think I would tone that element down, but I’ve already moved on down the road and this one is yesterdays news…


Maybe his brother is Lyle Lovett?

felipe vancin

fantastic, I’m your fan dennis!

My Frazetta Tribute

February 10, 2010


I was a freshman in college when I first discovered the artwork of Frank Frazetta. I immediately tried to imitate it (fat chance of that happening) and quickly discovered there was only going to be one of that guy.

I was goofing around the other day and decided to try putting my spin on one of my favorite Frazetta pieces, “The Silver Warrior”. I wasn’t trying to copy it per say, just doing a Dennis Jones take on it.

Below in my comment section you will find the original Frazetta artwork and a really short video of the digital process.

You can see a larger version of the video here.

The Comments

Dennis Jones

Doug Jones

COOL! and I bet you did this in a fraction of the time it took old Frank. Your bears are definitely meaner than his…

Dennis Jones

…bears with ‘tudes…


Thats really cool. I hope to see more imitations,this is interesting.

Kev Brett

Think I prefer your version…
bit of brown nosing there, but still, awesome stuff!


In the original Frazetta work note only 1 bear has any real “Tude” and the warrior has no defining features, his hair ends exactly at the swords edge..WHAT??? . Honestly No “B-Nosing” at all…Every bear of yours is full of “Tudeality” and your warrior has enough detail to truly see his “Tude” You Win…Period..


Den, I followed Franks work as well and must say your work and it’s detail is awesome. Like Nik I would enjoy seeing more imitations also. It’s great how you put a spin on these type of things. It’s truly is great work thank you.

Dennis Jones

…thanks for the kind words everybody. …uhm, it’s a whole lot easier to do something like this when someone else (Frazetta) has already done all the heavy lifting on it (color, composition, characters)… that being said, it was a bunch of fun to do and you always learn so much when you copy the masters, so maybe I’ll do it again sometime…


It would be cool to reproduce a movie poster,like the Star Wars one with Luke holding up his lightsaber and leia by his side.


If you do a movie poster I vote Lord of the Rings…Hobbits would be a blast to toon..

Jon Slone

I saw “The wolfman” last night. “American werewolf in london” is still top shelf! You should paint a werewolf transformation. Or some kind of transformation.

Don Jones

For some reason, I can see this as an Energy Drink advertisement… awesomenessss.

Dennis Jones

…drink Barbarian Blitzkrieg and beat back those four o’clock blahs…

Dennis Jones

Don Jones

I need a six-pack of that… NOW!! I’m thinking it probably has an Old World flavor of Viking sweat and Polar Bear urine.


Nice Don…I’ll just put my coffee in the trash now and move on with my day. Great packaging Den…this can looks frosty cold, and has a high energy feel to it, something I might use to get through my deadlines.


You know when it is cold enough cause the mountains in the background turn blue.

Dennis Jones

…my coffee always tastes like Barbarian Blitzkrieg… maybe it’s time to clean the coffee pot…

alan anderson

It’s better than the original and I like the original. I love your style and the freshness of your characters, I could look at your work all day.