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…

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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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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!