Every fall I ask myself the same question… “Do I really want to commit to another eight month ice hockey season?” …and every fall I give myself the same answer… “Well, maybe just one more year and then I’ll quit.” …so yesterday was the first game of my new hockey season.
I am hoping to accomplish something big this year. Score more goals? Nope. Tally up more assists? Nope. Spend less time in the penalty box? Nope. Get our team to officially change it’s name to the Toronto SaurusRex? Absolutely!
In 2005, Zondervan and I created the See With Me Bible. The concept was to tell Bible stories with pictures only, no text, a wordless Bible… a concept that was perhaps a bit too abstract for the time. After a few years, the See With Me Bible was pulled back into the shop, given a tune up, full text and re-released as the Read With Me FOR TODDLERS.
I consistently get email from people who have worn that old See With Me Bible out and want a new copy of it, but sadly, the See With Me has gone the way of the buffalo. I did find a used copy on Amazon for quite a reasonable price…
…and I just want you all to know… if you are lookin’ to spend that kind of money, I just might be able to find a few copies in my closet that I could sell you for half that price! :)
I was recently asked to teach a digital painting class this fall at Huntington University. I have agreed to do this and I’m looking forward to sharing what I know on the subject. Being able to take the idea in your head, put it down on paper and then translate it into full color digital art (in some kind of orderly process) is our goal.
Photoshop will be our digital painting program of choice and our first task will be to tame that beast and make it work for us… not a problem. One of the really exciting parts of this classroom experience will be that each student will have a shiny new Wacom Cintiq to work on. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Class starts the end of August… this should be fun for all of us!
For those of you that may not know, I am one of three brothers and we have worked together on projects all of our lives… here’s an early example. Before Photoshop was ever conceived, big brother Doug was manipulating photos with an actual film camera in REAL TIME. I’m getting ready to squash my little brother Donny in the first photo and lifting him off the ground with my superhuman strength in the second.
The brothers Jones are currently working together to build digital apps for children. Little brother Don has forgiven me for for the way I roughed him up in the previous two photos and is now (among other things) the builder of apps for his two big brothers. Also check out Doug’s brand new app called Flippy Face!
Have I mentioned that I also have three extremely talented sisters? We had a full house growing up!
About a month ago, I was asked to help out with the upcoming sermon series at my church. The next thing you know, I’m knee deep in creating a mini Jonah comic book… which you can have for free if you happen to find yourself in Fort Wayne, Indiana on a Sunday morning at The Pointe Church. My main character seemed to morph into Wolverine with a set of pork chop sideburns and he somehow ended up on a crab boat in the Bering Sea so… all in all… an extremely accurate portrayal of the Biblical story by me… especially that crab boat part!!
Derek Taylor, (the church design guy) directed this project, gave me a layout to follow and very clear art direction… “ugly vomit scene, the grosser the better” …YES!!
Derek then took the assorted art assets and put together this really great promotional trailer.
It was December 2004 and the Jones clan had gathered in Missouri to celebrate Christmas together. While there, my nephew Keegan told my two brothers and me that he had built a blog for us. We said, “Hey that’s great! …what’s a blog?” Blogging was brand new at the time, so Keegan attempted to explain the concept to his knucklehead uncles. I traveled home to Indiana, big brother Doug traveled back to Tennessee and little brother Don went back to his home in Missouri and from three different states we created BROTHER JONES – Mighty Fine Art – Neapolitan Style.
Today there are several different places on the internet where you can punch a couple of buttons and be blogging within minutes. You could not do that in 2004. Keegan built our blog from scratch using Adobe Flash. With neapolitan ice cream as our inspiration, we were assigned different neapolitan colors… Don chocolate, Doug vanilla and me strawberry.
Each brother had his own individual page to write on with a comment section where we could talk back and forth. We had no spell check and no way of controlling the comment section (which was WIDE OPEN) so that literally anyone in the world could jump in and voice their opinion on any topic. This made BROTHER JONES a pretty lively place on occasion. Anyone could say anything (and I do mean anything) and it would IMMEDIATELY pop up on our pages. I specifically remember one profanity laced argument a Christian and an Atheist had (much of it misspelled in the heat of battle), which made a short appearance on my page. It was the wild, wild west. All we could do was delete offensive comments AFTER we saw them PUBLISHED on our pages. You never knew what you were going to get when you fired BROTHER JONES up in the morning.
Even though we were billed as an “art” blog, we seemed to talk mainly about tv, movies, football and food. My postings started out as longwinded tomes, but quickly became much shorter. It seems that I spent most of 2005 posting random weird stuff as I tried to figure out what to do with a blog. I focused in on watercolor painting in 2006, took notice of digital painting on the web in 2007, tried to transition to digital painting in 2008, and by 2009 had bought a Wacom Cintiq and totally converted from being a traditional watercolor painter to being a digital artist.
Keegan created a beautiful web site for us and it won many awards. Sadly, while BROTHER JONES was cutting edge technology at the time, it quickly became obsolete. Spam became a huge problem on the site and ultimately killed it. I hated to see BROTHER JONES totally disappear because so many people had such a good time with it, so I have republished my pages..
…and it is indeed one odd little time capsule to behold.
To see my old BROTHER JONES pages, CLICK HERE AND TAKE A LOOK.
Something new from The Brother Jones Brain Trust… BIBLE JIGZ!
Are you looking for the latest car crash – shoot ‘em up action game app?? Well, you’re not going to find it here! Bible Jigz is not a game, there are no high scores, no time clocks, no explosions… it’s just jigsaw puzzles and they’re pretty fun to put together. If you read the teaser in the iTunes store you will discover that jigsaw puzzles are apparently good for your brain AND will help you lose weight!!
…ok, I made that last part up.
You can take a look at BIBLE JIGZ right HERE in the iTunes Store.