Several years ago I did a job for Mission Hockey and as part of the payment process I received a bunch of their latest hockey gear. For some reason my wife is not fond of this sort of compensation package (she seems to be a big fan of hard cold cash) but I loved it …and I’m STILL using those Mission hockey gloves!
I just finished another job that had a unique payout at the end. This time I got one of those new Surface Pro 4 Tablets. For years I’ve been looking for SOMETHING PORTABLE that I can digitally paint with and the Surface Pro 4 claims it can fill that bill… so I gave it a test drive to see.
Because I use an older version of Photoshop (CS6) I had to jump through a couple of hoops, but basically got it loaded onto the tablet with no problem. The Surface Pro 4 comes ready to use out of the box with a pen and screen sensitivity, so using the 8 megapixel camera on the device, I snapped a picture of a crumpled up sermon note that was in the trash can, opened it in Photoshop and got busy. To make a long story short, it worked great. (I write really short reviews) I can now sit in front of the tv with a full blown version of Photoshop on my lap and make goofy pictures with it. I’m really impressed…
…and oh, did I mention it’s also a pretty slick little gaming computer. It runs Steam games really well to boot.
Do you remember Highlights Magazine? Seventy years in publication and still going strong.
Groundhogs Day is February 2 and the groundhog and I are making an appearance on the Highlights cover this month.
I’ve been doing a lot of “behind the scenes” work that is confidential, but here’s some character development work for a tv commercial that’s close enough to production that I can show. I love the spider Clayt Ratlaff built from my sketches and to see him come to life in the commercial is awesome!
We’ve gotten by pretty easily this winter here in Northeastern Indiana, but with snow in the forecast I think it’s time to settle down in front of the fireplace, turn on the NFL playoff games, open the garage door, crank up the Snowbot and tell it to get to work.
In my fascinating blog post yesterday about ice skates, you might have noticed the picture of the little girl I had started drawing and some of you might have been really concerned about her lack of hair because I know how some of you are… :) …so I just wanted to assure you that everything turned out alright, she got a snappy new hairdo and even ended up with a lunch buddy.
I was kinda thinking I was out of the hockey playing business… and then my youngest son bought me two fabulous ultra-light composite hockey sticks for Christmas, so I really had no choice other than to sign up and play another season…
…and how did my brand new season of Wednesday Night Ice Hockey go last week? Thanks for asking …not so good.
I put my skates on in the locker room, walked to the bench, hopped over the boards and onto the ice, wobbled uncontrollably to the center of the rink and fell down. I was so embarrassed. And I continued to be embarrassed for the rest of the night. I could not skate worth beans. I seemed to remember being fairly good at some of this hockey stuff, but now for some reason I couldn’t do anything…
…and then I remembered why in the back of my mind I was thinking I was out of the hockey business. I popped the rivets loose on my skates last summer during a game (which basically means the blades are no longer firmly attached to the boots) which pretty much renders your skates useless.
So bright and early Thursday morning I hopped out of bed and onto the internet, bought a pair of closeout skates and they arrived Tuesday afternoon, just in time for Wednesday night hockey. The only problem with brand new skates? They are hard as a rock until they get broken in… so today I’m wearing fancy “drawing” boots in my studio in a futile attempt to soften these puppies up before tonight…
…and if I STILL can’t play hockey worth beans even with a brand new pair of skates? A few of you might say that maybe it’s time I give up hockey …but I say it’s just time for me to come up with new and better excuses for my poor play.
Several different companies have used my artwork to create custom vinyl wall coverings with. The one thing they all seemed to have in common? By the time the artwork was purchased, the printer printed it and the installers installed it, the final product seemed to end up being rather expensive.
Over the years, many churches have emailed me personally asking to purchase some of that Dennis Jones Bible Character “Wallpaper” …but sadly, no such product exists…
…but a church in Oklahoma was persistent when I told them no such product existed and together we figured out a more affordable “do it yourself” delivery vehicle for a vinyl “wallpaper”… FATHEAD… yes, those people that do the restickable vinyl football players.
We tried one as an experiment (Jonah) …it seemed to work pretty well, so we are moving forward with a few more. When their remodel is complete, I will get some photos of the finished rooms and post them here.
Who knows… Dennis Jones Custom Bible Wallpaper might be just around the corner! ha
I’ve been playing a quirky little turn-based strategy game on my iPad that pits teams of dwarves, elves, rats, and miscellaneous unidentifiable creatures against one another on a football field. One of the neat things about the game is the ability to customize your team and my current squad is a clan of orcs I’ve named Da Kansas City Cheaps.
This is a picture I drew of my star middle linebacker Galnar SmashTeef.
He started out as an idea in my sketchbook and somehow ended up in full color here on my blog.
I just finished up a job that was chocked full of black and white illustration. I took one of the small spots, added some color to it, and here you can see my process from start to finish.
Kansas City Chief running back Jamaal Charles will miss the rest of the football season with a torn ACL. Coach Andy Reid says there is definitely a “sense of urgency” to replace him…
…might I humbly suggest they look into just how busy Christian Okoye might be these days?
Last night our refrigerator died a horrible death, so Karen and I made the best of a bad situation and ate ice cream like there was no tomorrow. Today while waiting for the repairman to come save us, I scribbled this picture out for the LSU peeps in my family who seem to be pretty excited about this years football season.
As a good lil Hoosier who lives 30 minutes away from South Bend, all I wanted to do on Saturday night was see how Notre Dame did playing Clemson in a monsoon. To kill time as I waited for the game, I scratched out this picture. The game started and Notre Dame proceeded to fumble the ball away about forty-seven times. I’m not saying I was responsible for any of that… I’m just saying maybe next week before the game I will draw a Notre Dame football player leaping into the end zone with the ball securely tucked under his arm.
Fall has arrived and my works now shifts heavily into Christmas themes… well… sorta…
I just got back home late last night after being on the road for three weeks. I’m currently working on several different projects for a bunch of interesting companies and I can’t tell you about any of it… other than to say there is a lot of really fun stuff currently in the works. Hopefully it will all make a grand appearance someday in the near future.