In my spare time I’ve been working to get THE FEW comic book series ready for digital distribution. Over the course of three years these books have had multiple layout styles so I reworked them to all have one consistent boxed panel format. While I was at it, I reworked all the word balloons, tightened up the dialogue, changed some fonts and now THE FEW Comic Book Series is officially available for purchase on Amazon digitally. These are Kindle books and can be viewed on almost any device by using the free Kindle app. You can see them HERE.
After a couple of buckets of fried chicken and no napkins, the grizzly bear officially turned into a greasely bear.
The 13th Annual TourDeDonut Bicycle Race just happened, so I spent my weekend peddling around Troy, Ohio eating donuts and as if that wasn’t already enough to make it worth the trip, there was a bonus surprise for me. The city was also having an art exhibit featuring the work of Seward Johnson. His life-size painted bronze sculptures were all over the downtown area and they were amazing.
There was also a pretty great band filling the square with live music. What a great event! I’m thinking we need to put together a Brother Jones Bicycle Team, print up some custom bike jerseys and see if we can’t run them outa donuts next year!
Instagram is pretty exclusively a phone only app, but you can load images onto it using your computer. Here’s how… using a Google Chrome Browser, log onto your Instagram page. Then…
1. Click the 3 dots in the top right corner. (If you don’t have three dots you will be prompted to update your browser) 2. On the dropdown menu choose MORE TOOLS. 3. Then choose DEVELOPER TOOLS.
4. A page representing your phone appears. Choose your phone brand on the left and make sure the little device icon on the right is blue.
5. This is the most important step. REFRESH THE BROWSER.
6. Refreshing the browser makes the PLUS button appear. That is how you will access images from your computer.
The rest is pretty easy to figure out. Choose a picture, caption and hashtag it and load it up.
A lot of you asked me how to do this so I hope this was helpful. If you want to see a bunch of my older work, you can visit my Instagram Page HERE.
I’m not sure if anyone would classify a 1970 Mercury Montego as one of the old muscle cars… but if I’m going to do one for a job, it’s gonna end up looking like a muscle car of some sort.
When I was fresh out of college, the very first professional work I did was for SILVER DOLLAR CITY, an amusement park located in the Missouri Ozarks. I did several park maps and miscellaneous activity and coloring books for them. I just received an email and a picture from some folks in Oregon that said…
Mr. Jones: Just a note to say how much I enjoyed your Silver Dollar City artwork back in the day. As a youth, I loved pouring over the Street Maps waiting till the next summer when my family would go down to the Ozarks. This season, my own children helped make a mural in our house in anticipation of our next trip. It might look familiar. Thanks for the memories!
These folks created a mural in their house from one of my old SILVER DOLLAR CITY maps. How awesome is that!!
Rabbits just can’t resist riding on a Carrotsel.
My friend James wondered if I might be able to throw up a DEMO on my digital painting process. I said I can’t because my old screen capture software no longer works on new IOS… and that got me thinking. After a quick investigation I discovered a little known feature on all Macs… Quicktime will do screen capture, so here is something I threw together super fast for James.
My process is really simple. I draw my pictures traditionally. Scan them into my computer (Photoshop) and make the DRAWING a MULTIPLY layer so I can see through it. I work on the layer BELOW to block in colors and put the finishing touches on the layer ABOVE the drawing. Pretty simple…. and the music is a clip from something my youngest son Pete wrote and produced.
A little idea from my sketchbook that made the jump to color.
In 2011, I got an INSTAGRAM account, but never really used it because it was a “phone-only” app and extremely difficult to post artwork with, but I just discovered a workaround and now I can post artwork directly to Instagram from my computer. Now I have access to all kinds of stuff, so I plan to fill my Instagram page with brand new OLD artwork every day… so if you are interested in seeing brand new old stuff from me, come on over and subscribe to my Instagram page.
He wasn’t the drummer we wanted, (he was no spring chicken) but he already had a set of drum sticks and said he would work for chicken feed, so we gave him a shot… and he was pretty good for a while (even though most of the time he was just winging it) but we finally had to let him go because he refused to work on frydays.