Saturday, February 2, 2013

Interview: 10 Questions with Dennis Jones


Dennis Jones
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10 Questions with my Dennis Jones


1.... who is your favorite artist?

When I was growing up I loved Marvel Comic Books and my favorite artists at that time were John Buscema and Neil Adams. During my college years I discovered Frank Frazetta who was just awesome. Later, I really connected with that French, big hands, big feet style of cartoon thing and my favorite artist of that style was Albert Uderzo.

2.... do you offer workshops for artists?

No. I have on occasion filled in for professors on sabbaticals and taught their illustration classes for a semester... once at the University Of Texas and once at Huntington University.


3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?

During football season I listen to a lot of sports radio. I stream a lot of music from the internet with Spotify. When I get tired of music I listen to talk radio. I almost always have something playing in the background.

4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?

For years and years, I created art with traditional tools; gouache, paintbrush and watercolor paper, but as technology evolved, so did I. I still do all my pencil work with a real live pencil and paper, but I scan that into my computer and put the color to it with Photoshop.

5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?

I do an eight or nine hour day, five days a week... unless I'm behind or under a tight deadline... then I might work on Saturdays, too.


6.... are you working your dream job?

I don't know if this is my dream job or not... I do know there are worse things I could be doing rather than sitting around drawing funny pictures all day long... maybe this is my dream job!

7.... do you feel its important for others to pursue their dream jobs?



8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?

My work is in all sorts of obscure places and on all sorts of different products. Over the past few years I have had all sorts of different internet sites, but I have pretty much consolidated them down to my blog... and my Facebook page...


9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?

I have always loved to draw. Around high school was when I really started thinking an artist is what I wanted to be.


10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?

There are lots of fancy computer tricks you can use to add pizazz to your artwork, but ultimately it all starts with your drawing, and the better your drawing is, the better your finished artwork will be... so draw... a bunch... as they say, you won't get any worse with practice.


images and video copyright Dennis Jones

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