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Brighouse, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Welcome to my blog! I am a Solo Keyboardist and Freelance Designer and a graduate of Transport Design from Staffordshire University, UK. I undertake various projects and activities including Offroading, Photography, and my ongoing restoration of my 1966 Austin Mini! I am also working on the design and manufacture of a custom Keytar called the Syblade. I'm on Youtube, Twitter, Coroflot, Myspace, Facebook, Reverbnation, Soundcloud and am the first result on google if you type "Jonny Stone"! I will be writing about all these activities and more in this blog. The titles are simply memorable (and largely irrelivant) quotes from friends, family or myself! I hope you enjoy my work!

Friday, 28 February 2014

61. "If they spent £42million on that brown shitty building, I will brown shit on them!"

Maaaaan... It's 8 months since my last post.

Oops.

JDSC has come a long way in that time however! Even if I am keeping most things a secret from the world...
The one thing I HAVE been sharing to everyone I can is the deletion of the uncatchy name "Classic Car Illustrations" and the introduction of AutoRenders. (Click to see a new listing on ebay with many goodies!)

Click the AutoRenders Logo too!

The new title and branding simply means I am able to broaden the horizons of the original 10 or 15 "classic only" cars I was going to illustrate, to the 50+ I have planned to be completed and available by the end of 2014. That's the plan anyway, chances are I'll only get half of that done... We'll see!
Here's the newest cars. I'm up to 13 now!

Jaguar E-type 2+2 - S2...
...and S3 V12


Lancia Stratos HF
 That bonnet with the air outlets took FOREVER!


I had originally illustrated the Cobra (it was the 3rd one I did about a year ago) but was never happy with it. The angle I start with didn't allow for a reg plate and somehow some of the details like the lights and wheels never quite cut it...
So, I started from scratch and did it again!
 And again in the classic shelby blue.


Last but not least, the Citroen DS Series 3, possibly the simplest and easiest illustration I've done yet thanks to her goddess like curves... which come to think of it I completed before all the cars above. Not that it matters what order they're displayed in!
Here's a "standard" DS without the different coloured roof and chrome .

Hope you're all well.
Hopefully more updates soon.
Stay creative :)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

60. "EW, look at that massive worm!"..."...erm, that's a daffodil."

Yeh, I'm not kidding anybody. Updates aren't going to be regular unless something huge happens...
In case something does, be the first to find out about it and go 'like' my facebook page!

Regardless, here are some cars.

Ford GT40

Lamborghini Miura P400S & SV 

Austin & Morris Mini Cooper 

VW Type 2 Microbus Samba T1
I had hoped that my personalised illustrations would be a hit for fathers day. Alas, no.
Although last month I did send my first print off to Athens in Greece!

Updates have been even less frequent than ever because, back in January, there was a huge fire in the factory where my and and a few others workshops are. We are about 1/3 of the way through refurbishing it. I'm hoping to get some videos once it's in respectable condition... mind you, anything will be an improvement from right after the fire...


More soon, hopefully.
Stay Creative!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

59. "My dad's eaten all the fucking cheese!"

A quote from a friend expressing their displeasure to their dad who, like mine, won't leave our things alone. Including cheese.


Another classic car illustration is complete and for sale in my shop! This time it's the wonderful British lightweight the Lotus Elan. As with all the others, it has many options for personalisation including colours, backgrounds and wheels.
Also, postage has been reduced on all items!



Also available for sale is my JDStone music merchandise including CD's and badges.


I recently completed a cover of Dorje's Aeromancy.
Check them out at the link above, and check out my cover in the link below!


Friday, 14 December 2012

58. "Nope, because you are not an octopus"

A quote from myself having watched my friend Hans of Copley Recovery Services try to change a fan-belt on a mk3 Ford Mondeo, a job which, on any sensibly designed vehicle, should take half an hour and be an easy job doable at the kerbside.
Nope! 6 hours, much internet trawling and 2 people. If you tried to do it yourself, you'd need to take the engine out... Barking mad I tell you!!

Anywho!

Time for some more personalised illustrations to be uploaded. I've done 3 more since the last post with the Jaguar E-type, all available from my Etsy shop:

Click on the images to enlarge them!
007's Aston Martin DB5

AC/Shelby Cobra

Porsche 911 Carrera RS

Also available in my shop will be a bunch of different limited edition creative treats, like these gold and silver glow in the dark butterfly and dragonfly necklaces.

That's all for now. I'm off to an early Christmas party hosted by Yorkshire band Hope & Social!

Friday, 9 November 2012

57. JDStone Creations is officially...something!

Yep! You heard me . . . well, you read it anyway.

It's taken a very long time to iron out all the creases and fill in the gaps, but the first of my Classic Car Illustrations is complete and available on etsy.

Since this blog is linked to that very page, here's some high resolution images as promised in the listing.

 Click to enlarge the images!

I produced the illustrations to be as authentic as possible for the price I'm selling them for, as well as letting the customer personalise it to their own taste.
If demand increases, I might even do a few one off's for people!

Next car to finish, the ever famous Aston Martin DB5!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

56. Happy Halloween!



I'm still alive!

Right, straight to business.

I've occupied myself over the past 5 days making this cover video. Nothing too fancy, no money spent on it, just for a laugh.
I hope you enjoy it!


Speak to you soon!

Friday, 29 June 2012

55. "The best decision is not easy for us, otherwise nobody would make mistakes..."

No random quote today, just a little inspiring sentence I told my best friend the other day . . . I was quite proud that I came up with that all by myself!

As promised, here is a more frequent update (can you have 1 thing more frequent...?) with a thing that was at the bottom of the list of the previous one.

Staffordshire University Degree Show 2012 - "Show & Tell"

Last year, I exhibited the Syblade prototype and automotive clay models: a modern Triumph GT6 and the INSPI-R. (click the links to see images on Coroflot)

This year was weird, as I wasn't stood by any work that was mine! There were more than enough pieces of work there to make up for it though. Here's a few pictures I took both on the opening night and following day.

(click the links to view the designers/animators/artists websites or work)
Transport Design
Krieger - The Warrior - A zero emissions vehicle designed to carry a full size shipping container, yet traverse difficult terrain to reach people and places a vehicle shouldn't be capable of!

The BMW Venture Concept - A vehicle designed with BMW's "efficient dynamics" design ethic in mind, that is as at home in the city as it is on the open road, using an extending swing arm for greater stability at higher speeds.

 The PT-001 Apocalypto - Designed 'by the government' in the setting of the upcoming post apocalyptic wasteland, it is an all terrain vehicle able to rescue civilians and deploy rescue personnel equipped with 'never before seen nano-technology'. 

 Here are the stars of the 2012 animations queuing up outside the room they were displayed in. I don't have all the contacts for the animators... I can link you to a few blogs though!
LOD Creations
Animations & Illustrations of Chloe Howley
Kyle Bennett - Stop Motion
Locodreams Animations
Daniel James Animations
I can't seem to find a recent blog from Nathan & Ollie, but their character has a facebook page!

Now we come to crafts and jewellery. Here are Amy Lyne's me abstract yet finely detailed copper vases.

The above and below images are jewellery created by Jessica Speakman

I've done some soldering and general metalwork before... this is on an entirely new level though!

Then we move onto Fine Art . . . which I just don't get! Some work was quite cool though...

I would have liked a guide of some sort to say "this is why you're stood next to a guitar tuned to open G and 5 amplifiers feeding back on each other...". Alas, nothing.

Here's one side of Zack Ward's work (he's stood there in the background too!) which rather comically swore at you as you passed... Okay its not as random as that, there was meaning to his madness. One thing I could definitely appreciate in his work was the vast amount of time spent sewing it all together!

Ha, imagine if i'd tried to fit this and all the other things into one blogpost like I usually do!
Thats all for now. Go spend an evening on your computer and visit my friends blogs and websites. They are hugely talented and frankly I'm envious of them all . . .

Friday, 22 June 2012

54. "I don't know what an adaptable fruit boob is, but I know I want one!"

A title quoted from myself for once, although the weirdness about it was caused by others . . . for a change!

Its been a while since I last posted, mainly because I keep building it up and trying to write loooooooong blogs with many topics which, frankly, I never leave myself enough time to do.
So, coming soon will be a few posts on things that have happened in the past 6 weeks to even things out a little. After that (fingers crossed... again) I should be in the habit of posting more frequently!

Here goes!

I'll keep this one short because the information on it is already on LOD Creations blog but basically, I wrote this short orchestral score for her final major project animation; The Firebird.
Its a very touching short story which now has an equally touching soundtrack to it!



Click here to listen to the soundtrack by itself on Soundcloud

Click here to see the finished animation.


That'll do for now.
Upcoming topics in no particular order include Offroading videos, Syblade manufacture, Mini restoration, Staffordshire University Degree show highlights, a few little graphic design bits and bobs and of course my JDStone solo project.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

53. "I'm just stood here fondling cheese because its cold..."

You know, it's getting fairly ridiculous now... Not the title... well, yes the titles are always ridiculous but that is simply because they are phrases taken at random and applied completely out of context.
No, I mean the whole "finding my calling" thing. Trying as many different things as possible no matter how extraordinary, just to see what works best.
The reason it's getting ridiculous is because they all seem to be picking up at the same rate, give or take a few... somethings. I mean, I can't just stop all but one and focus on that when I've nearly set everything up can I?

. . .

Whatever. I'll figure it out somehow.

Now for some picci's and links!

Lets start with my latest additions to Blood Red Offroad's Youtube channel.

And of course another shout out about the Beats Working Drum Show that nobody is going to this Sunday...

Now for the usual picture roll. Click to revel in their excellent quality! (ha...)

All in preparation for Beats Working and any future ventures into the music world, I've been expanding my logo's and working on various designs.

Here is the awesome Unreal Experimental album cover designed by Natasha Aldred


For my Single, MOTION, there is no CD case, just the image on the CD itself. I did however need to update it. This was the result!



Along with these, I've also got some badges on the way. These are the 2 designs I came up with.
The latter one I'm really happy with, as FINALLY I have a logo for the Syblade.

Can't wait to start building these things properly!

That'll do for now. Next post will . . . probably have more of the same, just progressed further!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

52. The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma...

Thanks Patrick for the title!

I'd like to say big things have been happening recently. . . but I'd be lying.

Btw, listen to this while you're reading...

Syblade templates are progressing slowly, as is the Mini restoration. Most of my time at the moment has been spent on my various music projects, especially Beats Working 2012 with Lee Bowater. Click the link!

Otherwise its been same old!

Offroading at Parkwood Offroad Centre with Blood Red Offroad was on the 15th (new videos to come in the next month before we set off for the next outing).

Here's a few taster pictures.
(Click to enlarge)

The "Swamp Donkey" claiming her territory post overheating. 

The Isuzu Trooper disproving that cars get properly mucky when off-roading.

Nick failing to clean his car and cleaning himself in doing so...

Next blogpost should have more music links, updates on my mini, perhaps on the syblade, and maybe even a new album cover!