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painting  from life of a model with tattoos on her arm by John Foster Dyess

This is a tempera painting on canvas 16″wide by 20″ high.

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detail of painting

Inner-Space-7-Painting

oil on canvas print painting by John Foster Dyess

The questions are:? What is an abstract painting? What is a realistic painting?
This image started out as combination of photographs I took of several objects and scans of textures I created that I combined in layers using Photoshop. I began to see various forms in my Photoshop creation and began to enhance these forms using a Photoshop brush. After I had completed my digital image I had it printed on canvas ,and using oil paint  I glazed over the print. I have created shapes and forms like I would if I were painting an object or landscape. The difference is this landscape exist in my brain.
This is from a series of paintings I call Inner space.

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Detail 1 of Inner Space 7

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detail 2 Inner Space 7

20.Maritz BOA Leisure late 1970's

Maritz Book of Awards catalog spread 1970’s by John Foster Dyess

This illustration was created using my illustration and a photograph of a model taken by a Maritz photographer. Created before personal computers and the software Photoshop.

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sculpture by Maritz artist Mike Foley for Jewelry and Gifts spread in a Maritz Book of Awards

Mike Foley and I have been friends since college. We have worked together as artists for the Military Air Command, Bob Ruether and associates and Maritz Motivation Company.

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another metal sculpture by Mike Foley for a Maritz Book of Awards,1970’s

Viking

sculpture of a Viking by John Foster Dyess 1970’s

I created this relief sculpture in clay, spray painted it with metallic paint and had it photographed by a Maritz photographer.I don’t remember the client.

33.Jack-Thorwegen

place mat design by Jack Thorwegan Maritz 1973

Jack worked in the next cubical to me at Maritz in 1973. He was there about three months while waiting to start a design business. He had a very successful career and was well respected in St.Louis.

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another design by Jack Thorwegen created while working at Maritz Motivation Company.

I enjoyed working at Maritz for eleven years and left,not because I wasn’t having a lot of fun creating illustrations, but because I wanted to start my own illustration business in 1980.I wanted to show sum of the creative art by other artists at Maritz and to show that some of this art still looks current.

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mixed media illustration of the St.Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang by John Foster Dyess

This illustration of the St.Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang was created while I was employed as an illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company,which was near St.Louis Missouri. I was employed there from 1969 until 1980. I painted this illustration using Dr.Ph.Martin’s watercolors,pencil an liquid acrylic gel mixed with watercolor on illustration board. The original was around 16″x16″.I used bleach that was  applied using a cotton swab in the area around home plate to wipe away some of the brown water color. This was one of the illustrations for the stock campaign Team Power.

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butcher tray palette,Dr.Ph.Martin’s water color, sable brushes and Pro White paint.

Occasionally I would mix Pro White paint with water color to create a semi opaque paint.

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Winston Churchill portrait byJohn foster Dyess

I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s water color and Pro White paint on smooth illustration board on this portrait painted during the 1970’s.

25.Benny Goodman

The Benny Goodman Quartet by John Foster Dyess

This is another Team Power Illustration,which was painted using water color, pencil and dye spray paint on illustration board.

10.Byrd and Bennett

Illustration of Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett ,their Fokker trimotor plane,and a map of the North Pole. They were the first to fly over the North Pole,in 1926

Anther Team Power mailer created using water color and pencil on illustration board.

27.A Taste of the Bahamas 1979

illustration promoting a trip to the Bahamas by John Foster Dyess. Created using water color and pencil on mat board.

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oil on canvas painting of my grandson Dominic. 20″ wide x 30″ high

I finished this portrait of Dominic yesterday after working on it off an on for about six months. I tried to capture Dominic’s desire to always be moving. I took a lot of reference photos of him in different locations wearing different clothes . I thought this photo reference told a story about a young boy ready to be free to run an jump. He loves cars which was the reason I selected the shirt he was wearing. The challenge for me was to show Dominic in full figure within a complex environment. I liked the way the afternoon sun was creating interesting highlights. I painted  his hair with a used sable brush that had about four strands of hair left on it.

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pencil aerosol spray paint and Magic Marker illustration on prepared acetate by John Dyess

My blogs this week are a teaching tool for a class I teach at St.Louis Community College at Meramec called  “Drawing for Graphics” ,which I have taught since 1997,  as an adjunct professor. Recently I have been telling my students that this class is drawing ideas for graphics. I emphasize the step by step process to solving each assignment. Pencil roughs(thumbnails) are the first step after research and understanding the visual problem. I bring in samples of my illustrations and  discuss the client assignment and the technique I used rendering the illustrations. This blog post shows samples of illustrations I created during the 1970’s using the Magic Marker felt tip pen.
The illustration above was created for an assignment while I attended the Illustrators Workshop in 1977. I was employed as a senior illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company during the 1970’s and they paid for my tuition and housing for this workshop taught by Bernie Fuchs,Bob Peak, Alan E. Cober, Bob Heindel, Mark English and Fred Otnes.

horse racing illustration Maritz

Magic Marker illustration on tracing paper printed for direct mail announcing an incentive program for a Maritz client, around 1977.

George and Ira Gershwin

Magic Marker and pencil on prepared acetate illustration of George and Ira Gershwin.

This is one of ten illustrations I created of famous teams that were used for sales incentive programs, while I was employed at Maritz Motivation Company. These illustrations were offset printed and the printed size was 10.25″ x10.25″. The art director wanted these illustrations to each be created using a different illustration technique. This was a “stock campaign, that had the story of each team printed on the inside of the piece. A client could print  their logo and rules of the incentive program on the pre printed piece and mail them to their employes.

Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen

Marker ,pencil,colored paper and photocopy illustration of football  coach Knute Rockne and members of the 1924 Notre Dame football team.

This is another of my illustrations created around 1976 for the stock campaign called Team Power.

leisure illustration Maritz 1970's

opening spread for the Leisure section of a Maritz awards catalog. Right panel was created using Magic Marker on tracing paper.Left panel was created in black pen.

I created many illustrations using Magic Markers during the 1970’s. The illustration trend for many nationally recognized illustrators, during this period, was for a loose rendering technique. I created illustrations using other techniques during the 1970’s,which I will discuss in future blog post.

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Illustration of pirates by John Foster Dyess,1970.s

I created this illustration while employed as an artist at Maritz Motivation Company. I don’t remember the name of the client. I believe this illustration was created in 1976,or 1977. I had several Maritz artist pose as pirates. The illustration  is  pen and ink and water based paint. The map was printed on a black and white copy machine , hand colored and glued on the illustration.  The pirate chest and money were copied on a color copy machine  from a book, cut out and glued on the illustration. Copy machines in the 1970’s and 1980’s ,for me, were a great tool. Now I would work traditionally on part of the illustration and then add the map, money and chest on a layer in Photoshop.

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map detail from pirate illustration

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pirate chest and coins detail from pirate illustration.

 

London

travel illustration  by John Foster Dyess 1974

For the next few days I’m going to be posting illustrations I created before I began using a computer. Most of these illustrations were created while I was employed as an illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company. I will be talking about techniques I used that were the latest  technology in the 1970’s .
I purchased my first personal computer, a MAC Quadra 650, in April 27, 94. The total cost of the computer, software, printer and cables was $5,975. I think the monitor screen was about 10″.

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Macintosh Quadra 650 was introduced in February 1993.

 

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detail 1 of London Illustration.

I wanted to combine a painting of musicians with a photograph. I painted on a photograph. This was before photoshop which speeds up the process when combining illustrations and photographs.

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detail 2 from London illustration

This detail is an example of a technique I used in the 1970’s. I think this was a 3M product. I found images of English history in books and made high contrast black photostats. I sent the photostats to a service bureau  which took the black and white images and using a photo process placed an emulsion of the black and white images on a sheet of clear acetate. This emulsion could be colored with ink. I laid the hand colored acetate over my illustration. My illustration was photographed with the acetate over it by a offset print company. This was used as a poster and on the cover of a direct mail brochure that was  sent to participants of a sales incentive program, for a company called British Leyland

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Audrey wearing a plaid dress ,sitting in a rocking chair.

Today is the birthday of my daughter Audrey and in this blog post I’m sharing some of the paintings and drawings that she posed for me. This is one of the first of my paintings of Audrey . Oil on canvas, 16″ wide x 20″ high

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Drawing of Audrey wearing a flower dress by John Foster Dyess

I have saved this dress that Audrey is wearing. Someday she will get this painting and dress. Black pen and ink drawing on vellum. Colored applied is liquid acrylic paint. 17″ wide x 26″ high This is one of my favorite drawings.

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Audrey wearing a pink dress sitting in a rocking chair.

I would create a design challenge when  painting Audrey. I wanted to focus on the figure of Audrey emerging from darkness and to use the shadow shapes  as an important design element in this painting . Audrey was posing under a sky light for the photo reference I took. All of these paintings were based on photos I took. I have kept this dress also. Oil on canvas 21″ wide x 27″ high.

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Audrey wearing her wedding dress at Webster Groves Christian Church. Oil painting by John Foster Dyess

I had Audrey pose for me after her wedding . I suggested to the wedding photographer that he take a similar photo in this church location. The concept of this painting was the light from above creating shapes on her wedding dress and like the previous painting the design created by light and dark.  Oil on canvas 16″ wide x 18″ high.
Happy birthday Audrey and for your patience posing for many illustrations.
Love Dad

 

Inner-Space-2-painting

“the Creation” oil painting by John Foster Dyess

This is an oil painting on canvas print of a digital image called inner space 2 that I posted on January 31,2017. It is the second of my inner space oil painting series that focuses on my inner vision of time, space and the creative process. This painting is 16″ x 16″.  The digital image began as a photograph of my paint palette. I began to enhance images that I saw in this photo, like I was looking at Rorschach test.

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detail one of “the Creation”

I saw organic shapes in my palette photo.

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detail 2 from “the Creation”

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detail 3 from “the Creation”

I began to see red eye creatures