Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan

This illustration  was printed on an offset printer and was used for direct mail to employees of Commercial Credit Corporation. This was one of a series of mailers with the theme of Team Power 77. Team Power was a popular theme at Maritz during the 1970s. This illustration was created long before personal computers,the internet and software like Photoshop. I think this mailer was to be printed in full color but was changed to two PMS colors. My concept was to show Helen Keller as a series of dots that would represent the Braille system of reading and writing used  by blind people. I enlarged a black and white portrait of Helen Keller  printed in a book to capture the dot pattern that was used to print this photo by Offset Printing. My  illustration of  of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan,shown below, was created in a technique I began to use about the early to mid- 1970s. I would paint over a black and white  photo or photostat with acrylic paint with the base photograph showing through the acrylic paint. Helen Keller is the seated woman on the left.

illustration of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan by John Dyess

Detail from Illustration

The size of the illustration is 7.5″ x 9.5″. I made the colors in the illustration warm and light to represent the special relationship between these women. Again this was before digital illustrations. Much of the digital illustration process is based on traditional techniques.

Cover of mailer

inside text below illustration

The folded cover of the mailer is  9″ x 9″ and the interior of the mailer is 9″ wide by 18″ high.

  1. Glenn Myers says:

    Simply done, yet exquisite.

  2. rjshay says:

    Got a great idea, John! Let’s try to do this for a living…what do you think????

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