Illustration of Edward R. Murrow by John Dyess

This illustration of Edward R Murrow was one of over thirty illustrations I created for a text book titled “America It’s People and Values” published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,Publishers, in 1984.I got this assignment through my New York City representative,  Mulvey and Associates. The samples that HBJ liked were the mountain climbers I did for Aetna Life & Casualty.

Buhl and Hillary

The illustration of Edward R. Murrow was the first illustration shown to HBJ. They approved this sample and I proceeded to create the remaining portraits.



  1. katherine kinnamon says:

    I bet it is a wonderful book, John. I really like the illustration of Murrow.

  2. rjshay says:

    John, what a great project. I know you had fun on this!!!


    • johndyess says:

      It was a great project, but as usual not much time and no reference from the client. Some of these Americans I illustrated were from pre Revolutionary War,therefore no pictures of what they looked like,so I just made things up in costumes from the time period during which they lived.

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