Archive for the ‘illustrations by John Dyess’ Category

Any War

Scene of German soldiers during World War One.

My digital illustration “Any War” is based on a photograph that I took of my television screen , of the World War One movie “All Quiet on the Western Front”.I added texture and color and the flash of light that represents an explosion. This could be a scene from any war if the  the uniforms were changed.  This illustration is from a body of my work that I call “From the TV”.

 

on the TV 24 x 24

oil over 24″ x24″ digital canvas print .

This collage began with a photograph of the head of a female mannequin that I bought many years ago to use as photo reference for an illustration. The background was created using paint over  paper torn  from a newspaper.

Ed Bright

oil Painting of Ed Bright by John Dyess

During 1977 I painted  Ed Bright, when He modeled for a group of St.Louis Illustrators. Ed would have been 85 years young when he Posed for this group at Washington University. At this time there was an article about Ed in the Lafayette Press-Journal. which was dated Wednesday,Oct. 19,1977. This is from the article about Ed, “To satisfy his addiction to riding, Bright signed up with the Missouri National Guard calvary unit. Because the unit was one of the few remains cavalry units, it was called up to help the Pesky Pancho Villa. But instead of hunting the bandit ,Ed spent time on maneuvers and patrolling.”

drawing 3

pencil drawing 1of model Bryce

Meetup Groups
Have you heard of that? It’s everywhere on line. It is where people of common interests connect on line and then physically “meetup.” I am part of the Meetup St. Louis
Drawing and Painting Group.

Meetup carries on the centuries old tradition of artists gathering to work from live models. It is the digital age version of an activity that still brings great value to the
artist, the art community and the wider population as a whole. The model is essential.

What are human beings that you think about them?

What are human beings…that you pay attention to them?
—Psalms 8:4
I created these drawings of Bryce in September 2016 during a drawing session that used to meet at Webster Groves Christian Church located in Glendale Missouri.
Bryce drawing 2 backside of drawing 1

drawing-1

drawing 4 back side of drawing 3

photograph of model Bryce

photo of Bryce posing as a mime

Frederick Douglas

This illustration of Frederick Douglas was created for “America Its People and Values” which is a text book published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. I created at least 50 drawings of historical Americans for this book. Only five were African Americans.This book was published in 1985 and these were some of the first of many drawings and paintings that I have created of Black history. I have posted many of these images on my blog before. These images were scans from the book. I didn’t get the originals returned. 

Benjamin Banneker

Matthew Henson

Phillis WheatleyCharles Richard Drew

I was excited to receive the good news today that my entry of a series of four illustration I had created for the National Geographic Museum “Monsterfish” Exhibit in Washington D.C. were  accepted into the Communication Arts Magazine 57th Illustration Annual Competition. Of the 3,973 entries only 167 were accepted ,representing the work of 145 artists,making the illustration Annual the most exclusive major Illustration competition in the world. Below are the four illustrations that were printed on acrylic panel 4’wide x 8″ high,with my black ink drawing printed on the front and color created in photoshop printed on the back side. The panel was back lite.I went to the opening in Washington D.C. in March of 2015 in Washington D.C. I enjoyed working with Senior Graphic Designer Patrick Truby.

Monster Fish Exhibit in Explorer's Hall.

Monster Fish Exhibit in Explorer’s Hall. Menominee Indian and lake Sturgeon

Monster Fish Exhibit in Explorer's Hall.

Monster Fish Exhibit in Explorer’s Hall.Piraiba Amazon Catfish

Paraiba-and-fishermen

Paraiba Catfish and fishermen

Murray-Cod-final

Murray Cod

Golden-Mahseer-August-18

Golden Mahseer

14 x 22 Sturgeon.jpg

Menominee Indian and Lake Sturgeon

Advertisement in the Washington Post for the Monsterfish exhibition opening

Advertisement in the Washington Post for the Monsterfish exhibition opening

I attended the opening of the National Geographic Museum’s Monsterfish Exhibit in Washington D.C.,with my wife and her cousin Janet and her daughter on March 26. The exhibit displayed four Paintings that I had created of river Monsterfish.

Golden Masheer exhibit panel

Golden Masheer exhibit panel

I’m standing next to the exhibit panel that shows my artwork of the Golden Masheer Monster river fish.
This gives the large scale of the reproductions of my illustrations.

Lake Sturgeon and Menominee Indian panel

Lake Sturgeon and Menominee Indian panel

This panel is at the entrance to the exhibit.

Paraiba Catfish illustration by John F. Dyess

Paraiba Catfish illustration by John F. Dyess

Patrick Truby and John F. Dyess

Patrick Truby and John F. Dyess

Patrick Truby is the Senior Graphic Designer I worked with creating the Monsterfish illustrations. He was easy to work with.
I will display more photos from the opening on my next post.

Two Fishermen fishing in the Amazon River

Two Fishermen fishing in the Amazon River

This is the top half of the Paraiba Catfish illustration created for the National Geographic Museum,which will be be in the exhibit  “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants”. Exhibition premiere is Thursday
March 26,2015.

Two fishermen ink drawing

Two fishermen ink drawing

This is the ink drawing of the two fishermen fishing in the Amazon River for the Paraiba Catfish.

reference for two fishermen sent to me by the national geographic museum.

reference for two fishermen sent to me by the national geographic museum.

reference photo of my friend Steve Scherrer standing taken in January 2014

reference photo of my friend Steve Scherrer standing taken in January 2014

reference photo taken of Steve Scherrer in January  2014

reference photo taken of Steve Scherrer in January
2014

This blog post shows a sample of the process taken to create the Paraiba illustration.

Arapaima monster River Fish

Arapaima monster River Fish

On January 1 2013 I received the email below from Patrick Truby, an art director at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C.

Hi John,

I hope this email finds you well, I am a designer for the national geographic museum and we are putting a Mega-fish exhibit together for 2014. We are looking for an illustrator to create illustrations of 15-20 species of fish. I will be sending out an rfp with more details, just wanted to check if this email is the best way to contact you and if you would be interested receiving the rfp and giving us a bid. Feel free to contact me as well to discuss.
I said yes to his email and sent samples of my fish illustrations and other illustrations created in a pen and ink and color. I created the illustration of the Arapaima monster river fish for the proposal. Below are some samples I sent.

Backwater Bass

Backwater Bass

Pike fish

Pike fish

black and white drawing of Pike Fish

black and white drawing of Pike Fish

North American Fisherman magazine illustration

North American Fisherman magazine illustration

Bassmaster magazine illustration

Bassmaster magazine illustration

Gallery painting of a Pineapple

Gallery painting of a Pineapple

These are of a few of the images I sent. I received this email on April 17,2013

Hey John,

I was actually going to get in touch with you today, We really love your work and think you would be perfect for Set A. The scope has changed somewhat to to a number of factors that are still ongoing. We are now estimating around 6 set A illustrations rather than 12. I assure you that we would love to get you started asap but we have to nail down our exhibit outline to the point where we feel confident letting you loose on a Monsterfish. Please let us know if you are still interested and feel free to call me with any questions. When you are on board we will get started on getting your contract started in draft form.

Best and congratulations.
P
Of course I said I was still interested and was to begin a two year journey to the opening of Monsterfish-In Search of the Last RiverGiants, this month on Thursday March 16, 2015.
More to follow on my blog