Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Charles Richard Drew

During my career as an illustrator I have drawn and painted many famous historical people. This is one of 30 portraits of Americans that I created in 1985 for the text book “America Its People and Values” 

In 1985, when these portraits were created, there was no internet to find images of the people that I illustrated. I went to the local library to find reference, and I had purchased the book “Dictionary of American Portraits” that contained 4000 pictures of important Americans from earliest times to the beginning of the twentieth century,
The way that I communicated with clients was the telephone and slow mail. At some point FedX was available, and fax machines. I shot reference photos with a Polaroid camera until one hour photo development was available.
Elizabeth Blackwell PhiBenjamin Banneker
Phillis Wheatley


Cloud Gate

This is a digital image that I created from a photograph of the sculpture “Cloud Gate” by artist Anish Kapoor. I used Adobe Photoshop to enhance and change the photograph to display what interested me while viewing this sculpture and the architecture surrounding “The Bean”. I took the photograph while visiting Chicago,Illinois in 2008.

Detail Cloud Gate

Detail of Cloud Gate drawing

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Sophia's drawing 72217001

This is a drawing, by my grand-daughter Sophia, of Pikachu,a Pokemon character.She just turned seven years old and drew this from memory. Yesterday she asked me how I painted pictures so real. Then we then went to my studio where she drew and colored Pikachu. I was impressed that she showed the highlights in the eyes. I began drawing comic book characters when I was a child, about that age,and many years later I’m still drawing and painting. My son Mike and his two sons went to Pokemon Go in Chicago ,this weekend. That’s three of my grandchildren doing Pokemon activities. I better learn about Pokemon.



End of a Season

“End of a Season” by John Foster Dyess

This image, that I created in 2000, is based on several photographs that I took in the fall of 2000, of leaves,mushrooms, a work glove and a dead bird that I found. I have been recently creating images  of life cycle: death, birth,renewal and metamorphose ( “change or cause to change completely on form or nature”) Although this image was not based on a photo that I took on my recent trip to North Carolina, it fits into my new body of images titled “A walk in the woods”.
This is a mixed media painting which includes digital and pen and ink on paper. The size is 12.5″ wide by 9″ high.


drawing by Thomas Adams

drawing by Thomas Adams

This page is a continuation of My Pursuit of Happiness assignment I gave to my Drawing for Graphics 1 class at Meramec Community College in St.Louis ,Missouri.

drawing by Andrew Lam

drawing by Andrew Lam

drawing by Tara McClellan

drawing by Tara McClellan

drawing by Erica Elliot

drawing by Erica Elliot

Sophia's drawing December 23,2012

Sophia’s drawing December 23,2012

This afternoon my granddaughter Sophia was siting on my lap,watching Elmo videos on our I-Mac, and she was creating this drawing while watching Elmo . She is thirty months old and draws all the time.

Abstract image by JoDye

I’m enjoying the work of my alter ego JoDye. This is the first in a new series of black and white images.

doodle by John Foster Dyess

Doodle  a rough drawing made absentmindedly.

Tuesday night I was at a board meeting and during the discussions I began to doodle on a financial report handout while listening to the board discuss various issues. When I got home I kept this doodle ,well,because I liked the image and will keep it on file to use in a future digital or traditional collage. This Friday post is also a teaching moment for my illustration one and two class at Meramec Community College in St.Louis, Missouri and the subject will be about using doodling as part of the creative process.

Recently I discovered a website ,which I like, called one drawing a day that displays sketches by various artists. Some of these sketches are like doodles. Starting today my students will be given an assignment to observe and record visual information by sketching and doodling. I require thumbnail drawings for all my assignments given to students. I prefer that these thumbnails are created like a doodle, just a recording of ideas based on memory without going to the computer to find reference.
One of my favorite illustrators is Jack Unruh, that graduated from Washington University in St. Louis the  spring semester before I started attending Washington University. I found in a file,I keep, of Jack’s printed illustrations a drawing he had created early in his career that reminds me of a doodle. Jack draws from his imagination which to me makes his illustrations unique.

Jack Unruh drawing

pastel drawing of nude model

detail of pastel drawing

This is a pastel drawing I created last night during a drawing session at the St.Louis Artist’ Guild in St. louis Missouri. Below is a photo of the pastels and pastel pencils I used.

pastels and pastel pencils.



In Every Art by John Dyess

This image was finished today about 9:30 p.m. From my collection of New York City images based on photos I took in 2010.