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Sophia's drawing of a cat wearing a hat

Our granddaughter Sophia drew this picture of a cat wearing a hat, on Monday January 15,2018, in our studio. My wife Carolyn and I love this drawing. Good work Sophia.

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Hannah Jones Have you ever felt invisible

Homeless illustration by Hannah Jones, a student in my illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec

Below is Hannah’s statement about her Homeless poster.

“When tasked with making a poster about homelessness, I wanted to first understand more about it and why people become homeless. I found a variety of reasons but what stuck out to me most is how homeless people are treated. Whether intentional or not, homeless people tend to be ignored or avoided. They need help but there is so much stigma against homeless people that people are either afraid to help or just don’t care. They are basically invisible to a world that has left them in this situation. I wanted to represent that concept on my poster by having a homeless person blending into the background with others passing by not caring. A lot of times people become homeless and they can’t get out of it because no one is willing to help them, they would rather ignore.” Hannah Jones

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Homeless illustration by ToQuyen Tonnu a student in my illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.

This is the statement on ToQuyen’s poster illustration.

“Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant;
there will always be someone out there that needs what you have to give.
Visit usich.gov for more information on what you can do to help.”

On Christmas Eve my hope is that there is a room for those that are homeless.
John Dyess

Homeless Project Young Print

Homeless illustration by Bradley Young a student in my illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.

Thirteen students in my Illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec created poster illustrations that brought awareness of the many reasons that people become homeless.
Large format prints of these posters will be on display in “The Gallery Within” Webster Grove Christian Church. Also in the gallery will be photos taken by and taken of Scott Roy a former art student at Meramec that was homeless for a while when attending Meramec. This show will be hanging from December 19, 2017 until January 7, 2018. Gallery hours are from Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am until 12:00 pm
Webster Groves Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ) is located at 1320 W.Lockwood Avenue St.Louis MO. 63122. The gallery entrance is on the West side of the building as you exit the parking lot.  John Dyess

Below is Bradley’s statement about his homelessness poster illustration.

While doing research for political posters I found mostly world war two era political posters. This in particular gave me the idea to do something that had to do with homeless veterans. While panning through the images on google I found an Uncle Sam poster. I figured everyone knew this iconic figure and that gave me the idea to do a homeless Uncle Sam. I personally find it nerve racking that solders come back home and become homeless. If not angry just generally confused on why homelessness is so common among veterans. Sadly, veterans do not get the help they need if going though PTSD (post dramatic stress disorder) or other ailments. This generally leaves some veterans to believe that they should be out on their own no because no one knows truly what they have been through. This is just one possible thing that could make a veteran a homeless person.

With the information I researched, I decided to do a poster that instead of just pointing out what is happening with homelessness, I rather would focus on homeless veterans. As a result, I believe that the message is that this could happen to you if you join a branch of military. Veterans are out there and need help. With this in mind I decided to change the words on the poster and made sure that “help a veteran near you” was on it. I felt that this not only gave the sense of this could happen if you join, but to also help if it has.
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Rosalie Kollefrath

Homeless Illustration by Rosalie Kollefrath a student in my Illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.

Thirteen students in my Illustration class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec created poster illustrations that brought awareness of the many reasons that people become homeless.
Large format prints of these posters will be on display in “The Gallery Within” Webster Grove Christian Church. Also in the gallery will be photos taken by and taken of Scott Roy a former art student at Meramec that was homeless for a while when attending Meramec. This show will be hanging from December 19, 2017 until January 7, 2018. Gallery hours are from Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am until 12:00 pm
Webster Groves Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ) is located at 1320 W.Lockwood Avenue St.Louis MO. 63122. The gallery entrance is on the West side of the building as you exit the parking lot.  John Dyess
Below is Rosalie’s statement about her poster illustration.

“On a single night in January 2015, there were about 564,708 that were homeless. Homelessness occurs for a variety of reasons to a spectrum of people. It could be due to a sudden lost job, being born into poverty, escaping from domestic abuse, chronic mental health issues, or any other of the many, many other situations that could occur. Homelessness can happen to anyone; there are situations that cannot be prepared for. Unfortunately, resources for the homeless aren’t well funded or easy to apply for. If you are homeless, and have a disability and can’t work, you can’t receive Medicaid because the application requires a permanent address. If you have a medical condition which restricts your diet, food banks may not have any food you can eat safely. Jobs can be more difficult to locate if you are homeless. If you do not have a car, it is more difficult to find a job because many employers want to be assured their employees will have the capability to consistently come in on time. If the only clothes you have are worn and ragged, potential employers look down on that. In order to help homeless people and stop homelessness, we must address both the most common reasons for homelessness, and the issues homeless people have to overcome when getting back on their feet. The Housing First Initiative seeks to bring homeless people in off of the streets and into a safe, clean, house of their own. The idea is that permanent or temporary housing is the first step to self-sufficiency. Studies show that 75-91% of those given housing with this program remain housed for at least a year. Even when homeless, people can still achieve their goals. It’s possible to continue your education through financial aid. Homeless students make use of various services that campuses can provide, such as groceries and food drives. In order to humanize and inspire, I based my illustration on this concept. My boyfriend has been without a permanent home for over a year now, due to various circumstances out of his control. I based my illustration on a photo of him. I wanted to give him hope, as he wants to finish college with a degree in Networking/IT. I used a non-flat vector style, retaining the depth and dimension of the photo. The background is intentionally abstract, with the idea of turmoil being left behind as he graduates.”

Travis Hartsook

Homeless illustration by Travis Hartsook, a student in my Illustration 2 class at St.Louis Community College at Meramec.

I have been teaching at St.Louis Community College at Meramec for twenty years as an adjunct professor in the art department. I have taught a class called Drawing for Graphics and  Illustration. My last assignment in my Illustration class  was for my students to design a poster that brings awareness to the reasons people become homeless.Below is the assignment that I gave to my students.I will be presenting some my student’s illustrations on Homelessness, and their artist’s statement about their illustration, in future blog posts.

Assignment: Homelessness People become homeless for lots of different reasons. There are social causes of homelessness, such as a lack of affordable housing, poverty and unemployment; and life events which cause individuals to become homeless. People can become homeless when they leave prison, care or the army with no home to go to. Many homeless women have escaped a violent relationship. Many people become homeless because they can no longer afford the rent. And for many, life events like a relationship breaking down, losing a job, mental or physical health problems, or substance misuse can be the trigger. Being homeless can in turn make many of these problems even harder to resolve. crissis.org.uk
“I think good activist art should try to engage rather than shock or alienate,” explains artist Katy Bauer. “It’s easy to shock and alienate. It’s difficult to educate and inspire.”
For this assignment you are to illustrate in a poster style “Homelessness.” Your illustration can be rendered digitally or traditionally in a technique of your choice. Your illustration most be converted to a digital file that fits a paper size of 24” x 42” either in a landscape or portrait format. You should design your illustration to fit in the 24” x 42” format. You can add words to your illustration. I want your illustration to educate and inspire. I consider this activist art. I have attached a document of statements, that I have found online, about the purpose of activist art.
Step by Step Process • Research the reasons for homelessness and illustrate one or more reasons for becoming a homeless person. • Research poster design • Do at least 10 different thumbnail ideas. • Create your illustration

Activist art

Activist art represents and includes aesthetic, sociopolitical, and technological developments that have attempted to challenge and complicate the traditional boundaries and hierarchies of culture as represented by those in power. Like protest art, activist art practice emerged partly out of a call for art to be connected to a wider audience, and to open up spaces where the marginalized and disenfranchised can be seen and heard.
Activist art incorporates the use of public space to address socio-political issues and to encourage community and public participation as a means of bringing about social change. It aims to affect social change by engaging in active processes of representation that work to foster participation in dialogue, raise consciousnessand empower individuals and communities. The need to ensure the continued impact of a work by sustaining the public participation process it initiated is also a challenge for many activist artists. It often requires the artist to establish relationships within the communities where projects take place.If social movements are understood as “repeated public displays” of alternative political and cultural values then activist art is significant in articulating such alternative views. Activist art is also important to the dimension of culture and an understanding of its importance alongside political, economical, and social force in movements and acts of social change. One should be wary of conflating activist art with political art, as doing so obscures critical differences in methodology, strategy, and activist goals. wikipedia

Homelessness
The Artist and Homeless Collaborative is an example of a project that works with strategies of public participation as a means of individual and community empowerment. It is an affiliation of artists, arts professionals and women, children and teenagers living in NYC shelters, the A & HC believe that their work in a collaborative project of art-making offers the residents a “positive experience of self-motivation and helps them regain what the shelter system and circumstances of lives destroy: a sense of individual identity an confidence in human interaction.” The process of engaging the community in a dialogue with dominant and public discourses about the issue of homelessness is described in a statement by its founder, Hope Sandrow: “The relevancy of art to a community is exhibited in artworks where the homeless speak directly to the public and in discussion that consider the relationship art has to their lives. The practice of creating art stimulates those living in shelters from a state of malaise to active participation in the artistic process” wikipedia

“If anything, art is… about morals, about our belief in humanity. Without that, there simply is no art.” Ai Weiwei

I think good activist art should try to engage rather than shock or alienate,” explains artist Katy Bauer. “It’s easy to shock and alienate. It’s difficult to educate and inspire.”

deck shadowsI observed these shadows on my deck today and recorded them.
John Foster Dyess  12-20-17

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Before the internet most illustrators  collected reference images ,usually cut from magazines, which were put in categories. I have five five drawer file cabinets of reference folders of many things. I started this reference collection in the 1960’s. I’m beginning to throw these cut out images away. I decided to share some of these images on my blog. This page contains magazine advertisements from the 1960’s.

Magnavox portables

children watching tv

This add was for a company that made insulation for mobile homes.

wash machine

DCF 1.0

This is the photograph that began my search for interesting and unusual reflections and refractions of light. I captured this reflection with my first digital camera over ten years ago. The only enhancement of this photo, in the software Photoshop, was to increase the contrast.This was a reflection of light bouncing off the brass doors of our fireplace, that appeared on our living room floor. For me, the important thing about taking this photo is that I “saw” this image and recorded it. I’ve shown this image several times on my blog “Journal of Seeing”.I have previously named this photo “Crown of Thorns” and now I think a better title is “Crown of Light”. 

Afternoon light

As I age I see beauty in simple scenes ,like this scene of afternoon light on my living room wall.