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Full color grasshopper illustration by John Dyess

This is the second of 6 illustrations created by John for the book, “The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed the World”, by Doris Wild Helmering. Illustrated by John Dyess.

A question from a recent interview with the author:

How is the style of the illustrations connected to the story?   

Doris: “I’ve known John Dyess, the illustrator, for many years and have admired his work. So I was delighted when he agreed to illustrate the book. When I look at John’s work, I feel a connection: whether an illustration of a beautiful trout about to take a hook for Field & Stream or a bunch of guys playing basketball. That’s what I wanted the kids to feel when looking at the various bugs – a connection. When I first saw the illustrations for the book, I was blown-away.”

To purchase prints of these illustrations go to: www.johndyessart.com

This book is available on iTunes and Amazon.
For more information visit www.doriswildhelmering.com

 

Cricket Illustration

Full color cricket illustration by John Dyess

This is the first of 6 illustrations created by John for the book, “The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed the World”, by Doris Wild Helmering. Illustrated by John Dyess.

A question from a recent interview with the author:

Why crickets? Has the question of food shortage interested you for a while?

Doris: “Years ago, I had read that you could eat crickets. So when I was working on the book, I started exploring what bugs people eat in other parts of the world. I got so interested that I visited a cricket farm in Florida. And what an education I got! I incorporated that experience and had Alex and his family and Mr. D visiting a cricket farm and then, of course, Alex’s entire class raising crickets as part of their class science
project.”

To purchase prints of these illustrations go to: www.johndyessart.com

This book is available on iTunes and Amazon.
For more information visit www.doriswildhelmering.com

Book cover design and concept by Carolyn Dyess, Illustration by John Dyess

This book cover was a joint project with both John and Carolyn. St. Louis author and  therapist, Doris Wild Helmering, employed the couple to visually represent her creation, “The Boy Whose Idea Could Feed the World”.  The E-book is now available on Amazon and iTunes. John did his iconic black graphic line work and texture to render the darkling beetle. Carolyn came up with the “world” map idea coming through the body of the beetle, and designed the bold typography that pulls the whole cover together. The variance in size, case and color, using the ever dependable Helvetica Black Condensed, with the black pseudo drop shadow, “contains” the bug from escaping off the page.

John did 6 full color illustrations of various bugs and worms used as vignette art throughout the chapter openings of the book. Those illustrations will be featured individually in upcoming blog posts.

For more information about Doris Wild Helmering visit: www.doriswildhelmering.com

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Jack Unruh Illustrator photo from Design observer

I was sorry to hear today that illustrator Jack Unruh had died recently. He was five years ahead of me at the School of Art at Washington University in St.Louis Missouri. My fish illustrations appeared in in some of the same outdoor magazines that Jack’s fish illustrations appeared in. I first became aware of his illustrations in the late 1970’s. I will miss looking at his illustrations. Here is a link about Jack Unruh written by D J Stout that appeared in The Design Observer.
John Dyess

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

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Paraiba Catfish and fishermen

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Murray Cod

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Golden Mahseer

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Menominee Indian and Lake Sturgeon

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The Gallery Within Webster Groves Christian Church

This article about the Gallery Within Webster groves Christian Church appeared in Just Women a Disciple’s women magazine.

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Literacy poster design by Katlyn Brown

This blog post displays the art designs of  students in the Drawing for Graphics class I taught at Meramec Community College during the Fall semester of 2015. Below is the assignment.

Assignment: Literacy logo design and literacy poster Assignment Description :

1. Create a logo design and a poster to promote the importance of learning to read and
reading books.
2. Create a poster that promotes literacy. You will choose the format and size of the poster. The poster can be in black and white or color. The poster must include an image that
promotes reading plus the phrase.
Choose one of these phases to use in the poster.
• Be Smart Read Books
• We Love to Read
• Read and Grow
• Read to Me
• Read with Me
• All of the Cool People Read
• Read to Be Free
The logo should depict how important it is to read. Design the logo to use in two colors.

Required- thumbnails of each poster phrase. At least two thumbnails of each phrase. At least five thumbnails for the logo design.

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Katlyn Brown thumbnail sketches for Literacy poster

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literacy poster design by Alex Brutcher

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Logo design by Alex Brutcher

a sketch from the roof  number 1 by John Dyess

a sketch from the roof number 1 by John Dyess

I brought a sketchbook with me to Guanjuato,and just drew about five sketches. My camera was my sketchbook

sketches from the roof 2 and 3 by John Dyess

sketches from the roof 2 and 3 by John Dyess

Sketch from the roof 4 by John Dyess

Sketch from the roof 4 by John Dyess

sketch from the roof shapes by John Dyess

sketch from the roof of building shapes by John Dyess

This is a very quick sketch that is the same point of view as the July 7 post titled Shapes

Gary Staab and John Dyess at Monsterfish opening

Gary Staab and John Dyess at Monsterfish opening

I enjoyed meeting Gary Staab at the Monsterfish opening. His four sculptures at the exhibit were amazing.

Carolyn Dyess standing by the sculpture of a Sawfish created by Gary Staab.

Carolyn Dyess standing by the sculpture of a Sawfish created by Gary Staab.

It was ok to touch and set on this sculpture. This sculpture represents the actual size of the Monster Sawfish.

sculpture by Gary Staab of a Monster Catfish.

sculpture by Gary Staab of a Monster Catfish.

I recommend you click on Gary Staab’s name to view a link to his website.

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.