Posts Tagged ‘John Foster Dyess’

Skin

This image began as a photograph of light refraction on a our white refrigerator. This is the final image after several steps of digital manipulation in Photoshop. The texture of this image reminded me of the texture of skin. I will have a print made of this image, and the size will be 32″ wide by 12″ high

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stars

This digital painting “Stars” is part of my “Inner Space” series

Formation

I’m working on this digital painting “Formation” which will be part of my “Inner Space” series.

Cartoon County

I am currently reading “Cartoon County” by Cullen Murphy, the son of John Cullen Murphy, who drew the comic strip Prince Valiant . Cullen Murphy was on Fresh Air with Terry Gross talking about this book. I knew I had to ask for this book as a Christmas gift when I heard him talking about his father taking Polaroid pictures of himself and his wife and children to use as reference for his Prince Valiant drawings. John Foster Dyess

I have been an illustrator for fifty years and was part the generation of illustrators that came after the generation of John Cullen Murphy. many of my illustrator friends used a Polaroid camera to take black and white reference photos. I used one until one hour print development started at Fox Photo. Now the camera used to take reference photos  is a smart phone.
I can never thank my family enough for posing for me. Below are a few of my Polaroid photos taken in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Thank you Cullen Murphy for sharing your experience of being the son of a great illustrator.

john holding glass

That’s me posing holding a glass sometime in the 1970’s

christyposing as a pilgram

This is my daughter Christy posing as a Pilgrim for a textbook illustration.

Carolyn as a cowgirl

This is my wife Carolyn sometime in the 1980’s posing as a Cowgirl ,probably for a comp of a beer advertisement.

I  also thank everyone that comments on my blog posts on twitter and facebook.

light over darkness

“Light over Darkness” by john Foster Dyess

“I have come as a light to shine in a dark world”

color fun 2

I had fun tonight creating this digital image. John Dyess

Harvest Home

I’ve posted two illustrations that I did in the 1990’s for a magazine titled Mature Living, published by LifeWay Press. This illustration was for a story titled “Harvest Home” and was about a father and daughter in America during the late 1800’s. The story had a Thanksgiving theme . I hired models and rented costumes for this oil on canvas painting.

Buschels of Love

This is another illustration for Mature Living magazine that was painted in the 1990’s. This illustration was for a story titled “Bushels of Love”, which was about a father and daughter planting a Victory Garden during World War Two. The daughters husband was a soldier that was overseas.Models were hired and costumes rented to be used for photo reference for this painting. Painting was oil on canvas. To me this painting also has a Thanksgiving theme.

John Dyess

Kitchen-Shapes-#1

This is one of my digital and traditional paintings from my collection called Black Shapes and Textures. This painting is called Kitchen Shapes # 1.  More images in this collection can be viewed on behance.net

Largemouth Bass

My hand colored electrostatic transfer prints of fish will be for sale during the OAGallery Third Annual MANymini Small Works show which opens November Third,6-9 p.m. This drawing of a Largemouth Bass  is one of five fish drawings that will be for sale. They are framed with a white mat and brown wood frame. OA Gallery is located at 101A W. Argonne Dr. Kirkwood MO 63122 It is directly across the street from the train station.

Prints of these fish drawings  can be purchased on johndyessart.com

Leaping TROUT

Smallmouth BassNorthern Pike

smallmouth Bass in oval mat

Northern Pike

Drawing of a Northern Pike by John Foster Dyess

My hand colored electrostatic transfer prints of fish will be for sale during the OAGallery Third Annual MANymini Small Works show which opens November Third,6-9 p.m.
This drawing of a Northern Pike fish is one of five fish drawings that will be for sale. They are framed with a white mat and brown wood frame.
OA Gallery is located at 101A W. Argonne Dr. Kirkwood MO 63122 It is directly across the street from the train station.