Posts Tagged ‘Magic-Marker’

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pencil aerosol spray paint and Magic Marker illustration on prepared acetate by John Dyess

My blogs this week are a teaching tool for a class I teach at St.Louis Community College at Meramec called  “Drawing for Graphics” ,which I have taught since 1997,  as an adjunct professor. Recently I have been telling my students that this class is drawing ideas for graphics. I emphasize the step by step process to solving each assignment. Pencil roughs(thumbnails) are the first step after research and understanding the visual problem. I bring in samples of my illustrations and  discuss the client assignment and the technique I used rendering the illustrations. This blog post shows samples of illustrations I created during the 1970’s using the Magic Marker felt tip pen.
The illustration above was created for an assignment while I attended the Illustrators Workshop in 1977. I was employed as a senior illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company during the 1970’s and they paid for my tuition and housing for this workshop taught by Bernie Fuchs,Bob Peak, Alan E. Cober, Bob Heindel, Mark English and Fred Otnes.

horse racing illustration Maritz

Magic Marker illustration on tracing paper printed for direct mail announcing an incentive program for a Maritz client, around 1977.

George and Ira Gershwin

Magic Marker and pencil on prepared acetate illustration of George and Ira Gershwin.

This is one of ten illustrations I created of famous teams that were used for sales incentive programs, while I was employed at Maritz Motivation Company. These illustrations were offset printed and the printed size was 10.25″ x10.25″. The art director wanted these illustrations to each be created using a different illustration technique. This was a “stock campaign, that had the story of each team printed on the inside of the piece. A client could print  their logo and rules of the incentive program on the pre printed piece and mail them to their employes.

Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen

Marker ,pencil,colored paper and photocopy illustration of football  coach Knute Rockne and members of the 1924 Notre Dame football team.

This is another of my illustrations created around 1976 for the stock campaign called Team Power.

leisure illustration Maritz 1970's

opening spread for the Leisure section of a Maritz awards catalog. Right panel was created using Magic Marker on tracing paper.Left panel was created in black pen.

I created many illustrations using Magic Markers during the 1970’s. The illustration trend for many nationally recognized illustrators, during this period, was for a loose rendering technique. I created illustrations using other techniques during the 1970’s,which I will discuss in future blog post.

Announcement cover for General Electric

I was employed by Maritz Motivation Company,from 1969 until 1980, to create illustrations to be used in direct mail to their clients. I also created illustrations to be used in the Maritz book of awards. Maritz provided incentive awards for most of the corporations in the United States. These awards were primarily trips to countries around the world and merchandise from the Maritz award catalog. We employees used the term sell big win big to describe  what Maritz provided for clients. The illustrations that I created for Maritz, used in this post, were created for a direct mail announcement to participants selling General Electric products. One of the awards was a trip to Switzerland. My reference used for these illustrations was from the Maritz slide library. Today the images would probably be photographs enhanced in photoshop. Below are other illustrations used in this mailer. I used Dr.Martin’s dyes and magic Markers on illustration board to create these illustration.

two page spread of Switzerland scene by John Dyess

buildings in a Switzerland city by John Dyess