Posts Tagged ‘Maritz Motivation Company’

Sylvester 1977

Portrait,in oil, of Sylvester a native American model,painted from life.

I painted this portrait ,from life, in 1977. This was one of the first painting sessions that I joined  a group of St.Louis illustrators and was the beginning of many years of painting from a model with this group of friends. I sold this painting to another artist, while I was employed at Maritz Motivation Company. It had hung along with other of my illustrations in the company art gallery.
Several years later this same model posed, and I took reference photos of him posing.
scanI used this photo as reference for an oil painting. I will describe the painting process of this painting on my next blog.

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20.Maritz BOA Leisure late 1970's

Maritz Book of Awards catalog spread 1970’s by John Foster Dyess

This illustration was created using my illustration and a photograph of a model taken by a Maritz photographer. Created before personal computers and the software Photoshop.

77.Mike-Foley-BOA-Maritz-1978

sculpture by Maritz artist Mike Foley for Jewelry and Gifts spread in a Maritz Book of Awards

Mike Foley and I have been friends since college. We have worked together as artists for the Military Air Command, Bob Ruether and associates and Maritz Motivation Company.

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another metal sculpture by Mike Foley for a Maritz Book of Awards,1970’s

Viking

sculpture of a Viking by John Foster Dyess 1970’s

I created this relief sculpture in clay, spray painted it with metallic paint and had it photographed by a Maritz photographer.I don’t remember the client.

33.Jack-Thorwegen

place mat design by Jack Thorwegan Maritz 1973

Jack worked in the next cubical to me at Maritz in 1973. He was there about three months while waiting to start a design business. He had a very successful career and was well respected in St.Louis.

34.INA

another design by Jack Thorwegen created while working at Maritz Motivation Company.

I enjoyed working at Maritz for eleven years and left,not because I wasn’t having a lot of fun creating illustrations, but because I wanted to start my own illustration business in 1980.I wanted to show sum of the creative art by other artists at Maritz and to show that some of this art still looks current.

12.Gass House Gang copy

mixed media illustration of the St.Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang by John Foster Dyess

This illustration of the St.Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang was created while I was employed as an illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company,which was near St.Louis Missouri. I was employed there from 1969 until 1980. I painted this illustration using Dr.Ph.Martin’s watercolors,pencil an liquid acrylic gel mixed with watercolor on illustration board. The original was around 16″x16″.I used bleach that was  applied using a cotton swab in the area around home plate to wipe away some of the brown water color. This was one of the illustrations for the stock campaign Team Power.

palette Dr.Martin Dyes and pro white paint

butcher tray palette,Dr.Ph.Martin’s water color, sable brushes and Pro White paint.

Occasionally I would mix Pro White paint with water color to create a semi opaque paint.

22.Winston-Churchill

Winston Churchill portrait byJohn foster Dyess

I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s water color and Pro White paint on smooth illustration board on this portrait painted during the 1970’s.

25.Benny Goodman

The Benny Goodman Quartet by John Foster Dyess

This is another Team Power Illustration,which was painted using water color, pencil and dye spray paint on illustration board.

10.Byrd and Bennett

Illustration of Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett ,their Fokker trimotor plane,and a map of the North Pole. They were the first to fly over the North Pole,in 1926

Anther Team Power mailer created using water color and pencil on illustration board.

27.A Taste of the Bahamas 1979

illustration promoting a trip to the Bahamas by John Foster Dyess. Created using water color and pencil on mat board.

illustrators-workshop-musician-painting

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.

pirates

Illustration of pirates by John Foster Dyess,1970.s

I created this illustration while employed as an artist at Maritz Motivation Company. I don’t remember the name of the client. I believe this illustration was created in 1976,or 1977. I had several Maritz artist pose as pirates. The illustration  is  pen and ink and water based paint. The map was printed on a black and white copy machine , hand colored and glued on the illustration.  The pirate chest and money were copied on a color copy machine  from a book, cut out and glued on the illustration. Copy machines in the 1970’s and 1980’s ,for me, were a great tool. Now I would work traditionally on part of the illustration and then add the map, money and chest on a layer in Photoshop.

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map detail from pirate illustration

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pirate chest and coins detail from pirate illustration.

 

oil painting of model with ear rings

oil painting of model with ear rings

This is one of many portraits painted from life stored in my art closet,which I sorted through last weekend,and discarded some paintings and drawings. I need room for new paintings and drawings. I may have a sale of some of these paintings. This is a painted from a painting session I attended in the 1980’s.Oil on canvas.

model painting on cardboard

model painting on cardboard

This is another 1980’s painting from a painting session I attended at the St.Louis Artists’ Guild.

sports montage for Maritz Motivation Company 1970's

sports montage for Maritz Motivation Company 1970’s

I don’t remember the client for this Dr.Martins Dyes on illustration board. This one I discarded.

Lincoln meeting his Generals.Felt markers on foam board. Maritz 1970's

Lincoln meeting his Generals.Felt markers on foam board. Maritz 1970’s

I think this one could have been for a Sperry New Holland mailer. During the early 1970’s I did a lot of illustrations using Magic Marker brand felt markers.This one I discarded.This was probably based on a Mathew Brady photo.

Red Square,Moscow, Illustration for General Electric.

Red Square,Moscow,
Illustration for General Electric.

This illustration,for General Electric, was in my art closet that I was cleaning out this weekend. It was painted in Acrylic on illustration board and was based on a slide photograph that was in the Maritz Motivation Company slide reference library. General Electric was scheduled to go to Moscow in 1980 on a trip facilitated by Maritz. All the posters and mailers were printed,but were never used,because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan.The United States boycotted the Olympic Games  that year, and General Electric cancelled the trip. I believe they went to a Caribbean Island instead.

Illustration for mailer created for the Moscow trip by General Electric.

Illustration for mailer created for the Moscow trip by General Electric.

This illustration was created using pencil and Dr. Martin’s Dye on Mat board,and was based on a slide from the Maritz library.

model wearing cowboy hat

model wearing cowboy hat

This is a sketch of a model done at a local painting group attended by me and other St. Louis illustrators like Lee Brubaker,Bill Vann,Mike Foley and Don Kueker.
Don with oil on paper.

painting of a model dressed as a mountain man

painting of a model dressed as a mountain man,1970’s

Yesterday I began sorting through a storage closet containing some of my drawings ,paintings and illustrations,some created forty years ago,and began eliminating some by putting them in a recycling bin. Some I scanned before recycling. This model study painted in pencil and acrylic I kept.

African American model

African American model

This portrait study,created in the late 1970’s in less the two hours,including model breaks, was painted in oil wash using turpentine on canvas board. This was a technique used by some illustrators,including myself,during this time period. My work became much tighter in the late eighties. I kept this one just as an example of my painting style in the 1970’s

layout for a merchandise catalog speed created for Maritz Motivation Company in the 1970's

layout for a merchandise catalog spread created for Maritz Motivation Company in the 1970’s

This was a layout for a proposed catalog section which would feature music and  sound products like record players. This was drawn with graphite  pencil on illustration board using gesso and Dr. Martin’s dyes. I kept a scan and recycled the painting. More from my closet of historical paintings and drawings during the next week.

John Dyess speaking at the illustration section meeting at the St.Louis Artits'Guild

John Dyess speaking at the illustration section meeting at the St.Louis Artists’ Guild

Tuesday evening, May 14,2013, I spoke at the St.Louis Artists’ Guild ,about my illustrations I created while working at Maritz Motivation Company. Six former Maritz artists attended my talk and spoke of their experience at Maritz. One question from the audience was- “What did Maritz do?” My answer was,they sold stuff to corporations (travel and mechandise) , to motivate their sales people to sell more stuff. Maritz facilitated sales incentive programs for corporations and used direct mail, slide presentations,and short movies to announce the rules to these programs. The awards given to the top sales people were travel and merchandise. Maritz artists provided the design and illustrations for these programs. There were ,after I left Maritz in 1980,as many as 120 artists employed at Maritz. The other question from the audience was- “why are there so few artists working at Maritz now? ”

Carolyn Dyess talking about her experience working at Maritz.

Carolyn Dyess talking about her experience working at Maritz.

I'm on the far left speaking with Glenn Meyers,who worked at Communico a division of Maritz in the 1970's

I’m on the far right speaking with Glenn Myers,who worked, in the 1970s, at Communico, a division of Maritz.

Steve Scherrer talking about his experience as an artist at Maritz. Sitting are Ted Wright and Carolyn Dyess.

Steve Scherrer talking about his experience as an artist at Maritz. Sitting are Ted Wright and Carolyn Dyess,former Maritz artists .

Illustrations created at Maritz by John Foster Dyess

Illustrations created at Maritz by John Foster Dyess

I will be speaking at the St.Louis Artists’ Guild tomorrow night at 7:30. The Artists’Guild is located  at 2 Oak Knoll Park Clayton,MO 63105 I hope to see you there.