Posts Tagged ‘portrait-drawing’


Audrey wearing a plaid dress ,sitting in a rocking chair.

Today is the birthday of my daughter Audrey and in this blog post I’m sharing some of the paintings and drawings that she posed for me. This is one of the first of my paintings of Audrey . Oil on canvas, 16″ wide x 20″ high


Drawing of Audrey wearing a flower dress by John Foster Dyess

I have saved this dress that Audrey is wearing. Someday she will get this painting and dress. Black pen and ink drawing on vellum. Colored applied is liquid acrylic paint. 17″ wide x 26″ high This is one of my favorite drawings.


Audrey wearing a pink dress sitting in a rocking chair.

I would create a design challenge when  painting Audrey. I wanted to focus on the figure of Audrey emerging from darkness and to use the shadow shapes  as an important design element in this painting . Audrey was posing under a sky light for the photo reference I took. All of these paintings were based on photos I took. I have kept this dress also. Oil on canvas 21″ wide x 27″ high.


Audrey wearing her wedding dress at Webster Groves Christian Church. Oil painting by John Foster Dyess

I had Audrey pose for me after her wedding . I suggested to the wedding photographer that he take a similar photo in this church location. The concept of this painting was the light from above creating shapes on her wedding dress and like the previous painting the design created by light and dark.  Oil on canvas 16″ wide x 18″ high.
Happy birthday Audrey and for your patience posing for many illustrations.
Love Dad



portrait of Denny McDaniel by John Foster Dyess

I believe this was the first time I used squares in my illustrations and paintings. I will be posting other images that contain squares in future posts. This illustration was created for print advertisement for Firstbank in St.Louis in 1980. The art director gave me a lot of freedom in the design and technique of this illustration. This was a series of portraits, created by many St. Louis illustrators, of business owners that used Firstbank. I did three drawings in this series.This is a portrait of Denny McDaniel,President of Southwest Truck Body. His company built truck bodies, for the U.S. Army, that contained many compartments and that is why I choose to use the square design in this illustration. This layout was my concept. The art director gave me black and white photos of Denny in different poses and photos of the truck bodies built by Southwest Truck Body.  This is a graphite pencil drawing on cold press illustration board that had a coat of gesso painted on the surface. The size was about thirty inches wide by twenty inches high. Denny McDaniel was given the drawing.

Firstbank advertisement

These ads appeared in newspapers and trade magazines.