John S. Dykes
December 2006
Reportrait: al-Sadr
Meet Moqtadr al-Sadr...
Up close & personal
This is another way to go on this portrait... light background, scene of burning chaos. I am unsure of how to proceed with this portrait. I started a second, then a third - a full figure, with more background. Will post later.
In Context...
Earlier this year I created a few pieces for a Restaurant chain, but only recently received the posters as they were finally put together... illustrations and hand lettering... I thought the old paper look helped. Not so sure about the basket of wings at the bottom...
Ted Kaczinski never leaves his cell...
Two and a half years ago I moved from CT to MA and now I am finally settled in to a new studio. While I was able to keep working, focusing on long term projects was tough. My studio was the living room - but we renovated over the summer. Now there is light! Storage! Organization! I can think...I think. Time to sink into something I can.... sink into. So here are two of a planned series of 100 'Reportraits'. These are portraits with a bit of hand lettered factoid - either interesting, or funny, wacky. Some will be like these, while others might be smaller, mainly black and white... My intent is to always have portraits in the works - get fliud, avoid being too tight, and to not fear failure. And, keep momentum going and be ready to work whenever the assignment schedule lightens up. I reserved ...for fun... and will do something with that soon - And of course, the other intent is to find or create a market for portrait work to do on a regular basis... hopefully.
Kim Jong Il helps his Dad with his shoes...a FACT!
I had started this idea just prior to 9/11. I was going to send a new postcard out each month to a fairly limited list of under 500 cards. Somehow got sidetracked.... I sent this mailing out on the weekend prior to the 11th. And somehow after that, Kim Jong Il and his father's shoes, well, it didn't matter that much... Stay tuned...
Niceness Epidemic Sweeps the Land
This is a variation on a personal piece I had done... It is for a major metropolitan newspaper in the Boston part of our Globe. Article is about the proliferation of websites, organizations and movements devoted to accentuating the positive... Enough to give you a toothache...
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