Entering the home stretch to finish up illustrations for 'F is for Fenway' - a children's alphabet picture book due out in the spring of 2012 - to coincide with Fenway's 100th birthday. Been a fun project - a lot of work, considering the details required to render any aspect of a baseball park.(!)(ouch) Sleeping Bear Press is the publisher. Go Sox!!!!!
This illustration: P is for Pesky's pole, of course. (right field foul pole...) Each letter has a short poem, along with a brief historical description of the detail(s) illustrated. Written by Jerry Pallotta. Art directed by the most excellent Jennifer Bacheller....
V is for Van Ness, as in Van Ness Street. Much of the reference I am using came from photos I took a few years ago while attending a game (and creating a painting of Fenway...), and from photos I took while on a tour of the park this past spring....
What would 'C' stand for, you might ask? Tha'd be .... crowd....
One more for the Fenway preview.... N is for numbers. The red ones are retired Red Sox numbers, the blue 42 for Jackie Robinson.
Looking forward to the Spring of 2012! Hopefully work on some book signings with Fenway. If that does not work out, then you'll find me on Yawkey Way with a bag of books over my shoulder and a black Sharpie. Uncapped....
Dale StephanosDecember 12, 2011
Love it John. This is a dream job, I'm envious.
Hal MayforthDecember 12, 2011
Looking forward to this, John. The perfect guy for the job.
Paul RogersDecember 12, 2011
Great project John. Put me down for one of those signed copies.
Stephen KroningerDecember 12, 2011
Looks like a lot of fun. Should be a big seller. Congratulations.
Skye WentworthDecember 12, 2011
Cute drawings! I love ABC books.
Wishing you much success!
Jen CarterDecember 12, 2011
This is absolutely amazing! I love it! I can't wait to get this book for Matty! Would love to get a signed copy! :)
Steven BatsonDecember 12, 2011
You score a perfect 100 (one for each year of Fenway!) with these wonderful drawings.
John DykesDecember 12, 2011
Many thanks - helps to hear some words of encouragement as I approach the finish line! Focus!!
Christoph HitzDecember 12, 2011
This looks like a fun project and they got the right Bostonian to do it. One questions looms over this post: When you got to the "Y" page, how long where the meetings as to what should the Y stand for on this much hated / beloved page of Fenway's history?
Leo EspinosaDecember 13, 2011
Yes but is D for Dunkin' or for Donuts, this expat wonders!?
It looks great Mr Dykes! Best of luck with it!
MarkDecember 13, 2011
No monsters or dinosaurs, but otherwise a superior set of drawings.
Z is for ?
Jim DykesDecember 13, 2011
I is for incredible!!! That's my brother!
John DykesDecember 13, 2011
Christoph - The Y meeting lasted for days at the Fenway ABC book meetings down in Puerta Del Pontifico. Hard work, but we settled, of course, on Yankees Rivalry! Working on that one today.
Leo - Thx. That will be leaked thru the press.
Mark - Fenway is starting a 'healthy ballgame eating' initiative. No more hot dogs. Z is for Fried Zucchini! (fried...). Z is for... Zamboni. Bit of a stretch, but - ice skating at Fenway in the winter requires smooth ice.
Jim - I'll fax over the disclosure form for you to sign to document that you have not been bribed, coerced, paid off, or otherwise unduly influenced to post such flattery. Thx!
Alan WitschonkeDecember 13, 2011
Pesky's Pole never looked so good!
Christoph- Y can only be for Yaz!
Cathy TangoDecember 13, 2011
John, I love it! Can't wait to buy some copies for my school. You are so so talented!!
Scott BakalDecember 13, 2011
F is for FANTASTIC! Great job my man!
John DykesDecember 13, 2011
Thx so much Alan, Cathy and Scott.... you're helping point the way to the finish line. This project started in March. And Cathy - I am glad you want 'copies' - plural!
Lisa AmbroseDecember 13, 2011
I can hardly wait to see this in print.....I will need to pick one up for my collection. FABULOUS!
sockDecember 14, 2011
Douglas FraserDecember 14, 2011
Like the crowd piece second from the bottom the most. Nice approach to the subject. All of them are fun.
TBowerDecember 15, 2011
I'm looking forward to this book alot, and will secretly buy a copy although I loathe the RedSox almost as much as the Yankees...
...but Fenway is a magical place.
Handsome work, John. Go Tigers!
John DykesDecember 15, 2011
After you read this book, Tim, you will... by no fault of your own... become a rabid Saux fan. I'll even send you the book so you do not risk being uncovered (in that plain brown wrapping...). Thx to you all - really helps boost the enthusiasm to finish this up without burning out. Us illustrators work in a fair amount of solitude, by necessity. It is really appreciated to have some positive feedback from the outside. Gracias!
lee whiteDecember 15, 2011
John, you ROCK!!! Love your work.
Ellen WeinsteinDecember 16, 2011
Very nice, John
John CarlDecember 16, 2011
Great work, can't wait for signed copy, and as you know, that comes
from a die hard Phillies fan!
Terry Del PercioDecember 16, 2011
Excellent and fun....you are so talented. Congratulations!
Leslie Cober-GentryDecember 16, 2011
Great illustrations John! I am looking forward to seeing it printed!
Alberto from VegasDecember 17, 2011
Just in tyme Johno, I kneeded an alphobit buk! Got anniethig for speling? Great work!! Put me on the list!!
Liz HellingDecember 17, 2011
Always good to see what you are up to John. Like the new work!
Michael SloanDecember 18, 2011
Hi John - These look really great - it's enough to make me a Sox fan. I love the brushwork!
Mike KotDecember 19, 2011
Nice John. I wish you much success!
mike mcgurkDecember 23, 2011
john, spectacular! your skills are readily apparent. this book should be a total success! No one will be surprised that john's work touches many corners. see his handy work in a proposed doritos commercial.go to doritos crash website and search for "get em before they're gone" john's illustration talk to you.
Happy Holidays John et al.
uncle BobFebruary 11, 2012
Wow!!! I am proud and humbles to be related. Your talents are only exceeded by your personality, really.