Howard Pyle (1853-1911): Writer, Artist, Teacher and Founder of the Brandywine School.
A list of “rules of art” based on the writings of Howard Pyle compiled by Robert Genn.
– Develop a sense of history.
– Seek your training close to home.
– Respect books, picture-books and reading.
– Engage in writing as a parallel skill.
– Research your interests thoroughly.
– Seek truth and correctness in settings.
– Put in time to get your drawing right.
– Sketch first to find the focal center.
– Be vigorous and stand up to work.
– Commit to the highest of possibilities.
– See the drama and theatre in your subjects.
– Depict basic emotions–grief, pride, greed, etc.
– Look for new ways to see and tell a story.
– Don’t let reality destroy your imagination.
– Be an eyewitness to vivid experiences.
– Simplify compositions and waste little.
– Don’t ask opinions from those you don’t respect.
– Be idealistic in your life and picture making.
– Be willing to share and pass the torch.
– Be willing to mentor and teach without fee.