Howard Pyle’s Rules of Art

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.

About Denis

A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art; I have been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. I have always been inspired by the art of Romantic painters such as Eugene Delacroix, John Constable and W.M. Turner. I consider myself a modern Romantic seeking to capture the emotion or feeling of a subject above all else. Charles Baudelaire described Romanticism as "...situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in the way of feeling".
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One Response to Howard Pyle’s Rules of Art

  1. liz Holm says:

    Excellent advice. I used to spend a lot of time admiring pyle’s and n.c. wyeth’s work. great teachers.
    wonderful work you’ve got here!
    best regards,
    Liz

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