Thursday, August 16, 2007

Looking back to see forward

It's natural I suppose when starting a voyage, to first pack the basics; the essentials, the boxershorts of the craft of illustration.

Howard Pyle, the granddaddy of American Illustration, had the essentials down pat:

"Paint ideas, paint thought."

He preached to his students to simplify, to pare things down so the idea dominates.

"They will never shoot you for what you take out of a picture."

My daughter who is now 10 has instructed me: "We can't just draw what is real, us artists have to draw what we feel!"


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