The most fascinating aspect of Howard Pyle's philosophy, in my opinion, is the need to "live life in order to paint it." It seems obvious, and I want to embrace the idea, but it is difficult for me because my current focus consists mainly of isolating myself in a small room and doing studies of the human figure. That is the way I've been taught: to focus on technical proficiency in my drawing/painting -but it doesn't feel right when my goal is to illustrate imagination. Perhaps my creative development will come later, after I've mastered the technical side of things? The captivating work of these great illustrators has convinced me, though, that I will need to develop my sense for that abstract, not-so-technical, quality of life in order to succeed as an illustrator... the question is "when?"