Illustrations

NoWhere To Hide Illustration Giveaway

  • 05/23/2017
NoWhere To Hide Illustration Giveaway

MEMORIAL DAY GIVEAWAY In honor of Memorial Day, May 29, 2017; we are giving away a print of one of Doc's illustrations. NoWhere To Hide   Doc created "NoWhere To Hide" to commemorate all the faithful military and civilian personnel who have served, are serving now, and will serve in the Defense of the United States; and, as thanks to our Allies and recognition of our Foes. Many generations of Doc and Dixie's families have served or are now serving in several branches of the U.S. military; Doc 22 years in the Army and Army Reserve. "NoWhere To Hide" is on display in homes, places...

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Man Cave Art

  • 01/23/2017
Man Cave Art

Illustrations, Photographs, and Decorative Art for the Guys! Valentine's Day is just around the corner...  so think about a gift for a Man Cave, Office, Bedroom,  or Workspace... anywhere a guy wants(or needs) to hang or display art. We've chosen a few pieces from Wiley Studio to feature here, with more to choose from on our sites. “NoWhere To Hide” is an illustration created to commemorate all the faithful Military and civilian personnel who have served, are serving now, and will serve in the Defense of the United States; and, as thanks to our Allies, and recognition of our Foes....

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Christmas, Survival, and “The True Story of The Patton Prayer”

  • 12/15/2016
Christmas, Survival, and “The True Story of The Patton Prayer”

Some think the background story behind some of my illustrations adds to their meaningfulness, and such may be the case with “The True Story Of The Patton Prayer”. At a difficult point in my personal life I was commissioned by the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division’s Chaplains Association to complete an illustration commemorating “Patton’s Prayer”.  I was SFC Wiley then; a platoon sergeant. Due to circumstances I had limited resources and had to carve out a work space in my mother’s unheated backyard tool house to produce the work through Christmas of 1996...

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What is a Magi Quest?

  • 12/13/2016
What is a Magi Quest?

  An explaination... It was done to fulfill a request by my wife Dixie, who wanted me to do something Christmas-related. So, why not recreate a simple iconic Christmas scene - the Magi heading into Bethlehem - but with “twists” to evoke greater interest and avoid boring stereotypes. This led to producing “Magi Quest”.  After a little research “twists” were incorporated by placing the image title directly in the work to draw attention to what the event really was; an epic journey by the Wise Men, and by silhouetting them with the Milky Way - to give them and the Guiding...

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Wiley Studio Window: The Quest For “Good Enough”

  • 12/10/2016
Wiley Studio Window:  The Quest For “Good Enough”

Wiley Studio strives for perfection - but never gets it. Such is the “quest” for creators of anything. There are no perfect cars, cameras, books, buildings, appliances - or, people. So, because Dixie and I are “just people” what we create will also necessarily be imperfect. But we accept the challenge - continue to strive for perfection - and will role out our imperfect works one by one. We see all the flaws - as you may - but keep going - and in that “going” we get better at what we do. It is said that “Practice Makes Perfect”, but what that may really mean is that...

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Custer’s Resolve

  • 12/07/2016
Custer’s Resolve

Custer's Resolve Resolved to fight against a much larger cavalry force, Custer thwarted Stuart at Gettysburg on 3 July, 1863 with a magnificent plan - and stopped the Confederate Cavalry from penetrating the back of the Union Fishhook while Picket simultaneously charged from the front.  Lee's grand pincer strategy failed and Custer was part of the reason why. Custer and the Union Cavalry knew Stuart was coming, but what many don't realize is that Custer was outnumbered 10 to 1.  As was his custom, Custer had prepared by reconnoitering the battlefield well ahead of time - with a view to charging...

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“Heart Connections” – Doc Wiley’s Illustrations

  • 12/01/2016
“Heart Connections” – Doc Wiley’s Illustrations

Viewers and clients have suggested that Doc's Wiley's illustrations have "heart connections" and cite an emphasis on history, research, image creativity, accuracy, and detail...and, maybe even the "elevation" of the lowly pencil. It's the strong "heart connection" thing that's the draw though. We like that, and think that plays into what makes Doc's images compelling and meaningful. To showcase this the following illustrations are provided with viewer / client comments:   DECATUR TRANSFER HOUSE Done for a family member as a gift for her sister who is from Decatur, Illinois... Comments: "That...

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Illustration – Holy Cow !

  • 11/13/2016
Illustration – Holy Cow !

HOLY COW !!!   CUBS WIN !!!   CUBS WIN !!!   CUBS WIN !!! The 2016 Cubs World Series WIN prompted the "HOLY COW !" Revision! Because of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Victory the original 2015 "Holy Cow !" was immediately revised to honor the Chicago Cubs for Our Family which is FULL of Cubs Fans... ...Dixie and I were both born in Illinois; Dixie in Chicago - so the Cubs Fan Thing Runs DEEP with us! The original 2015 "Holy Cow !" was completed on 25 October, 2015 - and space was left for revisions that would commemorate an anticipated future Cubs World Series Win... ...and 25 Oct 2015...

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Illustration – Glass Aftermath

  • 08/07/2016
Illustration – Glass Aftermath

  150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration This one took way too long to produce; only 40 hours production time but a myriad of things got in the way; work trips, daughter's marriage, son into U.S. Army, visiting grandchildren, photography trips, other illustrations, life in general, etc. The Gettysburg Series is being carried on throughout all other life pursuits.  Why?  Because it is about Gettysburg - the Civil War Battle that rivets mankind.  I have been focused on Gettysburg since small childhood.  That is why I became a Battlefield Illustrator-Reenactor for the 150th Gettysburg...

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Summer Roses

  • 07/27/2016
Summer Roses

These Two Blooms represent Our Nation in the Heart of Summer - completed on the 4th Of July. Exploding stamens, simple, powerful, mixed media white on black; acrylic, gouache,  oil pastel, prismacolor, pencil and ink; captured by sun and rain.  The subdued patriotic color scheme; appropriate to the time of completion, subtly reminds of our National History, and the bonds that hold us ever together. "Summer Roses" can be purchased on Wiley Studio. We love to read your comments! Enjoy, Doc Save Save Save Save Save

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100th Running of the Indy 500

  • 05/25/2016
100th Running of the Indy 500

WOW The 100th Running of the Indy 500; Sunday May 30, 2016! In 1911 the cars averaged roughly 75 miles an hour, 125 in 1951 my birth year, and now about 235!  Innovation in racing is an ongoing hallmark of Indy Cars, and every running of the 500 has had its drama.  But it all began with the 1911 Marmon Wasp... I've been to the race a half dozen times, enjoyed it from both infield and stands, and loved every aspect of it.  This year, however, work and ticket availability mean watching it on TV - but no matter; any way you can experience the Indy 500 is good! But, I have also enjoyed the Indy...

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A Drawing That Inspires

  • 05/02/2016
A Drawing That Inspires

"NoWhere To Hide" Have you ever glanced at artwork that snagged your attention and made you look more closely? Did it bring memories, inform, and make you feel a part of something bigger than yourself? Did it make you want to share it with others and create something meaningful yourself? Among the many definitions, to inspire means: “to spur on and to breath life into”.  It also refers to “the action necessary to move, motivate, empower, and expand the intellect or emotions”.  And, it means “to draw in then guide”. The illustration “NoWhere To Hide” is just such a work.   “NoWhere...

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Coastal Triptych – Sand Dollars, Pelican Moon, & Happy Hibiscus

  • 11/10/2015
Coastal Triptych – Sand Dollars, Pelican Moon, & Happy Hibiscus

The Coastal Triptych is up! Scott finished the Hibiscus a little over a year ago.  Then he decided he wanted to draw 2 more coastal illustrations for a triptych.  The Sand Dollars he finished earlier this year.  And Pelican Moon was just recently competed.   I  love having a shelf under pictures...it just creates a complete look by allowing other coastal elements to sit on top. Tying everything together. Scott chose the bulkhead and lamps from Ikea...since we had the same combination in our guest bedroom. Happy Hibiscus   Here are a few coastal elements I pulled from other...

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Sand Dollars Illustration

  • 08/14/2015
Sand Dollars Illustration

More Than "Sand Dollars" "Sand Dollars" (shown below) is the second in a series of three "coastal" themed illustrations in work for Dixie; my wife.  The completed triptych will include "Pelican Moon", "Sand Dollars" and "Happy Hibiscus" (further below) with Dixie-preferred white-on-black familiar beach subjects. These coastal illustrations will be hanging in our living room. "Sand Dollars" In Explanation: The "Sand Dollars" are three "dollars in the sand"; a natural sand dollar flanked by two 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars; showing the front and back sides of what some hold to be the most...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Parrott Answer”

  • 08/04/2013
150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Parrott Answer”

Parrott Answer Traversed right to answer Union Sharpshooters south of The Angle on Cemetery Ridge, this 20-Pound Parrott Rifle is part of Woolfolk's Battery, Ashland Virginia Artillery, Longstreet's I Corps Artillery Reserve. Woolfolk's two 20-Pound Parrotts and two 12-Pound Napoleons were positioned northeast of Spangler's Woods near the Peach Orchard. Due to their accuracy and longer range; up to 4400 yards, Parrott Rifles could answer the threat of sharpshooters with relative ease. Made at the Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond, it was a copy of a Union design and one of the heaviest artillery...

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Confederate Commander Trilogy

  • 07/22/2013

Confederate Commander Trilogy This Trilogy of Confederate Commanders was a place to start and precedes three Union Commanders and three more of each.  I did some soul searching - and decided to recreate each from classic period photographs rather than draw re-enactors playing their parts at the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment.  Cheating?  Maybe. But I went further; knowing the history of key moments for each Commander, I decided to portray them at their best or worst, strongest or weakest moments during the battle - bringing the human side of each before viewers in a way that is sometimes not done. However...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Culp’s Hill Assault”

  • 07/11/2013
150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Culp’s Hill Assault”

"CULP'S HILL ASSAULT" 150th Gettysburg Reenactment Battlefield Illustration Converted from a 12-minute battlefield sketch and support photographs, this deepened dusk scene shows the 8th Tennessee / Cleburne's Division / Ewell's 2nd Corp assault on the northern Union Defensive Line on Culp's Hill at the top of the Fishhook; the night of the first day of the Battle Of Gettysburg. Both North and South Reenactors who took part in this event were struck by the frenzied loud power of the musket fire from both sides, and the thickness of the blue-gray smoke drifting through the shadowing trees...

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150th Gettysburg Reenactment Illustration: “Over The Angle”

  • 07/04/2013

My wife Dixie and I participated in the 150th Gettysburg Reenactment; me as a Battlefield Illustrator and Dixie as an Ice Angel.  These roles and a Media Pass allowed us to get into places spectators and many reenactors could not.  Though we both took many photos, my job was to follow my assigned unit and sketch reenactment scenes as events unfolded, and Dixie's to give ice and water to hot thirsty troops while producing photographs.  The unit we were assigned to was the 8th Tennessee / Cleburne's Division / Ewell's 2nd Corps.  For the purposes of Picket's Charge the 8th Tennessee was reassigned...

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Maroon Bells Illustration Wedding Present

  • 06/18/2013
Maroon Bells Illustration Wedding Present

Maroon Bells Colorado; Wedding Present Landscape So, why does a seemingly common landscape belong in our Patriot Illustration Series?  Well, my Son Jason and his Bride Brittany love America - as do Dixie and I and all our family - and Jason and Brittany requested a Maroon Bells Landscape specifically - as it is a very special place for them.  A review of the Illustration Inventory below may help you better understand the connection to patriotism. On a personal note, I felt inspired to use my artistic gift to complete a unique wedding present illustration for Jason and Brittany - one that...

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Understanding the Illustrated Mr. Scruffy

  • 10/21/2012
Understanding the Illustrated Mr. Scruffy

Understanding the Illustrated Mr. Scruffy  Purpose  “Mr.Scruffy” is based on the American National Bird; the Bald Eagle, and as illustrated by Doc Wiley, is an Icon now in use for such items as Insignias, Certificates of Achievement, Time Off Awards, Coins, Cards, and Graduation Diplomas.  The more horizontal format of the Mr. Scruffy shown allows space above and below for titles, names, dates, events, and miscellaneous information. But, there is more to the design and meaning of “Mr Scruffy” than might be readily apparent; so read on.  Original Illustration Execution ~  Time: ...

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The Woodcutter’s Revival Cover Illustration

  • 06/24/2012
The Woodcutter’s Revival Cover Illustration

Illustration copyrighted by Wiley Studio.  All Rights Reserved. The color cover illustration wraps from book front to back, leaving space for book title and other information.  The columbines are front cover; the Chinese work camp on back. The cover scene uses visual symbols to refer to the story line and final outcomes of characters. Example 1:  The intact pick is a focus of the Chapter 4 illustration but is now shown broken, bent and overlapped by Michael's axe. Example 2:  Edward Thomas's corncob pipe, first shown in Chapter 7, is shown overturned with ashes spilled out next to...

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The Woodcutter’s Revival Illustration – Chapter 11: The Departure

  • 06/21/2012
The Woodcutter’s Revival Illustration – Chapter 11: The Departure

lllustration copyrighted by Wiley Studio.  All Rights Reserved. Viewers have been struck by the ferociousness of the Mountain Lion on steroids. Stewart wears a leather military issue pack, bedroll and bowie knife, and is “at the ready” with his Winchester 45-70 the instant he and the mountain lion meet. Stewart is shown as a shadow figure so as to not directly portray any book character, save T.R., so readers could substitute themselves or others they know as characters. True Story Behind The Illustration... I had just finished pitching my backpacking tent at dusk on Dickie Ridge...

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The Woodcutter’s Revival Illustration – Chapter 8: Thanksgiving

  • 06/18/2012
The Woodcutter’s Revival Illustration – Chapter 8:  Thanksgiving

Illustration copyrighted by Wiley Studio.  All Rights Reserved.   Welcome All; a first post to introduce work done for "The Woodcutter's Revival" ; a book I'm illustrating for author Jerry Slauter. Chapter 8 (of 17) Notes: The resolution of the public domain photo T.R.’s Rough Rider portrait was drawn from was poor - so details were restored to “make Teddy Roosevelt come alive”.  The font style for “Remember The Maine” was generic to newspaper headlines of the time, and the Maine was portrayed in both its intact glory and exploded view; sunken Maine in front of seagoing...

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