I believe the most fundamental skill a visual artist must develop is the ability “to see.” This is the physical development, using our senses, light/color, space and form. Without learning to see, there is no understanding of the relationships between all the visual elements, and drawing from life is an essential discipline to learn how to see. Drawing from life creates a link between hand and eye, and between the outer world and our perception of it. When you draw in ink, you cannot erase and this helps me to let my line flow and record the character of the moment.

Besides drawing from life, I have two other areas of attention that have become part of my artistic practices. The first is that I start a drawing with no preconception or agenda in order to discover new ideas and images that spring from a blank page. Many times it begins with a wandering line. This form of discovery is difficult and needs continual practice too. I understand this part as the emotional risk.
And the third area practice with my drawings, as well as with other mediums, is to revisit themes and ideas already expressed, to discover new connections, meanings, and variations. This for me is the intellectual part of the process, by understanding how to bring ideas into the material world.
My best images are the product of these three different disciplines, and when viewed together they create a more complete vision of my work and better understanding of my creative process.