Being 77 now, I have been drawing for 72 years. I started drawing very early, probably about the age of 5 or 6. My father was an engineer but took painting classes in the evening. I remember him standing at an easel painting, with me on the floor tracing images from a how-to-draw book.
I attended Art Center College of Design and earned my BFA and MFA. I started teaching before I graduated. Teaching actually helps me keep my skills sharp and keep to the point. When you are explaining something to someone else it helps you to learn the subject better.
The ability to draw the figure has always been the measure of an artist. That ability can only really be acquired by the analysis of the action of the figure. This knowledge is not developed by copying, but by studying how all of the parts work together to create a gesture. Body language is a critical element of acting. Any artist that wishes to communicate emotional content is essentially an actor with a pencil or brush. How you compose the lines, shapes, and tones communicate this action. The skills developed in the study of figure drawing can be applied to every other artistic endeavor.
Drawing is just thinking visually. The medium that we use may vary- from a pencil on paper, to Autodesk SketchBook Pro - but the fundamentals do not change. I bring the approach of the Old Masters to the new technology. The ability to capture an action and describe form is no different today than it was 600 years or 1000 years ago. Fundamentals do not change. The language of art is universal and timeless. I am constantly studying and learning. I am always very excited to discover something new and improve my skills.
That is what keeps it interesting and the key to life in general. Keep studying and learning!