Some of my drawings are studies for paintings, while others were done for the sheer pleasure of drawing for its own sake. I use all three classical methods of the great masters: Contour, Gesture, and Chiaroscuro (or light and shade drawings.) And I work without preference in all media: pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and brush.
Contour drawings are slowly achieved and deliberate: careful eye/hand coordination is the key. Whereas Gesture drawing is deftly-executed, aimed at swiftly capturing a spontaneous feeling of the subject’s movement. In Chiaroscuro drawing, one uses light and shade modeling to create a sense of three-dimensional weight and volume and, equally important, the play of light.
There is a level of focus and concentration so engrossing in all drawing that one loses oneself in the process. It is an out-of-body experience.