Most of my drawings and sketches are initially rendered in pen and ink with color and shadowing effects added using other mediums such as water colors, gouache, felt tip pens, or acrylics. The subjects are generally non posed compositions of people or animals involved in activities that occupy their daily lives. The primary objective is to capture the vivacity, emotion, and energy of the subject rather than replicate it in static photographic details. I want their personalities, passions, and life fore to jump out and grab the viewer by the psychological throat. My biggest fear is to draw a statue that just exists but says nothing.
Generally I use my camera as a means to stop the action of a dynamic or emotive scene and then focusing on capturing the essential elements that are needed to make the subject come alive. I will also draw live if a scene is relatively static, such as in a café or park, if there is sufficient time to capture the basic gestures that could be filled in latter if or when the scene changes. My drawing style may vary according to the subject. For complex relative static subject matter I will often us the academic short stroke, crossing hatching techniques taught in art schools. For emotive or dynamic compositions I prefer a continuous line flowing freely in circular movements over the paper allowing the image to emerge from what resembles a jumble of random scribbling. This style has produce some of my favorite drawings aka, the Unfinished Pieta or the Cart Puller in the sketching gallery.