I’ve been doing figure drawing from live models since my fine arts studies at the University of Colorado. There I earned a BFA in painting and drawing in1971. I took on the challenge of representing the humanity of the model while trying to render accurate and expressive proportions and began to understand why this exercise is a staple of art education and a basis of painting throughout art history. I try to keep in practice especially when my career as an illustrator is lacking in creative projects. During the shorter poses I use my sumi ink and materials and have found this to be my new challenge! I’ve been trying to find a way to reveal the figure with a few suggestive strokes to represent the pose and the vitality of the model. The shorter poses are always the most dynamic and expressive and lend themselves well to sumi-e.