Drawing is such a fundamental prerequisite for both good Art & Architecture, or at least has been so, for most of our history. I love drawing, and still use pencil and paper much of the time as an architect, even though the vast majority, of my profession have migrated of necessity wholly to the use of Computer Aided Drawing. As an artist I need make no apology, drawing remains absolutely an essential. It informs, it teaches, it loosens the imagination, it simplifies, it clarifies. Above all, for the painter it challenges us to look. To truly look closely and observe reality, its line, its form, its shadow, all so fundamental in any created image.
Life Drawing and Life Painting are also for the artist, in my opinion, an essential. The human form is an endless fascination, male, female, young and beautiful, old and withered, are all equally rich and deserving subject matter for the artist; and all an endless challenge of constant learning and crafting in order to capture them on paper of canvas.