Like many kids, I started drawing at an early age. When I was very young, I was all about airplanes and dinosaurs. As I grew older, I went through several distinct thematic phases.

The Comics Phase

“Comics are a gateway drug to literacy.” Art Spiegelman

In the 1970s and the 1980s, my drawings were mostly comics. My first series was Ant Wars (sci-fi, now lost). In high school, my comic was The Adventures of Joe Gnoll.

The Women Phase

“Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.” John Ciardi

In high school and college, my attention shifted more toward realism, and a traditional subject for artists: women.

It’s been said that eyes are windows to the soul, and I focused on portraits early on. Faces in general aren’t that hard. Hands — on the other hand — are pretty challenging. It took some time to resist using the hands-in-pockets or behind-the-back tricks.

In college, it was expected to post your schedule on your door. And you gotta have bookmarks! Great motivators to draw!

The Fantasy Phase

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. [..] If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” J.R.R. Tolkien

What else?

I mostly work on paper with regular #2 pencils, sometimes with 6H lead. For color, I mostly use PrismaColor pencils. I have drawn other stuff, and dabbled with other media like watercolors, inks, and acrylics. But the above broadly reflects my artistic progression.