This series of images are sketches from my various sketch books. As part of my process I often sketch random subjects that come to mind, sometimes working from photos from my extensive photo library that I have accumulated over the years of photos that I take myself, or from life and direct observation. This is where my painting process begins. Sometimes these sketchs evolve into final paintings and sometimes they are done just for the joy of drawing. I am a firm believer that for a realist painter the process of drawing is an absolutely essential fundamental skill that must be mastered. The only way to do this is to draw constantly, either from direct observation or even photographs. Just make sure that they are your own photographs.