There are numerous things to consider as an artist when embarking on a new piece of work. Throughout the 10 years that I have been producing drawings, the one main goal I always try to achieve is to capture a likeness (through scale, tone, light and a focus on the inherent look or feel of the subject) and the characteristics which make them unique. This takes a significant amount of time to develop, spending time practicing life-drawing and drawing from life outside in different environments and contexts. I have always relished life-drawing classes as for me they embody the basic rules and techniques that everyone practicing realistic style work should know and be familiar with. This kind of repetitive sketching never stops for an artist and life-drawing has been and continues to be a large part of my practice. Whether it's a nude or a bowl of fruit, practice practice and more practice is key!