Here are a few of my sketchbook pages from the karate journals. My boys have been going to karate for four years now and I started drawing from direct observation as practice while watching the class. Working from figures in constant movement forces me to pay close attention and take note of the poses in seconds. Careful observation, memory, an understanding of anatomical structure and gesture all come into play here. These studies allow me to explore composition in the picture plane as well as the human body in movement, thus enriching my visual vocabulary.