I'm a self-taught artist. I've always drawn, but never had a formal art education. I spent my college years as someone searching: majoring in Math, Science, Communication Arts.
I finally found my passion in animation by accident when I was in my early-to-mid 20s. This was circa 1973. At that time, there weren't many schools that taught animation, but as I grew up in New York City, I found that the School of Visual Arts had a 6 week-long night time Summer Program. I took to animation like a duck to water. (It was also at that time that I met a very young Tom Sito...but that's a whole story in itself ;-))
Anyway, the point I'd like to make is that I learned to draw by feeling my way around a piece of paper with my pencil. To this day, I can't draw something if I can't feel it from within myself. That's why I enjoy animating emotions and action.
I draw my pictures by understanding the forces within the form I'm trying to capture, versus placing elements of the body on the page for a pleasing pose. I find that no matter what I draw, I need a running start to hit that pose---feeling where that pose is in the sequence of action. For me, a pose with the feeling of life in it is always coming from somewhere and going somewhere else. Even if a pose is at rest, it got there after it had gone through a movement of some kind.
If not, then it's a dead body that has been moved to that spot by "persons unknown".
Quadhole (Rock & Rule, 1981)