When I draw, I am exploring the visual qualities of an object. What does it look like, how can I represent it in the media I am using, what kinds of lines, shapes and textures can be used to represent it? I taught drawing for many years through Continuing Education at AB Tech in Asheville, and I often drew along with the students. Big sheets of 18x24" paper were soon filled with drawings in graphite, conte and charcoal. I carry a small sketchbook with me wherever I go, and use it to capture interesting things I see, or to just fill a page or two while waiting for an appointment. This kind of drawing lays the groundwork for all the work I do, whether it's calligraphic design, painting, or the making of artist's books. Indeed, many of my demo drawings have been used as starts for artist's books, as you can see in the bottom row of drawings below.