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.

Drawing Pumpkin & Peppers

Charcoal study in the fall

Drawing Artichoke


Drawing Teapot and tins

Drawing Spindles

A study of woodturners' practice spindles
from the folk school.

Drawing Chair with drape

A simple hand made chair and a draped sheet combine to form this backlit moment.

Drawing Plant on a stool

Elevated on a simple stool,
the plant has a bit of grandeur.

Drawing Rock Paper Scissors

Rock Paper Scissors
The letters are distorted by the angle of the paper.
What a challenge!

Drawing Pedantic Italic

Drawing the letters on a spice can or written on a crumpled piece of paper is a new adventure in understanding skewed letterforms.

Drawing Perspective

Two point perspective. Once you get it, you can drawing all kinds
of man-made objects.

Drawing Paint & Draw milk jug

Top of a milk jug and the spout
on a kettle make an
interesting composition.


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Drawing Bottle Book

Just the top of a vinegar bottle,
the bottom is on another page.