Most of my drawing (as opposed to painting) is done using Conte crayon. I like working dark to light, perhaps because the image seems to emerge as I work, as if it had been waiting for me to come along and bring it out. I use the squared tip of the stick to render lines and the wide sides to achieve a swath of color for a more painterly affect. Click on a gallery image to view it in detail—that is, with the exception of the portrait directly below, done with sidewalk chalk on black posterboard. For additional chalk and crayon work, go to the Life Studies page.