Drawings are useful as painting preparation and help to resolve design problems early on. But drawings are also quite powerful as finished art. Without the complexity of color issues, they are able to get to the point quite quickly. I also enjoy the play of the charcoal across the paper which certainly is easier than with paint! Drawings are value-driven. "Power Tie" was drawn from a model. Because I saw the major shapes as light, I tried to used the darks to rhythmically move the eye throughout the drawing. Thanks to my friend Ann who always has a plethora of pastel sticks on hand, I added the red of the tie at the very end.