After putting a study I had been working on for some quite sometime to the side, I felt the need to switch up mediums and get back to drawing.  What was interesting was the approach:  treating it almost as an imprimatura layer in painting, where the charcoal was laid down first and then pulled up, with more charcoal being added/removed until the face began to revealed itself. It was a very freeing way to product a drawing.  I had flirted with this technique in the past, but I believe it's my imprimatura studies over the last year—where I truly began to see how you can evolve edges and mystery—that now lent themselves to understanding this technique better.  I tend to find drawing somewhat limiting, or at least I am not compelled to pick up the pencil as the way I am with a paintbrush, but this was different.  I am excited to work more this way.