Often when I'm working smaller I like to begin by drawing on the canvas with an acrylic paint pen. This is especially convenient when I'm transferring an image from a sketchbook to the canvas as it feels much like the marker that I use to draw the original image. I've always drawn, though I don't tend to share my drawings very often, and like to use any implement including pencils, pens and markers to sketch and doodle with, but I still view these drawings as the basis for paintings rather than completed works in themselves. I always view them as my preparatory work. For as long as I can remember, I have drawn, which makes this a natural part of my creative process. Plus, using paint pens means I can use a damp cloth to 'erase' any marks to make adjustments as I go while the paint is still wet.