History of Arts tells us that, for a long time, drawing has not been seen as an autonomous form of art. Since drawing became an independent form of art, a drawn work of art, the drawer, in common thinking has been identified with the figure of an expert technician, who can reproduce reality in an image. Nevertheless, for over a century art has moved away from this idea to turn its attention at first towards the sign and then to art itself. Therefore, what is drawing? Image, sign? And beyond traces, what is it in itself? And, above all, did we lose anything reducing images to signs and the whole process of drawing to an act of reflection on drawing itself? And is this loss, if there has been one, a purification or an impoverishment?