Okay, quick question: How do you guys start a drawing? Are there any things I should consider before drawing an object, like proportions and the like? I often find myself confused and uncertain whenever I start drawing.
I start by taking a good long look at the object I'm going to draw. Then, I do a 5 to 10 second gesture drawing of the entire object; work out proportions by mapping major large shapes; work out construction problems based on the "shape mapping;" restate and correct the construction as needed; then, finally layer on the more complex contours and details. And, again, constantly restate and correct, as needed, at any given stage.
(though, for a lot of quick watercolor stuff, I'll jump to a free-hand visual contour drawing without any preliminary stuff.)
A quick gestural sketch defining the dimensions of the object. Even if its barely legible, its still better than the crippling white of paper.
If its from imagination, I'll just close my eyes and let my thoughts through until something clicks.
Depends on what you want to draw. If it is a kind of scenery, would be more difficult. Firstly, it is better to define the focals which will clearly express what you are trying to tell. If it is about a person, bearing the impression and every detail in mind is essential.
Planning out stuff like where the horizon is and proportions and stuff isn't a bad idea. It's pretty annoying to work on a drawing and realize that you're going to end up off the edge of the paper. Or that you've drawn one part too big and another part too small.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC - 531 BC)