As soon as there is some confidence in drawing skills I think that a change in the drawing from life process happens. Instead of thinking how to get proportions right drawing makes a transition to writing, what it is from my point of view. The drawing is put down in writing movements and emerges from the hand like a letter is written.
I have documented a sketchbook drawing in a short time-lapse video. It really doesn matter for me anymore where I start with a drawing. ONce the first lines are set everything else is written down in relation to that. There is still some thinking going on, but only when the “text” seems to get difficult or unclear…questions about tonality, how to separate on thing from the other, or how to connect, how to separate textures etc.. Those who are interested in the pen I use might want to check out my website about pen drawing