Often the hardest part of a drawing is starting it. There are infinite ways to starting a piece, and each time I seem to do something a little different. It also seems to depend on the final outcome- if it is something I have been commissioned for, I often draw out several drafts before starting the final and very clean version. But, if I am field sketching or doing more simple works for my own enjoyment, I like to start my work with circles and (many) lines. It is somewhat like a foundation of a building to work off of. The more lines and reference points I have, the “stronger,” or more proportionally accurate the work becomes. I’ve included a few recent sketches I have done in the more advanced stages of this foundational drawing, but if you’d like to see more of my process with this technique, let me know!