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This will be a change of pace. I am appreciative of any method that works in the development of one's art. The academic way was always to start with drawing. And there is nothing wrong with that if you learn from it.

Are you comfortable with the pencil, charcoal pen or ...? If you are and get the results you want, go for it. If not, try another method or medium. I started late, moving from being a craft instructor, to painting.

My first oil painting started with turpentine, a rag and a color. I put this color over the canvas in a thin manner. I used the rag to block and lift out the shapes of a still life. From that, I began to draw and refine the images using more paint than turpentine and a brush.

Look to see how many different approaches are out there. You may find that you get different results by feeling free in how you work. Over time, you will find yourself challenged to explore these varied starts.