It's very rare that I sketch before I design. Even when I'm doing proper drawing-drawings I tend to dive into the good thick paper and 10 pencils instead of sketching and studying until I know the subject hair to nail. I know a lot of people who love sketching out for hours and making a thousand different preliminiaries before committing to a specific - my girlfriend does this - which is fantastic but I just can't be assed with something so time consuming. I'd rather change as I go so I can finish the piece and move on to another idea as efficiently as possible.
That said, I have completed full fledged drawings from photos and then vectored them: Digital: [link] Traditional: [link] Photo: [link]
I just started a graphic design degree, and they're really hammering sketching into our heads. I've been messing around for a few years, and see the benefits of preliminary sketches, but I don't think it should be taught as an end-all be-all to design.
Left: Americans still believe in an America where anything's possible they just don't think their leaders do.
Center: I know my country has not perfected itself. At times we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
Right: In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?