That's an interesting question! The short answer is "Very rarely." If I made enough sketches of my subject to understand it, sorted out the light/shadow/color palette beforehand and had a good technical mastery of the medium, it went a lot more smoothly - jumping in and trying to complete an assignment the night before was a bumpier ride 😬. I think the challenge is what keeps me trying to depict things to this day.
Hmmmm...I think I found the main reason for joining programmers 😉
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