I am back to drawing figures in the morning. It's about 20 minutes of drawing, using some Croquis Cafe videos I found on vimeo. Now that I'm back at it (since figuary), I'm noticing improvement bit by bit. It's quite satisfying. I haven't been studying figure drawing specifically lately, but I set out to find some actual instructional ideas and advice - not on muscle groups or bones, but how to get started.
I found this video, which was excellent. It was a good reassurance in that there are a couple ways to do things - no one right way. With that said, none of the examples in the video seemed to start with the head! Instead, you could:
Start with big movements, and then add in landmarks.
Create geometric shapes or an envelope that outline the model, and then work in there.
Start with gestures lines.
Start with large volumes and get smaller.
I tried drawing today's model starting from the torso, sort of employing Proko's "bean" methodology. It worked, I think, but my drawing was quite a bit bigger than my previous ones. It did seem more satisfying, in a way. Also, it took longer, and the timed poses often ran out before I had even sketched in half the body.
All in all, I need to remind myself that it really benefits to google questions I have about technique or approaches when they come up or, at least, especially when they linger in the back of my mind. Turns out I was wondering "how do I start a figure drawing" for quite a while now.