Preliminary sketching can be used as a creative strategy for generating ideas. Often while sketching out an image, ideas for the composition will pop into my head. Moving my pen over the paper will generate more ideas than just looking at pictures. I think there is something about being in motion that assists ideas in coming up. What about you? Do you hand write notes or doodle sketches in the preliminary stage of exploring new ideas? What about trying this before going to the computer to organize these ideas? Notice the shifts and changes from the preliminary sketch to the finished image below.