So I noticed that if I'm running late for a sketch meet, or something of the like, that the adrenaline rush that comes from racing to my destination leaves me a little jittery when I'm drawing. My first few sketches are pitiful until I "cool down" and relax.
On the other side of things, when I start drawing something at random, especially when inking, I find I need to warm up for about 20 minutes before the work I'm producing really starts looking the way I want it to.
Anyway, I don't know if the need for a cool down or warm up period is something that is globally understood by artists, but I was just wondering; do you need a cool down/warm up or another pre-drawing ritual, and if so, what is it?
That happens to me all the time. I'm either too energetic to be patient, in which case I need a major cool-down, or I'm way to lazy to be enthusiastic, in which case I need a warm up. It's really frustrating sometimes.
So, before I start drawing anything, I do a few gestures, some blind contour drawing, some random scribbles, nothing major, just settling my hand with the pencil.
For something that can mess up (like inking) i usually start with a place not so critical (eg. not the face) just to give me a bit of time to get a feel for the brush. For concepting and thumbnails I feel like it's more warming up to the concept and getting ideas out than a real warm up. For anything else, I put my ass on the chair and do it, but I feel that comes from years and years of doing art 5 days a week for 8 hours a day(and then getting home and do some more.)