I like to think of the whole gesture as an abstract shape that encompasses the feel and attitude I'm going for. Within the first ten to fifteen seconds of the drawing I'm blocking out shapes that allow the gesture to live within it.
Henri Matisse inspires me with his abstract silhouette paper cut outs when I think of this direction. The deceptive simplicity is very impressive and I believe we can be inspired by his work.
In thinking about this stuff I decided to take a break from the Cintiq and slum it with the chinamarker on paper. I sketched this stuff out of my head and wrote lil' notes to assist my thoughts above. All sketches were done quick in under a minute each for the more detailed.
Draw! Draw! Draw!