The white space of paper is daunting for a writer and for an artist. At least as a writer you have the benefit of word spaces, sentences and that handy left to right reading thing. The tyranny of white space for us 'visuals' is the endless opportunity to do anything.
I am always interested in where to begin when drawing someone. Dive in and let your instinct take over, or just start drawing from the left shoulder and hope for the best.
This post has a drawing of a DOG. I am going to offer some information to you about the dog.
1. The dog is a Doberman.
2. The dog is female.
3. The dog has fleas.
4. The dog bites.
Now, if you were walking up to this dog on the street and reaching out, dangling your fingers infront of her lovely teeth, wouldn't you like to know FIRST that she bites?
Drawing is like that too, you want to start where the truth is--the essential.