I wouldn’t consider myself an artist and I have no professional training.
I don’t know how the pros do it but this is how I start with a pattern for my embroidery.
An idea forms in my head and I draw it a bunch of times in my embroidery book or private journal.
This was supposed to be a Christmas gift but I started much too late. My music teacher SiL loves anything related to music and dragons.
This pattern is going to be a bookmark with the music quotation of “Music is what feelings sound like” with music notes all over it.
I hope she likes it. And I hope I finish it before Christmas next year!