For a long time now, I've thought about the problem of drawing images from your minds eye. Have you ever wanted to draw a cartoon for a funny idea or an image from a vivid dream? Me too. And I've always wondered why I could never find a class that would help you learn to draw from your own imagination. All of them insist that you draw from life or photographic reference. That is all very good for painting landscapes and portraits. But I thought it was strange that there was never a comic drawing class or any instruction at all in how to tap into the reference available from one's inner movie theater.
Though I am by no means qualified to teach art to anybody and I'm certainly not "there" yet, over time I have discovered a few things which have helped.
Step 1: dispensing with some old notions
I believe that drawing is simply a learned skill. It can be learned by anyone just like woodworking or electronics or anything else.
Words and alphabets are a more efficient form of communication, that 's why we use them.
People abandoned pictograms such as hieroglyphics because alphabetic writing is just quicker.
Once you get the hang of working with words, you can become every fluent in it.
The same goes for drawing. Once you do it enough, you become increasingly fluent in it. Your mind learns that it can communicate that way and the more you let it do so, the easier it becomes.