Today I made a trip to a crafts store to buy a few items including a figure drawing mannequin. So, I did some scribble drawing, which I read about in "Basic Figure Drawing Techniques," by Greg Albert. The premise being that you draw for about a minute while constantly keeping the pencil moving and in contact with the paper. Below are my first two attempts.
Afterwards, I decided to do a slightly more involved sketch of the mannequin. This took about 15 minutes.
After this I decided to sketch a Nutcracker that we still had out from Christmas. The results were horrible. I've realized that I have a terrible sense of scale when dealing with live objects. I'm far better working from a photo. But, I assume that it's worth the effort to learn to draw from a live model/object. All in all, I'd say it wasn't a good night for drawing, but hopefully this is just me paying my dues.