Remember my de Kooning project? Do you wanna try and do it too with your own twist?
In my work, there are several constants. The Chair with a plain background, changing objects, a tight center composition, and the idea of the work being made over a long period of time. However, not all of these are important, they were just how I chose to do it. The important constants are a constant base such as the chair, a set of objects, and the idea of work being made over a long period of time.
So whether you want to paint, draw, sculpt, or photograph a de Kooning project,
you should find these three things.
1- A nice (preferably plain) background,
2- a set of things that you would like to display
3- and a good base (like the chair).
First, figure out what you want to do beforehand. Sketch it out, write down your ideas, develop your image in your mind so that you can create it in reality. Then let it marinate, I normally don't come up with fantastic ideas in one sitting. Usually, it starts with a small idea and as I take part in the world around me I am inspired by different things. Eventually, a workable idea forms.
Second, gather your materials, all of them. Make sure you have enough ink in your pen and batteries in your camera, there's nothing more distracting than having to interrupt the creative flow to get more materials. Well okay that's a lie, people are probably the most distracting. That reminds me, I suggest playing some chill music in the background to keep the creative juices flowing in your head and the distracting sounds out. I prefer to listen to the indie classical station on Pandora...
Third, bunker down and just do it. Don't stall around being nervous of doing something wrong.
Fourth, share it! It is frightening and scary but it's very difficult to grow as an artist without the opinions of other people. They see things much differently than you do. That being said, don't take their advice or criticisms to heart. Of course they would have done things differently, everyone creates different things. Take their advice or criticisms and think about them as options. Also, remember that if someone does not like your work, it does not mean that they are "hating" you. Back to the main point, if you enjoy looking at other people's work, why shouldn't other people like looking at your work? It's called sharing for a reason, it's a way in which you give other people opportunities to see beautiful and interesting things the way that you do.
One more thing. In my project, I used my collection of antique cameras because they inspire me. However, in the drawing class we used a verity of objects with different shapes and textures. So don't think that the objects have to have sentimental value, they can be purely aesthetic.
P.S. Don't feel like you have to follow these guidelines precisely, it's art so it's more important to make it your own than follow a formula.