For 90% of my type faces, I start directly in type design software. This is just the way I see and my comfort with bezier curves from 30 years of using them to draw. To be clear, I have a 60 year history of drawing with pen brush, pencil, charcoal as well so I have learned to see in all media. That is not to say that this is "The Way", it just is the way that works for me. Whatever teaches you to learn to "see" is the way for you. Put the hours in with different tools. Practice seeing much more than you practice technique. If you can see form, you can learn to draw form. I would say that hours of drawing with old school means that are messy will keep you from falling in love with the clean lines of digital drawing before the form is clear to you.
Meanings evolve, no matter what their origin may be. Is there not a point where it becomes futile to argue about a word's origin in terms of how it is used in the current vernacular? Thirty years ago, I used to fret about how poorly the word "Logo" was used. Now, I just go with the flow because only a few of us care--even those, know what the speaker means in saying it.