Nah, I disdain the idea art is something so high that only a select elite few have the right to call themselves artists. Those who believe that about themselves are usually nothing more but swaggers. As for the process of creation, it can be whatever you like it to be, whatever works best. If what you don't plan comes out best, then you know you can trust your intuition. Still, the very fact your mind spends so much time contemplating different images, is deeply involved in the process.
Oh, but I should have warned you what a philosopher I can turn into I can be very loquacious.