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I have noticed myself often starting a sentence like this:

About your drawing question, I don't think there is an easy way to draw these shapes.

Is it formal to start a sentence that way (formal in the sense of writing it in emails sent by students to a faculty member or adviser)? And do you end it with a comma or a semi-colon?

How does it compare to:

Regarding your drawing question, I don't think...

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I would suggest "regarding" or "In regard to" in a more formal context. "About" or "re" would strike me as informal. Your intention isn't really to say something about the question. Rather, you're answering it.

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Using "Regarding" is more formal than "About" and I think it is okay to use in emails to faculty members, etc. However, it probably would be better to use "To answer your question, I don't think there is an easy way to draw these shapes" in the context you have.

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