Im getting a lot of interesting opinions and advice and I’m thankful for all of it. This is the reason why I posted this in general discussion because as I might have my own opinions on this, I’m glad to hear others say what they think as well.
I do want to say from my experience that I almost only draw from imagination when doing my art that’s not studies and what not, and I’d like to think I’m pretty decent at it. So I absolutely know it’s possible. It just takes a lot of tooling around and I know when I look back at these drawings there’s always something just a little off, whether it’s proportions, or slight anatomy inaccuracies. But I do this and even so feel great about the drawings I just know that down the road I could be better at this.
And yes I have always believed strongly in drawing from life and studies to slowly but surely internalize the human form and feel it in three dimensions and all that. I’m sorry if anyone thought I’m just trying to never use reference to study or draw because that is absolutely not the case.
I’m of the opinion right now that it’s just going to take some deep devoted work and hundreds of hours to really get that stuff in your bones and muscle memory. So that’s my plan for now.
Also I don’t literally expect to be a master at this, I just like the term mastery as an aspirational thing. I like to think of people who fully devote themselves to their craft like that. But I’m more concerned with loving the process cause that’s all there is and there’s no real end to learning.