Drawing from imagination helps you give something to compare HOW you're learning to WHAT you're learning. Study still lifes or from other references and then test yourself by doing some from imagination. Compare, contrast, make changes and go at it again.
Drawing from imagination gives you something to compare HOW you're learning with WHAT you're learning. Study still lifes or from other references and then test yourself by doing some from imagination. Compare, contrast, make changes and go at it again.
>>2391024 From personal experience, pure observation is okay, but it's too easily done mindlessly. Mostly what you are practicing is your technique in whatever medium you're using rather than learning how to visualize the actual subject matter. Drawing from imagination is good for brainstorming or creating an image with skills you're already confident in but the amount of learning you can get from it is minimal.
Imo, the best way is to do both at the same time. Draw a scene from imagination BUT use as much reference as you can for every facet of it. That way your are using your brain to analyze your reference and fit them into your artwork. Say you have an image with a particular lighting you want to emulate. Since your drawing is from imagination and objects in it are different, you are forced to try to understand the lighting, how it would affect different materials, which direction to put your shadows consistently, and so forth. That is learning.
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