Hello I was just wondering - how important is it to be able to draw precisely what is in front of you? And how can one practice this? (especially for figure drawing).
I was in life drawing today, and I noticed that my drawings turn out looking nothing like the model. I usually get the basic structure/shape down, and then go off on my own little tangent, and I absolutely cannot help it. The drawings turn out okay.. I mean, there's always room for improvement, but it looks reasonable, or at least.. you can tell that it's a figure LOL, but, it just doesn't quite look like what is actually there.
So, er.. should I be worried? Should the emphasis be on drawing exactly what you see, or interpreting it and putting your own spin on it? Any thoughts/advice/opinions etc appreciated