At least that is what I have come away with on the few I've done.
Armando, debate is not just you asking further questions without backing up your point. To me making a statement is a given...it is an axiom of creation...therefor it goes without saying that the first fundamental is making a statement. I don't know what it means to be a naturalist plain and simple? But you say it like it's a bad thing? Not to mention you've never seen my non-objective, abstract work to my knowldedge.
In the end you're getting all wrapped up in some high-faluttin discourse when all the OP was asking was, for a beginner, is it better to work from life than photos (to learn how to see and draw I presume). Your answer was they are both good. Prove it.
Just respond with a list of artists who back up your argument or stfu.