I've been going through the Hogarth and Bridgman books, but I'm not sure how I should be using these for study.

Should I actually read the text? I don't want to waste time on what's not necessary.

So far, I've just been copying the images straight from the book. Is this fine? Should I be trying to duplicate the basic shape forms before just copying the complex form? Or should I simplify even further and start with lines and mapping?