Those of you who are learning Chinese characters through Chinese, Japanese or even Korean, you may find that learning the characters is similar to learning drawing itself.
Chinese characters are pictograms, which means you're essentially making a small drawing in a small square-enclosed area. These characters require memorising, and writing them from memory essentially works up your muscle memory. Sometimes if you don't write or see a character for a while, you forget how to write them. So you use techniques to recall them eg. associations (woman + child = good 好 ). If you learn Chinese calligraphy, you hold the brush in a special way and use long, smooth strokes to write the character. It takes a lot of time to learn the characters, and you should keep working on it everyday to be good.
When you're learning figure drawing, you're making a drawing in large rectangle-enclosed area. Bone structures, muscle locations require memorising, and when you draw them out from memory you're using your muscle memory. When you draw them so much your hand practically draws it by itself. If you don't draw for a while, you tend to forget how to draw... And it helps if you use techniques for recalling the human figures eg. simple shapes for the overall form. I find long, loose strokes to be effective in getting my shapes right. Learning to draw (especially the human form) takes a lot of time, and you should keep working on it everyday to be good.
So what do you guys and girls think?