While a beginner may take drawing advice so serious that it makes you feel sorry for him or her, someone who is somewhat more advanced in the art of drawing knows that theory is just to help you when you get stuck on something. It’s not a guidance system that leads to a successful drawing, guaranteed.
Drawing should be a pleasurable experience, something you do because you like it. So you shouldn’t take it too seriously, and trust your skills and observational talents. Your drawing will be just fine. Or not, in which case there is the PWB (paper waste bin). What is important is that you’re having fun doing it.
It’s like visual note taking. Seeing interesting swirls and features, that are hard to draw, but fun to execute, especially if it looks a lot like you envisioned it. Making some things more prominent, while obscuring other things. The interesting thing for me is, that if you ask several visual artists to draw the same, the results are all different. Different people see different things, or, at least, find different things important enough to include in a drawing in a certain style. And remember, we should be drawing the SAME thing.
That is what drawing my first few comic strips have taught me. Relax, take it easy, and enjoy the ride. If you start watching the clock, you’re doing something wrong. You should be so involved in the process that hours seem like minutes. That is what making comics and cartoon drawings for the Beardus Maximus project has taught me (and is still teaching me, because at the moment I’m writing this post, the Beardus Maximus Progress Meter shows that there are still 27 days left before the author of the comic book Rebootus Maximus shaves off his beard).
Still, doing a sketch from a reference photo is a good thing. It teaches you to be humble. One day I’ll be doing life drawings, I’m sure. Judging from the above sketch I’m not ready yet, but I’m getting closer.
That is all.