Okay so I have a question for those wiser than myself. I have found that directly copying (not tracing-copying by hand/eye) results in my drawing of far superior drawings than when I draw straight out of my imagination. Probably because I don't have a perfect vision in my head of what I want my character to look like. But for regular practice, given that I use the same techniques (first draw stickman, then flesh it out etc.) do you think it's better that one practices by copying or by drawing characters out of ones head?