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?

Peteman