Basically the title says whats on my mind by itself. Reading Vilppu's drawing manual brought that concept into my mind. Up until I had read that, I really was using reference, and copying everything the way I saw it. In a somewhat Loomis analogy I was attempting to be the camera instead of an artist.
I can pretty much sum up my thoughts when I hear those words as such. Everything you do when your drawing or painting, must be conscious. When you sketch from a model capture the emotion that model portrays and use the picture for a guide. The more I analyze and come up with a way to express what I see instead of copying what I see it always seems to turn out more accurate.
Here is the best 1 hour digital sketch I have done (a couple days ago) after reading Vilppu's manual
There are plenty of areas of the figure I took the liberty to use my artistic license to 'draw it how I wanted'
At least for me! I was going through my refrences and library of art books frustrated that I felt like I have been getting nowhere in months. I found a file on my computer that was Vilppu's drawing manual. I have never understood an author more then Vilppu. His advice was perfect for how I felt. I read the entire book and picked up a few things here and there.
I love to study now because I used to be a slave to the model. I only copied the subject in front of me, I now analyze whats in front of me. With that idea in my head (thanks to vilppu) I have learned what studies can really do for you :)