"My Teacher in animation has noted that even though you try to use your left hand side of the brain when drawing, the right hand side always has their influences through symbolised versions of what your drawing which is what when your trying to draw realistic things can end up looking disfigured.
two ways to stop this is
1. turn the reference upside down and draw it that way as it tricks the right side of the brain that its something it doesnt recognise and you can use your left side of the brain fully.
2. negative space drawing (works better for inanimate objects), rather than looking at the object and drawing that, look at the spaces around the objects and draw those, you should end up with a space that is almost exactly the shape as the object, then you can draw the “details” that are on the object.”
Submitted by: drunktitan