i think one of the biggest obstacles for people trying to become artists is that they tend to not realize they are supposed to LOOK at the things they’re trying to draw
i used to know somebody who drew cylinders like this:
this is what happens when you assume you ‘know’ what you’re drawing, before actually looking at it, studying it, and internalizing the form.
if we look at a cylinder from above, this is what we see:
so we see the difference between real life and our picture, and this is what we draw:
now we have a better idea of what a cylinder looks like. this is kind of a messy sketch but you get the gist
the moral of the story is, always look at what you’re trying to draw, reference from life, reference from photo, reference from video, reference from other art, whatever. don’t just rely on what you think you know because it’s never enough
this might seem obvious in retrospect, but being able to look at the things you draw and study them is so centrally fundamentally important