Another model. I think part of my problem, when trying to draw from real life, is that I do not have the patience to sit there and work on a piece for hours a day, for several days in a row. I know nothing says that I have to do that, but I have never been able to draw photo-realistically like some people can. Its amazing when a person can put pencil or pen to a paper and the viewer can mistake it for a photo. Not that photorealism is the pinnacle of art. Personally I really think the more impressionistic the better. To capture something in a few lines or a few strokes of paint. Now that takes talent.
I wonder how many contradictory ideas I can have at the same time. . . . For some great quick studies done with digital media check out the “speed painting” thread on the Sijun Forums. This link here will put you near the latest page of the thread, #585 or something. There is some great stuff there. That thread has been inspirational (if not altogether motivational) for me.