it does a lot of fundamental skill-building stuff for artists. For instance, drawing
- improves your eye-hand coordination
- lets you practice sight-size drawing
- helps you understand the underlying structure of whatever it is you are looking at
- try out different design concepts
- become more comfortable translating 3-dimensional objects into a 2-dimensional space
- helps you understand the expressive power in gesture, line, brush mark, or mass
- and according to Juliette Aristides in her very excellent book Lessons in Classical Drawing, "every good drawing exhibits an understanding and control of tone, proportion, harmony, and composition."
Artists need to incorporate drawing into their daily practice, no matter what their medium of choice. And whether you are working all day, or just caught up in the other demands of modern life, or just "not ready" yet, it can be hard to set that drawing time aside.
So, if you're like me, you need a little nudge to do the things that are good for you.
Warning: these sites feature both nude and clothed models. They also offer some form of selection, timed drawing, and choices if you want to work on animals, hands, heads, etc.
and my favorite site:
The Posemaniacs site features "models" that are computer generated and show the underlying muscles. The figures can also be rotated 360 degrees to get differing perspectives, enlarged, and timed. Some may find the images kind of creepy, but I find them less distracting, allowing me to focus on the form, proportion, and gesture of the human figure.