I was doing some thinking lately about how to improve my drawings.
Most illustrations and artwork have different body proportions than "actual" life. A lot of this dates back to the ancient Greeks and their contributions through sculpture. For example, if you scale the head size down to 7/8ths of actual but leave the body scale at 1:1, the form looks more impressive.
Something I've also noticed through my previous forays into drawing are that most illustrated works have limbs that are more slender than they appear in a photograph (to compensate for the "TV adds 20 lbs" syndrome that happens when a 3D object is flattened out to 2D).
Since most of my drawing so far has been based heavily upon models/photographs or in some cases, I've just flat out traced for practice, it has me asking myself (and others) a few questions.
Should I aspire for realism or shoot for the idealized/romanticized a la Sardax or Alberto Vargas' pinup art?
Should I simply let my own style "develop" as I keep going or try to change it now to make my works more attractive?