I find that I do “observational drawing” best when I draw things the size I see them.
What I mean by “the size I seem them” is this:
Imagine that the drawing surface is see-through plastic say about 16 inches from the eyeball.
I find that I draw things most effectively when I draw them the size they would be if I were tracing them on this (theoretical) piece of plastic held at that distance from my eye.
Yet, I see people at life drawing drawing things like heads nearly life-size, and doing a pretty good job of it, from the same distance where I perceive the model’s head to be about the size of a quarter (25 cent coin) in relation to my drawing surface.
From what I understand, I would say these people have a good grasp of measurement and construction. And, I would suppose I could work the same but just never really thought to do so.
The above is just an observation, no real question. But, does anyone else out there have any thoughts or observations on effective working size, particularly for life drawing?