I feel like a little introduction is at place here, so here goes.
My 'career' has been filled with ups and downs, sadly, when I look back at those periods I can instantly point out the cause of the downs; drawing from imagination. I think I can say I understand drawing from life, I'm far from mastery but if I take my time I can draw the subject I'm looking at.
However, I obviously want more than that, I want to create rather than copy. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but it seems like, for most people, drawing from imagination just happens over time, they did their studies, they spent vast amounts of time drawing from life, and built their mental library up to a point where they can start inventing their own stuff. I feel like I'm just not getting there... I draw every day, I vary the things I do but I do 30 second drawings every day, anatomy pretty much every day as well as drawing from life. On mondays I have a figure drawing class which lasts 4 hours, I enjoy it a lot and there is obvious improvement, but I'm just not satisfied with just that... Besides the studies I like to scribble in my sketchbook but those sessions usually don't last long, nothing I produce is up to the standards I demand from myself so I quickly turn back to doing more studies. Perhaps I should start the stuff from imagination differently and, for example, first collect reference and merge it together (by drawing) to end up with the idea I have in my head? Reference for the pose combined with reference for the props on the character etc for example...
So to make this short; why does it feel like there is barely any improvement in my stuff from imagination, when in my opinion the improvement in my life drawings is blatantly obvious? Should I really just draw more and more and more and will it eventually happen some day, or am I doing something wrong?
Perhaps I already answered my own question but it would help to hear other people's opinions on this.
Thanks a lot for any replies!