I am actually studying to be a teacher in order to get a full time job, which is partly why I have little time or energy for much else. Even worse, the studies consist of the most contentless and boring drivel you can imagine.
Yes, I have been thinking about this, and about spending more time out in the open simply sketching people passing by. It's way more fun than working from reference photos anyway. I do not really have ambitions as figurative artist, but one will want to be able to do decent portraits, which may need to include hands and feet, and to put decent, more or less well-proportioned figures into landscapes. So I guess one could argue that I hardly need to make a very extensive study of anatomy or nude figures, and should instead focus mostly on proportions and how clothes fit around bodies.For construction, you don't need extensive anatomical knowledge, although the more you know, the more accurate the construction will be. Cylinders for the limbs, box for the chest etc. It also trains your understanding of perspective and rotation of objects in space. The anatomy can be added later.
Well, it is an ongoing process. Will see where I end up. I have to hand in lots of assignments next week, so it will be a while before I get around to much drawing anyway.