Ok so I have my first life drawing class next week. Im taking at the Art Students League in NYC and Im quite excited. Im curious about a few things though. Does a life drawing class help you to be able to draw the figure from imagination.. or is it more about learning to see various elements such as shape, shadows, light etc? Im trying to really get my figure drawing to the point where I can draw male or female figures from my imagination without a reference for pose. I know thats a very difficult thing to do but Its just so valuble. I spend alot of time drawing people in public (obviously not nude ) and also just objects around me. Will doing this just help my drawing in general or will it in fact help me nail the figure into my mind? I know that drawing a lamp wont help my figure studies but what about when I draw clothed people? Or when I draw a nude from a GOOD photo? I basically wondering what aspect of my drawing I am helping by doing my various exercises that I do.