hen drawing from life, I am ever present with the model, because to me, I am doing more than just drawing lines that resemble what I see. I am capturing their essence and personality on paper. their tension and relaxation. their attitude. their... being according to me. that moment will not ever come by again, so I am desperately holding onto it.
Humans are creations of their experiences. whether it's experienced through someone else's eyes (reading a fantasy book, seeing a video of the first moon walk, listening to old people talk about the war), it becomes your own experience. and I choose to draw on these experiences and mix them up as I see fit.
so when I draw a environment, I think about everything i can see and feel in that place and draw it as if i was sitting in it. same applies for characters. I imagine them with personality. how they would talk. what they would say if they were talking to me. how they would walk. what they would wear. i picture that person in my mind's eye, then I draw that gesture as though it was a model sitting in front of me. then add all of the pretty details.