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What to look at when drawing?

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As a beginner, I've been following a book called 'The new Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.' One of the earlier exercises is to sketch your (non-drawing) hand and contains the following instruction....

"About 90% of the time you should be looking at your hand." .... "Glance at the drawing only to monitor the pencil's recording of your perceptions." (page 109)

Is this really how it is done? If I don't look at my pencil as I draw the line, then when I do look to monitor it, the line is simply wrong. Am I misunderstanding something?
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For me it depends what Im doing...if it sketching then it`s back and forth, if I`m working on something from a photograph, then I pay a lot of attention to the lines as I`m drawing them to get proportions right then add shading and blending. In art school we did the drawing of the left hand using the right only we were not allowed to look at the paper. Someone once said of...think it was Monet...he drew with his eyes and saw with his hands, don`t ask me to explain that but there is no one correct way, you have to work at it and find what works best for you.
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