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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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I understand the 'advice' in the book to mean that at the instant of making the mark on the paper, your eyes should be on the object (in this case the hand being drawn) and not on he drawing, pencil or paper. The idea being to see as accurately as possible the detail on the object.
This is the way that I understand it to be saying. I don't think that it is a deciding factor. I think that I do it but I also move my eyes to the paper I'm drawing on while I am still drawing. This is a generalization.
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