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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 the drawing, pencil or paper. The idea being to see as accurately as possible the detail on the object.

My problem is that if I'm not looking at the pencil/paper, the marks it makes do not look the same as the detail on the object I am seeing.

So my question was meant to be... at the instant you are making the marks on the paper, are your eyes looking at the mark being made or the object being drawn? The book says look at the object, not the mark you are making - unless I have misunderstood (see the quote in the OP.)
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