When I draw my comic pages, I usually use photos as an underlay for proportional purposes. Photos can be useful for other reasons too. Sometimes it's not possible to do live figure drawing, other times you might need to capture a particular expression. Drawing from photos, if nothing else, can help an illustrator to understand the form and the train his/her eye so that it's easier to draw from life. The following drawings were done in 1999, before I attended American Academy Of Art. I found that going into a figure drawing class after drawing from photographs really helped my artwork.