>>99670591>You had best be willIng to look at references for a while and not try to draw from memory top much.
this is a common misconception.
for an artist that's already in the habit of not drawing from observation, looking up a reference will not help them improve at all. if anything it will encourage a heavy reliance on drawing from references to the point where they become Greg Land tier.
the key to improving from life drawing is to break down the key shapes and landmarks of the body and it's features so that an artist understands the fundamental underlying structure of anatomy without a constant need for cheat sheet pin-up photos.
they're called "studies" for this reason.
interestingly enough, doing studies regularly in turn makes the work that is drawn from reference look better as well. this is even true of artists will less realistic, more cartoony styles. knowing the fundamental rules allows you to more freely and convincingly break them to greater effect.
there is never no good reason to not, but it's important to always work towards being able to not have to.