There were times when drawing was studied in Academies very seriously. An artist student drew from casts, plates, reproduced the Masters, observed and drew live models. Lessons of art philosophy and aesthetics were part of the curricula. Sigh! (me a graduate of a Faculty of Fine Arts in Holland can tell you that we didnt get any of that)
I finally got my hands on a beautiful and rather rare book published by Charles Bargue in mid 1800s. "Drawing Course" is a collection of plates made by him and Mr Gérôme, in accordance with the high standards of the Parisian art schools of those days.
Im reading, Im looking, Im mesmerized! I started to follow this "course" and will probably not publish here any of my work until I feel there is something in my drawing artistry, whatever that might be, that has improved.