The second you think you can't do something is when you really can't.
Now if you don't think you NEED to simplify things in design, because the visual center of your brain can calculate all of the lines and perfectly translate them to your hand, then no sweat.
But that plateau Spike speaks about is real. I've been there, man. It was hell.
It was on the Mekong delta... back in 2002...
There was a stench in the air all the time. Charlie liked to fart on us and run away. The bastard thought he was funny. I was sitting in the PT boat, waiting for a repositioning order from my superior officer. And in this treasured bit of spare time, I was practicing drawing. Figured I should, and if Charlie came back, I could plug his foul bottom up with my pencil.
Just then it came wafting by... That horrible smell, like a thousand different half-digested foods. That fucker didn't even have to show his face, cuz he was sitting upwind on the riverside, probably behind some bushes.
The smell was so bad that I passed out...
When I woke up, I realised that I was being an ass for not using the shape drawing method. So I started... took me about a year to get used to, but then it was okay, because the simplified method of construction allowed me a working model to imagine the anatomy for, without the details cluttering up my mind and warping my perceptions. And I progressed more that year than I had in the past three years combined. http://www.deviantart.com/view/13163223/