I wasn't an animation student. I took traditional art like drawing, painting, design, and sculpture. This is a hard lesson I learned from my teachers who've won a lot of awards in their careers for art. In their words, guidelines help beginner students, but learning to draw without guidelines has a better end-result if you can pass the difficulty curve. So, not for everyone, but for artists that want to expand their skills, guidelines are always going to be bad advice.Its important to know that almost every piece of art advice or illustration "rules" have been broken or disregarded entirely by many talented and successful artists. The rules your favorite artists swear by are useful if you want to draw like them, but aren't the end all be all.
Something I noticed recently browsing some art critique vids on youtube is using rules of realism to c
This is pretty interesting, I know there are artists that draw without construction lines, (generally the more talented ones.) but I haven't run across many people discouraging the use of them. I generally study stuff related to cartoons and comics, and construction lines are pretty useful when you have to reproduce the same figure over and over again. I've even seen rough construction lines in some story boards and animatics. That being said you don't have to be a terribly great draftsman to animate or create comics. Would I be wrong in assuming you were an illustration student?