For any visual artist, drawing from and understanding the figure is fundamental as a practice, to train the eye to see accurately and observe emotion and gesture.
Other things that can be gained from the practice are personal visual language, composition and spatial awareness. Many art colleges have abandoned their life classes but computers can never replace the need to see, observe and draw. The Walt Disney Company still uses life drawing classes despite all the sophisticated software that they now use. Somehow a model’s personality comes through better in a drawing than in a photograph.
I thank all my many models over the years for their patience.