Here is a quote from that downloadable free book on drawing by Harold Speed I mentioned previously.

“It is a very remarkable thing which, as far as I know, has not yet been pointed out, that in these first attempts at drawing the vision should not be consulted.”

He says that when a child draws a picture that they are drawing what they feel (as in sense of touch) more than what they actually ’see’. The image is from the book. Image A is type of first drawing made by children and Image B is what might have been expected if the “crudest expression of visual appearance had been attempted”.

If even remotely close to the truth, it is no wonder we need to learn how to draw what we see!