Re: How important is drawing for sculptors?
I'd love to be able to draw well. When I cant sculpt, I sketch--like in the middle of the night or when time allows at work. (It can be a real trip to look at my notes from a meeting)
For sculpture though, it serves me to toy with ideas, play with possible alternative views, and record construction solutions.
But, as the Ant says, "I enjoy the freedom of sculpting from my head with the materials at hand."
"Important artists are innovators whose work changes the practices of their successors; important works of art are those that embody these innovations."
Galenson, David W. Old Masters and young geniuses
, Princeton University Press, 2006