Over the last couple of years my admiration towards arts and the desire to create paintings have grown. I picked up a brush for the first time in two years ago and I have been working on some projects while absorbing information from various resources. I improved my work bit by bit, however I always had this idea in my head that I wish to be able to draw (and paint) the human figure without having to set up a reference photo of exactly what my vision would be. I have a lot of admiration towards Florent Farges for example who can create compositions and ideas on the canvas that were only in his head before.
The reason I wanted to create this thread is because I wanted to ask for opinions and recommendations on this topic. I am aware that there are hundreds of books available and I am sure there are videos on YouTube as well, however I wish to take advice before I turn my attention to any of these. I am looking for materials that would help me understand and practice the human anatomy/figure and provide a kind of methodical approach of how to construct a drawing in any orientation I would like it to be. Even though this is a very long shot and without years of academic knowledge and practice it is going to be difficult, but I want to give it a try.
Just an illustration from a book to break up the long text:
(title idea: 'me trying to learn figure drawing')