Drew up this lovely lady today for the ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’ Course. You can see in her hand that she’s holding up a rather simplified interpretation of the human head. Here what I really wanted to illustrate was the basic head model as having form, weight and mass to it. As if it could be picked up, turned and observed. The key to becoming a truly dynamic comic book artist is in understanding that at the core of everything we draw lays form. That’s what most of o
Does your comic book art sometimes feel flat and two dimensional?
Here's a quick tip to make your sequential art immediately look more dynamic and visually compelling... Besides framing and composition, presenting your characters on a dynamic angle, or even a slight tilt will give them some extra pop. It will also make the experience for your readers more immersive too - since the way most of us see the world truly is through a dynamic lens, where we rarely find ourselves l
If we think about the Female Head as a simple box – The Front and Side Views appear as a flat, 2D rectangle. But if we turn that box to look at it on angle, suddenly it becomes 'Three Dimensional'. We’re not just dealing with length and width anymore, but also depth. This is essentially what happens to the head when we draw it on a 3/4 Turn. There’s an additional element at play (depth) which allows us to present the head in a 3D context. That’s what comics are all about - cr
Even though the 3/4 View of the Female Head is lumped in with the Front and Side View as a 'Standard View' - what makes it stand out is that it's our first glimpse of the head as a 3D object, with mass, depth and volume. If we look at the Front and Side Views, essentially what we're seeing is a flat, diagrammatic rendition of the head on a single plane. But even a 2 dimensional image needs two axis to give it height and width. But when we begin to turn the head to observe it
Continuing the head turn arounds for the female character you saw a few days back, here we have the 3/4 View 🤣. This particular view essentially links the front and side views together to create a 3D representation of the female head. 🔗 It's a special view, because this is the first time we really get to see the head as a form presented in perspective. We also start to understand how the fundamental building blocks, such as the cranium, face mask and neck cylinder, take on
Been smashing through Course content this week for 'How To Draw Women: Female Heads'. 👊💥 In today's preview (the last slide in the Side View lesson) I wanted to show you a quick example of why less is so much more when it comes to drawing attractive women. With great power comes great responsibility, and this is especially true for rendering. Just because you can cross hatch the heck out of a head doesn't mean you should! In fact, the more you define and detail out the face
Thick vs thin necks - it makes a massive difference in the level of perceived buffness your female characters carry. 💪🏋️♀️ Of course in this illustrated comparison, there's a little more at play given the entirely different body types these gals are rockin', but the context is there to really kick home the point. Above all else, the neck is probably one of, if not the most powerful component contributing to how masculine and mature, or young and feminine your character loo
Another sequence complete! I had such a great time drawing these lovely ladies up. I think the destination always mirrors how much you enjoy the journey. If you really don’t like what you’re working on it’ll look forced. But if you loved every moment of it, your art is going to shine. These gals are featured in the ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’ Course to help illustrate the importance of why it’s so darn critical to be able to draw the female head from all angles – not ju
Comic books are a profound form of expression and consumption. They combine the trance like state of imagination a book is able to pull us into, with the engaging visuals of sequential art work. But it’s not like watching a movie.
The experience of reading a comic book seems more involved than that. There’s a higher sense of immersion and most importantly connection. A comic book stays with you longer, inside your mind, well after the final page is turned. Taking on a quiet
Time to take a break from plugging HTDC’s new Comic Book Store (which is bloody fantastic btw), and show you what else I’ve been cooking up. Reluctantly I might add – and in a moment I’ll tell you why! Here’s one of the turnaround shots for the (wait for it) “How To Draw Women – Female Heads Course”. Beautiful isn’t she? I’m super proud of this drawing. She’s the sum of everything I’ve learned throughout my years as a practicing artist, and throughout the immense amount of ti
It’s been ages since the last “How To Draw Women: Female Heads” update. In fact it’s taken so long to get this course out there that you might have wondered whether or not you’re ever going to get to see it! Well yes, it’s still coming. And to thank you for your patience, I wanted to share with you another special preview from the course. This chart basically covers everything there is to know about drawing the side view of the female head. Each view of the female head (inclu