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
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
You might have noticed that I’ve been off the radar a bit over the last few months… I’ve posted up ‘some’ art, a few tutorials here and there – but not the usual daily nuggets of knowledge and motivation you might be used to seeing. And what of HTDC? What happened to all the build up around the “How To Draw Women: Female Heads” Course? Well first things first - I’m pleased to say that the course is still on its way, and I’m now once more able to spend the majority of my time
The latest progress on the upcoming “How to Draw Women: Female Heads” Course from HTDC… Yep, it’s still coming! After some review, the course has been restructured to give you a much more informative and applicable volume of Comic Art training. Of course this meant a lot more work, and a significant delay in getting the course out there – but after playing back the latest recordings, it was without a doubt the right decision. Learning how to draw the female head is a big deal
If you’ve been following the Preview posts for HTDC’s upcoming “How to Draw Women: Female Heads" Course – you might be wondering what the word is on it of late… Here’s a quick update… Rest assured it’s still on its way! The course has been delayed however due to a few re-workings to its structure… in fact a lot of re-workings. The art was great, the dialogue was right on point – but as I began the editing process, I quickly realized many of the demonstrations featured in the
Today I felt a little torn... After narrating and producing over 30+ hours of content for the “How To Draw Women: Female Heads” Course, I’ve come a long way in my own development, as both an artist and teacher.
My delivery is more on point and engaging than ever, and my art style has leveled up and refined itself consistently. So the big question I’ve been battling with recently is whether or not to go back and redo the first few lessons of the course. Why?
Because in co
It’s a wraps folks! These 3 lovely ladies make up 10 HOURS of real-time, narrated footage - specifically designed for you to follow along, step by step, and get real results. The last thing I wanted “How To Draw Women: Female Heads” to be was another set of time lapsed videos you could find anywhere else. Sure, watching a recorded demo at 10x the speed is fine for Youtube, but for this course I wanted to ensure that you were able to implement every step I was taking from star
One of the most troubling phenomenon’s you’ll face as an artist is ‘getting better’… Now why do I say troubling?
Well, in the beginning 'getting better' is a very good thing. Most of us all start out on a level playing field where we pay our dues through learning, practice and unrelenting dedication to harness our artistic skill set. But eventually, down the line, it gets to a point where you wonder how much further can you push it. You’re satisfied with the level you’re at
This enraged lady is one of the ‘head variations’ covered in my upcoming ‘How To Draw Women – Females Heads’ course… The main focus in this demonstration was on depicting darker colored hair through the careful balancing of light, shadow and tonal density. Typically this takes a little more time to get looking right because of the added level of rendering and detail used to take the hair down to a darker value. Accurately depicting the forms, volume and layering of the hair u
This gorgeous gal is one of the 3 female head variations I’ve just finished drawing up for my upcoming course. She’s a beauty isn’t she? In this lesson I really wanted to show you a couple different approaches to giving your lady heads a little more uniqueness, while at the same time still using the simple, 3 step building block structure to establish their placement, proportions and rotation. The big take away from this lesson really is learning about how to shade and render
It’s one thing to know how to draw the female head – but it’s another to know how to bring it to LIFE!... And that’s what the latest lesson inside the upcoming “How To Draw Women: Female Heads” Chapter of the "Character Creator Course" is all about (yep, decided to change up the course title a little bit there). In this MASSIVE 6 hour beast of a lesson, you’ll learn how to animate the facial features of your female characters to express a wide range emotions, personality and