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 time I’ve spent in the trenches developing a course I felt would truly be worthy.
I’ve said this before, but it’s somewhat surreal to watch the visual evolution of your art change so rapidly and consistently. The female head studies I was demoing when I began putting this course together looked downright primitive compared to the gorgeous gal you see before you here. No one would have noticed as much as I did, or even cared probably but it was hard for me to ever be satisfied with my output. A curse many artists alike no doubt deal with.
No kidding, for me to get back as on track as I am now with “How To Draw Women: Female Heads”, it took me pretty much a year to trial, test, fail and rework my approach to how this course would best serve the students it was meant to help. It wasn’t revised just once, twice or even three times…
In fact in all honesty I’ve completely lost track of how many times I’ve restarted “How To Draw Women: Female Heads”.
Those around me told me again and again to just ‘do it, and get it out’; to ‘Follow through’ this time or that time. And I’d cave every time to my own self-criticism, I just had to go back and rehash it all.
The reason for this irrational perfectionism was that I’ve always been the type of guy to conquer every challenge I feel has ever held me back. This course was inevitably going to be a massive learning experience for me – so it wasn’t just worth putting 1000% in for the sake of those who would eventually buy the course, but also for the teacher I could become and the kind of courses I’d be able to create in the future.
I don’t know what bar it was that I was measuring myself against. I searched for some standard I could compare ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’ to, but the truth was everything else was just missing what I wanted this course to be able to give. Searching ‘how to draw female heads’ into Google or Youtube was certainly not an inspiring exercise and I knew anything I put out would be beneficial in some way due to my previous experiences as an artist and teacher - yet I couldn’t shake this insane expectation I had on myself to deliver far more than that.
You know what the punch line is though? What the real kicker was? Now things have come full circle. I went on this epic journey of self-discovery and development as an artist and a teacher, and now it feels like I’ve come back home with a new found wisdom that could only have been gained by following the path I went down.
I came back to the ‘Figure Drawing Foundations: Proportions’ course which was released over a year ago now and asked myself what made it work so well? Why was there such a need to go out and try all these other approaches that were harder, more stressful and honestly just took the fun out of the entire process of developing a killer how-to course?
Then it clicked for me. The majority of ‘Figure Drawing Foundations: Proportions’ was all scripted and combo’d together with great illustrations that I had a ton of fun creating. Yeah it was hard – but I was proud of it, and I had no doubt in my mind it was going to benefit a ton of aspiring comic artists. I had absolute faith in that course, and it seemed like such a contrast to how I was feeling about ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’.
For some reason I thought it was going to be easier to just riff the dialogue while I drew… A two birds with one stone kinda deal. But my brain doesn’t work like that. It never has. I’ve always been a deep focused dude, honing in on specific, singular tasks and giving them my full attention. Simultaneously trying to logically articulate the words I wanted to say, and trying to be creative at the same time with my drawing demonstrations was just short-circuiting my brain.
So I’ve gone back to the scripting now and I’m thoroughly enjoying the act of composing it with the knowledge I wanted to get packed away into this course. I’m relishing the act of uninterrupted creativity as I draw out the demo’s that will later be voiced over. This compartmentalized development of each component the ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’ course consists of has made working on it so much more fulfilling. I’ve got my spark back and most importantly I’ve got absolute faith in this course now; that’s it going to truly help the people I’m making it for and give them real results.
Which brings me to why I’m kinda reluctant about sharing this illustration. It feels like I’ve given you a glimpse into this course so many times now, only to back track and start again… and again… and again. And I guess I don’t want to jinx myself by saying it.
But I honestly believe this is it folks! After a year of research and development – I feel like we’ve finally reached the final form this course is gonna take. It’s perfect form if you will! The course of its production is now predictable with nothing left up to chance. It’s all coming together and as I said before, I couldn’t be prouder of what’s already been accomplished.
I’m sure it won’t be without its hiccups. But there’s a game plan now. None of us are impervious to mistakes and missteps regardless of our past experiences and wisdom gained. We’re still human and those mistakes are inevitable. But damn, am I thankful for them. Because despite the fact that maybe I should have just followed through and got this course done and out months and months ago… I know that holding off, and learning from those mistakes is what will make this course as incredible as it’s gonna be.
If you’ve been following the development of ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’ for this long, I just want to thank you for your incredible patience. I’m terrible with deadlines and don’t tend to rush products out. But if I can’t promise you a release date, I can promise you this – that the quality you’ll get in this course once it’s in your hands will make the extraordinary wait worth it. I intend for this course to be a classic, just like the proportions course, not a one hit wonder.
Speaking of release dates though, I’m going to give a ball park estimate of June. Seems like a long way away, but it’s a safe bet and I’m confident that ‘How To Draw Women: Female Heads’ will be more than ready to go by then. And you can bet there will be an e-book as well as heaps of bonus content to boot for the high-rollers.
I’m going to be putting out more updates for “How To Draw Women: Female Heads” now that the final version is actually underway – so expect more updates coming your way real soon!
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the pic. Hope you like her! Let me know what-cha think, I’m hangin’ to hear your thoughts. -Clayton