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With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility

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 of a woman, the older, manlier and/or grittier she'll tend to look. It's so much easier to over-detail than it is to hold back and place in only what's needed.

This is kinda what makes drawing women slightly more difficult. Essentially, we're left with less lines to define them, so we have to choose carefully. Every single pencil stroke should count and serve some sort of purpose within the drawing - instead of just being there for the sake of it.

Often times we see the art of those who inspire us lathed in gorgeous detail - so we intuitively think that'll be the key to making our work look just as cool. But a good comic book artist knows how to balance that detail - so that the illustration still looks intricate without visual congestion.

This is definitely a problem I see come up for a lot of artists - myself included at times! So I truly hope this example of what to do, and what not to do as far as details are concerned helps. Remember, less is more ESPECIALLY when drawing female characters.

Are you in line to get your hands on a copy of 'How To Draw Women: Female Heads'? If you're not already, be sure to sign up to the HTDC e-mail list at It's the one sure fire way of making sure you don't miss out on the limited, half price, June release. 📬📧

More previews to come soon! - until then, keep on creating.


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