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I couldn’t help it… I had to give you another peak at this lovely lass, (don’t tell her I said that – she HATES being called lovely… or lass 😶)

Here you’re looking at E’s alternate costume variation as well as a couple zoomed in head shots from various angles…

This part of the process was where I really got to define the shape and subtle nuances of E’s facial features, as well as figure out how her groovy hairdo would look from different points of view.

I’ve always found the character concepting process particularly special, because it’s the point at which you as the creator really begin to get to know your character.

You’ve got to get up close and personal, and figure out how they’re going to appear from every facet.

This is especially true and mandatory when it comes to creating characters for comics.

Despite the amount of time I’ve spent drawing over the years, I still feel as though I’m learning and developing more with every new piece of art work.

And I’ve got to say I’m really proud of E and the way she’s turned out. I’ve captured the exact look I wanted for her.

With every new piece of work, I feel as though I get to know my artistic self a little better, my confidence shining through in my style and the line work itself!

For those who just came in… E is the bad-ass deva design I’ll be featuring in Part 1 of the new ‘Comic Book Character Creator Course’ coming soon from HTDC. It’ll feature 3 character designs all up, and come included in the full Comic Book Creator Course.

So far I’ve racked up upwards of 6 hours of content for the Comic Book Character Creator Course, where I’ve recorded every step I’ve taken to draft, design and refine E for you here.

Not only does this new training cover Penciling, Inking and Coloring – I’ll also show you an in-depth look at my approach to design and my creative thought process.

Tonight… I’m putting down the stylus for a while and venturing into the beginning of some very long and intensive narration sessions.

I’ve already done about 6 videos mind you… all of which I’m happy to say have come out top notch. In fact they barely required any editing at all once I’d properly switched into voice over mode.

Making that switch is harder than it sounds... believe me!

So. If you’re looking at E here, and you’re scratching your head as to exactly what it took to create her – leave your questions in the comments below!

That way I can address them directly in the course for you and make sure all bases are covered.

Finally, before I go – jump on the e-mail list at if you’re not already.

I’ll be sending out exclusive previews of the course to my subscribers so they can send me their feedback. So if you’d like an early-bird look at what’s in store just make sure you're on the list when I send it out.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you like her! I can’t wait to show you how she looks once she’s all colored up. :D


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Are you stumped when it comes to drawing beards? 😵

I hear ya!... For a long time I was also perplexed when it came to depicting facial hair on my comic book characters.

What really got me was the shading!

I had so much trouble trying to render my beards in a way that looked correct, and gave volume to their overall shape and style.

Eventually I learned a few tricks to get my beards looking nice and bushy – and I’d like to share some of them with you here today.

Over the course of this 2 hour + Comic Art lesson, I’ll show you my step by step approach to constructing the basic shape and style of three different beards.

You’ll learn the entire process for defining your beards as I show you how to render each clump of facial hair to achieve a layered effect that describes them with mass and volume.

I’ll also explain the advanced principles of rendering and how they come into play when creating a variety of colors and tone for your character’s facial hair.

I hope you enjoy this comic art Tutorial and that you get a ton of value out of it.


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How time flies. ⏰

It’s been over 4 years now, and it still feels like yesterday when I first launched How to Draw Comics . NET…

Since then the community surrounding it has flourished into an entire network of aspiring creators seeking to conquer the art of Comics.

If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt you’re already part of it.

What you might not know is, almost half of our fellow Comic Artisans have never been given the opportunity to interact with and see one another’s work.

That’s because our community has always been separated across multiple networks – the HTDC Facebook group, The Virtual Comic Art Classroom and our Google Plus Community.

Until now…

I’m excited to announce the launch of HTDC’s very own Comic Art Community Forum! :D

Now every member within our entire network, including you, can come together and share their art work, insights, and get valuable feedback all from the convenience of one central hub.

With a core focus on learning and developing your Comic Art skills, you’re now able to sign up and log in to How to Draw Comics . NET where you’ll be able to create your profile and begin posting your art work immediately.

There are over 8000 people currently within the HTDC network, and it’s growing every day.

Together we've created one of the largest communities of Comic Artisans actively seeking to push themselves to new heights, as well as helping their Comic Art Comrades do the same.

And I hope you’ll join us -

Did I mention it’s all totally free?

On a final note - I’d just like to say that I’m truly proud of the community we have built together over the years.

There has always been a true sense of comradery over ego; a sense of humbleness and yearning to learn more.

And I can say in all honesty that I’ve never been part of such a nurturing community of talented artists.

This is the reason I’ve decided to create a place to finally bring all of us together, for us to learn, and share our art work.

Now go sign up, introduce yourself and start posting art! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.


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You might have noticed I’ve been a bit AWOL lately. But never without good reason, I can assure you! Usually, when I drop off the face of the Earth for a while it’s because I’ve been hard at work…

And here’s what I’ve got to show for it…

‘E’ – she’s got attitude, she’s got sass and a nasty right-hook. She is also the ass-kicking vixen starring in my next Course - Comic Book Character Creator - coming soon from HTDC.

Now if you were to dye E’s hair teal… you might notice an uncanny likeness to the ever mesmerizing Miss E…

What can I say? The lady I love is also my muse. In fact, E is a tribute to her – Throughout these last two years Erika has been a pillar of support and a well of encouragement in helping me to make all that it can be.

Gushy romance aside – 'E' is the first of 3 Comic Book Character Designs you’ll get to see me create throughout this series, as you learn my step by step methods for designing, penciling, inking and coloring your Comic Book Characters from start to finish.

Each of these training packages holds 5-6 hours of fully narrated content where you’ll see the entire creation process unfold before your eyes, as I explain every facet of my Comic Art Workflow.

What I haven’t mentioned yet, is that the Comic Book Character Creation series is actually part of a much larger Comic Creator Course coming out much later in the year – Where I’ll be taking E here and placing her into a sequential Comic Book spanning 6 full color pages.

But – I don’t want to get into too much detail on that just yet.

For now, I wanted to share E with you here because I’d really love your feedback! I want to include as much valuable content into this volume of Comic Art training as possible. And the best way to ensure that is to ask you…

“What would you like to see covered in the first part of the Comic Book Character Creator Course?”

Post your questions and suggestions in the comments below and I’ll add them to the list of topics we’ll be getting into throughout this in-depth training.

I hope you like her! She was an absolute gem to work on and I can’t wait to jump onto the colors. I’ll have more updates coming your way soon.


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Copious amounts of coffee, 3 rendering attempts and one very late night later – I’m excited to finally present to you ‘How To Draw Girls In High Heels’:

In this in-depth Comic Art Tutorial, you’re going to learn how to accentuate the feminine essence and sex appeal of your female Comic Book Characters by incorporating High Heels into their costume design.

I’ll explain, in detail, how and why wearing High Heels can cause your female characters to appear more desirable and how they adjust the anatomy of a woman physically to enhance her overall visual appeal.

This lesson has been put together a little differently compared to the previous ones I’ve put out. For starters not one bit of this is scripted. Nada! I’m riffing free-flow the whole way through. It’s as if you’re right there in the class room as I teach you all of this stuff LIVE!

So for the most part you’ll be drawing in your sketchbook with me throughout the entire process, as you watch me demonstrate and explain my approach to drawing High Heels from beginning to end.

I must warn you though, this tut is not for the faint of heart – it’s a whopping 1 hour, 40 minute long intensive training sesh that’s going to teach you how to break the high heel down into 3 basic forms that you can easily redraw from almost any angle you can think of.

The great thing about these High Heel forms is that once you practice them a few times over, you’ll be able to draw the High Heeled foot of a woman from a variety of dynamic perspectives.

Best of all you’re going to get an inside look into my very simple method for drawing female legs – from the front, side AND back! – I don’t skip over a thing.

You’ll literally be able to sit there with your sketchbook and follow along with me every step of the way – ultimately ending up with your own flashy High Heels drawn up on the page right there in front of you.

My aim here is to give you real results and to ensure you’ve got a handle on drawing High Heels by the time the lesson is over. So after you’ve gone through the tutorial – send in your work at and let me know how it’s benefitted you.

I hope you enjoy it – thanks for watching and keep on creating!

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Confession time… I’m HORRIBLE at meeting deadlines… Give me a list of things to do and I’ll do them all eventually. When I get round to doing them is a different story.

The High Heels Tutorial I’ve been working on for the last week or so for example, was supposed to be out days ago.

And the tutorial itself is already finished, but I wanted to add in some additional illustrations to help drive home a few of the key points I wanted to make throughout the video.

Also, I wanted an excuse to include some bonus eye candy.

Phew… anyway! I’ve just finished up the inks for this ass-kickin minx. I really wanted to create something special for the Tutorial Thumbnail on Youtube - and this it - plus she’s featured at the beginning of the into so it was totally worth the extra time and effort to draw her up.

I loved the direction I took on the cyber-punk costume this time around.

It might be a little racey for some; but I that smooth sci-fi style combined with the punk/goth aesthetic comes together to give the character a slick, sexy, Aeon Flux type appeal.

Yep, it’s not at all practical – but she’ll dazzle the onlookers without a doubt.

Given I drew up this character purely from my imagination; she required a little tweaking throughout the creation process.

Almost everything from her booty, boobs and arms, to the size of her head was adjusted, erased, and re-adjusted. And I don’t think there’s any shame in that.

The creation process is rarely smooth sailing from beginning to end. To beat yourself up for having to re-jig a drawing every now and then is just not something you gotta do, because the truth is even the pros screw up from time to time.

That’s all part of the fun! Drawing is just one of those crafts that keeps us challenged, and thank goodness it does otherwise we’d all grow bored of it otherwise.

I hope you like her! She was an awesome character to work on and though there were a few obstacles along the way, I enjoyed every moment of it.

I’ve actually recorded a time-lapse of this illustration and all the other characters I’ve drawn up for the tutorial – and honestly, I’ve racked up such a huge library of video demos now that are just sitting there on my hard drive – I’m actually thinking of releasing them as monthly packs on Gumroad or something.

Let me know what your thoughts are on that, I’d love to know what you think and whether or not it might be something you’re interested in.

Thanks for reading – and remember to sign up here: – so that I can send a link straight to your e-mail inbox to the High Heels Tutorial as soon as it’s uploaded to the Tube. Should be up in a couple of hours. :)


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I couldn’t help myself… I had to whip up one more piece of eye candy for my soon to be released ‘How to Draw High Heels’ Tutorial.

Thought I’d give you a peak at her in progress before I begin on the inks. The pose, anatomy and design of the outfit is all down and ready to go – the only catch is I didn’t use any reference photos for this one.

So if you see anything that looks odd or just a bit off with her pose, anatomy or the overall composition – let me know! Hard to be sure how an illustration is coming together when all you’ve got to compare it to is your imagination.

Hope you like her – I’ll post the finished product later today.

As soon as this lovely lady is done and dusted – I’ll be slipping her into the High Heels Tutorial and rendering it out!

So if you don’t want to miss it – make sure you’ve subscribed to my mailing list at: – and I’ll notify you as soon as it’s published.


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Here’s a quick break down of the last, High Heeled deva I’ve whipped up for my upcoming tutorial on drawing High Heels.

I must have had Ghost in the Shell on my mind while designing her costume I think. But I do love the way she’s turned. In fact I think she’s probably my favorite out of the 3.

As you can see, I started out very simple – focusing on getting down the general placement, pose and proportions of the figure. I try to capture as much rhythm in the gesture as possible so that her pose doesn’t look too stiff or contrived.

Next I articulated her anatomy and sculpted out some of the key costume elements such as her jacket, gun belt, and gloves. At this point, I play around a bit with different shapes that could make for an interesting design – unique but also appealing.

Then finally I inked right over the top of the design draft, refining her line work with subtle line weights and rendering.

I find that when it comes to drawing female Comic Book characters, less is more as far as detail is concerned. If I accidentally go overboard on the rendering, what can tend to happen is that the character starts to look dirty, gritty and kinda old – which is totally fine if that’s the look you’re going for.

But in this case I wanted a clean, sci-fi finish.

Now – speaking of the design aspects of the character, something that comes up a lot is the practicality of crime fighting super-heroines who kick ass in heels…

Let’s not forget – that heels are highly dangerous on their own. I for one certainly wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a high heel kick to the head.

Of course – in reality these things are damn hard to walk in. So in terms of agility and fast movements, it’s not quite physically feasible.

But when it comes to Comics, my personal opinion is that as far as physical feasibility and practicality go, you can bend the rules a bit to boost the visual appeal of your characters…

Wonder Woman kicks ass in high heels perfectly fine… and Superman sure knows how to handle the badies despite that bright red cape getting in the way.

Comics are a stylized visual narrative, designed to excite and amaze us from panel to panel. So when it comes to designing your characters – don’t be afraid to make them look sexy and spectacular – even if that does mean sacrificing realism.

The High Heels Tutorial will be coming to you tomorrow! So make sure you’re on the HTDC e-mail list so you get to see it as soon as it’s published. Go here now to sign up:

Hope you enjoy the pic!

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Just wrapped up on the inks for this sword wielding, high heel wearing, Bowie haired punk!

She’s featured in my up-coming ‘How to Draw High Heels Tutorial’ - as an example of how Heels can be used to give your female comic book characters an attractive edge.

‘How to Draw High Heels’ will be out TOMORROW – If you don’t want to miss it, sign up here: - and I’ll send it straight to your inbox once it’s published.


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1 high heeled hotty inked up – 2 to go!

She’ll be featured in my up-coming “How to Draw High Heels” Tutorial as a prime example of how heels can help accentuate the sex appeal of your female Comic Book Characters.

The tutorial will be out in the next day or so, so make sure you’re on the mailing list at if you don’t want to miss it!


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