More Random Pages From My Sketchbooks

Yay! More stuff from the vault!

Yay! More stuff from the vault!

Well, since I couldn’t think of a good idea for an article for today – I thought that I’d show you all some cool stuff from my sketchbooks :)

If you want to see more stuff from my sketchbooks, then it can be found here.

Anyway, most of this is old stuff from 2013 and it includes a “never seen before” political “Damania” comic which I thought was too controversial to publish at the time (it’s both anti-conservative and anti-liberal) as well as unseen plans for some of the comics that I made last year too.

I’ll also include a couple of more recent pages from my sketchbooks too. Enjoy :)

These are some plans for a chapter of my old "Stories" comic from last year.

These are some plans for a chapter of my old “Stories” comic from last year.

Yes, this is a "Damania" comic that I thought was too political (or at least too cynical about politics - at least in the UK)

Yes, this is a “Damania” comic that I thought was too political (or at least too cynical about politics – at least in the UK)

This is both the second page and the plans for the second page of my old "Anachrony II" comic from last year.

This is both the second page and the plans for the second page of my old “Anachrony II” comic from last year.

More old comic planning from 2013. Sorry about the censorship, I'm never quite sure whether I can say "F***" on this site (or show any cleavage) without getting a "Mature Content" rating.

More old comic planning from 2013. Sorry about the censorship, I’m never quite sure whether I can say “F***” on this site (or show any cleavage) without getting a “Mature Content” rating.

This is another page from 2013. Wow! I can't believe that it's been over two years since I made my original "Observation" drawing.

This is another page from 2013. Wow! I can’t believe that it’s been over two years since I made my original “Observation” drawing.

These are some of the preliminary sketches for my "Ed And The Owls" painting from July.

These are some of the preliminary sketches for my “Ed And The Owls” painting from July.

These are some random doodles I made in May this year.

These are some random doodles I made in May this year.

This was a preliminary sketch for the illustrated extract from Poe's "The Raven" that I posted earlier this year.

This was a preliminary sketch for the illustrated extract from Poe’s “The Raven” that I posted earlier this year.

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Hopefully, I’ll write a real article for tomorrow, but I hope that this glimpse into my sketchbooks was interesting :)

Today’s Art (5th September 2014)

Well, since I was looking through some of my old sketchbooks a few weeks ago for an upcoming sketchbook-based post, I found a page from my old “Anachrony II” comic from 2013 (it’s a prequel/spin-off to my “Damania” comic). So, I decided to re-draw/paint it and see what it looked like in my current art style.

[Note: In case anyone is puzzled, the dialogue in this version of the redrawing is very slightly different from the one posted on DeviantART about a week and a half ago. This is mainly because there has been a lot of stuff in the news about beheadings recently and I worried that an exact copy of the original dialogue in this redrawing (that I made back in July) may be misinterpreted as a crass joke about recent events.

So, I changed the dialogue slightly to clarify the historical context of the random factoid that Derek mentions in the first panel (which was inspired by something I read in a "Horrible Histories" book when I was a kid about someone in Revolutionary France blinking after they were guillotined).

Sorry about this censorship, one of the problems about making art so far in advance of publication is that sometimes the world can take a step backwards and things that were previously firmly confined to distant history can unexpectedly end up becoming a barbaric part of the present day.]

Still, I’ll provide an unaltered copy of the original page from 2013 for comparison too.

As usual, these two comic pages are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Anachrony II - Page Redrawing (Edited)" By C. A. Brown

“Anachrony II – Page Redrawing (Edited)” By C. A. Brown

And here’s the original page from 2013:

"Anachrony II - Page 2" By C. A. Brown [6th April 2013]

“Anachrony II – Page 2″ By C. A. Brown [6th April 2013]

Today’s Comic and Art (8th March 2014)

Although I have no plans to go back to making regular “Damania” comics, I thought that I’d see what one of these comics looked like when they were painted using watercolour pencils. I’ll also post a random picture that I painted a couple of days earlier too.

As usual, this comic and painting are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Damania - Horror Elitism" By C. A. Brown

“Damania – Horror Elitism” By C. A. Brown

As I said earlier, “Damania – Horror Elitism” was basically just an experiment with making one of these comics using watercolour pencils. This comic took a lot longer to produce than I expected, not to mention that Derek is absolutely terribly drawn in the first panel too.

And, yes, for the record – slasher movies are about the most boring, un-scary, predictable, formulaic and just downright generic type of horror movie in existence.

Ironically, most of the genuinely scary horror movies out there are actually modern ones. With a few exceptions (eg: “Event Horizon” and the remake of “House On Haunted Hill” from the 90s), horror really doesn’t age that well.

"Random Forest" By C. A. Brown

“Random Forest” By C. A. Brown

Random Forest” was a small painting I painted a few days earlier. It’s ok, but it ended up being kind of generic though.

Woo hoo! “Damania” is now on Youtube :)

2014 Artwork Damania TV intro titlescreen

Well, although I have no plans to make any “Damania” comics in the near future, I have been experimenting with animation recently and I made two animated “trailers” for this comic.

Anyway, since I’m also experimenting with Windows Movie Maker, I thought that I’d dust off my old Youtube account and put them on there (I’ll embed both videos here too).

Anyway, the first “trailer” is more upbeat and the second one is slightly gloomier and more gothic.

Enjoy :)

(If the embedded video doesn’t work, these videos can also be found here and here)

Merry Christmas 2013 :)

Well, since it’s the 25th December, I thought that I’d wish you all a merry Christmas (or Festivus/Kwanzaa/ belated Winter Solstice/ even more belated Hannukah/ very belated Easter etc…) :)

Anyway, here’s this year’s “Damania” Christmas picture :)

"Merry Christmas 2013" By C. A. Brown

“Merry Christmas 2013″ By C. A. Brown



(As usual, this picture is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.)

Anyway, have a great day :)

(Ps: Regular posts will resume tomorrow)

Postponed Comic: “Damania – The Great Wave”

(Note: This was originally going to have been published a month ago [and it was drawn a couple of weeks earlier], but it didn’t really seem appropriate to publish it then due to various storms in the news at the time)

"Damania - The Great Wave" By C. A. Brown

“Damania – The Great Wave” By C. A. Brown

Damania – The Great Wave” was originally inspired by this rather dramatic footage of a storm hitting the coast in Aberystwyth (an amazing town in Wales which is one of the inspirations for the setting of “Damania”). Anyway, it made me think of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” and 19th century Japanese art in general. Originally, the octopus was going to be holding a bouquet of flowers but this seemed like too much of an obvious reference to Hokusai’s infamous “fisherman’s wife” picture.

Today’s “Damania” Comic and Screenshots (5th December 2013)

[Note: I usually make this these posts a while in advance, so I forgot to mention that "Damania" will go on a brief hiatus for the next week or so (and there will be 'normal' art posts instead), but "Damania" will return in a slightly different form....]

Well, I still don’t seem to be feeling hugely artistic at the moment (and I still seem to be more fascinated with computer games than usual too). So, for today, there’s a “Damania” Comic I made a while ago as well as some frames and screenshots from a fairly short “Damania” – themed ‘game’ I made when I was messing around with the free version of an excellent program called “Adventure Maker“.

This program is extremely intuitive and easy to use (and there’s no programming in it :) You just literally add hotspots to still images and that’s it ), but the full version and commercial versions seem slightly expensive by my current standards ( $69 USD and $139 USD respectively).

I’m not sure if I’m going to release the screenshots under a Creative Commons licence, but the comic is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

"Damania - Seems To Be Going Downhill These Days" By C. A. Brown

“Damania – Seems To Be Going Downhill These Days” By C. A. Brown

Damania – Seems To Be Going Downhill These Days” is another cynical, and fairly cliched, “Damania” comic about modern FPS games. I kind of had writer’s block when I made it and the title is a cynical comment about the quality of this comic.

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Selected “Damania” game project screenshots and frames:

Unfortunately, the cursor isn’t visible in the screenshots, but you can expand them to read the text (which actually contains a bit of backstory too…)

The title screen for my random project/experiment.

The title screen for my random project/experiment.

The character selection screen [Only Roz was playable in the short "Demo" I made]

The character selection screen [Only Roz was playable in the short "Demo" I made]

2013 Damania Game Screenshot 1

Fun fact: Derek is watching a TV show called "Celebrity 'Help! I'm In A Blender!' "

Fun fact: Derek is watching a TV show called “Celebrity ‘Help! I’m In A Blender!’ “

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Fun fact: If you walk to the edge of this room, you'll be sucked into the cold void of space and be treated to a rather gruesome (for a "Damania" comic at least)"Game Over" screen.

Fun fact: If you walk to the edge of this room, you’ll be sucked into the cold void of space and be treated to a rather gruesome (for a “Damania” comic at least)”Game Over” screen.

2013 Damania game screenshot 5