Today’s Art (30th September 2016)

Well, since I was kind of uninspired, I just drew a random character and then started doodling. This digitally-edited cyberpunk drawing/ B&W painting quickly emerged after about half an hour or so.

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

"Cyberpunk Doodle" By C. A. Brown

“Cyberpunk Doodle” By C. A. Brown

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Top Ten Articles – September 2016

2016 Artwork Top Ten Articles September

Well, it’s the end of the month and this means that it’s time for me to compile a list of links to what I consider to be the ten best articles about making art, making comics and/or writing fiction that I’ve posted here this month (plus a couple of honourable mentions too).

All in all, I quite like how many of this month’s articles turned out, although there were slightly more rushed articles and/or rambling articles than usual though.

Anyway, here are the lists 🙂

Top Ten Articles – September 2016

– “Five Retro-Futuristic Ways To Turn Your Photos, Memories And/Or Observations Into Cyberpunk Art
– “Which Decade Does Your Art Style Come From? – A Ramble
– “Four Ways To Handle Uninspiration-Based Webcomic Hiatuses (If You Make Webcomics)
– “Four Ways To Avoid Webcomic Jealousy
– “Four Reasons Why Some Webcomics Are “Non-Canonical
– “How To Invent New Genres
– “Three Important Things To Remember When Adding Diaries To Your Comics Or Fiction
– “The Joy Of… New Things In Old Styles
– “Sensory Overload In Cyberpunk Art- A Ramble (With An Art Preview)
– “Musical Subcultures, Belonging And Art – A Ramble

Honourable Mentions:

– “Fandom As Continuing A Tradition – A Ramble
– “The Joy Of… Old Newspaper Cartoons

Today’s Art (29th September 2016)

Well, it’s been quite a while since I made any “Doom II” fan art, so I thought that I’d make some for today. Originally, this was going to be a more “serious” and “dramatic” painting, but as soon as I drew the first Cacodemon in the background, it quickly went in a sillier and more whimsical direction. However, I seem to be terrible at drawing Pain Elementals.

And, yes, the little picture on the sign is a “Brutal Doom” reference (although I have fairly neutral opinions about this mod, the death animation that plays when you get eaten by a Cacodemon is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a computer game).

Since this is fan art, this painting will NOT be released under a Creative Commons licence of any kind.

"Fan Art- Doom II - Flying Monsters" By C. A. Brown

“Fan Art- Doom II – Flying Monsters” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Work In Progress” Line Art For My “Cyberpunk Places” Art Series :)

2016 Artwork Cyberpunk Places lineart article sketch

As regular readers of this site will probably know, I recently finished posting a series of 1980s-style cyberpunk paintings of real locations. Anyway, when I was making these paintings, I made sure to make a scan of the line art for each picture before I started painting.

So, I thought that I’d show you what all of these paintings looked like before any paint was added to them. But, if you missed the series, here are links to all seven paintings (all seven of which are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence):

Cyberpunkwharf” by C. A. Brown
Aberystwyth – Cyberpunk Coast” By C. A. Brown
Cyberpunk 2001 (Milton Keynes)” By C. A. Brown
Cyberpunk Berlin” By C. A. Brown
The Sandown Wastelands” By C. A. Brown
Portsdown Hill Cyberpunk” By C. A. Brown
Cyberpunk Chichester” By C. A. Brown

Anyway, here’s the line art for these seven paintings. Enjoy 🙂

"Cyberpunkwharf (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Cyberpunkwharf (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Aberystwyth - Cyberpunk Coast ( Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Cyberpunk Coast ( Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Cyberpunk 2001 (Milton Keynes) (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Cyberpunk 2001 (Milton Keynes) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Cyberpunk Berlin (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Cyberpunk Berlin (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"The Sandown Wastelands (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“The Sandown Wastelands (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Portsdown Hill Cyberpunk (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Portsdown Hill Cyberpunk (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Cyberpunk Chichester (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Cyberpunk Chichester (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂

Locations In Comics – A Ramble

2016 Artwork Comics and worldbuilding

Although I seem to be taking a break from actually making comics at the moment, I got back into reading them again recently. In particular, I ended up digging up all of my old “Simpsons” trade paperbacks and have been re-reading them. And, yes, “The Simpsons” exists in comic form and – sometimes – these comics can actually be better than the TV show.

1990s/ early-mid 2000s nostalgia and amusing jokes aside, one of the reasons why these comics are so fascinating is that they give you a more in-depth look at the “world” of the TV show. Because comics can be read at a slower pace than a TV show can be watched, you can take a closer look at the background details. And, because of this, there are often a lot more amusing background details than you would find in the TV show.

So, for today, I thought that I’d talk very briefly about worldbuilding in comics. I’ll also be showing some re-runs of my old comics because, well, it’s the least I could do since my webcomic series has been on hiatus this month (but will return for another mini series on the fifth of October).

Surprisingly worldbuilding is something that I actually seem to have neglected when making many of my comics. Most of my comics from this year (some of which can be read here, here, here, here and here) are “newspaper comic”-style webcomics. I tended to make these comics fairly quickly and, as such, didn’t really have time to create much of a detailed “world” in the backgrounds.

Yes, there are a few recurring locations, such as Roz & Derek’s living room:

"Damania Returns - Mythological" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Returns – Mythological” By C. A. Brown

Or the town’s cinema:

"Damania Resurrected - Detectives" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurrected – Detectives” By C. A. Brown

Or Rox’s apartment:

"Damania Redux - Was Better In 1998" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Redux – Was Better In 1998” By C. A. Brown

Or Harvey’s office:

"Damania Restricted - Not Quite Hipsters" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Restricted – Not Quite Hipsters” By C. A. Brown

Or the corridor of the flat that the four characters live in:

"Damania Resurgence - New Game" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurgence – New Game” By C. A. Brown

But, for the most part, the background and “world” of my more recent comics is shown in the same level of detail that you might expect to see in a low-budget animated TV show. Since thinking of my comic as a sitcom was one of the things that I use to get motivated, this is one explanation. But this was also mostly done for time reasons, and it is also a byproduct of the fact that these comics were at least partially inspired by daily newspaper comics.

If you look at most syndicated newspaper comics, the focus is usually on the dialogue rather than the backgrounds. Because of their daily format, the writer and/or artist can’t take much time to make detailed backgrounds. In fact, many syndicated newspaper comics will actually use plain backgrounds at every available opportunity.

And, yet, good worldbuilding can make a comic about three times more interesting. Having a consistent and detailed “world” in the background of a comic can make the difference between someone reading a comic for amusement and someone returning to a comic again and again because they want to revisit somewhere reassuringly familiar.

So, I guess that what I’m trying to say here is that if you want to immerse your readers in your comic, then creating a consistent and detailed “world” that your comic takes place in is a good thing to do. “The Simpsons” has a bit of an advantage here, since it is (mostly) set within a single town and because it has existed for over two decades, but it is a perfect example of good worldbuilding in comics (and TV shows).

But, if you don’t have the time to do this, then a good substitute can be to include a few recurring locations. Yes, it doesn’t come close to the level of immersive detail that can be found in more developed comics, but it is probably better than the blank backgrounds that appear in a lot of syndicated comics.

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Sorry for the fairly short and basic article, but I hope that it was interesting 🙂

Today’s Art (27th September 2016)

Well, this is the last painting in my “cyberpunk landscapes” series. This digitally-edited 1980s-style cyberpunk painting was based on this drawing from last year (which, in turn was based on a photo of part of Chichester high street as seen through one of the arches of Chichester Cross that my parents took around Christmas 2014).

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

"Cyberpunk Chichester" By C. A. Brown

“Cyberpunk Chichester” By C. A. Brown