Today’s Art (18th September 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the third comic in “Damania Reconnected”, a six part narrative webcomic mini series. Although this mini series can be read on it’s own, it also follows on from the events of this mini series and this one. You can catch up on previous episodes of this mini series here: Comic One, Comic Two

Many more comics featuring these characters can also be found on this page.

And, yes, even though this comic isn’t actually set in England (since the setting is loosely based on Aberystwyth), there’s something amusingly quaint about the night watchmen of old England(who were later made obsolete by the invention of the police in the 19th century) which seemed too amusing not to include.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Reconnected – Watchman” By C. A. Brown

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Today’s Art (17th September 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the second comic in “Damania Reconnected”, a six part narrative webcomic mini series. Although this mini series can be read on it’s own, it also follows on from the events of this mini series and this one. You can catch up on previous episodes of this mini series here: Comic One

Many more comics featuring these characters can also be found on this page.

And, yes, I know that Rox would need a Game Boy Advance (rather than an original Game Boy) in order to play “Doom II” during a power cut. But, well, artistic licence.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Reconnected – Hurly Burly” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (16th September 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the first comic in “Damania Reconnected”, a six part narrative webcomic mini series. Although this mini series can be read on it’s own, it also follows on from the events of this mini series and this one. Many more comics featuring these characters can also be found on this page.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Reconnected – Return” By C. A. Brown

When To Wait For Inspiration (And When Not To) – A Ramble

Well, since I’m busy making this month’s webcomic mini series (which will be a stand-alone mini series that also follows on from the events of this mini series) at the time of writing, I thought that I’d talk about when to wait for inspiration (and when not to).

But, first, here’s a preview of the first update from the new mini series which will start appearing here tonight:

Stay tuned for the full comic update this evening 🙂

Although I’ve written before about how waiting for inspiration can reduce your creativity, there are circumstances where it can come in handy.

The trick is to either set yourself a deadline and/or have some kind of backup plan for what to make if you don’t feel inspired. Basically, if you know that you are going to make something in the near future regardless of how inspired you feel, then waiting for inspiration can actually be useful.

The trick here is to see waiting for inspiration as a chance to improve something you’re already going to make rather than something that is absolutely necessary in order to create anything. In other words, getting a moment of inspiration before you start your next project should be a bonus rather than a requirement.

But, it is very important to set time limits to stop yourself waiting for months or years, instead of days or weeks. Plus, if you know that you are going to make something before a specific time, then this shifts your focus towards searching for ideas and being attentive for any moments of inspiration rather than the tedium of just waiting and waiting for a good idea to finally appear in your mind.

Likewise, having a backup plan (even a mediocre one) for your next comic, story etc… means that the stakes are slightly lower. It means that, even if inspiration doesn’t arrive, it isn’t the end of the world because you can still make something. This takes a lot of the pressure off of you and this can help to put you in a better frame of mind for having moments of creative inspiration.

To give you an example of all of this in practice, the webcomic mini series I’m making at the moment was something I’d initially dreaded making. I realised that I had to make a comic for this month, but I just didn’t have the enthusiasm or energy for it.

But, I knew that I was going to make one within the next few days (after all, I’d set myself an informal time limit). Then, that afternoon, I happened to see a parody of “Star Trek” on the internet. And, shrugging, I thought “A ‘Star Trek’ parody is as good an idea as any“. So, I started making a rough plan:

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] This is an extract from the rough plan for a “Star Trek” parody comic I’d planned to make for the next instalment of my long-running occasional webcomic.

So, I started to plan out a six-page parody comic where my characters travel forward in time and get mistaken for the inhabitants of a desert planet by a visiting spaceship. But, the planet turns out to be the barren post-apocalyptic ruins of Earth in the distant future and Derek gets blamed for destroying the planet (after foolishly claiming to be the leader of it).

But, before he can be put on trial, he gets let off because one of the other characters mentions that they’re from the 21st century. The spaceship captain has a geeky obsession with the 21st century. So, the captain shows them his collection of 21st century artefacts but Roz and Rox end up looking at books/films that haven’t been released yet, causing a rift in the space-time continuum that….. Yeah, it wasn’t the best idea ever.

But, it was an idea. It now meant that I didn’t have to worry about not having an idea for a webcomic mini series. Still, since I had a few days, I decided to wait and see if a better idea would turn up. And, the next day, there was a power cut in the early evening. Needless to say, this seemed like a much more amusing source of inspiration for a comic. And, to my surprise, I’d planned and started the mini series the day afterwards.

So, the lesson here is that it’s ok to wait for inspiration if you also have a deadline and/or a backup idea (in case inspiration doesn’t appear). But don’t rely on waiting for inspiration if you don’t have either of these things.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂

The Complete “Work In Progress” Line Art For My “Damania Doodle” Webcomic Mini Series

Well, as usual, I thought that I’d show off the “Work In Progress” line art for my recent “Damania Doodle” webcomic mini series.

Although this mini series consisted of a series of six monochrome digitally-edited drawings, I used this scanned line art as a basis for the digital elements of each comic.

Although there are a few small dialogue and/or art changes between the line art and the finished comics, they’re mostly fairly similar to each other.

You can click on each piece of line art to see a larger version of it. Anyway, enjoy 🙂

“Damania Doodle – Office (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Practice (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Latest (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Recycling (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Left Behind (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Off Peak (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Damania Doodle” – All Six Episodes Of The New Webcomic Mini Series By C. A. Brown

Well, in case you missed any of it, I thought that I’d collect all six comic updates from my recent “Damania Doodle” webcomic mini series in one easy-to-read post. You can also find lots of other comics featuring these characters on this page too.

This mini series was kind of a strange one. Basically, during the days leading up to it (and during some parts of making it), I was fairly busy with other stuff. But, I was determined to post some comics here this month – even if the idea of making a “proper” mini series seemed a little bit too much.

So, after abandoning the idea of making a series of parodies of historical paintings (featuring the main characters from my webcomic), I settled on the idea of making six single-panel monochrome comics. Although these are non-canonical filler comics (of varying quality), some of them turned out reasonably well.

As usual, all six comic updates are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence. You can also click on each comic update to see a larger version of it too.

“Damania Doodle – Office” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Practice” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Latest” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Recycling” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Left Behind” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Doodle – Off Peak” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (26th August 2018)

Here’s the sixth (and final) comic in my “Damania Doodle” webcomic mini series. Don’t worry if you missed any of it, I’ll be posting a full retrospective here later tonight. In the meantime, you can find lots of other comics featuring these characters on this page.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Doodle – Off Peak” By C. A. Brown