Today’s Art (17th April 2018)

Woo hoo! It’s the 17th April and this means that it’s time to remake the same picture that I’ve remade every year since I decided to start practicing art daily. You can see previous versions of the picture here: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017.

It’s strange to think that a silly little cartoon I drew six years ago about the well-known joke that pretty much anything will run “Doom” turned into such a major life-shaping moment for me.

And, in keeping with the theme, this year’s cartoon is a topical comic about how some really cool-looking modern “Doom II” WADs (especially those designed to use “GZ Doom”) have system requirements that are way too high! Seriously, the whole point of classic “Doom” is that it’s meant to be able to run on anything! It’s meant to be free from the exclusionary “must have the absolutely latest tech” BS that plagues modern triple-A gaming. But, well, I could ramble for ages about this. So, here’s the latest version of the picture. Enjoy 🙂

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

“The Important Question (VII)” By C. A. Brown

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Today’s Art (20th March 2018)

Well, I thought that I’d try something a bit different for this month’s webcomic mini series. Unlike most of my comics, the self-contained updates in this new mini series won’t feature my regular cast of characters. You can catch up on previous updates here: “Red Dress

This was mostly because I found that I was running out of inspiration/enthusiasm during the previous mini series and, rather than taking another 1-2 month+ comics hiatus (and due to worries about repeating the great comics drought of ’14), I decided to try another, more experimental, project…

Wordless comics! Comics without words! Silent comics! At the time of writing, I don’t know how long this mini series will be or how well it will turn out. But, I’m optimistic.

Well, I make these comics quite far in advance. And I made this one a couple of weeks before the 2017 UK general election, so it pretty much made itself! And, yes, it was both cathartic and great fun to make (even if I ended up toning it down a little bit whilst editing it closer to publication). It’s kind of meant to be a comic about how both the modern left and the modern right seem to have a disturbing amount of authoritarian tendencies these days.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Wordless Comics – Look Both Ways” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (7th March 2018)

Today’s artwork ended up being another idea-based one. It was inspired by listening to an old episode of Dr. Aleks Krotoski’s “The Digital Human” BBC radio show which was about anger and the internet. This, of course, reminded me of what a miserable, rage-filled era we seem to live in today (eg: in the media, and across the political spectrum) and I just had to make some cynical/satirical art about it.

Surprisingly, this picture ended up being a digitally-edited drawing rather than a painting. I’m still not quite sure why I decided to do this, but it was probably because I wanted to focus more on drawing than painting.

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

“The Age Of Rage” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (5th January 2018)

Woo hoo! This is the punk painting that I’d originally planned to make yesterday. It was originally inspired by some punk collage art I’d seen on the internet (eg: the cover to Green Day’s “Insomniac” etc..). And I’d originally planned for this to be an apolitical painting that resembled old 1990s American punk album covers.

But, well, as soon as I started sketching it, it went in a much more “traditional” British punk -style direction and ended up being about ten times more political and cynical than I expected. But, damn, was it fun to make 🙂 And, yes, I’m surprised that it’s taken me this long to include caricatures of both Boris Johnson (on what I imagine would be a British version of a 1990s Offspring album cover) and Donald Trump in the same painting.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Punk Montage” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (1st December 2017)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the fifth comic in my “Damania Revitalised” webcomic mini series. At the time of writing, I’m not sure how long this mini series will be (at a guess, probably six comics). But, it’s been a while since my last mini series, so I thought that I’d make a new one. You can catch up on previous comics in this mini series here: Comic One, Comic Two, Comic Three, Comic Four

Links to lots of other mini series featuring these characters can be found in the ‘2016’ and ‘2017’ segments of this page.

This comic ended up being a lot more political than I’d originally intended. Originally, I’d planned to make a comic about “Hygge” (and, yes, I know that “cosy” isn’t a very good translation) and other trends, like adult colouring books.

But, then, I felt like making a comic about all sorts of cool things originally from abroad that have made Britain a much better place. So, it ended up turning into a comic about how utterly stupid nationalism is (and, to a lesser extent, restrictive “liberal” ideas about ‘cultural appropriation’ too).

Because, without Indian-inspired food, Chinese-inspired food, Mexican food, Italian food, German-style Christmas markets, tea from India/China, coffee from South America, Latin/French/Greek/Arabic/Indian etc.. derived words in the English language, American movies, some American TV shows, beers/wines/spirits from around the world etc… Britain would be a really dull and miserable place!

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Revitalised – International” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art ( 7th October 2017)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the fourth comic in “Damania Resized”, a new webcomic mini series (with extra panels!) 🙂 Plus, in case you missed it, here’s the first comic, the second comic and the third comic.

If you’re interested, you can find links to lots of my other comics here).

This comic ended up being a little bit more political than I’d expected. It was inspired by the fact that I’d re-watched “Robocop 3” earlier that day (after first seeing it on second-hand VHS when I was about fourteen). One of the things that really surprised me was just how liberal it was, and (most of the time) in the best possible way too. Almost all of the “liberal” parts of the film are just subtle, integral elements of what makes the film what it is. It’s a refreshingly normal film, and the kind of thing that modern Hollywood probably wouldn’t make.

But, yes, 1990s pop culture was a lot more liberal in many ways (back in the days when being liberal was a laid-back attitude, rather than a set of rigid jargon-filled political dogmas that must be followed [on Twitter] religiously). I’m just annoyed that I didn’t have room in this comic for “Star Trek: The Next Generation/Voyager/DS9”, “Babylon 5”, “Urban Chaos“, “Bits“, “Bugs“, “The Longest Journey“, “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air“, “The Sandman” etc…

Note: Unlike the previous comics in this mini series, this comic update is NOT released under a Creative Commons licence of any kind (since it features characters from modern culture. Albeit in the context of parody, cultural criticism etc..).

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Resized - Progressive" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Resized – Progressive” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (4th September 2017)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the second comic in my ‘back to basics’ “Damania Relaxation” webcomic mini series. If you missed the ‘old-school’ mini series (where every comic was self-contained), then you’re in luck!

If you want to catch up on other old-style mini series, or check out some of the more recent story-based ones, links to them all can be found here. You can also check out previous comics in this mini series here: One

As regular readers probably know, I make these comics ages in advance. So, I made this one in 2016 – which really did feel like the beginning of a “dystopian alternate timeline” sub-plot in a sci-fi series. And, yes, I’m terrible at drawing Nigel Farage too.

As usual, this comic update (but not yesterday’s one!) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] "Damania Relaxation - Timeline" By C. A. Brown

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Relaxation – Timeline” By C. A. Brown