Today’s Art (9th July 2020)

Well, due to time, hot weather and tiredness reasons, today’s artwork ended up being a fairly small digitally-edited gothic drawing.

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

“The Night Has Only Just Begun” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (4th July 2020)

Well, due to uninspiration and time reasons, today’s digitally-edited drawing ended up being a little bit more random than I’d initially expected it to be.

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

“Cyberpunk Chameleon” By C. A. Brown

Some Very Basic Tips For Making Monochrome Art

Well, for today, I thought that I’d briefly share a few very basic tips for making monochrome art. Although I’ve almost certainly already talked about this ages ago, it’s a topic that I’ve been meaning to return to for a while.

Monochrome art is art that literally uses just two colours (typically black and white). It shouldn’t be confused with greyscale art – which is fairly similar but, like in old films, also includes lots of different shades of grey too. Here’s a comparison between monochrome and greyscale art to show you what I mean:

Monochrome and greyscale art might sound similar, but they look very different.

Making monochrome art requires slightly different skills to making most other types of art. As such, it can be a really fun artistic challenge that can also help to improve any colour artwork that you make too. The main reason for this is that monochrome artwork teaches you how to use shading and the importance of looking at your picture as a whole too.

Shading is important in monochrome art because it is what you will need to use in order to add texture to your picture and to give the impression of grey areas (without actually using any grey). Whilst it is possible to make monochrome artwork without any shading, it doesn’t really look as good.

Here is a quick chart (made in MS Paint. Apologies about the JPEG compression artefacts.) that will show you three of the most basic/common types of shading that are useful when making monochrome art. You can vary the size or intensity of these to create all sorts of different effects.

Hatching, cross-hatching and dots are the three easiest and most common types of shading used in monochrome art.

Monochrome art also requires you to look at your artwork as a whole. Because you can’t differentiate different parts of a picture using colours, you need to pay extra attention to the balance of white, black and shaded areas within your entire picture. Without enough visual contrast, your art can look empty, gloomy or muddled.

A good general rule is that one third of your picture should be shaded, one third should be black and one third should be white. This doesn’t have to be exact, but it is worth aiming for. Here’s a chart to show you what I mean:

Although this picture has slightly more shaded (highlighted in orange) and black (black) areas than white (highlighted in blue) areas, there’s still a good mixture of all three things here.]

In addition to this – if you want to avoid visual confusion, try to make sure that each area of your picture is touching an area that is shaded differently. For example, a heavily-shaded item in a drawing should not be touching another heavily-shaded item (since the two can blur together when viewed from a distance). This creates instant contrast that helps the viewer to know what exactly they are looking at. Here’s a close-up example to show you what I mean.

This chart isn’t perfect, but hopefully it illustrates the importance of making sure you don’t place two identically-shaded areas next to each other.

Apart from these two basic things, making monochrome art isn’t too different from making colour and greyscale art. So, as long as you practice different shading techniques and pay attention to the whole picture, then it isn’t too difficult to make monochrome artwork if you’ve already had a bit of practice with making other types of art.


Sorry for the short article, but I hope that it was useful 🙂

Today’s Art (19th June 2020)

Well, it’s been a while since I last made any cyberpunk art and, although this digitally-edited drawing was originally envisaged as a fairly quick piece of minimalist art, I ended up adding a lot more background detail than I’d planned 🙂

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

“Kiosk” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (15th June 2020)

Well, due to time reasons, today’s artwork was a rather quick digitally-edited drawing. Originally, I’d planned for it to have more of a 1980s cyberpunk kind of look, but it ended up going in more of a 1960s/70s-style direction instead.

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

“Notification” By C. A. Brown