Today’s Art (18th January 2021)

Well, this was an attempt at making a more “traditional”-style (eg: without an underlying ink drawing) digitally-edited painting and it is based on this photo I took from the passenger seat during a car journey (somewhere in the Meon Valley, I think) last January.

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

“Random Road – Haze” by C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (7th July 2018)

Well, after trying to make a digitally-edited painting and finding that (thanks to the hot weather) I felt so unethusiastic about it that I just didn’t see myself actually finishing it, I decided to make a piece of random digital art instead. This also gave me a chance to experiment with a couple of different digital techniques too.

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

“And Something Digital” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (17th January 2015)

Well, I’ve decided to go back to making original (non-fan art) paintings and I’m really proud of how this painting turned (even though it required some digital editing).

I’m not sure whether I’ll start another art series or whether I’ll just go back to making random paintings for a while.

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

"Shuffle" By C. A. Brown

“Shuffle” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (28th September 2014)

Well, originally I was going to paint a 1980s/1990s-style scene of a tourist exploring either a Venice-like city or a seaside resort in Cornwall. But, since I really can’t paint bright pictures, the weather in it soon became a lot..gloomier. I also ended up digitally editing this picture a lot more than usual after I’d scanned it too.

Since this painting will have probably been posted on DeviantART a few days ago, I’ll provide the original lineart for it as a blog exclusive.

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

"Scattered Showers" By C. A. Brown

“Scattered Showers” By C. A. Brown

And here’s the lineart:

"Scattered Showers (Lineart)" By C. A. Brown

“Scattered Showers (Lineart)” By C. A. Brown

The Joy Of…. Gloomy Art

2014 Artwork Gloomy Art article sketch

As regular readers of this blog and/or my DeviantART gallery will know, I like to make gloomy art. No, that’s not true. I love making gloomy art.

Probably at least two-thirds of my drawings and paintings either take place at night, during gloomy weather or (my personal favourite) at sunset. Hell, I even made a comic series in 2013 which took place entirely at night:

Wow! THIS is a blast from the past...

Wow! THIS is a blast from the past…

On the uncommon occasions that I make brighter paintings, they often just seem like they’re… well… missing something.

For want of a better description, they just kind of seem pale, bland, “flat” and boring. To me at least, my brighter art doesn’t really quite feel as “artistic” as my gloomier paintings and drawings.

See what I mean!  ("The Old Path" By C. A. Brown)

See what I mean!
(“The Old Path” By C. A. Brown)

In a way, I guess that gloom and darkness are a kind of artistic “shortcut” for making something atmospheric and dramatic. Not only that, I tend to be something of a night owl (if not completely nocturnal) who prefers colder weather – so gloom, rain and darkness seems a lot more “friendly” and “normal” to me than they might do for many other people.

The other cool thing about making darker paintings is that they allow me to explore the contrast between light and darkness (and play with these things) much more effectively than in brighter paintings.

For example, if I paint a glowing cube or a neon light, then it’s going to stand out a lot more in a gloomy painting than it does in a bright painting. Likewise, bright colours stand out a lot more against a dark background too. Like this:

"EP" By C. A. Brown

“EP” By C. A. Brown

But, of course, not all artists are interested in making gloomy art. In fact, many of the world’s most famous paintings are all fairly bright and are mostly set during the day. I can’t remember where I read or heard this but, according to some survey or other, most people see the ideal form of art as being a primarily pale blue, green and nature-based painting.

This is probably just me, but I can’t quite understand the thought processes that go into producing nothing but bright art. I personally can’t quite understand the enthusiasm behind producing this kind of art.

Sure, if I think that a bright background works best for a particular painting, then I’ll include it – but it always feels very slightly weird when I do this:

"Time Travel" By C. A. Brown

“Time Travel” By C. A. Brown

And, in a way, I guess that this whole subject is something that it often overlooked when people talk about their own art styles. After all, your preferred brightness levels for your art are as much a part of your art style as, say, the way that you draw faces.

And, if you’re fully aware of whether you prefer painting brighter or gloomier art, then you can use this fact to your advantage when you are feeling uninspired.

If, for example, you know that you absolutely thrive when you’re making gloomier art then you can easily decide that your next painting will be gloomy. Yes, you might still not know exactly what to paint but, at the very least, you’ll now have a very general idea of what your next painting will look like.


Sorry that this article was so short, but I hope it was interesting 🙂

Today’s Art ( 19th October 2013)

Wow, I’m really proud of today’s drawings 🙂 “The Lost Temple” ended up being a lot gloomier and more atmospheric than I expected and “Cold City Night” was originally just going to be a bland sci-fi cityscape until I decided to give it a vaguely surreal “film noir”-style look instead.

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

"The Lost Temple" By C. A. Brown

“The Lost Temple” By C. A. Brown

"Cold City Night" By C. A. Brown

“Cold City Night” By C. A. Brown