The Complete “Work In Progress” Line Art For My “Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018)” Webcomic Mini Series

Well, I thought that I’d do my usual thing and show off the “work in progress” line art for my recent “Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018)” webcomic mini series. Plus, if you missed the link to the line art for yesterday’s Christmas cartoon, then you can also see it here.

Anyway, due to the slightly rushed/busy production schedule for this mini series, the dialogue/art changes between the line art and the finished comics in this mini series just consist of small mistakes that were corrected in the finished comics.

The most significant change in this mini series happened between the planning and line art stages for the second comic (“Cycle”). Basically, in my original plan, the dialogue/punchline in the final two panels was fairly similar to this old comic – so, I made some last minute changes before I made the line art.

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

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018) – Tradition (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018) – Cycle (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018) – Clogged (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018) – Slow (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018) – Ahead (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2018) – Jump (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

Well, since my “Damania Revisited” webcomic mini series finished recently, I thought that I’d do my usual thing and show off some scans of the ‘work in progress’ line art from when I was making the comic.

If I remember rightly, there weren’t that many art/dialogue changes between the line art and the finished comics. This was mostly because most of the changes took place during the planning stage (since these comics are remakes of old comics from 2012/13). Although there are a couple of parts where I made small mistakes with the line art and corrected them in the finished comics.

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

“Damania Revisited – Youtube & Copypasta (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revisited – Newsagent (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revisited – Dark Electric & Evil Cyborg (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revisited – Trolls (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revisited – 11:11 (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revisited – Haunted (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

Well, as usual, I thought that I’d show off the “work in progress” line art for my latest webcomic mini series.

If I remember rightly, there were slightly more dialogue changes between the line art and the finished comics than usual in this mini series. Most of these changes can be seen (in a scribbled-out form) in the “late night TV” comic, mostly because I’d originally planned to include comments about censorship and “British prudishness” (which I changed to “old-fashioned prudishness” in the finished comic since it seemed a little odd/redundant in context).

The third comic also had a dialogue change too. Originally, I’d planned to show Derek ranting about political criticism of videogames (in a troll-like fashion) but I was worried that, if people hadn’t seen the series before, they might not understand the characters or that it was satire. So, in the finished comic, I changed this dialogue to cartoon-like symbolic profanity (eg: &*%$!! etc..).

Likewise, the last comic in this mini series contains a scribbled-out line of dialogue (which originally read “Nonsense, I’m sure the government…”, I think).

As usual, you can click on each piece of line art to see a larger version of it if it’s too small to read here.

“Damania Resurfaced- Utopia (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurfaced- Late Night TV (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurfaced- History (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurfaced- Second Thoughts (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurfaced- Portable (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Resurfaced- Future (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

Oh Joy! It’s Another Line Art Preview

Well, once again, I realised that I wasn’t quite satisfied with the article I’d planned to post today. So, like earlier this month, I thought that I’d post some of the “work in progress” line art for some of next year’s paintings instead.

And, yes, these are all realistic landscape paintings – this is mostly because, due to time reasons, quite a few of the paintings that will appear here during at least the first few months of next year will be realistic landscapes based on photos I’ve taken (and, yes, this is actually quicker than painting from imagination, if you can believe it).

Anyway, enjoy 🙂

“Titchfield Abbey – Gothic (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Petersfield – Alleyway (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Tipner Lake- Stairs (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“East Meon – Church Tower (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

The Complete “Work In Progress” Line Art For My “Wordless Comics” Webcomic Mini Series

Well, as usual, I thought that I’d provide the “work in progress” line art for my latest webcomic mini series. This one was a bit different to most of my comics, since I decided to try making a series with new characters that didn’t include any dialogue.

This series was surprisingly art-intensive, although the line art for it isn’t technically wordless (since I left notes on the line art for myself about what to do when finishing the comics).

Two major differences between the line art and the finished comics are that the line art for the first comic is missing two panels (since I was able to repurpose the first two panels using image editing software to save time). In the first comic, the “daydream” panel also has more background detail in the line art too.

Likewise, the “right-wing monster” in the second panel of the second comic has a rather evil-looking toothbrush moustache in the line art than he doesn’t have in the final comic (I altered this in the final comic because I thought that it was too obvious and/or too cynical). Likewise, the line art also contains a lot of extra background detail in two panels that I removed in the final comic (to give it more of a “horror movie” type atmosphere). There are probably at least a few other small changes that I can’t remember too.

You can click on each piece of line art in order to see a larger version of it.

“Wordless Comics – Red Dress (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Wordless Comics – Look Both Ways (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Wordless Comics – L’Enfer C’est Les Autres (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Wordless Comics – The Whole Town To Myself (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Wordless Comics – Just Add Imagination (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

Well, since my “Damania Refracted” webcomic mini series finished a couple of days ago, I thought that I’d do my usual thing and show off the “work in progress” line art that I scanned whilst making it.

If I remember rightly, there weren’t that many major dialogue/art changes between the line art and the finished comics. The bulk of the changes happened in the fifth comic (“Unrealistic”), mostly because the original narration was too long-winded or badly-written and required extensive editing after I finished and scanned the comic.

As usual, you can click on each piece of line art to see a larger version of it. Enjoy 🙂

“Damania Refracted – Luddite (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Refracted – Greatest Hits (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Refracted – Daytime TV (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Refracted – Movile Cave (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Refracted – Unrealistic (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Refracted – Old Horror Games Rule (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

Well, as usual, I thought that I’d provide the “work in progress” line art for my recent “Damania Relection” webcomic mini series.

Surprisingly, there were hardly any major dialogue/art changes between the line art and the finished comics (the only one I can think of is the final panel of the first comic). This was mostly because, unlike some of my comics, I planned these ones a lot more extensively before making them.

Anyway, here’s the line art. Enjoy 🙂 As usual, you can click on each piece of line art to see a larger version of it.

“Damania Reflection – Gamer Anxiety (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Reflection – Project (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Reflection – Music (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Reflection – Mind, Body & Spirit (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Reflection – Timelines (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Reflection – Attention Span (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Work In Progress” Line Art For My “Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017)” Webcomic Mini Series

Well, since my Christmas webcomic mini series finished recently, I thought that I’d do my usual thing of showing off the “work in progress” line art that I scanned whilst making it.

If I remember rightly, there weren’t that many major changes between the line art and the finished comics (I added a MS Paint snowman to the final version of “Spirit” and there were some very minor art changes to “Display”).

Anyway, here’s the line art. You can click on each piece of line art to see a much larger (and more readable) version.

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017) – Novelty (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017) – Spirit (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017) – Movies (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017) – Display (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017) – Carols (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania – A Cynical Christmas (2017) – Sales (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

Well, since my “Damania Revitalised” webcomic mini series finished recently, I thought that I’d do the usual thing of showing off the “work in progress” line art that I scanned whilst making it.

Unlike some of my other webcomic mini series, there weren’t really that many major art/dialogue changes between the line art and the finished comics. The most notable one is probably in the “Marathons” comic, where the dialogue in the final panel differs slightly between the line art and the finished comic. Plus, in the “International” comic, Roz says “gunpowder” instead of “fireworks” when answering one of Harvey’s crossword questions.

As usual, you can click on each piece of line art to see a larger version of it, since it’s probably too small to read otherwise.

“Damania Revitalised – Timeless (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revitalised – Ahead (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revitalised – Marathons (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revitalised – Tribute (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revitalised – International (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Damania Revitalised – Wavegate (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

Three Reasons Why It’s A Good Idea To Keep (And Show Off) Copies Of Your Line Art

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First of all, if you’re puzzled about what “line art” is, it’s just the underlying black & white drawing for any piece of traditional or digital cartoon art. It’s the stage between the initial pencil sketch and the addition of paint or coloured pencil. It looks a bit like this:

 This is the line art for a 1990s-style painting that will appear here in late December. As usual, I've altered the brightness/contrast levels in this image for the sake of clarity.

This is the line art for a 1990s-style painting that will appear here in late December. As usual, I’ve altered the brightness/contrast levels in this image for the sake of clarity.

Whilst I don’t keep a scan of the line art for literally every piece of art that I make, I tend to keep a copy of it for all of my webcomic updates and for any of my paintings that impress me enough to think “I should keep a copy of the line art for this“.

So, why should you keep copies of some or all of your line art and why should you show it off if you post art online?

1) It’s educational: Showing off your line art can help other artists who are still learning how to draw. Seeing the basic underlying drawing, without the distraction of paint or digital effects means that less experienced artists can get a clearer idea of how you made a particular painting or drawing. It means that it’s easier for less experienced artists to learn (through private copying) any of the basic techniques that you’ve used.

Likewise, seeing the basic line art for a painting or comic can reassure less experienced artists because it shows them that fancy art supplies don’t matter. Line art shows less experienced artists that drawing skills (rather than expensive art supplies) are the foundation for many works of art. At the end of the day, if a line drawing looks good enough, then it would still look good even if the artist used a cheap ballpoint pen or a basic graphics program like MS Paint.

Likewise, seeing how artists have covered up mistakes in their line art can reassure inexperienced artists by showing them that it’s ok to make mistakes. All artists make mistakes. What matters is either covering mistakes up well or, even more importantly, actually finishing the painting.

So, if you’re interested in helping out less experienced artists and/or allowing people to be inspired by your works, then showing off your line art every now and then can be a great way to do this.

2) Deleted scenes: If you’re making a webcomic the old-fashioned way and you know how to use image editing software, then there’s a good chance that you’re going to use image editing software to improve your comics after you’ve scanned them. This might involve things like covering up mistakes in the artwork, improving the dialogue etc.. It might also involve slight changes to the story of your comics too.

So, keeping scans of the original line art can be a great way to show your audience the “deleted scenes” in your webcomics. As well as being a nifty piece of bonus content, it’s also a good way to give your audience some small insight into the creative process. For example, here’s the ending to a webcomic mini series of mine from earlier this year:

"Damania Retrofuturistic - Back In Time" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Retrofuturistic – Back In Time” By C. A. Brown

Now, here’s the line art for this comic (from this post):

"Damania Retrofuturistic - Back In Time (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Retrofuturistic – Back In Time (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

As you can see, the second panel includes some slightly different dialogue. I ended up changing this in the final comic because it sounded too convoluted and silly. In fact, you might even be able to see where I’ve crossed out the words “a tin whistle” and just included the words “a whistle” instead. So, yes, I was still learning how to write snappy dialogue back then. Again, all artists make mistakes.

3) Filler content: Ok, I’ve mentioned two reasons why keeping and showing off line art can be good for your audience. But, what can it do for you? Well, if you post art or comics online regularly, then keeping a stock of line art can be a great way to find last-minute filler content.

If you need to post something and you’re extremely busy and/or uninspired, or if you need to replace an upcoming blog post in a hurry, then line art is the perfect filler content. It can be posted quickly (since you’ve already made it) and it looks visually interesting enough that your audience is more likely to forgive the filler content. Plus, if you make your art far in advance of publication, you can also use line art-based filler content to give your audience previews of your upcoming work.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂