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

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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 🙂

It’s Another Line Art Preview :)

Well, although I’d prepared an article for today, I wasn’t quite satisfied with it. So, as a last-minute replacement, I thought that I’d show off some of the “work in progress” line art for several paintings that will be appearing here quite a long time in the future.

Enjoy 🙂

You can click on each piece of line art to see a larger version of it:

“Kitchen Window (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“The Backup System (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“The Solitary Zombie (Line Art)” By C. A.Brown

“The Forgotten Food Court (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“At Midnight (II) (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Taxi Ride (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

“Aberystwyth – Haunting (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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Sorry about this last-minute replacement. Normal articles will resume tomorrow 🙂

The Complete Line Art For My “Video Nasty” Halloween Comic :)

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Well, since I finished posting this year’s Halloween comic recently, I thought that I’d do the usual thing and show off the “Work In Progress” line art for it.

If I remember rightly, there weren’t really that many changes between the art/dialogue in the line art and the final comics (apart from the addition of paint, digital effects etc.. of course.) The largest change is probably a panel on page 11 which was added digitally in the finished comic (and left blank in the line art).

Anyway, here’s the line art 🙂 You can click on each picture to see a larger version if they’re too small to read.

"Video Nasty - Cover (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Cover (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 1 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 1 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 2 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 2 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 3 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 3 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 4 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 4 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 5 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 5 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 6 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 6 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 7 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 7 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 8 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 8 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 9 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 9 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 10 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 10 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Video Nasty - Page 11 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Video Nasty – Page 11 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

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

Unlike some of my previous mini series, there weren’t really that many (if any) significant dialogue or art changes between the line art and the finished comics. The most noticeable is probably the extra speech bubble that was added to the final panel of the third comic (but is missing in the line art).

Likewise, thanks to a foolish decision to go ‘back to basics’ with this mini series, the line art sometimes looks a lot more… spartan …than usual.

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

"Damania Relaxation - Peak Performance (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Relaxation – Peak Performance (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Relaxation - Timeline (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Relaxation – Timeline (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Relaxation - Word (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Relaxation – Word (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Relaxation - 1990s Survival Horror Games (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Relaxation – 1990s Survival Horror Games (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Relaxation - Reactions (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Relaxation – Reactions (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Relaxation - Bloatware (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Relaxation – Bloatware (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

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

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Sorry that it’s a day or two late, but I thought that I’d show off the ‘work in progress’ line art for my “Damania Replicated” webcomic mini series that finished in late July.

This was probably one of the most art-intensive webcomic mini series that I’ve made (which is probably why I won’t be making a comic this month – but there will be at least one short “old-style” mini series in September).

This mini series also required a lot more digital image editing than usual – in fact, you can see where I totally messed up one of the comics (and later had to fill in a very large panel digitally). Plus, there are a few blank spots where digital effects were later added after I’d finished painting.

In terms of dialogue differences between the line art and the finished comic, there aren’t actually that many in this mini series. If I remember rightly, I only had to replace or remove a couple of speech bubbles during post-production editing.

Anyway, here’s the line art 🙂 As usual, you can see a larger version of each picture by clicking on it.

"Damania Replicated - 15 Million (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – 15 Million (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Voice Over (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Voice Over (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Mixed Feelings (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Mixed Feelings (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - In Other News (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – In Other News (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Upgrade (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Upgrade (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Disguised (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Disguised (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Chips (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Chips (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Records (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Records (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Special Forces (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Special Forces (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Signs (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Signs (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Runners (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Runners (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Replicated - Gilded Age (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Replicated – Gilded Age (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

The Complete “Work In Progress” Line Art For My ‘Damania Recovery’ Webcomic Mini Series

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Well, since my ‘Damania Recovery’ webcomic mini series finished recently, I thought that I’d do my usual thing of showing off all of the ‘work in progress’ line art that I scanned whilst making this mini series.

If I remember rightly, apart from a few small dialogue and art corrections [For example, the line art for the last two panels of the first comic mistakenly showed Rox using a smartphone… which is totally out of character for her] , there weren’t that many post-production changes to this comic. Unusually, most of the major changes (to the art, dialogue, panel layouts etc..) took place between my original plans for this comic and the line art that is included in this article.

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 Recovery - Manor (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Recovery – Manor (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Recovery - Late (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Recovery – Late (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Recovery - Process (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Recovery – Process (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Recovery - BYOB (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Recovery – BYOB (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Recovery - Denouement pt.1 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Recovery – Denouement pt.1 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown

"Damania Recovery - Denouement pt.2 (Line Art)" By C. A. Brown

“Damania Recovery – Denouement pt.2 (Line Art)” By C. A. Brown