Today’s Art (17th November 2018)

Well, today’s (very heavily) digitally-edited painting is another memory painting. This one is another painting of Portsdown Hill at night that was based on my memories of seeing it during a car journey a while before I made this painting.

Although I probably didn’t get every precise detail right, and this painting required a lot more digital editing than I expected (including adding some digital lighting effects – here’s a version of the painting with fewer effects), it still looks at least somewhat like my memory does. Plus it also gave me a chance to experiment with some techniques for painting rain in a more “realistic” way.

As usual, this painting (and the version with fewer effects) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“Portsdown Hill Again” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (11th August 2018)

Well, fortunately I had a bit more time and was feeling more inspired when I made this digitally edited painting (which also comes in a non-rainy version too), so it ended up being a lot more detailed than I expected 🙂 Plus, it’s been a while since I made any mid-2000s style cyberpunk art.

As usual, this painting (and the non-rainy version of it too) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“Reflection” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (7th August 2018)

Well, although I’d originally planned to make more of a 1980s/90s-style digitally-edited painting today, the background ended up being somewhat random for time reasons. On the plus side, this painting also has a non-rainy version too.

As usual, this painting (and the rain-less version) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“The Curious Coast” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (14th July 2018)

Thanks to feeling a bit more inspired and a bit less rushed, today’s digitally-edited painting (which also comes in a non-rainy version) turned out at least slightly better than some of my more recent paintings 🙂

As usual, this painting (and the non-rainy version too) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“Devices” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (28th June 2018)

Today’s digitally-edited painting (which also comes in a non-rainy version too) is a modern remake of an old painting of mine from 2016. I’d been meaning to remake this painting for a while, but I only eventually got around to it because I was feeling extremely uninspired.

Surprisingly, the modern remake actually turned out a lot better than I’d expected. Initially, I worried that it’d look worse than the old version from 2016, but I guess that I’ve learnt more about lighting, image editing and drawing than I thought I had.

As usual, this painting (and the non-rainy version too) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“At Midnight (II)” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (16th June 2018)

Well, today’s digitally-edited painting (which also comes in a non-rainy version, because I can’t decide which version I prefer) is another cyberpunk painting. Originally, I’d started making a more elaborate and detailed painting, but this failed. So, I decided to make another cyberpunk painting quickly instead… and, surprisingly, it actually turned out better than my first idea did.

As usual, this painting (and the non-rainy version) is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“Launch” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (4th June 2018)

Woo hoo! There are multiple versions of today’s digitally-edited painting: The line art, the unprocessed version, the rain-free version, the “gothic” version (that is more accurate to the original daydream), the “standard size” letterboxed version and, of course, the final version (at the end of this post).

As you can guess, this painting was one of the most inspired paintings I’ve made in a while. In fact, if you look at the line art, you can see that it quickly ended up overstepping the usual sizing guidelines I draw in my sketchbook.

It was mostly based on a visually-striking moment from daydream I’d had the evening before about what Aberystwyth would have been like during the 1980s (although I used some artistic licence when depicting the promenade). The main musical inspiration for this painting was probably the song/music video for “Promised Land” By Skeletal Family.

As usual, this painting (and all the other versions of it in this post) are released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

“And A Daydream Of The 80s” By C. A. Brown

Multiple Versions Of The Same Character – A Ramble

2017 Artwork multiple character versions article sketch

Well, whilst I was busy making a sci-fi themed webcomic mini series that will appear here in February, I was reminded of a really interesting thing that you can sometimes see in comic, TV shows, movies, books etc… I am, of course, talking about multiple versions of the same character.

I only have time to write about this briefly (since, at the time of writing, I still have to make two comic updates today), but it’s a really fascinating subject. Talking of comics, here’s another preview of my upcoming webcomic mini series:

There's only ten more days before this webcomic mini series begins appearing here..

There’s only ten more days before this webcomic mini series begins appearing here..

One of the cool things about having multiple versions of the same character is that you can use this to show off aspects of your character’s personality that you wouldn’t normally see. This is especially true in storylines involving parallel universes, where the audience can see what would have happened if your character’s history had been changed slightly.

This can also be used to great dramatic effect by making the audience question which version of the character is the “real” version, or even what it truly means to be human. By showing reflections of your own characters, you can also make the audience think about themselves even more.

Another cool thing about multiple versions of the same character is that you can experiment with slightly different visual designs for the same character. At a bare minimum, you need some kind of small visual clue so that the audience can tell which version is which (eg: in the classic “mirror universe” episode of ‘Star Trek’, the evil version of Spock has a goatee). But, if you want to, you can totally redesign how your character looks.

Of course, one of the best ways to use multiple versions of the same character is in the comedy genre. There is nothing funnier than watching a character quite literally have an argument with himself or herself.

Numerous hilarious examples of this can be found in a classic (and modern) TV series called “Red Dwarf“. Plus, since both versions of the character know each other really well, this also allows for more creatively amusing conversations between them.

Multiple versions of the same character are also perfect for the horror genre too, for the simple reason that they tap into what Sigmund Freud called “The Uncanny“. In a nutshell, this is the sense of creepiness that we feel when something is both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time.

To use a famous example, it’s why a “realistic” humanoid robot creeps us out (since it’s body language etc.. isn’t quite right) and why a more robot-like robot doesn’t creep us out.

In addition to this, multiple versions of the same character can also be used in the horror genre to show the difference between a character’s public and private persona. The classic example is, of course, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde“.

But a far more sophisticated, and infinitely creepier, version can be found in a Satoshi Kon movie called “Perfect Blue“. In this movie, a pop star retires from her musical career, only to find that the ‘celebrity’ version of herself is still posting things online….

There’s probably a lot more that could be said but, at the time of writing, I still have comic updates to make. So, sorry about the short article.

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Anyway, I hope that this was interesting 🙂