Today’s Art ( 24th June 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the fifth (and penultimate) comic in “Damania Retroactive” – a webcomic mini series about time travel (it’ll hopefully be self-contained, but it is also a sequel to this mini series, then this one, then this one, then [sort of] this one and then this one). Yes, I’ve decided to go back to making narrative-based mini series again (in order to stay inspired).

And, this time, Harvey, Roz, Derek and Rox have travelled back to the distant year of… 2017. You can catch up on previous comics in this mini series here: Comic one, Comic two, Comic three, Comic four

But, yes, in case you haven’t read any of these comics before, Rox is something of a fan of the 1990s. In fact, she’s probably somewhat obssessed with it.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Retroactive -Nostalgia” By C. A. Brown

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Today’s Art (23rd June 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the fourth comic in “Damania Retroactive” – a webcomic mini series about time travel (it’ll hopefully be self-contained, but it is also a sequel to this mini series, then this one, then this one, then [sort of] this one and then this one). Yes, I’ve decided to go back to making narrative-based mini series again (in order to stay inspired).

And, this time, Harvey, Roz, Derek and Rox have travelled back to the distant year of… 2017. You can catch up on previous comics in this mini series here: Comic one, Comic two, Comic three

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Retroactive -Double Derek (again)” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (22nd June 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the third comic in “Damania Retroactive” – a webcomic mini series about time travel (it’ll hopefully be self-contained, but it is also a sequel to this mini series, then this one, then this one, then [sort of] this one and then this one). Yes, I’ve decided to go back to making narrative-based mini series again (in order to stay inspired).

And, this time, Harvey, Roz, Derek and Rox have travelled back to the distant year of… 2017. You can catch up on previous comics in this mini series here: Comic one, Comic two

And, yes, this comic was prepared quite far in advance. So, hopefully, the dialogue about the world still being in one piece in the second panel will be accurate when it goes out. Then again, if it isn’t, then no-one is going to be reading this anyway. And that’s how to make timeless comics!

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Retroactive – Duplicity” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (21st June 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the second comic in “Damania Retroactive” – a webcomic mini series about time travel (it’ll hopefully be self-contained, but it is also a sequel to this mini series, then this one, then this one, then [sort of] this one and then this one). Yes, I’ve decided to go back to making narrative-based mini series again (in order to stay inspired).

And, this time, Harvey, Roz, Derek and Rox have travelled back to the distant year of… 2017. You can catch up on previous comics in this mini series here: Comic one

Today’s comic update was kind of an interesting one. Originally, it was going to be one type of satirical comic, but it quickly ended up turning into another type of satirical comic fairly soon after I started making it. But, yes, things tend to go disasterously whenever Derek decides to express himself.

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

[CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE] “Damania Retroactive – Time Troll” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (20th June 2018)

Woo hoo! I am very proud to present the first comic in “Damania Retroactive” – a webcomic mini series about time travel (it’ll hopefully be self-contained, but it is also a sequel to this mini series, then this one, then this one, then [sort of] this one and then this one). Yes, I’ve decided to go back to making narrative-based mini series again (in order to stay inspired).

And, this time, Harvey, Roz, Derek and Rox have travelled back to the distant year of… 2017.

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

“Damania Retroactive – Again” By C. A. Brown

Today’s Art (20th February 2018)

Well, I was feeling a little bit more inspired when I made today’s (very heavily) digitally-edited painting. And I thought that it would be funny to draw someone from the 1990s travelling to the present day and staring at a smartphone with utter bewilderment, whilst everyone else is too distracted by their smartphones to notice a giant time machine appearing. Well, it was funny to me at least…

Although the 1990s grunge fashions in this painting are somewhat stylised, this painting ended up being more 90s than I expected. For example, the colour scheme for the time machine is inspired by the one from “Gadget: Lost In Time” and, like in most of my paintings, all of the digital editing/effects in this painting was done using an image editing program from the (very late) 1990s.

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

“From The 1990s” By C. A. Brown

Three Fascinating “Time Travel”-Based Art Exercises

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Unfortunately, apart from following the normal passage of time, travelling through time is something that is impossible in real terms. Yes, according to Einstein’s theories, if you travelled vast distances every day for several decades, you would be a miniscule fraction of a second ahead of anyone else. But proper movie-style time travel doesn’t exist.

Still, if you are an artist, then there are at least a few thought provoking time-based art exercises that you can do in order to see how time affects the art that you make.

1) Work out the earliest date your art could be made: Although I think I mentioned something vaguely similar in a previous article, this is a really fascinating exercise.

This version of it was inspired by an online discussion I read somewhere about a modern fan-made modification (for the classic computer game “Doom”) called ‘Brutal Doom’. Basically, the creator of the mod had worked out that the earliest time that computer hardware could support his mod was sometime in either 2002 or 2003.

Yes, “Brutal Doom” didn’t exist back then. But, the idea that people in the early 2000s theoretically could have been playing “Brutal Doom” is an absolutely fascinating one.

Naturally, this made me wonder if artists can do anything similar. And, yes, we can!

Take a look at the materials you use to make art. Take a look at the common subject matter of your art. Take a look at the things that inspired your art style. Now work out which years all of these things came from. This should give you an approximate time when someone like you could have made the art that you make.

For example, my art could have been made in the late 1990s. The traditional materials that I use (eg: waterproof ink [albeit in rollerball pen form] and watercolour pencils), existed in the 20th century. My favourite digital image editing program (“Jasc Paint Shop Pro 6”) is from 1999. Likewise, although the version of MS Paint I use is from 2007, I tend to use basic features that probably also existed in previous versions of the program.

Likewise, most of my artistic inspirations come from the 20th century. Even some of my more modern inspirations (like this set of levels for “Doom II”) are often heavily inspired by things from the 1980s and 1990s. The very earliest beginnings of my art style were also inspired by animated TV shows from the 1990s like “Pepper Ann”, “South Park” and “Pokemon” that I watched (or, in the case of “South Park”, really wanted to watch) during my childhood.

So, yes, the earliest time that someone could have produced art very similar to my own is probably sometime in the late 1990s. The idea that my art could have existed back then absolutely fascinates me.

2) Remakes: Yes, as I’ve mentioned countless times before, remaking your old art can be a way to see how much you’ve improved. But, in addition to this, it can also be useful when seeing how the passage of time affects your own art. And when it comes to predicting what your art might look like if it had been made in the past or future.

For example, here’s a small chart showing two versions of the same painting that were made (but not posted here) pretty much exactly a year apart from each other:

Click to see a larger version of this picture. The full-size version of the second painting won't be posted here until the 1st September though.

Click to see a larger version of this picture. The full-size version of the second painting won’t be posted here until the 1st September though.

Doing this yourself and comparing the two pictures will show you how your influences and art style have changed over the past year. This can, of course, make you think about how some of your current artwork might have looked if you had made it a year or two earlier.

Since you’ll be able to notice and categorise the technical differences in the art you made in the past and the art you make today, seeing a comparison of two versions of the same picture from different times will help you to imagine what other pieces of your current artwork would have looked like if you’d made them in the past.

3) Predicting the future:
One easy way to predict what your art might look like in the future is to look at the types of art that really inspire you, but which are way above your current skill level. If you keep practicing, then there’s a good chance that your art might eventually end up looking a bit like a combination of these things.

Yes, developments to your art style can be unpredictable (after all, you don’t know what else might inspire you in the future). But, taking a careful look at what the things that inspire you have in common with each other can be a great way to see how your art might change in the near or distant future.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂