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Southside Comic Fest, Updates and More

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I’ve been lying low online lately as a sort of mini break. I’m mainly writing my next comic, learning to write any comics and figuring out a few of my concerns with my art and my business in making art.

I went to Southside Comic Book Show last Saturday. It was tiny and slow for me and there were mostly toy sellers and seven artists including me: Juan Gomez, Darryl Young, Johnathan Grimm, Donald Mcquay and Edward Sims of Kensai Productions, and Bryant Bell. I sold three comics, but not much else. I mainly sat around and drew Jojo Characters all that day.

As I’m writing my next comic book series, I’m studying up on creative story writing and script writing and I’m realizing how much I actually don’t know or understand about writing stories. I’m daunted by how to put my stupid ideas together and worried that they won’t even be appealing to anyone but me. But that’s why I’m learning this stuff, to get better at writing.

I’m doing tiny work building up my Patreon site. It’s still in a rough state and still hazy on the rewards to give besides making it a digital pull-list, but I’ve experimented with the blog system by show my progress on coloring Incident at the Game Store as I haven’t abandoned that because I want that portfolio work done.

I still feel nervous with my art progress in life, sometimes worrying if I’m in a rut or if I’m just being an impatient worry wart. I still know that I never finish Illustrations in color and my coloring could be improved if I took more time with my digital tools.

I’ve gotten more interested in figuring out inking techniques more, looking to inking artists like Charles Dana Gibson and W.W Denslow to figure out how to get better with texturing with ink. My inking can stand to improve because I keep killing my pencil art with awful thick black lines or lifeless skinny lines with scratchy crosshatching. I have trouble figuring out how to translate gradations of light and shade with just pen and ink.

All of my worries have got me into a funk of depression and fatalistic thinking. I wanted to see about making some kind of change, so grabbing my friends, we placed a day in the week to do some serious exercise schedule to help make my life of drawing, office work and moping less sedentary, more active and to hang out more often. I’m also doing more stuff to reduce my sugar intake, so I can lose that initial fat. It’s a rough go at it because many of my drinks like my coffee and juice and sugared to crap but if I can keep better track of it I can do something better for myself.

Around all of this, I’m preparing for new conventions to go to next year and upcoming conventions to wrap the year up with. This Saturday I’ll be going to Galaxy Comic Book and Fantasy Art Expo for the second time and the day after that I’m going to the Toyz N Cosplay Con for the first time. They’ll be the last of my con stuff for the year, so if you still want to support me, you can buy from my Etsy store or donate to my budding Patreon site.

Author: mastafran42

I'm a freelance cartoonist who has been going at it for several years at this point. I mostly draw cartoons, and comics, so if you need something funny, cool, or expertly done art, I have what you need. If you have any questions, job offers, comments, concerns, complains, or simply wish to say hi, message me!

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