The Art of Ryan Francis

The portfolio website of Ryan Francis


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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 6: Screentones

This was originally going to be in the digital touch ups step of my series of articles of my comic process, but it was getting a bit long, so I broke this into a separate article!

It’s time to utilize Manga Studio to do something personally experimental. I’ll be adding screen tones to give some of my art a grey tone with only black and white dots. I’m mainly working from a tutorial on screentoning from Whyt Manga. Also check out his comic, Apple Black!

In Manga Studio 5 EX there is a Material Tab. It would be in the default UI but if it is not, it can be accessed from Window>Material>Material[Dot]. You will find a variety of textures and screen tones from this tab, and you can make custom ones, which is what I’m doing.

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Northwest Indiana Comic Con 2019

I’ll be at Northwest Indiana Comic Con on Saturday, February 23 at the Halls of St. George in Schererville, Indiana.

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It’s the first time I’ve ever left my home state outside of family trips. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make the journey over to Indiana and see you there!


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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 4: Inking

It’s inking time! Since I’m inking my own art, I blue lined my pages making it faster to get to the inking!

I want to ink this comic with the nibs that I have at hand: a Speedball #513EF Nib, Zebra Manga G nib, and a Speedball #101 Imperial nib.  I still have a holder from my crappy set of Speedball calligraphy nibs. I’m not sure if the holders make that huge of a difference other than being able to hold certain sized nibs, so I wouldn’t know if this it’s any special. I use all of this with a large 16 FlOz Bottle of Blick Black Cat Waterproof India Ink.

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Global Game Jam 2019

Last Weekend, I participated in the Global Game Jam 2019 at Next Door Cafe! with the Indie Game Developers Association in Chicago!

I’m a bit of a yokel, but I love walking through the city. I feel a sense of freedom an adventure, plus it’s a nice change of pace that shook me out of my current rut a little.