The Art of Ryan Francis

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How to build a Portfolio

A portfolio is a gallery of your work that you’ll show to people to demonstrate your artwork whether it’s in a book or online. It’s a reflection of the type of art you do and what art you want to be hired to do. Some could argue that a portfolio also represents what kind of person you are.

If you’re an artist and you want to get paid making art for people, you’ll need a portfolio to tell people that yes, you’re an artist and your services are for sale.

Visual art portfolios vary depending on the art job that you want but these are some universal tips to making a portfolio in general

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Stickers and Statuses

I ordered a small sample of stickers from Sticker Mule. They’re pretty nice and I want to order a larger pack from them again.

My coloring stuff has slowed down due to commissions and things that I need to do at hand. It’s still in the back burner and I’m gotten too far into it to stop it, but I need to make priorities.

Other good news, is that I was interviewed by the Lockport Legend when I was at Comicopolis two weeks ago! They might be going out of style but it’s still cool to be published in a newspaper!

I think I might get back to my coloring stuff soon but I’ll let you know later!


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My Time at Comicopolis 2019

I went to Comicopolis 2019 last weekend and I had a real good time! It’s been a while between cons sk I’m happyto get back in that groove and tell people about my stuff!

I was surprisingly busy chatting with the attendees and my table neighbors, Mandy Madrox and Jamie Patrick about making art and stuff!

I managed to get some pictures of some cool cosplay of characters rare and well-known! I dig smaller cons since you can see some talented locals eaiser than goimg to a crowded event like C2E2.

I also knocked out some commissions! I got a behind them due to getting busy selling stuff, but I managed. Despite only being two commissions, these are the most commissions I’ve done for anyone so far and I wanted to do my best with them. If you want a commission too, you’re free to message me!

If you missed me or missed out on buying comics from me, you can still go to my Etsy Store and buy physical or digital copies of Shirley’s Day, Incident at the Game Store or my 2019 Printed Sketchbook!

The next convention I’ll be attending is Indiana Comic Con with Chris Scott at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on August 30the to September 1st!


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Ryan Francis Sketchbook 2019

My first print sketchbook is up for sale on my Etsy store for $1 plus shipping!

It’s a 12-page black and white compilation of sketch artwork by me over the 2018 and 2019 years. Print books courtesy of Ka-Blam Printing!

This book contains a sample of character sketches, ink illustrations, and commentary by the artist. It’s a good low price item to support me in my efforts to make good art!

If you want it personally signed by me, I’ll be debuting my print sketchbook at Comicopolis in the White Oak Public Library in Lockport, IL this coming Saturday, July 27!

I’ll also be selling Shirley’s Day and Incident at the Game Store as well as commissions!


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How to Find Conventions

I do my best to attend as many conventions as I can to showcase and sell my artwork. I also do my best to help many of my other artist friends to find cons as well. It’s to a point where one of my friends thinks I’m some kind of con-finding super wizard. It’s not hard to find conventions and events, it mostly just a lot of time to spend outside of actually making artwork. This article is a few of my methods of finding comic cons and events so that I don’t have to answer as many repeat questions.

Go to Conventions

In order to find conventions, you’d need to go to conventions. It’s where people go to enjoy the things they like after all! There’s usually a convention for everything, comics, anime, tabletop gaming, books, fishing, cars, guns, tattoos, flowers, restaurants, and much more!

When you go to a convention, you meet like-minded people who like the things that you like, and you’ll probably meet people who were involved in the making of the things you love, whether they did the artwork, performed the acting, helped find the talents, published the media to people, or just simply being a superfan and chatting about it to everyone they meet.

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7/8/2019 News and Updates

There isn’t much new that I can really talk about at the moment.

If you’ve been following my updates on my Twitter and Instagram, I’m currently hard at work coloring Incident at the Game Store. I’ll be making an indepth coloring article like all of my other comic making tutorials so stay tuned for news on that front!

I’m also preparing from my next two upcoming cons, Comicopolis on July 27th and Indiana Comic Con on August 30th.