The Art of Ryan Francis

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Ryan's Recomended Fonts


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Ryan’s Recommended Fonts

I find a majority of my fonts from Blambot, Comicraft, and Da Font. I also use resources like Font Meme and Art of the Title and various comic covers to look up fonts from existing logos and advertisements. For examples of how I use it, check out my article on lettering Incident at the Game Store!

This is a tiny list of fonts that I like and recommend making their first comics with.

Back Issues BB – It’s another nice starter font for dialogue in comics that I’ve used in my comics.

Damn Noisy Kids BB – This is a good starter sound effect font with big letters. I used this in Incident at the Game Store and Shirley’s Day.

Torn Asunder BB – This another good starter sound effect font with no serifs it looks like a good “organic” sounds.

Mumble Grumble – This is a font I never knew I would need until I found it! This is great for putting unreadable text or dialogue to fill out a drawing of a book page in comic or unintelligible speaking.

Pottymouth BB – This font is good for those cartoony cursing images. It’s nice for a quick censorship in case you get reprimanded in the editing process for the bad language.

Pixelated – If you need to write something in pixels this is a font that I like.

WhoopAss BB – This is slowly starting to be my big default design font for all of my promotional stuff. It’s super thick and legible and it’s decent looking.

This is but a small list of fonts you can use to letter your comics, but if you want more of a handmade feel, you can learn lettering and calligraphy for yourself, or use Calligraphr or Font Lab to create your own fonts! If you have anymore places to download or make fonts and lettering, drop a comment and share with everyone!


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Incident at the Game Store Releases Today!

After waiting with bated breath, my comic prints have finally arrived and I can officially announce that Incident At The Game Store is now for sale on my Etsy store for $3.00 and a digital version for $1.00!

As with buying a physical copy of Shirley’s Day, you can get it personally signed and sketched by me!

If you want to support me as an artist but don’t want a printed comic, you have the option of tipping me on my new Ko-Fi page!

All of my comics were printed by Ka-Blam Digital Printing. They take a while to get done but they’re still a decent way to get started printing your own self-published comics and I’ll still recommend them.

If you want to check out my process if making this comic exist, look through my archives of articles on making Incident at the Game Store.

Please look forward to my next project soon!

New Affiliations


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A New Affiliation

I’m now an affiliate for Dick Blick Art Supplies and Utrecht Art Supplies. It’s another way you can support me and my work outside of buying comics from my Etsy store or commissioning art from me.

As an artist, I buy art supplies from Blick stores in the Chicagoland area often and I do what I can to write articles about the tools and supplies I used to make my traditional art and comics, so that anyone else who’s interested can also make comics and art as I can.

As of this post, all the links I post to Dick Blick or Utrecht are affiliate links. When you order any supplies I recommend or other supplies from their online store through their affiliate links, I’ll get a commission of up to 10% for any sales that come to them from my website.


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Tiny Tips to Help You Improve Your Life as an Artist

Making art is easy to me, I just draw the thing and be done with it. Being an artist is hard, I draw the thing, show the thing, get people to know the thing exists, convince people to pay me to draw more things so that I can use that money to live somewhere where I can draw the thing, or get rejected when no one wants to.
It takes self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-esteem to be an artist. Some days, you feel like a fountain of ingenious creations, but more days you feel like a worthless loser who doesn’t want to do anything and regrets ever having interests or thoughts. This is usually the life of most artists, musicians, actors, and every other “creative” professional.
This is a list of tips that I’ve trying to follow for myself for the past few years as I try to become more of a professional artist. I don’t know if this will help anyone else, but these tips seem sensible enough to make being an artist less frustrating.

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Galaxy Comic Book and Fantasy Art Expo 2019

I’ll be at Galaxy Comic Book & Fantasy Art Expo on September 21 at 9am CST at the Joliet Area Historical Museum!

It’s the second time I’m going after it being my first ever convention I’ve ever artist alley’d at.

Come by and check out my newest comic, Incident at the Game Store!


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Let’s Make A Comic Story: Index

In case you’ve missed my posts for my development process for making Incident at the Game Store, here’s an index of links to all the parts in the process. I hope that any aspiring comic makers will look through my articles to learn how to make comics themselves. Good luck and keep drawing!

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