The Art of Ryan Francis

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Let’s Make a Comic Part 8: Cover

So it turns out I need to draw a cover of my comic book to print it out and sell it to people. Imagine that.

I’ll be going through the entire process of making the cover for Incident at the Game Store. This much more compressed and I did a majority of my coloring work on my Art Stream.

I entirely used a Size 1 Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable brush to ink this with Carbon Black Liquitex Acrylic ink. Since it’s a cover and the printer I use, Ka-Blam Printing, allows color covers with black and white interiors, I’ll actually be coloring this in Manga Studio!

I will begin, like anything else, by making small thumbnail sketch to figure out the composition. As I do this, I’m trying to remember the point of this comic story, which is a simple funny potentially true story that veers into fiction for humor. Not much character development, no deep themes, just a straightforward joke(that I blew months of time on…)

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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 7: Lettering

Lettering is definitely a discipline that I’ve never been taught when I was in college. But, after hunting for a variety of articles and getting some tips the few pro letterers I encounter in my life, I’ve managed to teach myself how to letter with some amount of competence. I’m lettering this as I prep my ink stuff as I don’t plan to color the comic at the moment.

The first step is to save my cropped unedited artwork as high res PNGs. Since, I’m making them with print in mind, I need the images in as high of a resolution as possible so it won’t get hurt too much when I reduce the final comic down to print or web.

I usually do my lettering in Adobe Illustrator as it gives me more options to mess with my text than just Photoshop or Manga Studio. I make a new file with six art boards to the pixel size of the pages I plan to import.

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Schaumburg Library Con 2019

I had a great time at Schaumburg Library Con! I made some new happy comic readers and got in some commissions too! I missed going to Northwest Indiana Comic Con due to my illness but I made up for it and met up with good friends like Brian Babendererde, Ed Witt and Tom Bacon!

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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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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 5: Touch Ups

I’ve finished my Inking and it’s time to touch up my stuff. It’s more or less my technique of how I edit black line art on the computer.

I usually scan my pages in a PDF format at 600 dpi and I use Photoshop to import the PDF pages.

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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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