The Art of Ryan Francis

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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.


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Printed Sketchbook News

I got done with my cover for my upcoming print sketchbook. It’ll be a 5 inch by 7 inch 12 page black and white collection of sketches from late 2018 and early 2019.

The interior pages will be black and white with colored covers printed by Ka-Blam Digital Printing.

All the rest of the stuff is arranged, I just need to scrape up the cash for printing and selling at conventions and my Etsy store. Stay tuned for future news from Twitter or Instagram.


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My Time at Printer’s Row Lit Fest and Reworking Stuff

Last Saturday, I visited the Printer’s Row Lit Fest 2019 for the first time and it was pretty nice. I’d never heard of it until Dr. Chandler, author of Flawless Extra-Ordinary Super Heroes, told me about it. I met up with her and her family at her table there, chatted with some fans, signed books, and had a nice time.

Also, at Printer’s Row Lit Fest I encountered writers and artists such as Bizarro Writers Association, a writers group who specializes in Pulpy and Weird Fiction stories, the American Museum of Writers, who I had never heard of until now, Adam Fotos the only comic artist I found there, he created Dragon and Goat, a fun webcomic about the antics of a Dragon and a Goat plus a few more like Stella Jones, Megan Mackie, Norbert Krogstad, Ta’She’Ana Banks, Evan Rodgers, and Cloud Orchid Publishing.

I got some old books from the Powell’s Books Chicago tent for an excellent price. Next week, I’ll also be visiting Custer Fair in Evanston, IL! I’m not selling anything, but just checking the place out.

In other news, I’m slowly doing some cleanup to my website. I’ve been trying to take commissions and doing more to create more substantial work to completion.

I’m also changing up a few of my convention products: creating a printed sketchbooks, making stickers of some art pieces, dropping low selling prints and looking into other alternatives besides selling comic books.

I feel a sense of dread, insecurity and personal frustration with my work that I feel like I need to level up and be less crappy with my work. Very little of my body of work is finished and the little that is finished is woefully inadequate for anyone to look at.

I’ve been a bit quiet about it, but I’m also building up a Patreon account. I wanted to put it off more for when I had a bit more of a following but from the advice of peers, I decided to claim the spot for the future. At the moment I’m still figuring things out on Patreon, mostly posting Shirley’s Day and Incident at the Game Store things to test out the posting systems as I work on my next personal project.

It’s hard to keep that commitment to regular updates with a regular  day job but I have no other support alternatives at the moment at the moment so tell your friends when you can!


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Printers Row Lit Fest

I’ll be at Printers Row Lit Fest 2019 on June 8th and 9th at the Printers Row Building in Chicago, IL.

There, I’ll be promoting Flawless Extra-Ordinary Super Heroes, the children’s book I’ve been working on for the past six months with Dr. Chaucey Chandler.

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