The Art of Ryan Francis

The art website of Ryan Francis


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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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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!