The Art of Ryan Francis

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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!


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Dupage Comic Con 2019 and more!

I have some upcoming news to talk about that’s coming up soon!

I’ll be at Mighty Con Dupage 2019 on Saturday, February 9th!

So if you’re a Wheaton local or want to visit Dupage County Fairgrounds, you can stop by to see me and a variety of people in comics, art and pop culture!

At a closer date, I’ll be participating in this year’s Global Game Jam on January 25th! I’ll be contributing my art and animation skills with my friends to try to build a small video game in 48 hours.

Wish me luck!


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Let’s Make A Comic Story Part 3: Penciling

Writing these tutorials is a bit of an undertaking but I’m doing my best to be as clear and informative as I can so let me know in the comments if there’s anything you need help with.

After grabbing ups some references, It’s time to get started laying out the comic in the big paper!

I’m using Strathmore Smooth Bristol Board Paper. It’s lined for comic printing. I use these large binder clips to keep my paper on top of the rest of the pad for “cushion.”

At the start I’m marking down the rough areas of composition with non-photo blue pencil. This part is a bit newer addition to my workflow as I’m testing my ability to do this quickly. I’ll admit it’s a bit hard to see in a photo but I’m doctoring the photo in these demonstrations to hopefully be easier to see.

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Holiday Sale!

I have a new printing of Shirley’s Day is up for sale on my Etsy Store!

I also have a holiday sale for the month of December where it’s 25% off with free shipping!

Thank you for your support for all of these long years!

Please look forward to what I have next in the future!

In other news, my progress on my Gamestop comic is slowing down a bit due to my day job. I hope to pick up more after December.

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Bird Art Process

I haven’t done much that I can talk about this week. but I can show you my process on traditionally coloring this illustration of Gloster Canaries in marker.

I’ve already scanned the ink art of drawing and you can read my tutorial about how to scan and edit inked line art so you can have a good clean drawing for digital coloring!

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This is mostly a drawing done with a Pentel Pocket brush. It’s a really good brush in terms have a portable brush you don’t have to dip in ink all the time, but this is a soft nylon brush so it will catch every wobble and heavy handed mark you make.

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I spent most of my time trying to understand the colors I needed from my bird references.

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I was recently introduced to the joys of Pro White, it’s great for covering up black line mistakes, but not for being colored with Copic marker…

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Beginning to color my next two birds. Gloster Canaries come in a variety of feather patterns, so I had an easier time adding variety to the piece.

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My weird ideas was to use an under cover color so it would look better mixed with the over cover colors. I haven’t confirmed if it make the marker colors look smoother and not streaky, but it does look smooth to me.

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Last two birds getting finished. I do regret my middle brush work as I think I’m not as great with dry brush techniques as I want to be.

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This is the final drawing! I’ve used my Uniball Pen to add a free highlights to push the birds support from each other and make them stand out. I did use Photoshop doctoring in the scanned version to clear out the bad blobs on some birds, but all and all it this looks fine enough.

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You can stop by my store to get a print of these birds for $10 or to get the real drawing itself for $60!