The Art of Ryan Francis

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Caricature Commission Process

I got a commission for a caricature for an old teacher of mine.

This is my first pencil sketches. After feedback from my client, I thinned the cheeks and added some detail.

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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!


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Coloring Time

I’ve done another stream last Saturday with a new streaming website on Stream.Me!

This time I’ve started the coloring process of my comic. I made less progress than I wanted and I’m not 1000% happy with the flats but I’m only in the first few steps of my comic.

Here some other sketches as well.


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My Current Supply List

As of writing this post, this is my list of tools and supplies that I currently use.

Paper and Pads

8.5 x 11 Copy Paper – Copy Paper is totally serviceable for sketching if you don’t have or want a sketchbook. A bunch of stores with an office supply section should have 8.5 x 11 Copy Paper, otherwise that is not much of an office section. Obviously, it’s a lower quality paper, and using anything further than a pencil will cause bleeding and curling, but it’s still the best ever option for learning or practicing art ever.


Sketch Wallet – It’s a wallet…THAT CAN HOLD A SKETCHBOOK! It can fit any 3.5 x 5.5 sketch or notebook. Between this and my phone, I have so much pocket space! My only real critique is that it’s cumbersome for holding actual cash. Despite this, this wallet is a good item to have if you want to practice sketching more often. Having a sketchbook on hand at certain times can make a huge difference.

 

 

Crescent Rendr Softcover Sketchbook – I had a 5×7 and I uses 3.5 x 5.5 sketchbook in my wallet. A great thing about this sketchpad is that markers will not bleed through the paper, letting you draw and color on both sides of a page! Since this isn’t marker paper, you’ll have a smaller window of time to blend marker colors without a colorless blender. Ink also has a bit of a spread, so you need to watch out for fuzzy lines. It’s definitely a cheaper option than Moleskine sketchbooks, and with better paper in my opinion.

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Raccoon Month Day 5

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The last batch of scanned art I made for Raccoon Month! As I’ve mentioned before, I wanted to do this as a chance to take a break from a comic I was burning out from.

Some sketches were fun, I did like drawing some Happy Tree Friends stuff and I was surprise to enjoy drawing the Care Bear stuff! Some were frustrating, underestimating my ability to do the larger illustrations plus life things put a bit of a damper to my attitude to this making me think that I should’ve spent the time just going back to the comic.

All and all, I’m ready to jump back into my comic and tackle any other art projects I think of or people ask me. I think doing giant drawing streaks just isn’t for me and I’m not sure I’ll do an Inktober or anything like that again this year.

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Raccoon Month Day 3

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Another batch of Raccoon Month Scans. This was a larger ratio of obscure to known characters to me. First time ever drawing Meeko, or any Disney character actually, unless you count Marvel stuff but I don’t.

Tookit from the 2011 Thundercats show was a notable one to me. I never kept up with anything related to that since I wasn’t really into Thundercats or other 80’s properties. I’ll say it has great designs though, so I will give that show a look when I get the time.

Pith Possum and Obediah the Wonder Raccoon was a new one for me! It’s a pretty funny alternative to Darkwing Duck!

I had never heard of The Raccoon or Nocturnals until I did this and I’d have to say that I’m a new fan now! I love Dan Brereton’s art! I did my best but really I can’t say that I did that art justice and you really need to check out Nocturnals and Dan Brereton’s artwork!

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Raccoon Month Day 1

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I’m still doing work on my short comic, I’ve been working on it so long that I decided to take a bit of time away from working on it to draw other things.

So, I decided to spend the month of May drawing a sketch a day of raccoons and raccoon related things. Why? Because they’re pretty much my favorite animal.

I’ve already made posts as I finish them if you follow my Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, but I’m going to post proper scans of my artwork so they are are more clear to everyone to see!

I’ll be taking the week to post what I have scanned.

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