Character by Francis Tsai
Characters by Francis Tsai
Francis Tsai is a comic book artist and concept designer whose clients include Marvel and DC Comics, Warner Brothers and Wizards of the Coast. He has also been featured in several Spectrum editions.
Environment concepts by Francis Tsai
I discovered Tsai’s work sometime in 2006, and was thrilled in 2007 when he was featured in imagineFX, in an article that showed some of his excellent marker sketches.
Marker sketch by Francis Tsai
He also used pens as a foundation for digital work in a very sexy way, and his character poses are uber dynamic.
Comic concept sketch by Francis Tsai
In 2010 Francis was diagnosed with ALS, which naturally is a big blow to anyone who uses the fine motor skills of their hands and fingers to produce illustrations.
But there is a thing about doing what you love – it’s really hard to stop. So Francis has, as his ability to use ink and Wacom pens diminishes, picked up eye scanning software called Tobii to maintain his ability to make art, and his work continues to be stunning.
Digital, made with eye-scanning software and Photoshop by Francis Tsai
So do me, and yourself, a favour – whenever you feel you should draw, but just don’t feel like it – remember that nothing, and at the very least (especially?) yourself, should be able to stop you.
I think that’s a thing to remember – don’t worry about those days where you don’t feel like drawing. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll keep it up. You don’t really want to stop.
And please head over to Francis’ blog or Facebook page to check out his great work!