Hello, my name is Matthew Ryan and I am an Illustrator. Having graduated in 2009 with a BA Hons in Illustration from the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone, I was keen to develop a career as an Illustrator. My intention was to specifically focus on the area of comic books and concept design, however I feel I should not just limit myself to these two areas and instead have looked at all types of visual narrative work. Currently I am working on a computer game project designing starship/ character designs and creating comic pages; however I am looking for other projects to work on alongside this one.
My strengths lie in my idea generation, allowing me to come up with a variety of designs in order to explore the client's brief thoroughly. I would like to think that this includes exciting and creative solutions that stand out thanks to my unique style of illustrating. One of my most recent commissions has been for several Role Playing adventure books titled "Alien Earth", which has included designing original characters and objects alongside illustrating them. These have included tribes, armour, weapons, vehicles, animals, monsters and robots to name a few; which are all fantasy and science-fiction based.
I have created a variety of designs for each in order to produce the best illustrations possible; and whilst several of the descriptions have been quite challenging I have managed to work my way through them so that the client was extremely happy. Previous commissioned work has included an as yet unreleased graphic novel, referee screen-art for role playing series "Lamentations of the Flame Princess", and five comic pages and one cover for internet comic book company "Rocket Galaxy Comics".
• Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, Modern day...
• Concept Design
• General Illustrations
• Comics and Storyboards
• Characters (Faces, Clothing...)
• Vehicles (Ground Vehicles, Planes, Ships, Spacecraft, Mecha...)
• Creatures (Animals, Monsters, Aliens)
• Weapons, Armour and other equipment