Ryan Selvy, Illustrator

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Armed with an old fashioned sketchpad, emerging illustrator Ryan Selvy creates short comic strips expressings his thoughts on our culture before transferring them to Adobe Illustrator to polish and share with the world.  If you're a Tumblr user, there's a good chance one of these quirky illustrations has shown up on your dashboard as Ryan uses the site as the platform to share his creations and his popularity on the site is growing.  "Back on May 13th, 2008 I made a Tumblr just for fun. For almost two years I just reblogged and 'liked' other content but never made anything of my own. In February 2010 I made a small strip about my opinion of days of the week and it got a significant amount of notes. Due to its success, I started just making a bunch of different doodles and designs and eventually it just morphed into this comic hobby-thing. Never expected it, but ever since it’s become routine I’ve loved doing it."

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At first, with no plan for the comics, Ryan self-admittedly had a style that borrowed a bit from "Cyanide & Happiness" but over time, he's developed his own trademark style. He elaborated by saying,  "I now have these unofficial reoccurring characters that kind of point out the unobvious obvious truths about life." These "unobvious obvious truths" are inspired thoughts that come to the artist as he goes about a normal day but he says the greatest source of inspiration is simply conversation with friends.   "So many of my ideas come from sitting around with friends and joking around. It’s kind of become a usual thing to have a conversation erupt and someone will yell out “COMIC!”

With a growing fan base and increasing attention from across the web, Ryan plans on expanding the blog to an online retail shop where merchandise inspired by the comics can be purchased. His decision to do this stems from rising requests for tshirts and stickers from fans and is scheduled to be online within a month.  All of these endeavors are being done as Ryan works to finish school at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  The workload hasn't deterred Ryan from pursuing this passion project, stating that he was once given a piece of advice that has helped him stay on track, "It’s extremely cheesy but I remember my Dad told me when I was in middle school that I could do anything I wanted and as long as I loved doing it I’d find success. He said even if I wanted to be a garbage man, if I loved it enough I could have the opportunity to do great work and become head of my own garbage company. While I certainly don’t think I’ve “made it” yet, it still helps me going forward in things I love to do."

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Please check out Ryan Selvy at ryanselvy.com.

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