In the early days of the Studio we were put in touch with Frank & Sandra Smith and their son Ryan by the Make-A-Wish foundation. Gravely ill at the time Ryan nevertheless defied all expectations and celebrated his 18th birthday in 2014. By all accounts he was a lively, funny, popular and very talented young man. We were saddened to hear that he passed away earlier this year. Ryan was a great fan of comics and video games and went to Glasgow Caledonian University where he studied games design. In recent days he was awarded his degree. We are certain he had a fantastic career as a designer and animator ahead of him.
” A huge thanks to Tommy Sommerville from the Scottish Cartoon Art Studio for delivering this comic book page in Ryan’s memory. Tommy drew a Peter Pan mural in Ryan’s room over 13 years ago (it’s still there looking as fresh as the day it was painted), he was therefore the obvious choice to ask to commission caricature of Ryan after his passing in January. Tommy decided to make a comic book cover as Ryan was a huge Marvel fan and Deadpool was one of his favourite characters. It’s titled ‘Mr Amazing’ as that’s how Frank describes Ryan. He captured Ryan so well, as well as our wee Ben. Tommy is so talented and creative one of the loveliest people you could met. Ryan would have LOVED it and Frank and I will treasure it forever. It means so much to us.” – Sandra Smith, Glasgow
POSTSCRIPT – we were pleased to learn that Glasgow Caledonian University’s games design programme inaugurated an annual prize for outstanding students named in Ryan’s honour. Pictured below is the 2016 recipient, Alexander Malcolm, in the company of Sandra and Frank Smith. We commend the university for this gesture and Alexander for his success.