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What is the difference between your Comics Experience Digital Painting course and their Comic Book Coloring Courses?

This morning I received an email from someone interested in taking a Comics Experience course, but wanted to know the differences between the comic book coloring class and my digital painting class.


Great question! Chris Sotomayor teaches 2 courses- Introduction to Comic Book Coloring and Advanced Comic Book Coloring. The course starting on June 5th is his Advanced class. If you are interested in being a comic book colorist I recommend taking both of these classes, as they are very specific to sequential art storytelling. His next Introduction to Comic Book Coloring course begins in September. If you have already taken his Intro class, his advanced class will continue the process of using color to tell a story and show you advanced rendering and special effects techniques. If you want more information about his class, feel free to contact Mr. Sotomayor and ask. I'm sure he will be excited to tell you about it!
My Introduction to Digital Painting course is a basic level class and is not specific to comic book pages or sequential art. Rather than teaching you how to color underneath inked line drawings, my class teaches you how to fully render an object so the viewer does not see the line drawing when you are finished. This technique can be applied to comic books, of course, but it has a much broader application than that. Book covers, Advertising, Concept Art, Licensed Merchandise, Matte Painting, Fine Art, Trading card games, and countless other areas. I do think it is a good class for comic book colorists who are interested in adding digital painting to their portfolio, though. 
In my class, I teach both basic art concepts (how to render objects by understanding light, shadow, color, and surface textures) that can be applied to any medium, as well as a heavy dose of computer techniques specific to creating digital art with the use of Photoshop and a pressure sensitive tablet.
Below are some examples of my own work, so you can see how it differs stylistically from comic book-style colored line art. I hope this helps! If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.



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Awesome article. Keep up the good work.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

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