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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Exclusive Artwork

Are you attending Star Wars Celebration Anaheim? If so you can pre-order this exclusive Star Wars art for a limited time.

Legendary sci-fi illustrator Joe Corroney and Hi-Fi’s own Brian Miller were chosen to create two new illustrations for the Star Wars Celebration art show. Lucasfilm is making a limited number of prints available exclusively to Celebration attendees. To ensure you get these two prints you will need to pre-order in advance. The way it works is simple.

  • Pre-Order March 30 – April 10 at the links below.

  • Pick-up your prints at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16 – 19 at booth #1111

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The Inquisitor’s Gift
illustration by Joe Corroney with painted color by Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller

18″ x 24″ lithograph print

Order here: http://bit.ly/swcalimited

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Remember the Death Star
by Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller for Oktopolis

24″ x 36″ movie poster size lithograph, printed on heavy card stock

Order here: http://bit.ly/swcaexclusive

Hurry pre-orders end April 10th and these illustrations return to a galaxy far, far away…

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Hi-Fi Academy visits WI Schools & Museums

Kristy and I started Hi-Fi Academy to establish an art-education resource for comic book creators. Recently Kristy and I were invited by legendary iPad artist, Susan Murtaugh, to visit Wisconsin for a week and share our knowledge for creating comic books with the iPad to students and aspiring artists. I wanted to share with you some of the highlights from our visit to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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The first event was held in a large school auditorium where students from several Manitowoc area high schools and colleges arrived, some even being bussed in from further away. The energy was high as so many young people arrived to fill the available seats. We were introduced by Barb Bundy-Jost, then I started off demonstrating Autodesk SketchBook’s pencil and guides features. I used these tools to create a rough sketch of C3P0 which drew applause from the audience (whew, drawing live is always nerve wracking). Kristy and I spent the next 90 minutes demonstrating pencilling, inking, and coloring comic book artwork with the iPad. The students had great questions and the room was buzzing with creative energy as we spoke about how they could get hands on and start creating their own comic artwork.

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Local Newspaper and Television coverage ensured all events were well supported and attended

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The second event took place the following day at the Rahr-West Art Museum, which is located within a beautiful old mansion. Before presenting Kristy and I received a private behind the scenes tour from Kathy Halla, being equally amazed at the mansion, the stunning collection of original artwork, and the display on Sputnik (a piece of the Russian satellite fell to Earth just outside the museum decades ago).

When it was time for the presentation Kristy and I were thrilled to see every seat filled and the museum staff busily bringing in more chairs to accommodate people. There were children, teens, and many adults in attendance. We were introduced by museum director Greg Vadney, then Kristy and I shared a few stories from a life working in comics. As I drew a rough sketch of Boba Fett with Autodesk SketchBook on the iPad the image was projected onto the large screen for all to see. We also spent some time showing attendees how to ink and color comics with the iPad and even had time to demonstrate some eye catching special effects. It was all over too quickly and the museum staff whisked Kristy and I down a back staircase to a special room that had been set-up for a meet-and-greet with fans.

The museum staff and volunteers did an amazing job with the food and decorations for the meet-and-greet. Kristy and I chatted with fans, signed comics, and reviewed portfolios until well past closing time. Every person we spoke with was friendly and enthusiastic about comic books and the arts in general. Plus, I met some talented artists and had a chance to see their work and talk with them about their future goals.

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The third event was a chance for Kristy and I to work one-on-one with 15 students who were hand picked by their art instructors to attend. Each student was wearing a t-shirt featuring comic book or pop culture characters. Great to see so many Doctor Who and comic book fans! It’s been a while since I’ve been in a high school and after sitting through the announcements, including the day’s lunch menu, and standing for the Pledge of Allegiance (I still remember all the words), we got busy. The first project was for students to create a color scheme for a superhero. We spoke about color theory including primary colors, secondary colors, and more. Then we used a color wheel to see how complimentary colors, triad colors, and other color schemes might work. After each student designed their color scheme we worked on rendering the hero’s face in color and learning how to add highlights and shadows to the major facial features.

The second project was creating an animation style color look for cartoon artwork. Using the iPad I demonstrated the texture brushes in Autodesk SketchBook while the students followed along. We created a snowy daytime scene with painted clouds in the sky and then spoke about other ways we could approach the art so each student could make it their own. As the students worked on their versions of the scene Kristy and I were able to spend several minutes with each student answering questions and helping them along. I also had the opportunity to review the portfolios and sketchbooks of several students and I think we will be seeing some incredible talent coming out of Wisconsin in the years to come. Thanks to art instructors Barb Bundy-Jost & Vicky Molitor for inviting us into the classroom.

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We visited several art museums including Rahr-West Art Museums as well as the Flying Pig Art Gallery

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Thanks to our hosts Phil, Susan, and Alex Murtaugh Kristy and I had the opportunity to visit several other museums and galleries between events. The Murtaugh’s took the time to ensure we enjoyed the flavors of Wisconsin and were able to meet with local artists and craftspeople. Our visit would not have been possible without their hard work and generosity. It was an amazing experience I will never forget and I’m already making plans for our next trip to visit schools and museums in other states. Maybe we’ll come to your town next!

Read the Herald Times Reporter story on Hi-Fi Academy’s trip to Wisconsin here:
http://www.htrnews.com/story/news/education/2015/03/22/comic-book-colorist-unlocks-art-students-superpowers/25199043/

If you want Kristy and I to come to where you live and help support education and the arts email us at info@hifidesign.com for more info.

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Level Up at Comic Coloring Boot Camp

From the creators of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and Master Digital Color (over 50 combined 4 & 5-Star reviews on Amazon), comes Comic Coloring Boot Camp, learn by coloring real world comic book art using Adobe Photoshop in a controlled environment.

Looking to level up your comic coloring skills? Or maybe you’re seeking a career change that gives you more free time and flexibility?

 

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Learn to use warm & cool colors to enhance visual storytelling like this Doctor Who cover colored by Hi-Fi

Comic Coloring Boot Camp is the most comprehensive and career-enhancing digital coloring workshop you will find. It’s a one-stop-shop for everything you need to start creating professional comic pages that engage viewers and ultimately land you more paying projects!

If you’re looking for genuinely effective training that equips you to color print ready comic pages that will get you noticed, this is the number one workshop for you.

From Beginner to Advanced Photoshop coloring over 3 intensive days:

  • Setting up Adobe Photoshop for coloring success
  • Flat color
  • Intro to the Creative Coloring Process
  • Light & Shadow
  • Color theory for visual storytelling
  • Basic color rendering
  • Exploring color styles
  • Advanced color renderng
  • Pro tips, tricks, and techniques
  • Color Holds
  • Special Effects
  • Color separations
  • Plus portfolio review and feedback on the final day
  • certificate of completion
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Learn how to use lighting and atmospheric perspective to enhance depth and clarity like this Batman: The Dark Knight cover colored by Hi-Fi.

Throughout the three days of training, we first start with the basics. We’ll then show you the tips and tricks to work effortlessly with Adobe Photoshop and complex comic art with ease and style.

After that we progress to learning how to see comic book art and color comic book pages in a dynamic and attention getting way.

By then you’ll be coloring action poses and full pages at a level you never thought possible.

I promise that you’ll never waste time at this 3-day workshop. With Comic Coloring Boot Camp you will learn everything you need to start coloring comics like the pros, all within a 3-day weekend. Plus, you will get fast, friendly, responsive support by email, and on the Hi-Fi Color for Comics FB group.

Are you ready to level up? Register below today!

Comic Coloring Bootcamp at a glance:

Intensive 3-day workshop created specifically for digital comic book colorists.
Dates: Nov 7th – 9th, 2014
Location: Comic Coloring Bootcamp is being held at The Saguaro hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. With an average high temperature of 77º during the month of November Scottsdale is a beautiful and relaxing place to be this time of year.
Instructors: Hi-Fi colour design founders Brian & Kristy Miller, professional comic book colorists for Marvel, DC, Image, Disney, and more since 1998 and authors of Hi-Fi Color for Comics & master Digital Color.
Registration Fee: SAVE $500, early registration only $1,000 – includes hotel & most meals. On site registration fee: $1,500.

Included in your registration fee:

Entrance to all workshops Nov. 7-9
Hotel room for 2 nights: Friday arrival – Sunday departure at The Saguaro
Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
Lunch Saturday & Sunday
Invitations to special events Friday and Saturday night
Networking and educational activities

REGISTER NOW below | More Hotel Info | More Workshop Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller


Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.

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Making Comics with the iPad update

Today Autodesk released an all art new app for iPad & iPhone. This new app, SketchBook Mobile, replaces the previous SketchBook Pro for iPad app. This marks the first SketchBook release for iOS 8 as well. We are downloading the app and will evaluate the iOS 8 interaction and explore the new features. Watch this space for info about a revised and updated edition of How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad & SketchBook Pro for iPad the unofficial user guide. Once we know what elements of each book should be revised, changed, or updated we will announce release dates. Stay tuned…

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Boot Camp is coming… are you ready?

Hi-Fi Academy presents: Comic Coloring Boot Camp

There are many choices when it comes to art classes online and in the real world. Books, DVD’s, tutorial websites, and video demos populate the landscape.  If you have tried some of the other resources and found them lacking, or want to improve your existing skills you are ready for Hi-Fi Academy’s Comic Coloring Boot Camp.

Comic Coloring Bootcamp at a glance:

  • Intensive 3-day workshop created specifically for digital comic book colorists.
  • Dates: Nov 7th – 9th, 2014
  • Location: Comic Coloring Bootcamp is being held at The Saguaro hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. With an average high temperature of 77º during the month of November Scottsdale is a beautiful and relaxing place to be this time of year.
  • Instructors: Hi-Fi colour design founders Brian & Kristy Miller, professional comic book colorists for Marvel, DC, Image, Disney, and more since 1998 and authors of Hi-Fi Color for Comics & master Digital Color.
  • Registration Fee: SAVE $500, early registration only $1,000 – includes hotel & most meals. On site registration fee: $1,500.

Included in your registration fee:

  • Entrance to all workshops Nov. 7-9
  • Hotel room for 2 nights: Friday arrival – Sunday departure at The Saguaro
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Invitations to special events Friday and Saturday night
  • Networking and educational activities

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | More Hotel Info | More Workshop Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller


Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.

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Official Star Wars Art

Lucasfilm has partnered with ACME Archives & Dark Ink Art to bring you exclusive new Star Wars art for a limited time.

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An online artists’ alley featuring exclusive Star Wars prints by a specially selected group of elite illustrators. This limited time release runs Sept 5th 1pm – Sept 15th 5pm PDT.

Featuring artwork by David Rabbitte, Dave Nestler, Gary Shipman, Jerry Vanderstelt, Tim Proctor,
James Silvani, Peter Ferk, Steve Anderson, Joe Corroney, Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller, Cat Staggs, Jason Reed,
Brent Woodside, Kayla Woodside, Charity Wood, Chris Trevas, Brian Rood and Mike Kungl.

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Conquer
by Joe Corroney with colors by Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller

18″ x 24″ lithograph print

Order here: http://www.darkinkart.com/star-wars/alliance/conquer-joe-corroney-brian-miller.html

 

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Crush the Rebellion
by Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller

18½” x 26¾” lithograph print

Order here: http://www.darkinkart.com/star-wars/alliance/crush-the-rebellion-brian-miller.html

Hurry the event ends September 15th and these illustrations return to a galaxy far, far away…

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Comic Coloring Boot Camp Workshop Info

Comic Coloring Boot Camp is still a few months away but we wanted to provide you with a rough idea of the schedule we are planning for November 7th – 9th.

Friday, Nov 7th

4:00 PM: Check in at The Saguaro (They are happy to hold luggage if you arrive early and will do their best to accommodate early arrivals if rooms are available)

4:30-6:30 PM: Comic Coloring Boot Camp check-in

  • Receive your registration pack and Boot Camp Badge

  • Getting to know your hardware & software

  • Introduction to Comic Coloring Boot Camp

  • Comic Coloring as a creative process

6:30 PM: Meet & Greet dinner (not included) for those who want to attend

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Learn how to make and use textures, patterns, and special effects!

Saturday, Nov 8th

7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-11:59 AM: Morning Sessions including

  • Light & shadow

  • Color selection

  • Rendering basic shapes & forms

  • Coloring a hero

Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00-5:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Creating custom brushes

  • Hi-Fi Helpers: working with textures & patterns

  • Coloring & painting faces

  • Panels, pages, pin-ups, and covers

6:30 Drink & Draw dinner (not included) for those who want to attend

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Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques used to color amazing artwork like this!

Sunday, Nov 9th

7:30-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-11:59 AM: Morning Sessions including

  • Mastering color holds

  • Hi-Fi Helpers: creating and using special effects in comics

  • Sharing and exporting your colored comic art

Noon-1:00 PM: Lunch & Checkout – hotel is happy to hold your luggage until departure

1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions

  • Student portfolio review

  • Comic Coloring Boot Camp certificates of completion awarded

NOTE: You are welcome to depart earlier on Sunday to catch your flight if needed.

You will want to bring the following to get the most out of this workshop

  • Portable computer (laptop, mod-book, tablet computer, etc.) running Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

  • If you own an iPad or other tablet device with a stylus bring that too. Be sure to have SketchBook Pro for iPad and/or Procreate pre-installed.  (if you do not own an iPad or similar tablet you will be able to use your computer & Photoshop for those lessons)

  • Not a Photoshop user? Contact us to see if your favorite software is suitable for this workshop

Programming schedule for example only and subject to change without notice.

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | More Hotel Info | Boot Camp Overview | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller


Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.

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Comic Coloring Boot Camp Hotel Info

Are you ready to take your comic coloring skills to the next level?

Hi-Fi Academy’s Comic Coloring Boot Camp is coming to the The Saguaro, in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 7th – 9th.

Escape the Fall chill for three days of Comic Coloring Boot Camp in sunny Arizona. Old Town Scottsdale features parks, galleries, shops, and restaurants all within walking distance of The Saguaro. The hotel features two pools and on site dining options.

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The early registration fee for Comic Coloring Boot Camp is only $1,000 and includes:

  • Personalized workshops by Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller designed to improve your comic coloring & art skills

  • Friday arrival – Sunday departure at The Saguaro (hotel taxes and resort fees included)

  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday

  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday

  • Invitations to special events Friday and Saturday night

  • Networking and educational activities with Arizona based comic creators

Your stay at The Saguaro includes:

  • Wi-Fi

  • Valet & self parking

  • Use of Saguaro bicycles to enjoy park trails and explore Old Town Scottsdale

  • Free rides on Saguaro shuttle to designated stops within 3 miles of hotel

  • Fitness center

  • In room coffee

  • Enjoy 2 pools and a hot tub

  • All resort fees and taxes included – no hidden charges

  • All Comic Coloring Boot Camp participants and guests receive 10% off all services at The Sauguaro spa

  • All Comic Coloring Boot Camp participants receive a reduced rate when staying additional nights

The above list is included in your registration. You are responsible for the following:

  • Transportation to & from The Saguaro (Taxis from Sky Harbor Airport are approximately $25)

  • All Comic Coloring Boot Camp activities will be held within walking distance of The Saguaro.

  • Dinner Friday and Saturday

  • You will need Photo ID and Credit card to check into The Saguaro. The room is included in your registration. Any incidentals like room-service, mini-bar, etc. will be charged to you

  • Extended stay. If you wish to add extra nights before or after Comic Coloring Boot Camp contact Kristy Miller who can arrange a discounted room rate for your additional nights so you can enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather and see the sights like Sedona & the Grand Canyon!

  • The Saguaro is a smoke free hotel

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You will also want to bring the following to get the most out of this workshop

  • Portable computer (laptop, mod-book, tablet computer, etc.) running Adobe Photoshop CS2 or newer

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

  • If you own an iPad or other tablet device with a stylus bring that too. Be sure to have SketchBook Pro for iPad and/or Procreate pre-installed.  (if you do not own an iPad or similar tablet you will be able to use your computer & Photoshop for those lessons)

  • Not a Photoshop user? Contact us to see if your favorite software is suitable for this workshop

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Boot Camp Overview | More Workshop Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller


Registration Form – Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form.

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Learn to create comics with Hi-Fi at mDAC…

UPDATE: Due to popular demand Hi-Fi’s workshop at mDAC has been UPGRADED to the largest meeting room at a new time. See revised schedule below for the revised time and location!

Hi-Fi Academy teaches you how to create comic books with your iPad at the first ever Mobile Digital Art & Creativity summit being held in Palo Alto, CA August 1st through 3rd. Hi-Fi is one of the sponsors of mDAC as we believe this ground breaking art education conference is vital to shaping current and future generations of comic book creators. Join Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller for the Grand Opening of mDAC Friday night where iPad art from over 100 creators will be on display. Brian and Kristy will be on hand all weekend to answer questions about creating artwork with the iPad and they will also be signing books and have a limited number of  made with iPad art prints available for sale.

Learn more and register for mDAC at http://www.mdacsummit.org

 

WORKSHOP: Making Comics with the iPad

Saturday from 2:30-3:30 PM Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller present an interactive workshop, Making Comics with the iPad. The iPad has transformed the way you read comics, but did you know you can create comic art on it too? See a comic book character come to life as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (Wolverine: An Origin Story) and Kristy Miller (The Wick and Kelty Adventures) demonstrate how to pencil, ink, and paint comics on the iPad. Bring your iPad and learn the basic tools and techniques professional comic book creators use. See demos of SketchBook Pro for iPad, Adobe Ideas, Procreate and learn how you too can transform your iPad into a portable comic art studio. Q&A session if time permits.

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DOWNLOADS: Get FREE previews of Hi-Fi Academy’s art instruction books from iTunes iBookstore using the links below

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SketchBook Pro for iPad: the unofficial user guide for iBooks https://itun.es/us/cXp2L.l
An easy and intuitive overview of SketchBook Pro for iPad’s tools and features.

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How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad for iBooks: https://itun.es/us/m-DrG.l
Includes step by step tutorials, image galleries, embedded videos and access to all project files

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Hi-Fi Academy presents: Comic Coloring Boot Camp

Don’t miss Comic Coloring Boot Camp.Escape the Autumn chill for three days of digital art workshops and networking in Sunny Arizona this November. Some of the planned highlights:

  • Friday evening: Hi-Fi Color for Comics & Hi-Fi Academy launch party. Bring your sketchbook/iPad/laptop and meet other boot camp attendees at this “Drink & Draw” event

  • Saturday Morning Workshops – Lunch Break – Afternoon Workshops & guest speakers

  • Saturday dinner with other attendees and local Arizona comic talent. A great chance to network and receive first hand knowledge and feedback from working pros

  • Sunday morning workshops

  • Final portfolio presentations

A special group rate at a Phoenix area hotel will be available for all attendees. You may choose to add a few days to your stay to enjoy Arizona sights like the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and more.

LIMITED TO ONLY 25 ATTENDEES. Comic Coloring Bootcamp will focus on intensive training where you will work in small groups and one-on-one with an instructor. To ensure you get the most out of Hi-Fi Academy’s bootcamp we are limiting the workshops to no more than 25 participants. You will receive personal instruction from Hi-Fi’s Brian and Kristy Miller and the guest speakers.

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