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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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Miss the Kickstarter? Here is your second chance…

Thanks to the support of our amazing backers the revised and updated edition of Hi-Fi Color for Comics was fully funded via Kickstarter. Since that time hundreds of you have contacted us asking if there is any way you could get in on the Kickstarter. While the campaign is closed we have started a wait-list for those who missed the campaign and would still like to obtain a copy of Hi-Fi Color for Comics and get access to the tutorials and downloads coming to Hi-Fi Academy. Rewards are scheduled to ship to Kickstarter backers in November. After that we will offer any remaining copies of Hi-Fi Color for Comics to those on the wait-list first. If you want one for yourself join the wait-list below. This list is powered by MailChimp so you don’t have to worry about spam or your address being sold. We will ONLY send you information about Hi-Fi Color for Comics availability.

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Brian Miller is the founder of comic book color studio Hi-Fi colour deisgn and the co-author of Hi-Fi Color For Comics

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SDCC 2014 schedule – Full details inside…

Did you know Hi-Fi will be at SDCC? Stop by booth 5560 and chat with us about Doctor Who, GI Joe, Anime, Superheroes, and all things pop culture. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle… the other half is nachos, lots of cheesy nachos.  See below for our SDCC schedule, panel info, convention maps and more!

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 As you can see above World Famous Comics, booth 5560, will be home to Hi-Fi and other talented creators for SDCC 2014. Don’t miss legendary sci-fi illustrator Joe Corroney who will have prints available from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, X-Files, True Blood, and more all featuring color by Hi-Fi. Oktopolis will be out in full force with the best pop culture propaganda posters and prints you’ve ever seen.  Hi-Fi Color for Comics & How to Paint Comic Books with the iPad authors Brian & Kristy Miller will be at SDCC booth 5560 all weekend and don’t miss their art instruction panels on Thursday and Friday!

Thursday, July 24 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Digital Color for Comics

In print or digital, comic books need color, but do you know how comic books are colored? Learn about the creative art of comic book coloring as Hi-Fi’s Brian Miller (DC’s weekly series Future’s End) and Kristy Miller (SpongeBob SquarePants) demonstrate step-by-step the transformation of a comic book page from black and white to full color. Learn the basics of flatting, rendering, color holds, and special effects, along with top digital coloring tips. Followed by Q&A session.
Thursday July 24, 2014 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 30CDE

Register for this panel FREE at: http://sched.co/1w6laKa

 

Friday, July 25 • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Creating 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. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including which apps work best and how you too can transform your iPad into a portable art studio. Q&A session.
Friday July 25, 2014 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

Register for this panel FREE at: http://sched.co/1remElf

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Need help finding booth 5560 at comic-con? Use this map to find World Famous Comics amongst the sea of fans and don’t miss one moment of the action at SDCC! Booth 5560 is on the corner near entrance G to the main convention hall.

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Hi-Fi’s art instruction panels on Thursday and Friday will be held UPSTAIRS in room 30CDE. Panels are FREE with your comic-con badge.

 

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See you at SDCC 2014!