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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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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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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

MAPS

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!

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5 Questions with v23next

When I first posted about the original Mobiüs Pro stylus by v23next in December 2013 I praised it’s balance and craftsmanship as well as the all day comfort. While I did have a few complaints like the fact that the sleek design caused it to roll away when sat on a smooth or angled surface overall it was light years ahead of most of the other rubber tipped stylus pens on the market. In the final showdown I said it was the best rubber tipped stylus you could buy. Since then the stylus market has grown and changed seeing heavy hitters like Wacom get serious about the iPad and start-up emerging from the woodwork to bring a variety of new concepts to scene. 

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I recently had the opportunity to test drive a prototype of the new Mobiüs Pro Dragonfly stylus by v23next. I used it to pencil, ink, and paint an illustration that debuted at the Mint Condition gallery show during Emerald City Comic Con. I found the Dragonfly built on the strengths of the original Mobiüs Pro and addressed the few shortcomings of the original. This is a very well thought out art tool and when I learned that v23next were going to launch a Kickstarter campaign to offer the Dragonfly directly to backers I reached out to Andrew Pischke from v23next to ask a few questions about this new and improved stylus.

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Q: There are many stylus pens on the market to choose from, can you explain what makes the Mobiüs Pro Dragonfly stand out from the crowd?

A: The mobius pro [dragonfly] originated from our own craving for a more substantial feeling stylus.  We wanted to design a stylus which felt and reacted in a way closer to the pen and paper feel, which we believe we have accomplished.  The mobius pro [dragonfly] has many great and innovative features that make using it a joy.  I think the fact that it is made from solid aircraft grade aluminum and it’s contoured, ergonomic shape make for a stylus unlike any other on the market.  The fact that we have added two interchangeable tips in both 5 and 6 millimeter with replacement rubber tips only adds to its uniqueness.

I believe these features make the mobius pro [dragonfly] so great!

  •  Made of solid aircraft grade aluminum – This gives the stylus a nice weight and balance unlike any other stylus on the market.

  • The contoured ergonomic shape – It makes the stylus comfortable for long periods of use and naturally makes the user hold it in a way that makes it less likely to touch to the screen with the palm of the hand.  The curved shape also avoids obscuring the screen which is great for doing line work and other fine details.

  • Interchangeable and replaceable tips – The tried and true 6 millimeter tip and the all new 5 millimeter tip makes using this stylus great for both general use, where a fine tip isn’t necessary, and also for fine line drawing with our new 5 millimeter tip.

  • Tip storage in the stylus – The stylus has a hollow section to hold extra tips for when the rubber tip eventually wears out.  This allows the user to quickly and easily replace the rubber tip without searching it.

The mobius pro [dragonfly] is available on the kickstarter project in 5 amazing colors allowing everyone to pick their favorite color, and if we reach our stretch goal we will be producing it in titanium with an upgrade options for earlier backers. (Who doesn’t want a titanium stylus?)

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Q: In a sea of boring beige and black the variety of colors is such a unique feature. I pledged the designer green Dragonfly and I’m wondering if one color is proving most popular among backers?

A: With kickstarter in progress currently the cyan mobius pro [dragonfly] early bird special sold out fastest but we currently have more “designer” greens chosen overall with combo deals included.  We pretty much expected this, but we expected the magenta to be more popular than it has been.  There are still currently some magenta mobius pro [dragonfly] stylus early bird specials left so if you know anyone that likes magenta / pink, now is the time to get one at a discounted price.

Q: I see a straight edge product also listed on the Kickstarter campaign page. Where did the inspiration for this come from and how does it work with the Mobiüs Pro
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A: We love drawing on iPads and use a lot of drawing apps.  One of the features that we believe is lacking in most drawing apps is a quick way to draw a straight line. A few apps have it, but we don’t believe the apps implement it in a quick and easily useable way.  The edgē (pronounced ed-gee) straight edge allows you to see the whole drawing through it, so it is easy to draw the line where you want it.  The edgē works the same way as a ruler or other straight edge tool used with a pen and paper but it is designed to work with touchscreen tablets.  We think the edgē makes drawing on an ipad a better experience by creating a more pen and paper feel.

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Q: The price for the Mobiüs Pro Dragonfly stylus starts at only $30 which seems like a bargain for a product of this quality. What do backers get for their money and what options can they add on?

A: We actually are charging $25 for the mobius pro [dragonfly], but the way kickstarter works shipping can’t be a separate fee so we included 5 dollars for shipping into the price.  The mobius pro [dragonfly] comes with two different sized tips and an extra of each by default.  We have upgrade options to either get a metal carry case or an edge with the stylus.  We also offer a combo of two styluses including a clear (silver) and any other color.  This allows you to mix tops and bottoms (the colored and silver is pretty cool together as is black and silver).  For people who like handmade things and really want to support our project we have a combo including a stylus and a spin-top, the spin-tops are all individually handmade by me, as a token of our appreciation.

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Q: What’s next for v23next?

A: Once the kickstarter is funded we will be busy fulfilling it. We really like the way kickstarter works and have a few more ideas in the works.  We designed the mobius pro [dragonfly] in a way that we could easily make add ons or new interchangeable parts so we may have some in store at a later date. (So keep an eye out!) Through making our original mobius pro stylus we have realized that a stylus is not only used by artist.  The mobius pro [dragonfly] may have been designed with the artist in mind but every feature makes use easier whatever the use.  Whether you’re an artist, a designer, a writer, a doctor, just doodling, or just a general tablet user browsing the internet, the mobius pro [dragonfly] is the stylus for you!

 Thank you Andrew, I already thought the Mobiüs Pro Dragonfly was a great stylus and after learning more about the design and craftmaship behind it I’m more excited than ever. I backed the Designer Green stylus on Kickstarter and can’t wait for it to arrive. If you are interested in the Mobiüs Pro Dragonfly and edgé from v23next take a look at their Kickstarter campaign and choose your favorite color. 

Mobiüs Pro Dragonfly on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/998843186/mobius-pro-dragonfly-stylus

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Let’s get Hi-Fi Color for Comics back in print!

Six years ago Hi-Fi Color for Comics revealed the secret tips, tricks, and techniques of digital comic book coloring in a way that made it fast and easy to learn how to color comic book art the way professional colorists do. In the years since its release, Hi-Fi Color for Comics found its way into the hands of over 10,000 enthusiastic fans, students, and aspiring comic book creators around the world. By Fall 2012 every copy of Hi-Fi Color for Comics the publisher had printed were sold out. With the book out of print used copies of Hi-Fi Color for Comics started trading at double, triple, even quadruple the original $25 cover price. Clearly demand for Hi-Fi Color for Comics existed but with the entire book industry in peril the original publisher was not in a position to green light additional printings of the book.

Flash forward to 2014, Kristy and I have now obtained the publishing rights to Hi-Fi Color for Comics and we are looking at our best options for getting the book back in print. Several publishers have shown real interest but sadly too, a lack of vision wanting to simply reprint the existing book and shuffle it off to schools and libraries to make a quick buck. In the past six years much has changed in the world of digital color and comic books. The current version of Adobe Photoshop dwarfs Photoshop CS2 which was new when we wrote Hi-Fi Color for Comics and in our minds a reprinting of the book just won’t do. Kristy and I want to bring you a fully revised and updated version of Hi-Fi Color for Comics.

We have chosen to walk away from the old way of publishing books and to team up with you, our readers, to build a new and better Hi-Fi Color for Comics. We plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign in March to fund the printing of the revised and updated Hi-Fi Color for Comics. We have reached out to Original Hi-Fi Color for Comics editor, Amy Jeynes, who has agreed to come an board to ensure the new and updated tutorials give you clear direction while challenging you to push beyond your comfort zone. Eric White (HueDoo.com forums moderator and creator of the Hi-Fi Color for Comics Facebook Group) working behind the scenes with content delivery and printing companies to bring you the highest quality book and bonus content. We are also working with friends in the industry like Comicraft and Comixology to lend their expertise to this project. Whether you choose the print version, digital version, or both the new Hi-Fi Color for Comics will be best resource for learning the art of digital comic book coloring.

Without the resources of a large publisher our biggest challenge will be alerting supporters about Hi-Fi Color for Comics. This is where you can help now, before the Kickstarter Campaign launches. This project will be of interest to everyone with a passion for comic book coloring and we invite you to spread the word. Share this blog post and sign up for e-mail updates below to receive updates leading up to and during the Kickstarter campaign for Hi-Fi Color for Comics.

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Stay tuned for new information including news about new art and artist for tutorials, what you can expect from the new Hi-Fi Color for Comics, and of course how you can get involved and ensure the success of the campaign to get Hi-Fi Color for Comics back in print.

Let’s do this!

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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Hi-Fi at SDCC 2013

Is it that time of year already? The largest comic-con in the universe is upon us as the comics industry grinds to a halt and makes the annual pilgrimage to San Diego, California for Comic-Con International, or as it is more  commonly referred to, San Diego Comic-Con. Once again Hi-Fi HQ will be at WORLD FAMOUS COMICS booth #5560 (if you are new to SDCC booth #5560 is in the main hall just inside entrance G).

Members of team Hi-Fi will be on hand to sign your favorite comics, review your portfolio, and answer your questions about digital color and iPad art. Hi-Fi is dedicated to art education and to that end we are presenting 2 panels this year:

Painting 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 (Meet the Marvel Superheroes) demonstrate how to 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.

Thursday July 18, 2013 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 30CDE

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 (Batman: The Dark Knight) and Kristy Miller (Spongebob Squarepants) demonstrate the step-by-step 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. Q&A session follows.

Friday July 19, 2013 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 30CDE

Other talented creators will also be featured at World Famous Comics and there will be amazing original artwork and prints for sale. See you there!

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Summer Convention Season kicks off

Hi-Fi is attending Phoenix Comicon Memorial Day Weekend and gearing up for San Diego Comic-Con in July. At each convention we will be signing comics, demonstrating digital color and paint techniques for Photoshop on Mac/PC as well as creating comics with the iPad. We hope to see you there!

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Hi-Fi Schedule Phoenix Comicon 2013

Appearing all weekend long at booth #2235

Friday Noon: Story time with Wick & Kelty in the READING CORNER

Friday 3PM room 124B Digital Color for Comics – Learn how to color comic books like the pros

Saturday 3PM room 124B Making Comics with the iPad – Learn which apps and stylus pens work best

See you at Phoenix Comicon and stay tuned for SDCC info…