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Kubert School partners with Hi-Fi colour design

The Kubert School partners with Hi-Fi for Digital Coloring online studies program

UPDATE: New Summer Session added. Classes start June 3rd!

The Kubert School has teamed up with comic coloring studio Hi-Fi colour design to offer a new six-week online course aimed at those wanting to hone their comic book coloring skills.

“We are so proud and appreciate the incredible response to our Online Studies Program. These courses are being taught by some of the finest working professionals in the industry today,” says Anthony Marques, President of The Kubert School. “These are live and interactive, so the student gets the most of their time learning under our instructor’s guidance. The Kubert School, well known for its premiere curriculum in cartooning and graphic art, works tirelessly to ensure we bring the best education to everyone who enrolls in one of our courses.”

Founded 45 years ago by the legendary artist and creator, Joe Kubert, The Kubert School is committed to providing a personalized education that will stretch the limits of each student’s talents and potential.

This class takes place over six weeks, once a week, for a total of 6 sessions.

– SPRING SESSION: Mondays, April 20th – May 25th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET.

– SUMMER SESSION: Mondays, June 8th – July 13th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm ET.

To register for this classes, please visit Kubert Online Studies page and select DIGITAL COLORING
http://kubertschool.edu/art-programs/online-studies.html  
Space is limited.

Digital Coloring – Students develop their use of color, tools, and techniques geared towards the illustration and comic book markets. Utilizing Photoshop students will produce quality samples that will include a variety of covers and narrative art pages.
Software Required: Adobe Photoshop

Instructors: BRIAN & KRISTY MILLER

Brian & Kristy Miller are founders of the digital color studio Hi-Fi Colour Design. The team at Hi-Fi colors comics like The Flash, Aquaman, Doctor Who, Superman, Teen Titans, Harley Quinn, Scooby Apocalypse, and more. As the authors of several art-instruction books including; Hi-Fi Color for Comics, the creative duo is also focused on art education. They created Hi-Fi Academy as an outreach program where they visit schools and art galleries to share comic art education with the public. In addition to his work coloring comics, Brian is also a respected illustrator known for his work for Star Wars, The X-Files, Doctor Who, Rick & Morty, and Archer as well as his pop culture and gallery artwork. In addition to running Hi-Fi, Kristy is an anthropology/archaeology professor and will finish her PhD in education next month.

 

 

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Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2018 – ENROLLMENT OPEN!

Hi-Fi Boot Camp 2018 Registration is now OPEN.

Looking to level up your comic coloring skills?

Or maybe you’re seeking a career change that gives you more free time and flexibility?

Hi-Fi Academy 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! The previous editions of Boot Camp sold-out in record time. Don’t delay, register today to secure your seat at Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2018!

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

Included in your registration fee:

  • Entrance to all workshops Nov. 9-11
  • Includes group projects + one-on-one learning time with Hi-Fi founders Brian & Kristy Miller
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Networking and educational activities

Optional Extras:

  • Friday Night Group Dinner
  • Saturday Night Group Dinner
  • Hotel: The Graduate hotel has a room block set aside for Hi-Fi Boot Camp 2018 HERE. Your hotel stay is NOT included in the registration fee.  The Graduate is the official host hotel of Hi-Fi Boot Camp, but you are welcome to stay anywhere you like.

Host Hotel Info | Workshop Schedule & Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Are you ready to level up? Register below today!

Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form below. NOTE: All registration fees must be received before October 27th to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2018 Workshop Info

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is still a few months away but we wanted to provide you with an idea of the schedule we are planning for November 9th – 11th, 2018.

Workshop location:

The Graduate Hotel & Resort, 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, Nov 9th

4:30-6:30 PM: Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp check-in

  • Receive your registration pack and Boot Camp Badge

  • Getting to know your hardware & software

  • Introduction to Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp

  • Comic Coloring as a creative process

7:00-9:00 PM: Welcome dinner (not included in registration fee). Your chance to get to know Hi-Fi’s Brian & Kristy Miler, meet other students, and some surprise comic creators may make an appearance too.

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Saturday, Nov 10th

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   Saturday evening dinner (not included in registration fee) for those who want to attend

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Sunday, Nov 11th

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

1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Student portfolio review

  • Hi-Fi Academy 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 (class demos will be taught using the latest version of Photoshop CC)

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

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

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Host 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.
All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2017 Workshop Info

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is still a few months away but we wanted to provide you with an idea of the schedule we are planning for November 10th – 12th, 2017.

Workshop location:

The Graduate Hotel & Resort, 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, Nov 10th

4:30-6:30 PM: Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp check-in

  • Receive your registration pack and Boot Camp Badge

  • Getting to know your hardware & software

  • Introduction to Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp

  • Comic Coloring as a creative process

7:00-9:00 PM: Meet & Greet – light snacks and appetizers provided, cash bar. Your chance to get to know Hi-Fi’s Brian & Kristy Miler, meet other students, and some surprise comic creators may make an appearance too.

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Saturday, Nov 11th

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   Saturday evening dinner (not included) for those who want to attend

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Sunday, Nov 12th

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

1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Student portfolio review

  • Hi-Fi Academy 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

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

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Host 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.
All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

Pursue your passion at Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016

UPDATE — Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016 is SOLD-OUT! Registration is now closed. 
Stay tuned for announcements regarding future iPad and Comic Coloring Boot Camp events.

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

Hi-Fi Academy 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!

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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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Included in your registration fee:

  • Entrance to all workshops Nov. 11-13
  • Includes group projects + one-on-one learning time with Hi-Fi founders Brian & Kristy Miller
  • Friday Night Meet & Greet with Phoenix area comic professionals & live drawing
  • Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
  • Lunch Saturday & Sunday
  • Networking and educational activities

Hotel NOT included.  We have an amazing host hotel, The Graduate, but you are welcome to stay anywhere you like.

Host Hotel Info | Workshop Schedule & Info | Questions? Contact Kristy Miller

Are you ready to level up? Register below today!

Payment options via PayPal will appear after you fill out and submit the registration form below. NOTE: All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

 

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016 Workshop Info

UPDATE — Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016 is SOLD-OUT! Registration is now closed. 
Stay tuned for announcements regarding future iPad and Comic Coloring Boot Camp events.

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp is still a few months away but we wanted to provide you with an idea of the schedule we are planning for November 11th – 13th, 2015.

Workshop location:

The Graduate Hotel & Resort, 225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Friday, Nov 11th

4:30-6:30 PM: Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp check-in

  • Receive your registration pack and Boot Camp Badge

  • Getting to know your hardware & software

  • Introduction to Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp

  • Comic Coloring as a creative process

7:00-9:00 PM: Meet & Greet – light snacks and appetizers provided, cash bar. Your chance to get to know Hi-Fi’s Brian & Kristy Miler, meet other students, and some surprise comic creators may make an appearance too.

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Saturday, Nov 12th

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   Saturday evening dinner (not included) for those who want to attend

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Sunday, Nov 13th

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

1:00-3:00 PM: Afternoon Sessions including

  • Student portfolio review

  • Hi-Fi Academy 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

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

Are you ready? REGISTER NOW below | Host 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.
All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016 Hotel Info

UPDATE — Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp 2016 is SOLD-OUT! Registration is now closed.
Stay tuned for announcements regarding future iPad and Comic Coloring Boot Camp events.

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

Hi-Fi Academy’s Boot Camp is coming to the The Graduate, in Tempe, Arizona, November 11th – 13th, 2016.

Escape the Fall chill for three days of comic coloring workshops in sunny Arizona. Tempe features parks, galleries, shops, restaurants, and night life all within walking distance of The Graduate. There is also light rail to transport you from Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to Tempe avoiding the need for a taxi or uber ride. The hotel features a swimming pool and two on site dining options.

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The Graduate is the host hotel for Hi-Fi Academy Boot Camp. While we hope you choose to stay with us at The Graduate your hotel stay is NOT included in your registration fee and you are welcome to stay anywhere you like. Just be sure to be at The Graduate each day for the workshops.

A stay at The Graduate features:

  • HD TV

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Docking Stations

  • Refrigerator & Coffee Maker

  • Safe, Iron/Ironing Board

  • 24 hour fitness center and outdoor pool

  • Complimentary shuttle service (contact hotel for details)

  • Self parking $6 per night

  • Pet friendly

Transportation Options:

  • Light Rail ($4 for a day pass) — http://www.valleymetro.org/metrolightrail

  • Taxi/Uber

  • Shuttle Services

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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 (class demos will be taught using the latest version of Photoshop CC)

  • A Wacom graphics tablet or Cintiq

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.
All registration fees must be received before October 21st to reserve your seat at this workshop. No payments will be accepted after that date.

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.

Center Stage

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

Gallery Gala

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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Images courtesy Herald Times Reporter

One-On-One

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

Playing Tourist

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.