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Hey everyone,

Just a quick journal to let you know that the long out of print HiFi Color for Comics instructional book is Being re-released again through a Kickstarter campaign!

Brian and Kristy Miller managed to get the rights back for the book from the original publisher and have been in the process of updating all of the existing content and putting together lots of new stuff for the modern age of comic book coloring. so even if you have the original book this will be fantastic as a resource and it will only get better the more we support it, check out the stretch goals and rewards.

The link is here…

spread the word and try your best to help in any way you can. it would be a great investment to the whole industry.

a shout out to :iconfableimpact: & :iconrosshughes: for bringing this to my attention.
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Behave yourselves.

To be honest, that's about the only strict rule we have. We want to keep the gallery quality high - obviously this will mean not everyone's art is going to be accepted. We expect submitters to understand this and we will not tolerate hissy fits. Everyone is capable of frustration and, to a point, that's perfectly understandable. However, if it's constantly repeated, while we don't want to ban people (and dont yet really know how), if someone is repeatedly causing a stir because we didn't accept their work, we'll soon figure it out. This group is for professionals and people who want to be professionals, and we expect appropriate behaviour. So to spell it out completely so its absolutely clear - act professional!

With that unpleasantness out of the way...

While we have fairly high expectations for the gallery quality, we would like to keep the mood around this place pretty light hearted. Ideally we'd like to create a place here that you can be proud to submit your work to, and also be happy to hang out here and be a part of the community, and if everyone carries on in the same spirit we don't really need any more rules.

So here's how the group works
(this may be subject to change as we figure stuff out)

Membership: we have 3 basic levels of membership - you can only apply for basic membership, but all applications are automatically approved. We're happy for anyone & everyone to join the group, no matter what your interest in coloring.

Members - basic membership is intended for those who are starting out in coloring, but who aren't quite ready for professional work. Also welcome are publishers, studios and other prospective employers who'd like to keep an eye on our galleries, and anyone else who'd like to tag along, really. Members are elegible to enter group contests and submit announcements to the Promotions Pad. If any member's submissions to the group show consistent high quality they may be upgraded to...
Contributors - this group is reserved for those who have already shown they're ready to work in coloring (or very nearly), and as such you can only become a Contributor by invitation, or by having a normal membership upgraded. In addition to normal member benefits, Contributors can submit to all folders (including placing an ad-card in our 'for hire' gallery), and can vote on submissions (tho we ask that you don't vote for your *own* submissions - let's try to keep things relatively impartial ;D).
Moderators - once we get things going properly we'll be looking for a few moderators to help us run things. Moderators will need to know their stuff regarding coloring so will probably be drawn from our contributors, and each will be given a specific job within the group.


All submissions to the group are subject to voting. And we really mean all ... even the founders! We have very high expectations for submissions so make sure you're submitting only your best pieces. Also note that we only accept examples of coloring - if your submission is something you've colored over your own drawing we class this as illustration, and therefor not appropriate for this group. We have established a rough criteria for what will be accepted, so our voters should hopefully be fairly consistent. If your submission is not accepted and you don't understand why, please pop a comment in the submission-pending-box-thingy in your message center, and we'll do our best to explain our reasons.
A member can submit 1 piece per week into the member's and critique galleries, while a contributor can currently submit 2 pieces per day to any of the galleries. We will not accept any more than 2 submissions per person into the featured gallery per week.

Colorist for hire section:

... is a work in progress at the moment, but what we want to do with that section is allow contributors to submit promotional posters/info cards for themselves as colorists. The folder will appear on the front page with its entries set to random, so anyone looking for a colorist will be able to see your work and whatever information you would like to include.

We may also add a section for potential clients to post ads this same way.

Critique Corner:

Pretty self explanatory - this is where you post work you would like to receive feedback for. This is not an open submission folder for you to put whatever you want in - it will still be regulated, though not as highly as the rest of the galleries. We can't guarantee you'll always received critique, but what critique is given will be very honest. You may not always like what you hear, but we'll always try to do our best to help you improve your techniques.

Promotions Pad

If you have a new book coming out, a nice wee contest our members might enjoy, or really anything else related to coloring that you want to let everyone know about, the Promotions Pad is there for you. Just drop a note to the group, mark it PP in the subject-line (for example: PP - coloring contest), and we'll pop it up if it's appropriate. The Pad is prominently featured at the top of our main group profile, so should be seen by most of our visitors.


Promo pad

Welcome to the Promo Pad!

Do you have a book coming out? Have you spotted a colouring contest? Is there something else you're just itching to let our members know about? Then this is the place for you!

The Promo Pad is here for any member who wants to get the word out about anything relevant to the group. It doesn't matter whether you're a colourist, a publisher or just an observant wanderer - if there's anything you think our members would like to hear about, let us know! Just drop us a note (marked "PP" in the subject), and I'll pop it up here!


Well, it's been a while since I've had anything to post on here, huh? Come on guys, no contests to promote? No books coming out? If you don't let me know what you're up to, I can't pass the news on to the rest. So remember, keep me posted!

:iconwinter-city-comics: Thankfully, I do have a little something to throw your way. Pat Purcell is the creator of a great wee 80's-noir-styled book called Winter City. He's putting together issue 5, and thought he'd offer the pinup as a colouring contest. The lines are by "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" artist Wayne Nichols - I'll post a thumbnail along with links to more info about the project below. Deadline's January 1st, so get your entries in!

on dA: Winter-City-Comics
Winter City pinup by FlowComa:iconflowcoma:

Other than that, Battle Artist still seems to be going strong. I'm a bit out of the loop on that one these days, but it looks like voting is on for the lines to be used in Color Battle 20 - get your votes in if you're in the game!…


updated 16-11-12


Useful links and resources

We will link to Colorist relevant resources here from DA and beyond! let us know if you find a great referance to share!

Great Groups:

Outside of DA:
Sean Ellery's website
Jonathan Glapion's Website…
Digital webbing forum…
Gutterzombie forum…


:iconcomicforcolorist: ComicforColorist :iconindiegraphicnovels: IndieGraphicNovels Indie And Self-Published Artists :iconcomicartnetwork: ComicArtNetwork dA Comic Book Artists :iconbattle-artist: Battle-Artist Battle Artist :iconcomicteamup: ComicTeamUp comic penciler inker colorist


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ZackMurdock Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I have been coloring for a while (without putting my lineart on a separate layer.)
I must learn how to do so as it seems to clearly be a key stage in the coloring process. I have searched all over the internet but simply cannot find any way that makes sense! a step by step guide from when I open the ink file, to when im ready to start flatting would be extremely helpful! if you can get back to me as soon as possible, it would help me out a great deal!
SeanE Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Read the "Cici" tutorial on my website -->

that will tell you how to make the lineart into a channel. It's for photoshop 5 but it's basically the same for higher versions. I'm sure you'll work it out...
ZackMurdock Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes indeed!
ive got it now, thanks for your help!
MINO21c Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What do you all do to improve your coloring skill? 
RossHughes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Like Sean mentioned, the best thing you can do to improve is to keep practicing and work to figure out what works best for you.  Keep trying new things and you'll eventually develop your skills and find your style.  Get your work out there and ask for people's honest opinions on it.  Do your best to stay away from asking friends and family though, as they're most likely not going to give you anything more than encouragement, which is nice to hear, but isn't always constructive.  ;)
SeanE Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Practise and observation
MINO21c Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you practice? Do you just color a lot? Or is there any specific you do for practice?
SeanE Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pick something, get some ideas in your head and give them a shot...
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ZackMurdock Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
can anyone explain how to color your lineart?
(see walking dead issue 129 cover trees for example)
RossHughes Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Here is a tutorial that I did a loooong while ago.  It should help you cover the basics and give you a few tips to start you on your way.…
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