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5 Week Online Course | Mondays, October 27 – November 24, 2014 | Instructor: Chris Sotomayor

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Professional Techniques: Coloring & Rendering

Whether you’ve taken our Intro or Advanced coloring courses, or you’re just looking to brush up your skills, this class is designed to give you a crash course in different coloring and rendering styles.

Over these five weeks, colorist Chris Sotomayor will cover basic and advanced rendering techniques, harmonizing your work, and creating depth, as well as some observational painting tips & tricks. Your work will receive valuable, personalized critiques every week.

As always, the weekly homework assignments will give you plenty of opportunities to apply everything you’ll be learning, and the group environment allows for our trademark interaction and plenty of Q&A.

This course has no prerequisites, so anyone at any skill level can join at any time. But if you’ve already taken the Intro or Advanced classes, you’ll find this very beneficial in taking your work to the next level.

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  • Details
  • Instructor
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  • Requirements
  • Course meets between 9:00 and 11:00 pm ET, for five weeks.
  • You will learn from best-selling and highly respected colorist Chris Sotomayor (Avengers, X-Men, Supreme Power, Batman, Firestorm).
  • You’ll get Chris’s lessons, lectures and discussions!
  • You’ll also get exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum.
  • You’ll have access to recordings of any class session for the duration of the course and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
  • Class size is limited to keep it awesome!
Chris Sotomayor

Chris Sotomayor has a reputation of being the fastest color artist in the business, and has been a mainstay at Marvel Comics since 1996. He’s proven himself time and again having worked on their top properties, including Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, Daredevil, Captain AmericaHulk, and many others, as well as working on titles for DC Comics, Image Comics and Humanoids. Past breakout works include Supreme Power/Squadron Supreme and Captain Marvel.

In addition to his own coloring work, Soto (as we lovingly call him) also owns and operates SotoColor, a coloring and comics studio in which he finds work for and develops the talents of literally dozens of working, top-ranked colorists in the industry. And he’s ready to apply those skills to helping YOU!


If you can’t wait for the next Introduction to Comic Book Coloring course to start—and who can—then this might be the one for you. It focuses on special techniques—a different technique each week–so it’s open to anyone.

What’s the difference between this course an Introduction to Comic Book Coloring course?

The Introduction course builds each week, on the week prior to it. What the Professional Techniques courses do is create a single and complete lesson in each week. In the case of this course, you’ll learn a different rendering technique each week, so you’re not so much building on the week before to create one giant mansion of an image, as you are learning how to build five different kinds of houses by the course’s end.

What if I don’t know Photoshop?
Don’t worry! We cover everything you need to know for coloring comics—and we’ll do it quickly and in a friendly manner. We’ll slow down if we need to.

We wouldn’t substitute this class for a Photoshop class if you want to be a graphic designer, but if you just want to color comics, we’ll have you covered!

What do I do after the class?
Color more awesome art! Hone your craft and take the comics industry by storm!

Do I need to know a whole lot about comics?
Absolutely not. All Professional Techniques courses are designed for total beginners and those seeking to improve their craft. The class has a quick pace, so if you’re very new, be prepared to work, but one thing we pride ourselves on at Comics Experience is our ability to teach to an individual’s skill level.

Do I need to be a computer wiz for the class?
Nope. Not one bit. You need to have high-speed Internet access. We recommend that you have headphones with a microphone to plug into your computer, but that’s by no means necessary. Ultimately, you don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, though we like hearing your voice!

It’s simple once you’re in your first class, we’re sure you’ll get comfortable very quickly.

What computer programs do I need for this course?
You’ll need Photoshop. Any version of Photoshop should do! The basics are the same and have been since the beginning. If necessary, we’ll do some general troubleshooting with folks as they encounter differences in different versions of the program.

When does the class meet and for how long?
The Professional Techniques: Coloring & Rendering course meets once a week for five weeks. It meets between 9:00 pm ET and 11:00 pm ET. The course is held live.

What if I miss a class?
All of our classes are recorded and available to view via streaming link for the duration of the course. And on top of that, you’ll have exclusive access to the Comics Experience forum set up just for the class. You’ll be able to interact with the rest of your class all week long at any time!

If I don’t live in the United States, can I still take the course?
You bet. We’ve had students jump in from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America. Some of these students have not been able to attend live, but they’ve viewed the recordings and interacted with their classmates online!

If I don’t want a career in comics, and just like making comics or even just want to learn more about the art form I love, is this class right for me?
Sure it is! How better to expand your knowledge and understanding of comics than by engaging with creators? And that’s what most of our students are—they’re creators. It’s a great place to learn just for fun if you wish too. We’d love to have you!

How do I sign up?
Click on the PayPal button and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.

Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

In order to complete the work, the following system requirements are recommended:

  • Photoshop (any version, preferably 7 or higher: 7, 8, 9, or CS, CS2, CS3 or CS4)
  • At least a mouse, preferably a pressure sensitive tablet
  • 1 Gigabyte of RAM

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

  • A computer or mobile device that meets Adobe Connect’s minimum requirements
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Headphones/ear buds with microphone (optional, but strongly suggested)
  • A mind like a sponge!