7 Week online Course | Instructor: Chris Sotomayor

Advanced Comic Book Coloring


If the introduction course geared you up to take a crack at paid professional work, then the Comics Experience course on Advanced Coloring is for you! If you’re a working professional looking to improve your skills and learn in a group setting, then dig in, because colorist Chris Sotomayor has cooked up an incredible seven-week course that builds upon the skills developed in the level one course!

Covering how to customize paint brushes, dealing more in-depth with layers and special effects, creating time-saving Photoshop Actions, customizing your palette, enhancing your experimental styles, and increasing your overall skill level, this course is packed with insider information, tricks, tools, and insight that you can’t get anywhere else!

Bonus Guest speaker: One night during this session of the course, a guest professional color artist will drop in to review your work, give tips of his or her own, and take your questions directly! No other comics course offers this level of access to the working pros!

Prerequisite: You must have completed the Introduction to Comic Book Coloring course to enroll in the Advanced class.

  • You will color a complete story featuring artwork from the top comic book publishers.
  • You will learn several new coloring techniques.
  • You’ll get Chris Sotomayor’s wealth of experience and training.
  • You’ll meet a special guest colorist.
  • You also get exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum.
  • You’ll have access to recordings of any class in the series for the duration of the class and a few weeks after its conclusion—so you never have to miss a class!
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 America, Hulk, 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!

In the Intro course, you learned a straightforward methodology on how to approach coloring. This class breaks the door wide open, expanding into three other coloring techniques, including digital painting!

What do I actually do in this course?

Every student is given a number of professional pages to color. These are pages illustrated for actual Marvel, DC or IDW comics. You’ll have professional scripts and line art to use and reference. And the scans are good and clean; the kind you should be getting if you go pro!

What’s different in the Advanced class is that you’ll be learning different ways to color, different styles and approaches–it’s a massive leap forward from the Introductory course!

And best of all, by the end of the course, if you follow through, you’ll wind up with some portfolio pieces to boot!

What if I’m not a Photoshop master yet?

We’ll be building upon your working knowledge of Photoshop from the Introductory course, but don’t worry if you’re still not fast at it yet. We’re patient and the whole point is the journey. You’ll get there and we’ll help!

What do I do after the class?

You can start coloring your work or coloring the work of others! And you can always join the Comics Experience Creators Workshop and hone your coloring skills there with other artists and comic creators working toward similar goals! It’s a great place to grow your skill set and be a part of an honest and supportive community of artists!

What else will we be doing?

In addition to talking with Chris during the class sessions–and they are recorded if you have to miss one or more–you’ll also have exclusive access to a dedicated class member-only online forum where your class can meet online 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the course.

The forum is where you’ll be able to post your work for your class to review, comment on, and make suggestions. And likewise, you’ll be asked to comment on your fellow students’ stories as well. You’ll problem solve together and find new ways to color, work around story challenges, and punch up the dynamics!

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.

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, South America, and Africa. Not Antarctica yet, but give us time!Some of these students have not been able to attend live, but they’ve viewed the recordings and interacted with their classmates online!

Learning about comic storytelling is great, but do we get any practical industry advice?

You’ll get a LOT of practical industry advice. Networking is one of our main topics in all of our introductory courses. It’s, simply put, essential for anyone who wants a career in comics. We discuss relationship building and ways to get your foot in the door and where to go to meet the right people and so on.

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. We’d love to have you!

How do I sign up?

Purchase the course and you’ll get an email confirmation and instructions within two business days giving you everything you need to get started with the course.

There simply is no better comics coloring course offered–on the Internet or live. This is the best–period. If you want to color comics for fun or become a pro, your comics career starts here. Go ahead and reserve your spot today! Space is limited.

Prerequisite: You must have completed the Introduction to Comic Book Coloring course to enroll in the Advanced class.

Note: 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, CS4 or CS5)
  • At least a mouse, preferably a pressure sensitive tablet
  • 1 Gigabyte of RAM

To participate in our live online sessions you will need:

What if I need to cancel my enrollment?

Unfortunately, Comics Experience cannot provide a full refund for course enrollment once the course is purchased.

  • From the time of purchase until twenty-one (21) days before the class start date, 50% of the course fee can be refunded.
  • Between twenty (20) and seven (7) days prior to the class start date, 25% of the course fee can be refunded.
  • Six (6) days or fewer before the course start date, no refund will be issued.
  • We appreciate your understanding and compliance to help us keep costs down and to continue offering high quality courses.

Sal Monaco

 “Hands down best money I’ve spent, Soto is a great mentor who goes above and beyond to make sure his students are learning/improving. Take this class!!!”

Steven Dellasala

“Can’t recommend this class enough to everyone. The best teacher & the best classes. Well worth the investment.”