Monday, March 12, 2012

Enrollment Open! -- Intro to Art -- Advanced Coloring -- Intro to Writing Courses!

Comics Experience has three courses lined up that will help you build your skills and reach your comic book goals, whether that's breaking in or doing creator-owned work.

The three classes -- described below -- are open for enrollment right now and will likely sell out, so don't delay.

In fact, our Advanced Comic Book Writing class recently sold out, in record time, before we could even post about it on this blog!

Make 2012 your year for pursuing your comics career!


Introduction to Comic Book Art will be taught by Robert Atkins, a professional comic book artist who has worked on G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, Amazing Spider-Man, Heroes for Hire, Ultimatum Fantastic Four: Requiem and many others.

In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve your storytelling, what the professional standards are, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to build a great cover, and strategies to break into the business.

You’ll be asked to complete five pages of sequential comics pages under the guidance of your instructor and you’ll get all the behind the scenes tips Robert can pack into six weeks.

You can read what one of Robert's former students had to say about his teaching skills right here. Or check out Robert's art and get a sense of his teaching philosophy in this Guest Blog about the Intro class from August of last year.

Introduction to Comic Book Art with Robert Atkins
Begins April 26, 2012!


Advanced Comic Book Coloring will be taught by Chris Sotomayor (aka Soto), professional colorist on countless Marvel titles (Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, etc.).

If the Intro to Comic Book Coloring course just got you geared up to learn more and take a crack at paid professional work, then the 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 guru 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!

Plus you'll have a bonus guest speaker: One night during this session of the course, Laura Martin will drop in to review your work, give tips of her own, and take your questions directly! No other comics course offers this level of access to the working pros!

You can read Soto's own thoughts on why his coloring classes are even better than marriage right here!

Advanced Comic Book Coloring with Soto
Begins June 4, 2012!


Intro to Comic Book Writing will be taught by former Marvel and IDW Editor and writer, Andy Schmidt.

During his time at Marvel, Andy worked on nearly every major character in the Marvel canon, and edited hit titles such as X-Factor, the Annihilation saga, Alias, and more.

At IDW, he managed major franchises like GI Joe and Transformers. He is also the author of the Eagle Award-winning book, The Insider's Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, published by Impact Books.

In this six-week course, not only will you learn comic book writing from a pro, but the course will be packed with practical, real-world advice on the industry and "breaking in" to help you pursue your career in comics!

That's why Comics Experience alum, Nick Spencer, tweeted:
"For all aspiring comic pros asking for advice on craft/breaking in, I once again highly recommend Andy Schmidt's @ComicExperience courses."
A few years ago, Nick had to move to New York City to take Comics Experience classes (check out his guest blog here to read that tale). But you don't have to move, now that the courses are online. This one will sell out fast!

Introduction to Comic Book Writing with Andy Schmidt
Begins July 25, 2012!


Our courses are now offered LIVE, online, and you can attend from wherever you live. You'll be able to see your instructor and his desktop, interact with your classmates, and discuss your classwork in real time. And you'll be able to communicate with your classmates all week long in a special, dedicated online forum for just you and your class.

We hope to see you in our courses or as part of our Creators Workshop community. Sign up now!

If you want to make comics, write or draw comics, or improve as a comics creator, you'll find like-minded friends and colleagues in our online workshops and courses. We hope to see you there!

Posted by Rob Anderson
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