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Comic Book Coloring with Steve Firchow

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Steve Firchow gives an overview of how to color a comic cover from beginning to end in Adobe Photoshop. He begins with setting up a piece of black and white line art and describes his process for choosing colors, making rendering decisions and balancing color, light and detail. In addition, he discusses techniques for improved speed and the differences between coloring covers vs. interior comic pages.

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Comics are unique in the world of art in that creating one is truly a collaborative effort and I have had the good fortune in my career to have a master like Steve Firchow as an artistic partner. Ask any artist and they'll tell you the thrill of creation usually ends when they finish the work. That's a shame because for me, once I've done my part, the anticipation of Steve enhancing and completing my work just keeps the thrill going. And that, as they say, is priceless. --Marc Silvestri - CEO/Penciller Top Cow Productions, Inc.

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  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Digital Tutors
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013TPNR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you're like me, you've been skeptical that you could really learn anything from some DVD art tutorial. But I decided to take a chance on "Comic Book Coloring with Steve Firchow" and was not disappointed. In an entertaining, detailed, and surprisingly quick moving 3-hour tutorial (yes, that's right - 3 hours!) Firchow (known for his superlative coloring work on a number of Image Comics' Top Cow comic book titles) takes you from the very first step to the last of coloring a brilliant piece of comic art penciled by Dave Finch and inked by Joe Weems.

As I mentioned earlier, this tutorial is 3 hours. How it is set up is Firchow was recorded coloring the piece (he notes that it took him 13 hours), and in the video he is narrating the footage, which is greatly sped up to make it 3 hours. While it might seem that the tutorial would move too fast, in reality it works very well, and Firchow proves himself an able and entertaining teacher. It should be noted, though, that this is not a DVD in the traditional sense - it is less a movie than a computer program: the tutorial itself is in Quicktime and I don't think it will play on a conventional DVD player. I play it on my MacBook and it works just fine. If you don't have Quicktime on you computer, don't worry - the disc has a link on it so you can download it.

The Good: A brilliant tutorial. I've been teaching myself how to do computer coloring out of books for a few years now, and a number of Firchow's techniques either I'd never heard of, or I'd never tried because they seemed too difficult. Having seen him do them on screen, with his clear explanations, makes me realize they're actually not all that difficult.
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Very insightful and helpful to an artist who only knew just drawing and inking. It is a great plus for any artist to have.
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i knew what i was buying, i knew it was going to be a long lecture type video, i watched many of these in college and though they always know what they are doing, some of these trainers have a very monotone voice and it makes it very hard to get through the video, and sometimes it even takes away from the excitement you have about doing your project. while he wasnt the most boring and most difficult person to listen to its certainly near the top of the list. that said if you can get through the lecture you are golden!!! this isn't beginners stuff so its hard to find tutorials that suite this level . so it is a good buy
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