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Spider-man on a football field
I was doodling in Procreate will watching the NFL playoffs, then two hours later I had this. What do I do with a picture of Spidey on football field?! :)

Painted by me in Procreate. 
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POSTAL #24 WITCHBLADE homage variant
Lines by Isaac Goodhart. Colors by me! 

Check out www.coloringcomics.com for info on my new course! The site now includes two courses - 100+ lessons, over 20 hours of content! 
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New course announcement!
I'm happy to announce the launch of a new coloring course at www.coloringcomics.com which now includes TWO courses - 100+ tutorials & 20 hours of total content! The new course's perks include a live monthly class & a private FB group. Check it all out at the link! :)

Here's the full curriculum: 

Course 1 - Core Concepts (The original course)
  1. Getting Started

    1. Introduction

    2. Course outline

    3. Tools of the Trade

    4. What is a colorist?

    5. Installing Photoshop presets

    6. Manual tool settings

    7. Downloadable resources

    8. Photoshop add-ons

  2. Line Art Preparation

    1. Sample pages

    2. How to set up line art

    3. Cleaning up line art

    4. Set up your layers

  3. Photoshop tools

    1. Introduction to tools

    2. Keyboard shortcuts

    3. My custom shortcuts

    4. Using the Lasso Tool

    5. Using the Bucket Tool

    6. Using the Magic Wand

    7. Using the Brush & Pencil

    8. Using the Gradient Tool

  4. Color Theory

    1. Introduction to color theory

    2. Hue, saturation, & value

    3. Warm & cool colors

    4. Using complementary schemes

    5. Analogous & monochromatic schemes

    6. When red is not red!

    7. Avoiding muddy colors

  5. Flatting

    1. How to flat properly

  6. Storytelling

    1. Introduction

    2. Storytelling examples

    3. Working with planes

    4. Using separations and panel layers

    5. Checking your values

    6. Level of detail

  7. Rendering styles

    1. The “Layer via copy” trick

    2. Lighting angles

    3. Cut & grad

    4. Cel-shaded

    5. Painterly

    6. Flat

  8. Coloring walkthrough

    1. Part 1

    2. Part 2

    3. Part 3

    4. Part 4

    5. Part 5

  9. Coloring techniques

    1. How to change the color of the line art

    2. Using brush modes

    3. Creating special effects

    4. How surfaces impact lighting

    5. Multiple light sources

    6. Shifting scene colors

    7. Using layer masks

    8. Using adjustment layers

    9. Using textures

  10. Final prep

    1. Preparing pages for print (CMYK conversion)

    2. Batch processing

    3. Preparing pages for use online

    4. Project organization tips

  11. The business of coloring

    1. Building your portfolio

    2. Finding work

    3. Tips of collaboration

    4. How I “broke in”

    5. Exit survey

  12. Bonus tutorials

    1. Real-time walkthrough

    2. Gradient maps

    3. Real-time walkthrough


Course 2 - Masterclass
  1. Getting started

    1. What you need to know before starting

    2. About the instructor

    3. Course tour

    4. Resources (useful links, PS presets, pre-flatted pages)

    5. Manual tool presets

    6. Photoshop extensions & brushes

    7. Double-check your settings

    8. Monthly Q&A / Facebook group info

    9. Layering & rendering methods

    10. Subtractive/negative rendering

  2. Rendering techniques

    1. How to think in 3D

    2. The trick to rendering hair

    3. How to make sense of faces, part 1

    4. How to make sense of faces, part 2

    5. How to make skin look alive!

    6. How to think about anatomy & study references

    7. How to create clouds (and when not to!)

    8. How to create great glass

    9. Forging metals

    10. Conjuring lightning & energy bolts

    11. Creating glinting reflections & glares

  3. Color concepts

    1. Choosing the correct light and shadow colors

    2. Methods of color blending

    3. How to create minimal palettes that work

    4. Why red is weird!

    5. Color psychology

  4. Storytelling

    1. Using value & contrast as a weapon

    2. When realism is bad!

    3. What color should this background be?

    4. Using multiply mode

    5. Using overlay mode

    6. How to match coloring styles to line art

  5. Leveling up with adjustment layers

    1. Using solid color layers

    2. Cleaning up lineart (new & improved technique!)

    3. When you should use vibrance instead of saturation

    4. Technique demo

    5. A powerful new rendering method

    6. Final color correction

    7. Coloring in RGB vs CMYK

  6. Hardware & software

    1. Which tablet is best?

    2. Photoshop & alternatives

    3. The nerdy hardware part

  7. Industry FAQ

  8. Bonus full-issue walkthroughs

    1. GLITTERBOMB #1

    2. HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1

    3. HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN #1

  9. Bonus coloring demos

    1. GLITTERBOMB #3, page 12

    2. POSTAL #25 cover


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Spider-man / Black Cat pinup by Joe Mulvey
Lines by Joe Mulvey
Colors by me

Joe posted this on Twitter, and I asked if I could color it. I thought it was awesome! :)

You can download the layered PSD file on my Patreon along with a video explanation of all the layers exclusively for Patrons. 
You can watch the coloring happen in real-time.  Going public on Thursday, August 3. Get it early at this link. 
You can watch the coloring happen in ten minutes to relaxing music. Coming Thursday, August 3.

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Streaming Hack/Slash #5 colors! There's a chat in the Hangout. I'll answer when I can, but I'll mostly be coloring! plus.google.com/events/ck2e9lj…

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Current Residence: Long Beach MS
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SquatchArt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd absolutely love to get my hands on the brushes you use but I really can't afford the course right now to get them! Do you offer the brushes for sale anywhere? Also, which of Kyle's brush sets would you recommend?
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kmichaelrussell Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Kyle's Megapack has tons. Much of what I use is free - Borodante, KNKL both have free brush packs. 
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SquatchArt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah alright. I'll try to find those and try them out. Your work inspires me so I'd love to try your coloring methods out with the right brushes!
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kmichaelrussell Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'll say this though. Don't get too caught up in brushes. I use a regular soft round brush a lot. It's just a tool. Brushes don't matter that much. 
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ZethKeeper Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, Michael, I've found this interesting material on 13th Dimension about coloring.
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KajimiStarship Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been trying the draw in the style you use. 

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I'm also trying focal points. What do i need to better this.
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kmichaelrussell Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, 

I believe you might be coloring on a monitor that is far too bright. It's almost impossible to tell what's happening, and the colors are way too dark. Watch this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY_XRZ…
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KajimiStarship Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank, I will watch this. In fact, I have done a new version of the same one. 
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ZethKeeper Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Michael, can you do a video or give an advice about how to be fast? Sometimes I spend about 15 hours just for one page (both flats and rendering). How can I improve my coloring speed? Thanks!
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