How to Color for Comics?

With so many tutorials on my site about how to write comics, I occasionally get asked about good resources for other parts of the comic creation process. Well, I’m happy to point people toward this one, and that’s not just because it has a Skullkickers pin-up in the example. 🙂


K Michael Russell has put together an extensive online course that walks through professional comic coloring techniques step-by-step. If you check out the course outline you’ll see an exhaustive number of subjects covered, all broken down into bite-sized pieces that make it easy to understand and refer back to.

There are two versions of the course offered for sale. One is streaming video off the site and the other one is downloadable so you can have the files stored locally on your computer and reference them any time.



When I was going through art school Photoshop was just coming into its own as production software and I had to learn a lot of these techniques through trial and error or by cobbling together tutorials from a variety of sources while asking friends for help. I wish I had something as clearly laid out and well organized as this course when I started digitally coloring my work.

Needless to say, I recommend it for people who want to produce pro quality comic coloring.


  1. Awesome! Can we please get some suggestions on where to learn lettering for comics too? Pretty please?

  2. Odd question, I am writing a comic and my friend is drawing it> I’ve started doing layouts and some lettering to take some pressure off of him. I was wondering how hard coloring is to learn with little to no art background as I would like to take on as much of the work as possible.

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