Jess Ruliffson is Here to Introduce the Principles of Using Color in Comics in 4 Live Sessions

At A Glance

When: For 4 weeks starting Wednesday June 21, 2023 at 1pm to 3pm Eastern

Where: Online via Zoom

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Cost: $249

Materials: Whatever color materials you have at hand

Bootleggers Guide to Color


Class demos will be done on Photoshop via screen share but I'll also post examples from other mediums I've used with color (gouache, watercolor, marker.) 

In class I will present an idea and show examples of this color approach, then will give a demo and an exercise to practice a new approach to color each week. 

By the end of the course you will feel confident in choosing color for your comics to enhance the meaning and drama of your storytelling.

In Detail

Week 1 - June 21 - Monochromes - Biggest bang for your buck - One Might Not Really Be The Loneliest Number - Using one color, white and black, considering how inking technique/contrast/line weight influences color on the page or screen

Week 2 - June 28 - Duotones - Beginning Layering Two Transparent colors to reveal other tones, one dark tone and one lighter tone, for Psychological drama (I took this approach in my graphic novel) How to think about contrast within your color choices

Week 3 - July 5 - Triad/Full Color/CMYK/Color Families - Finding your anchor color to tell a story - What Does Color Look Like in Your Head?

Week 4 - July 12 - Open palette - Using More Than Three Colors - How to Strategize Ambitious Color Ideas

Calls will include live instruction, discussion and exercises. 

Class videos, audios, chats and transcripts will be saved and archived. This course includes an exclusive community for sharing through the Mighty Network. 

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About the Instructor

Jess Ruliffson is an award-winning cartoonist. Her debut graphic novel, Invisible Wounds, is out now from Fantagraphics. In 2017, her comic I Trained to Fight The Enemy was shortlisted for Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize. Her comics have appeared in Freeman's Tale of Two Americas, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Gainesville Sun, BuzzFeed, The Nib, The Boston Globe, Pantheon Books, Wilson Quarterly, and The Oxford American. She teaches comics and painting at The Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, FL and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. Jess is represented by Duvall Osteen at Aragi, Inc.

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