Does Anyone Know How to Become a Comic Book Colorist?

pls assist if you know how im trying to become a colorist for comics eventually


I would recommend watching a video like on YouTube on how comic books are made, also study each panel in the comic to see how the colorist color a comic.
I honestly think they use some kind of markers, but I can be wrong. :slightly_smiling_face:


True, but a lot of the coloring is done digitally. Even the inking is starting to become digitally done more so.

@cindrshot3549 there are some great courses to take to learn to be a colorist.

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Find someone or a team of people to draw and write the comics. There are numerous ways to publish them (I wont say how just incase its against the rules).


start reaching out now to companies you would be interested in working for and asking them for such information would be my suggestion. along with starting a portfolio of your best work and being able to critique your own work, your best work now might not be up to snuff for you down the road.

Second look into current colorists to see how they entered the industry.

These are just two examples I dug up quickly using Comixology clicking on a comic from DC looking up the colorist and then searching the artist.

people take different paths into the industry, so it isn’t too clear-cut.

but any kind of degree you can get related to the art world will obviously help you.

there will always be a debate about which is better, knowing how to do something a traditional way vs. a computer. The thing is, knowing how to do something in a traditional way, in theory, is supposed to help you better understand how to do the job on the computer.

Like math, one can be taught how to correctly use any calculator, press said number, then press this button and then this button, and then the equal sign and boom you get your answer. Everyone says feeeeew so much easier, but what happens when a calculator isn’t around? Or someone wants you to explain your math skills, to break it down step by step how you got to the answer. And all of a sudden saying well I did it on the computer via this software program, or a calculator… all of a sudden isn’t that impressive or could be a real problem for various reasons.

That being said, having some kind of training as an artist and then taking classes in some field of computers related to how to use a certain software program that would be used in the comic book industry, becomes an asset and practical when approaching a company and saying hey, I want to be considered for this job, here is my portfolio that I have worked hard on but also I have a degree and training in these fields which are related to being a colorist. Such as, penciling, and inking… the current Photoshop software bleh bleh bleh.

If you are super green, and haven’t entered any of your work into a competition, I would suggest doing that as well. It just helps with exposure in general.

If you take out the Comic Book from Comic Book Colorist, you have just the bare bone of being a Colorist. Knowing what colors make something look cool or warm, hot or cold, to people not into art to that level, they have no clue what that means or why it even matters.

Hope this gives ya something to work with. Sadly there isn’t just a direct answer and go to such an such a link and there is all the information you will definitely need.

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I found it helpful. I’m sure @cindrshot3549 will too… whenever he comes back lol

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