Happy New Year Everyone! As I write this, I’m putting the final touches on the all-new Sire #7 before I send it off to the printer. To say this is a long time coming is an understatement, and I appreciate everyone’s patience and support in getting this new issue completed. (Subsequently, all pre-orders will be filled within the week!) But enough about the past, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2012! First, the release of the new Sire issue will give way to a brand new weekly web comic version of the series. Broken into panels and running each week for free on mikebooks.com, we’re moving ahead into the new digital age of comics. Once we’ve tallied enough material, we’ll package it up and make it available on our web site as the newest issue of the series for anyone jones’ing for a print copy (with a few extras thrown in as well). This will also ensure we don’t release anything before it’s ready so you print loyalists don’t have to wait so darn long for your copy. Announcements on when all that will happen are forthcoming. Simultaneous with the print copy, we’ll have each new packaged issue released on GRAPHICLY.com in super deluxe digital format, where you can use their app to toggle between the finished pages, the artwork underneath, the pencils and even the script! (There may even be some audio commentary as well, but we shall see.) All this will be available on their site for just 99 cents a download per issue. And if that’s not enough, right now, you can read the first two issues absolutely FREE as well as catch up on any issue you may have missed. Just visit: http://graphicly.com/mbd-studios/sire for more! A lot of excitement coming down the pipeline! While you’re at it, be sure to like The Sire on Facebook: http://facebook.com/SireComic And follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Michael_Dolce
It’s not quite as dangerous as driving…but it’s close… No but seriously, I’m watching this god awful Thursday night game (f’real why is Jacksonville on national TV again???) And I’m thinking and blogging and tweeting. The comic book industry is changing much like the music industry has already. I can’t help but remember the convention where a fan came up, saw one of my books and said: “Oh yeah, i downloaded this. It’s pretty good.” After taking the requisite ego trip joy ride over his compliment, I thought waitaminute this is 2008. There were no digital comics and I just got jacked. Such is the state of the industry today. Digital is overtaking brick and mortar. And it sucks. Unless they transform themselves much like the music industry changed and made the concert experience what makes money for bands now. Sucks, cuz I’m an artist, but bottom line, if you don’t support retailers and artists, we can’t create while working at Dennys, or Blockbuster. Um…what’s a Blockbuster? Not bad, 5 beers and a smirnoff ice in (i got iced. Yeah, it still happens and yeah, it sucked). Thoughts?
For those of us not blessed with the artistic prowess of Jim Lee, we need to resort to little tricks of the trade to make our stuff look…well, professional.
Namely: reference. I can spot a million miles away an artist that is either not using reference or using other comic books art AS reference. It stinks. Seriously. Even the pros, no matter how pro-y they are can’t do it alone. That being said, I still think i stink, lol. Below is an image i drew for the upcoming Sire #7. No matter how much i progress as an artist i still feel i come up short. Thank goodness for the reference art from my good friends at comicbookschool.com (shameless plug time kids!) I dread to think what it would have turned out otherwise. Enjoy and stay tuned for more Sire #7 blogs. I’m sure I’ll think of something clever to write.
Oh and be sure to follow me @Michael_Dolce on twitter. And like us on Facebook dammit! Facebook.com/SireComic and Facebook.com/MBDStudios.
This is a Bubba: The Redneck Werewolf pin-up I colored over Dan Leister artwork. The piece itself is about 5 years old so be kind to Dan. I, on the other hand, took 5 years to color it. I’m worse than Joe Mad!
I will be showing you start to finish page 2 of the upcoming Sire #7 drawn by yours truly! It’s the first Sire art I’ve personally worked on in 4 years (besides sketches) Hope you like what you see. The empty panels will be filled with artwork from previous issues as the story opens with a recap, which you will see of course. Also, I’ll be digitally rendering the studio background behind the two characters. As for what the page is all about? Well, all recognize one of our stars, JJ Waterston. As for who she’s talking to and what she’s saying? Stay tuned!
Step 1: This is the pencils scanned in:
Step 2: This is the page rendered with inks:
Step 3: Flats applied:
Step 4: And finally…fully rendered!