Here’s the next Hitoshi blueline batch. This time it’s 3 images that tie in together thematically as the Birds of Prey. The client asked me to have each image to show the figure on a Gotham rooftop at night with the bat signal in the sky. Two of the jobs just needed the night sky with stars and signal added but the 3rd one would need some elaborating. This image, my 5th for Hitoshi and my 7th over Dooney, is my 2nd Batgirl commission. I inked it with brush, markers, Pitt brush marker, Prismacolor black pencil, white drybrush and white paint spatter. I completed this 11X17 blueline image on 7/23/2007.
Bob is the inking half of the Sal Velluto art team collaboration on such projects as Marvel’s critically-acclaimed BLACK PANTHER,’99-’02 leading to a 2003 Comicboards “Ooks” Award for “Best Inker” & two “Squiddies” awards for “Best Inker” (2001 along with “Best Creative Team” win and 2002 tied with Mark Farmer and tied for “Best Multi-Part Story”), and many other projects with Sal since 1997 and other artists at Marvel, DC, Acclaim, Malibu, Penny-Farthing Press, Power Comics, IDW, Kingstone, Thrilling Nostalgia Comics, Harris Comics, Topps, Wildstorm, New England Comics, Valiant and several others. While he’s been primarily an ink artist he’s also been a columnist for Sketch magazine and First Comics News. Bob’s a comic book collector and unofficial historian who has acted as a “Master of the Obscure” at the Marvel Appendix site, been a longtime member of the “Jarvis Heads” and a “group expert” at Facebook groups. He’s the founder/director of the official non-profit Inkwell Awards and advocate since 2008. Bob has been credited with “Special Thanks” along with his “Storyteller” colleagues Christopher Priest & Sal Velluto in the record-breaking film BLACK PANTHER (2018) and BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER (2022).
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