Here’s the 3rd part of this Hitoshi blueline batch. As a reminder, this assignment consists of 3 images that tie in together thematically as the Birds of Prey. This image, my 7th for Hitoshi and my 9th over Dooney, is my 4th Black Canary commission. The challenge with this job was that, besides being a vertical composition, it had no real background anywhere near rendered like the others since Michaek had not been hired to tie these 3 pieces together, like a triptych, like I was after the fact. But no problem. I added in the rooftop, the silhouette of the Gotham cityscape, the night sky & the bat signal. To the client’s wish, and in respect of Dooney, I even worked in his background shape element into the wall behind Dinah. Lastly, I came up with the idea of adding graphitti of “Birds of Prey” on the wall which further ties this piece to the bookend images thematically as seen below. I inked this job with brush, markers, Pitt brush marker, white paint drybrush, white paint spatter, some China marker (crayon texture), black ink spatter and black ink finger smudges. I finished this 11X17 commission on 8/23/2007.
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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