I’ve commissioned artist Blake Wilkie on occasion to digitally color some of my pieces at reasonable prices to be prints at shows, but in this case (and perhaps in the future, we reciprocated our services so that I inked his pencil work here (file 1) for a job he colored for me. I sketched in more details and shadows prior to inking it (file 2). Then I finished it in ink and added in more shading on the top of the cape (file 3). Blake asked me to not add anything to the bat signal as he had a texture for it planned. I inked this 11X17 blueline image on 2-ply board with brush, Pitt brush marker, markers and some Hunt 102 quill. I completed my only 4th Batman in this gallery on May 23, 2008. Lastly, Blake colored it a few days later on May 9 (file 4).
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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