ANOTHER holy grail moment for me, folks! Steve Pillarella’s 4th commission for me to ink was a (TOMB OF) DRACULA sketch by Gene “The Dean”! I adjusted the hairline in front because in the sketch Drac’s hair was touching his thick brow so I added a little more forehead. I was going to spatter the bats in a gradation of black ink but I’ve done that to death so I instead decided to cross-hatch lines which looks better since it adds some delicate, thin lines in contrast to the bold ones used for the profile art. Mostly done in brush with some marker & brush marker used (mostly on the bats), I added the little bit of zip for shadow on honor of Gene’s longtime, primary, inking partner Tom Palmer who used a LOT of zip in his work (Klaus Janson was another key Colan inker who used lots of zip). I’m CLEARLY no Palmer of Janson, though. This roughly 11X14 image (which was on 11X17 board) was completed by me on 7/6/2005.
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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