At this show I took digital photos of art commissions but they don’t always come out clearly and I don’t bother shooting the pencil art because you usually can’t make it out later anyway. On Friday of the show (2/23/2007) I got Terrence Ceniza’s sketchbook and I was commissioned to ink over the Trevor Von Eeden sketch and I finished it the next day in the course of the show (this was my 3rd Von Eeden commission). On Saturday I got John Ramirez’ sketchbook and I was commissioned to ink over a Kirby-esque Iron Man sketch by Tony Salmons, my first experience over him, and I finished it later that day. I ink commissions at shows using Pitt brush markers and Pitt ‘S’ markers as well as microns for the fine details. Besides tightening up/ finishing the sketches I added the texture to the Batman sound effect and the Kirby Crackle to the Iron Man background. Both sketchbook were in the standard 8X11 size variety.
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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