Back for another dip so soon? Here’s part 2 from the last entry. When Mark Beachum shipped that commission to Michael he included an additional sketch of a totally nekkid Ororo. This is actually not out of character for Storm as she has been often shown to be flying nude in her life since she was worshipped as an African weather goddess and this is when she feels most liberated and connected to nature. Although Ms. Munroe is rarely shown in such a stark and titillating fashion. This meant that the client would need my services again. Michael also asked that I cover her up with an outfit that artist Geof Isherwood designed for him in another commission which was itself based on Barry Windsor-Smith’s Adastra, which was herself based on Storm. So I did another loose marker prelim on a photocopy of the pencils to guide me in general and I printed the pencil file in blueline on 11X17 2-ply board. When inking the blueline image I used many of the same main tools and approaches as the last piece: Kolinsky brush, Pitt brush marker, drybrush, graywashes for all the tones, various micron and Pitt markers for the fine details, a blunt-haired, large paint brush for the hair/wind/energy shapes and textures, white paint spatter, and a Milky Gel white pen for the loose, blowing hair strands. I concluded this experiment on March 3, 2009, a day after the last one. I’m not sure which one I like better but overall I’m proud of my finishes on both as I rarely do them.
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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