Both of these commissions were for Steve Pillarella, my 14th & 15th for him, respectively. They also share the common trait of being on 8.5X11 sheets of paper with the actual images being smaller. I inked my 3rd Supergirl over my premiere Mark Texeira sketch with mostly brush and some marker. I inked my 1st Marvel Girl over my sophomore Randy Green job with mostly markers and a smidgen of brush plus some drybrush. I couldn’t do anything too fancy in the background like gray washes, zip-a-tone, spatter, etc. because of the thin paper which was actually crinkling from my minimal hand warmth & moisture! I knocked off these two beauties on 11/16/2007.
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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