Here’s my 3rd Black Canary and my 1st time inking Ed Benes in my initial run for Hitoshi’s blueline batch, #4. She was rendered rather tightly but the bike was NOT and it was barely sketched in so I was asked to try to finish it. Not knowing what the bike he envisioned looked like I decided to generalize it and add shadows and fading out as the image got lower. I enlarged this image from 8.5X11 in pencil form to 11X17 as a blueline image, leaving the wheel space from the bike open for signatures. I used markers, some brush, brush marker, drybrush & China marker for the crayon-like texture. This was finished on 6/28/2007.
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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