Michael Rankins returns and reintroduces his “Bombshells”-themed commissions to the Almond Inkwell Gallery and artist Dan Veesenmeyer along with them, making these #5 & #6 that I’ve inked over him, and #42 & #43 for Monsieur Rankins. On page 14 of this gallery you can see the first 4 images I did and the explanation but I’ve also included the link to Rankins CAF gallery and reference images to bring everyone up to speed. These were on 11X14 boards and the surface quality was ok. I used my normal supplies to do them, plus some drybrush on one of the shells for textural/shape/weight definition, and I added some shadows. Actually, I wish I’d done more of that drybrush and additional shading with the first four to be honest but what’s done now is sadly done; I’ll be more prepared should there be a next time. The client also had me add the background circles as a design element like last time to pop them out spatially and further reflect the historic source material. Dan uses a soft pencil so erasing is usually a little tough at the end. I finished my 2nd Golden-age Black Cat on 3/30/2009 and my 7th overall Diana a day later. Bombs away!!
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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