While in-between assignments I recently took on a job as an instructor/mentor for the 2012 Visiting Artists Project designed by the YEAH Coalition (Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities) at the Fall River Preparatory Resiliency High School. The students worked on bluelines to ink over nine classes. During this I worked on a demo from a John Buscema chapter illustration drawing from the classic book How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way (my HC is incidentally signed by Stan and John:-)). So it was like a convention commission in approach. With the exception of a small section I did with brush (a synthetic sable water color brush 405OR size 2…I dread synthetic brushes but budgets are what they are so I tried it and I liked it). I also used a Pitt brush brush marker on most of it and some micronmarkers. As much as I’m happy with this effort, it bothers me that I screwed up the chainmail on the left shoulder area, though. This 11X17 image on 2-ply Kubert art board was completed by 2/28/12 and it was awarded to the student with the most promise, Markee, on 2/29/12, the final class.
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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