My 4th Wyman commission, this was the kind of Marvel image I love to dive into. The challenge that I faced was to have Crusher Creel pop out with clarity in front of Hulk and my client & I also wanted his transformation to be clear. So I decided to spatter the rocky debris and then match the parts of his body that were rocky (legs, chest, shoulder) and spatter those areas as well to establish the consistency of texture as a visual cue. I also elaborated on the rocky parts and debris to make them craggier & grittier. I then used white paint to make other smooth parts of his body to be shiny (arms & hands, side & back of torso, head) to match the metal girders in the debris by making the surfaces reflective with white lines and dots over black areas. Using brush, marker, b&w sopatter and black smudging, I finished the 11X17 commission on 1/16/03. The client was happy with the results and he then commissioned Tom Smith to color the art 2 days later.
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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