After a long absence from my bud Ernie Pelletier Jr. (since “Nightshade” on gallery page 2), he commissioned me for what I believe to be his 6th job with my 1st piece of La Countessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine (or Val) and 1st effort, albeit minimal, over Mike Perkins. Ernie bought the Perkins original art, a character study of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent for the recent UNION JACK limited series he illustrated. He pencilled & inked the figure, drew the profile of her and drew in some horizontal lines. Then Ernie asked me to add an entire background reminiscent of classic S.H.I.E.L.D. covers by Jim Steranko. Using the lines I was able to split the images up in the montage backdrop. I added A.I.M. agents, patriotic elements like stars, a silhouette of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier over a cityscape, a Kirby Crackle energy effect, Captain America’s shield splattered with blood to hint at the events of Marvel’s “Civil War” event, and bullet-ridden icons of S.H.I.E.L.D. enemies Hydra, Scorpio and the Yellow Claw. I think it came out pretty well but I have a couple of minor regrets like not using a psychedelic pop-art effect in Photoshop due to lack of time and my lack of tech-adeptability. I also wish I’d centered the Scorpio icon up and more to the right. And I don’t like the tangent created where Val’s holster touches Cap’s shield. Should I get around to digitally coloring this I planned to color the horizontal stripes and alternating a toned-down red & white to reflect the American flag. I inked Val’s profile with markers & brush. For the rest of the image I used brush, markers, drybrush, white & black ink spatter and a whole lot of zip. I finished this 11X17 job on May 9, 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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