Sunday, September 20, 2009

MAKING A MARK THIS WEEK:
SIMONE BIANCHI

First published at the age of 15, he has worked for brands like Coke and Virgin Records, and had his art exhibited alongside that of Will Eisner, and Andy and Adam Kubert. He has worked at one of Europe's leading 3D production studios, and taught comic illustration at two different schools, yet despite this to many comic fans Simone Bianchi is an ‘overnight success’.

Exporting this Italian talent, Simone’s ink wash, or watercolor halftone styles first appeared in American comics, with the Shinning Knight mini-series, part of writer Grant Morrison's sprawling epic ‘The Seven Soldiers’. When his detailed line-work landed him a run on Wolverine, Marvel offered his issues in BOTH colour and black and white versions, so fans could fully appreciate his work.

IF I WAS E.I.C HE WOULD WORK ON: While more of Simone’s Fantastic Four is always appreciated, I'd love to see what his art could do for the man who ‘science made a monster, but love made him more’ SWAMP THING

GET HIS BEST: Seeing Simone illustrate the likes of Beast and Nightcrawler in the pages of Astonishing X-Men is priceless – plus it’s by Warren Ellis so your definitely in good hands. Grant Morrison’s 'Seven Soldiers of Victory' was an awesome experiment on what could be done in the medium and also features other great artists virtually ‘undiscovered’ at that time

RIGHT NOW HE IS: Still cranking out great stuff for Marvel’s merry mutants in Astonishing X-Men. Simone Bianchi also has an impressive array of works, anatomical figure drawings, and behind the scenes process examples on his website.

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