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Simone Bianchi

Simone is an Italian comic book illustrator, painter, graphic designer and art instructor, known to Italian audiences for his work in comics, CD covers, music videos, TV commercials and role-playing games, and to American comic book readers for his work on Detective Comics, Green Lantern and Wolverine. Bianchi’s style is distinguished by his use of ink wash, or watercolor halftones, in rendering his work, a non-traditional technique by mainstream American standards. Bianchi uses extensive photo reference and a light box to give his artwork a realistic look. He uses a wooden drawing board that he used to draw on flat, but angled it due to back pain that he began having in 2006. He says that he cannot work unless he is listening to music, and has an extensive music collection in his studio, and stereo speakers placed above his drawing board. In the summer of 2004, Bianchi lived in New York City, and met artist Mike Bair, whose work Bianchi admired. Bair introduced Bianchi to DC Comics editor Peter Tomasi. After a few proposals, Tomasi gave Bianchi Grant Morrison's script for Seven Soldiers: Shining Knight, which became Bianchi’s first American work The same year, Bianchi did his first American work for Marvel Comics, illustrating a number of covers for X-Men Unlimited. Bianchi’s illustrated the interiors of Green Lantern #6 (December 2005), and subsequently illustrated the covers for issue #8 (March 2006) to issue #13 (August 2006), which were written by Geoff Johns. Bianchi first ongoing monthly work for an American Marvel book was Wolverine #50 (March 2007) to issue #55 (September 2007), which was written by Jeph Loeb. To highlight the look of Bianchi’s ink wash work, each of these six issues was offered to readers in both a color and black and white version. Bianchi’s other Marvel work includes covers for Ultimate Origins, Astonishing X-Men and Thunderbolts. Bianchi also illustrated the covers of Batman, from issue #651 (May 2006) to issue #654 (August 2006). Bianchi signed a two-year exclusive contract with Marvel in February 2006, citing his childhood love of the superhero genre, and his greater familiarity with Marvel's characters. Though he will not be doing any European work during the contract, it allowed him to continue the cover work he began previously for rival DC Comics’s Detective Comics, which ran from issues #817 (May 2006) to #839 (February 2008). Bianchi also hopes to continue his work on Ego Sum, the third book of which he has yet to begin, though he has not spoken with Marvel as to whether they would publish it in the United States. Bianchi and writer Warren Ellis together worked on Astonishing X-Men, having taken over the book after the departures of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Following this he provided the art for the limited series Thor: For Asgard written by Robert Rodi.
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