(born July 10, 1972) 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. Bianch'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. Simone Bianchi was born July 10, 1972 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, where he still lives today. As a child, he had a love of superheroes, and took to tracing and copying illustrations of Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Batman and Superman before he learned how to read and write. When he was fifteen, he published humor comic strips in the daily newspaper Il Tirreno, and went on to produce cartoons and vignettes in several other regional and national publications. In 1994, Bianchi met comic book artist Claudio Castellini, who became his teacher and mentor.