Italian artist, Claudio Castellini made his debut in 1989 with a story for
Dylan Dog, a popular Italian horror character published by Sergio Bonelli
Editore. In 1991 he was the graphical creator of Nathan Never, a
science-fiction series for which he drew covers until number 59. His love
for technical details, influenced by artists like Neal Adams and John
Buscema, was at its best in his first story for Marvel Comics, a Silver
Surfer graphic novel. After covers for Comic Powers Unlimited and Elektra
Magazine, a stint on Fantastic Four Unlimited (1993-1995), he worked to the
crossover Marvel vs. DC, which made him popular to the American audience.
Castellini's latest works include Spider-Man, Conan the Barbarian and
Batman: Gotham Knights.
Claudio Castellini's American artist representative, Sal Abbinanti
approached Integrated Web Solutions in January of 2007 to create a web site
for Claudio which would showcase his artwork past and present as well as
provide a home to original art sales on an ongoing basis. "Claudio's style
is one that American audiences have gravitated to since his early work for
Marvel Comics here in the United States," said Abbinanti, "in this
particular case, we knew that if we put something together, the fans would
flock to it given his popularity."
"We approached this project the way we typically do in the case of any
artist or photographer. The images tend to sell themselves and as a designer
(whether it be print or web for that matter) really needs to check their own
ego at the door and let the images that the artist creates, do the talking,"
said Integrated Web Solutions Creative Director, John Schwarberg. "We were
fortunate, in Claudio's case to have a large amount of colored images so we
went with a rather subdued color scheme for the site so that the color
within the images themselves would pop that much more. Past that, it was
really a matter of designing a navigation schema that would work, was easy
to use and would be extensible in the future."
The site was built over a two week period and then tied into the backend
databasing that was in use for news functionality and gallery functionality
on www.comicbookpros.com. As all of Sal Abbinanti's artists are reflected in
the Comic Book Pros portal site, it was imperative that Castellini be
included in that process. "When we built comicbookpros.com, it was done with
an eye towards long term growth and expansion, Claudio Castellini's web site
is a good example of a business expanding and in those cases, the web site
needs to expand as well," said Schwarberg.
"Integrated Web Solutions did a wonderful job as always both in terms of the
design and putting my client's art work in the best possible light not only
for U.S. audiences but for fans worldwide. I trust IWS because I know they
are thinking two or three steps ahead of me at times. They see where I'm
taking my business and they plan as diligently as I do. How do you not love
a vendor that does that??" said Abbinanti.