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BILL SIENKIEWICZ

Bill Sienkiewicz is widely recognized as one of the world’s most talented and influential artists of the modern era. His unique and recognizable work has graced album covers, movie posters, DVD covers and a breadth of comics properties. He illustrated the 1986 eight-part miniseries Elektra: Assassin written by Frank Miller, for which he won the Kirby Award for Best Artist and the prestigious Yellow Kid Award for "bridging the gap between American and European artistic sensibilities". That same year he contributed to the Brought to Light graphic novel with Alan Moore and wrote and illustrated the critically acclaimed miniseries, Stray Toasters, an idiosyncratic work about a criminal psychologist investigating a series of murders. In 1988 Sienkiewicz and Alan Moore published the first two issues of Big Numbers, an ambitious project that was never completed. In 1990 Bill Sienkiewicz also published the graphic novel Classics Illustrated Moby Dick.

In addition to his work in comics, Sienkiewicz has also worked in numerous other media. In 1995, he illustrated the biography of Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix. The following year he provided the artwork for the Bruce Cockburn album Charity Of Night. He has also published a children's book called Santa: My Life & Times (An Illustrated Autobiography) in 1998, and his artwork has been published in various magazines, such as Entertainment Weekly and Spin Magazine. He has also created record covers, such as RZA's Bobby Digital In Stereo (1998) and EPMD's Business As Usual (1990). Sienkiewicz was nominated for an Emmy Award twice, in 1995 and 1996, for his production and character design on Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?.

In 2007, Bill Sienkiewicz approached Integrated Web Solutions with the goal of updating the look and feel of his web site and using it to promote his upcoming projects, sell his original artwork and provide a gallery of past work for his fans. “I suppose I would have been called an ‘early adopter’ to the internet in general and I’d have a web site for a number of years. I think what I learned from my first experiences is that it is challenging to maintain a high level of quality and still manage to keep things as up to date and as exciting as they need to be without some assistance from someone who can keep up with the rapidly changing technology and audience. I’d seen the work that Integrated Web Solutions had done for other artists and the proven track record of success and after some initial conversations I was quite comfortable that they shared my vision and were eager to provide my international audience with the experience they desired,” said Sienkiewicz.

“When I first spoke with Bill I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed,” said IWS President and Creative Director, John Schwarberg. “Bill is a legend in artistic circles. His work has influenced literally thousands of individuals working in every facet of every creative field today and he was certainly a huge influence on my career as well. What we first needed to do was to come up with a design that would be influenced heavily by Bill’s very unique style and do it in such a way that it would be flexible enough to accommodate what would eventually be a very large collection of galleries of his work, news of his upcoming projects and also be able to seamlessly integrate into an e-mail list that would be able to periodically send new release information and special announcements to his rather large mailing list of fans and art buyers all over the world.”

The final result was a fresh web site that was heavily database driven both in terms of the art galleries, the mailing list sign-up and the news function. The entire site also feeds new content in real-time to comicbookpros.com, a portal site for comic book artists and the art buying public. The site now features well over a thousand individual pieces from Bill Sienkiewicz’s thirty year career as an illustrator and visual artist.

“The site has really been fantastic both in terms of making my life easier by providing me a means with which to communicate with my audience and it’s also been very well received in terms of design and usability by that audience which was very important for me considering we had so much of an international base,” said Bill Sienkiewicz. “I have to admit that when I first saw the design itself I had to stop myself and remind myself that it wasn’t my design because it really did look like the sort of thing I would do. The fact that John Schwarberg and Rick Keith were able to create this after just a few phone conversations is really quite remarkable.”

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