Rich Pellegrino is an extremely talented illustrator who adds a sense of artistic distinction to the portrayal of popular cult classic characters. The Rhode Island-based artist uses heavy water color paints to articulate his characters' emotions and disposition. Pellegrino demonstrates that an artistic portrayal doesn't have to be photorealistic in order to effectively capture and represent the essence of a character or individual.
The illustration of Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka is incredibly in tune with the way in which Wilder portrayed the quirky chocolate maker. From Marty McFly to Darth Vader to the many renditions of Bill Murray, Rich Pellegrino lets emotion and substance guide his paint brush. Looking at these illustrations one feels a sense of familiarity and awareness to the background and story of the characters.