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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781933492667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492667
  • ASIN: 193349266X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sparth (Nicolas Bouvier) has been an active artistic director and concept designer in the gaming industry since 1996. Born in France, he now lives in Seattle, Washington, working for Microsoft. Having had the privilege of traveling extensively at an early age to such places as far a field as the USA, Singapore, China, France and Europe, he was influenced greatly by the various cultures, and he enjoyed observing people and making notes of all these tiny details of life that he was witnessing. The varied influences are largely responsible for his multiple creative passions, which range from space, to buildings, to robotics and beyond.

 
There are no limits to his creativity when it comes to translating forms and concepts. One of his greatest passions remains contemporary architecture, of which he applies principles in his own art, with an experimental and original approach. He also harbors a fascination for modern skyscrapers, although he admits that he wouldn't be able to live too high above the ground himself.
 
Sparth has contributed to the development of several released games since 1997. Alone in the dark 4 (2001), Cold Fear (2005), Prince of Persia - Warrior Within (2004), and Rage, a project still in development at IDsoftware, and has participated with Darkworks-Studio, to a lot of game projects in collaboration with large companies like Capcom and Namco.
 
In 2003, he decided to leave Paris for Montreal in order to join Ubisoft on their ongoing projects, Prince of Persia Warrior Within, as well as Assassin's Creed. He left Montreal for Texas in October 2005, where he spent more than three years working for IDsoftware in Dallas. Finally, in January 2009, he joined Microsoft to participate to the future HALO adventures.


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I absolutely feel like i got my money's worth.
The President of the Universe
Not only is the art great, but the design of the book is clean and well thought out.
Kliford Hernandez
If you are into environments and scifi - this is a book for you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:24 Mins
This is a nice sequel to the first Structura art book. It's slightly thicker with more content.

This book focuses on concept art for sci-fi and environment. There are spaceships flying off from the many sleek locations conceived by Sparth. The environment paintings are mainly of desolate but exotic landscapes.

I notice he likes to use a lot of dark colours and black to make other colours stand out. Even for the cover, it's mostly black with blue tint as colour.

Some illustrations use a different but refreshing style. There are some experimental sketches done using Alchemy drawing software which look very much like manga style because of the outlines. Those look great. There are also some beautiful paintings created using just squares and rectangles.

The last chapter features 4 insightful examples complete with steps showing his process.

This is another delightful art book. Recommended to those who like of sci-fi and environment art.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. MERRITT on January 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sparth nails it again. What must come from deep inside company vaults of classified concepts, is revealed to us. Thank you Mr. Big GameStudios for allowing us to see these great early ideas before they're turned into 3d shooters.

I would have loved more figures, but this book is mostly environments and space ships. If you don't like landscapes and space travel, avoid this book. But if you're like the rest of us, Sparth brings his wonderful European vision to a predominantly American arena. Sure Steambot delivers a kindred vision too, but who doesn't love both. (I do)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marceluwool on June 11, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Well...
This book wasn't what I expected.

Now, talking about the book.
In my opinion, this book repeats the same flaws of the first one.
The pages should be larger as well as the images. Some of the artwork were scaled down to very minimum sizes (like 2 or 3 inches), and I'm talking about most of the artwork. And in my opinion, it's very bad to see a concept art in the size of a social network avatar.
It looks like they tried to stuff all the sci-fi works of Sparth in a little space just to say it is there in the book.

I would prefer if there was half of the pictures, but in bigger sizes.
And there's a LOT of blank spaces in the pages. These spaces could be filled with texts explaining about the concept art, like most (or ALL) of the art books out there.

Now, I have to talk about the content.
I was expecting a great variet of works, and not only sci-fi dark environments with a spaceship in the center.
I'm sure Sparth doesn't have only this kind of work and it's really boring to see more than 200 pages of only this.
I see some different art in the book, but they are really really scaled down.
If you are looking for references for creating sci-fi stuff, this book may help you, but you won't find interiors, weapons, characters, and anything but open dark environments.

I'm a very disappointed.
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By Todd Groves on April 14, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are only a handful of artists that I follow with any consistency. Sparth is one of them. Viewing any of his pieces, I find myself immersed in his worlds and never wanting to leave. Only to glance over at the next piece, and drifting into that world for an untold amount of time. As a fellow artist, I dream of creating pieces as engaging and moving as Sparth's. Enjoy.
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I was hanging out with a friend one day who had this book, and after just seeing the last part of the book i knew i had to have it. Dabbling in concept art myself, I study the pages of this book for their integrated and embedded knowledge. I have much thanks for Sparth, this book he's gifted us, and his candid attitude through which he shares priceless knowledge.
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Format: Paperback
I'm buying this because I can't legally download it. I am however going to cut it into pieces and put it in my 2-sided scanner so I can read it and look at new beautiful lands and digital devices and stare at it all when I'm bored and I need more inspiration. To the dude who made this book- please make me another as I am happy with your product enough to give it a 5 star rating when I didn't need too. To Amazon- I WANT THIS ON MY DIGITAL DEVICE- MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!!
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