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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193349266X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492667
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sparth has been an author, Artistic Director and Concept Designer in the video gaming industry since 1996. Born in France, he now lives in Seattle, Washington. Currently Art Director for Halo 5 at Microsoft.

After having worked for 6 years in Darkworks Studio, the Paris based game studio responsible of Alone in the Dark 4 in 2001, he decided to leave Paris for Montreal in 2003 to join Ubisoft on their ongoing projects, Prince of Persia - Warrior Within, as well as Assassin's Creed. He then 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 with 343 Industries, the Microsoft studio taking care of the Halo franchise. He is currently the Art Director of Halo 5:Guardians, the next installment to the popular series.

Sparth has contributed to the development of multiple games and books since 1997, including Alone in the dark 4 (2001), Cold Fear (2005), Prince of Persia - Warrior Within (2004), Assassin's Creed (2007), Rage (2011), and Halo 4 (2012). He has also published more than 90 book covers in France, Canada, and the United States.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
[[VIDEOID:moGR2CWMQM759U]]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 Seitora on February 23, 2012
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With 33 pages more than the first "Structura" artbook, this second collection of Nicolas "Sparth" Bouvier's works amazes the concept art enthusiast yet again. As with the last book we are presented mostly with landscapes, spacescapes and spaceships, therefore it's not the best deal for fans of character, creature and/or normal vehicle design let's say. But for those who like this type of subjects, and especially for Sparth fans, this is certainly a "must have".

In terms of book quality and design you can expect the same well-bound, sleek looking pages type of binding and printing, with the same simple yet stylish interior design, perfect for this type of subject. Great book to have if you're a concept design fan and especially a Bouvier fan like myself!
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sealegs on February 28, 2012
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Sparth is amazing, definitely at the top of his field... This book is every bit as good as the first one. I love the hard cover, and towards the end of the book he breaks down some of his paintings into a series of steps with descriptions so you can get an idea of how he works... A must have!
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Sparth does what he does best, and arguably does it better in this book than the last. The addition of the tutorials in this one is a great feature i was glad to see. I dabble a bit in digital painting and it was interesting seeing how he sets these masterpieces up.

As far as the book itself, it's chock full of fantastic work. I absolutely feel like i got my money's worth. He's the best there is at what he does and this book showcases it quite well. I highly recommend picking it up.
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My wife just snagged up this little gem for me for Christmas. Absolutely inspiring. There are such beautiful simple designs in here. So breathtaking. Thank you again Nicolas! Also there is a cool mini-tutorial section at the end that can teach a thing or two for your own tool kit if you are a professional or prospective concept artist. Get this book!
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By Gene Zelenkov on December 24, 2012
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If you are into environments and scifi - this is a book for you! There is so much to learn from this book and Sparth does a great job in every area. So much inspiration - just soak it in.
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By Mike Lowrey on January 4, 2015
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Bring the price down so young designers and artist can learn from SYD MEAD also. Just fantastic.
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