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Fantastical: The Art of Matt Gaser Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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About the Author
The games industry eventually led him to an amazing opportunity working for Lucasfilm on the CG animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars as a lighting concept artist. After Lucasfilm, he decided to shift gears and embarked on working for himself out of his studio. Some of the projects he’s been designing for in recent years include Green Lantern: The Animated Series, the feature film HOP, and a new animated movie currently in development through Sony Pictures Animation and Rovio Animation. His passion for making books has also led him to a two-book deal with Chronicle Books, developing a fantasy adventure series marketed towards children and young adults. Matt continues to live and work for himself in Petaluma, CA.
After graduating from The Art Center in Pasadena Christian Alzmann was hired into Industrial Light & Magic's art department. 16 years later, he is still with ILM and now a Senior Art Director. He has worked on numerous film projects including A.I., Men in Black 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Clones, War of the Worlds, the fourth installment of Indiana Jones, Transformers and Star Trek 2. Christian is currently working on Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. As a visual storyteller Christian has also illustrated book covers for Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. His clients include Harper Collins, Penguin Books, IDG and Future Publishing. Christian's artwork has been featured in Star Wars Mythmaking: Behind the Scenes of Attack of the Clones”, Van Helsing: The Making of the Legend”, Inside Men in Black II”, Exposé” and Spectrum” 9-16. Christian resides in San Rafael, CA.
Glenn Rane is a concept artist and illustrator who has worked in the video game industry for nearly 15 years. As one of the key artists at Blizzard Entertainment, Glenn creates concept art and high profile illustrations for the Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo franchises. Glenn resides in Irvine, CA.
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I feel like I'll discover new visuals and concepts that I didn't see at first glance. A true masterpiece and a book I will recommend to everyone!
This is a 112-page hardcover featuring the personal artworks of Matt Gaser, an illustrator and concept artist from Northern California.
The book features lots of sketches and detailed coloured paintings. The subject matter is a mix of sci-fi and fantasy. Matt is good at both and is able to create really believable worlds and characters.
The character and creature designs are wonderful. There the more cartoon-like ones and also the more realistic pieces. Most of all, I like the settings where the characters are based. Even if it's just a glimpse of the background, it adds depth to the main character art.
The colour paintings are also gorgeous. The lighting and colour schemes are lovely. They are coloured in a stylised manner as oppose to total realism and that is the Matt Gaser's style to fantasy and sci-fi. You should also check out more artworks on his website. Many artworks appear more vibrant on his website compared to the printed version in this book.
This is a fantastic artbook. Highly recommended.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I have been a fan of Matt Gaser's work for several years. I can't recall where I discovered his work but I think was drew me to it was the color! Yes, his imagination is fantastic and yes he is a great draftsman... but he can also realize his drawings in vibrant, believable color! Each world defies reality but they are also very believable because of how they are rendered. I have been hoping for a book from Matt for a long time and I wasn't disappointed upon receiving this one.
I would put the production values of this book on par with an art book from Disney or Pixar. The book is nicely designed and Matt's digital work is reproduced beautifully. I think the colors are just as vibrant and accurate as they appear online.
If you are interested in buying this book you might consider buying it directly from Matt via his website. For a few dollars he will sign it and draw a picture in front. I just love stuff like that.
This book features the many illustrations and concept art sketches of Matt Gaser’s sci-fi and fantasy worlds/characters, with lush and exotic landscapes rendered in great depth and rich, dynamic colors.
A splendid art book and great showcase of beautifully illustrated fantasy/sci-fi worlds. Recommended.