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Structura 2 Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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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.
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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.)
The art is futuristic, militar ships and buildings (as I guess for the lack of windows) that are fortress.
Said that although the art is perfect I cannot avoid to feel a certain distance, usually art try to express something and although the drawings are great and perfect mostly I don't feel in them expression but more technical experimentation. So the four star rating.
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.
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!
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bring the price down so young designers and artist can learn from SYD MEAD also. Just fantastic.Published 19 months ago by Mike Lowrey
I have good joy look at that book. That is good pictures show.Published 23 months ago by Timothy Smoke
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. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Brandon Richard
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... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by C.D. Carney
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! Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Randall mackey