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Structura 2: The Art of Sparth Paperback – 27 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (27 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781160139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781160138
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is an inspiration to see such a range of work undertaken by one individual... for an artist to open up so freely is refreshing to see and it will hopefully inspire many more artists of the future." --Starburst Magazine

"This is a neat book... A definite delight." --SF Crowsnest

About the Author

Sparth has been an active artistic director and concept designer for the gaming industry for over 10 years. Currently with idsoftware in Texas, a renowned leader in the gaming world with such titles as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom I and II, Quake I and II, Sparth has been integral in designing the games that the video game enthusiasts of today devour.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 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 Tenchi on 9 Sept. 2012
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Simply one of finest and innovative concept artists in the business. The style Sparth and his colleagues have created is unique, invariably imitated but never to this standard. Of course the art is fantastic, one would run out of superlatives. There is also a chapter showing a few process steps which only serves to make you wish he would make a lengthy video tutorial one of these days.

Most art books are of a larger size, this one is maybe just over 20cm like the first book. I would've preferred a larger book, so that's my reasoning for not giving this book the full five stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2012
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This second volume of Sparth`s digital artwork is, if anything, even more impressive than his first.
Sparth, AKA Nicolas Bouvier, is a well-known and considerably respected concept artist working in the games world; he is equally well-known for his cover-art illustrations of sci-fi/fantasy novels.
Structura 2, like its predecessor is a fine, well considered showcase of entirely new material, some 30 pages or so bigger than volume one and this time containing a chapter consisting of four step-by-step demonstrations showing how he puts his digital images together. There is no in-depth technical information about the software used - he appears to use a combination of Photoshop and Alchemy software - but the illustrations alone are both impressive and helpful. There is also a section of his more experimental work using Alchemy; linear sketches, experiments with geometric composition, etc.
Those familiar with his work will know what to expect as all his major themes are covered here - wonderfully rendered spaceships in dark, futuristic worlds, expansive alien vistas, fantastical medieval landscapes - together with illustration work for projects like the Dune novels and Halo. The format, like volume one, is a good combination of multiple and full-page images - copiously illustrated considering the book's modest dimensions.
Another beautifully presented, inspiring portfolio of a remarkable digital artist and an easy recommendation to make; grab it while you can while the prices are still reasonable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. Rodgers on 11 Oct. 2013
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Following on from Strucutra this is another fantastic book filled with beautiful paintings by an extremely talented artist. This book also contains the steps that the artist took to make his key pieces which in my opinion makes this book even better than the first one.
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