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Structura: The Art of Sparth [Paperback]

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1 April 2008
Structura: The Art of Sparth is a collection of his personal artwork. Sparth has been an active artistic director and concept designer for the gaming industry for over ten years. Currently with idsoftware in Texas, a renowned leader in the gaming world with such titles as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom I and II, and Quake I and II, Sparth has been integral in designing the games that the video game enthusiasts of today devour. In both his professional and personal work, there are no limits to Sparths creativity when it comes to translating forms and concepts with an creativity when it comes to translating forms and concepts with an experimental and original approach. Born in France and having traveled the globe extensively, he was influenced greatly by the various world cultures he encountered, and this is largely responsible for his multiple creative passions, which range from space to architecture, robotics and beyond.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press; Export ed edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492254
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 23 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a sci-fi world of his own 13 Feb 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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Sparth (aka Nicolas Bouvier) is an amazing concept designer and illustrator with an impressive portfolio. You might have been awed by some of the paintings he post on his blog. Now with this book, you can enjoy his work easier.

This book features his concept art and matte paintings. Some of the projects included are, just to name a few, Prince of Persia - Warrior Within (2004), Assassin's Creed (2007) and those not included are Alone in the Dark (2004) and Cold Fear (2005).

The theme is mainly futuristic science fiction, except the some he created for the game. There are quite a few cityscape paintings with flying ships. The worlds he created as just as imaginative as Star Wars. They are beautiful and believable. There's a good sense of space and the vastness for the environment painting that I really like.

This is a book I can easily recommend to sci-fi art lovers.

If you like sci-fi art, you can also check out Quantum Dreams: The Art of Stephan Martiniere and Quantumscapes: The Art of Stephan Martiniere.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have art book. 22 Jan 2011
By Mr Carl
Format:Paperback
One of the few art books you don't need to look through before buying, you will find most of his work in daily life. If you like computer games that is. Even then you'll find he has done a lot of work for movies and books. Its one of those must have books.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art Of Sparth 31 Dec 2006
Format:Hardcover
Sparths work is amazing so this book should really good. I've always loved what he and the steambot guys did for digital painting and Photoshop in general.

The Ballistic publishing Concept Art title that feartured Sparth really showed off his work very well so i hope that this book does just as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a sci-fi world of his own 21 Dec 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sparth (aka Nicolas Bouvier) is an amazing concept designer and illustrator with an impressive portfolio. You might have been awed by some of the paintings he post on his blog. Now with this book, you can enjoy his work easier.

This book features his concept art and matte paintings. Some of the projects included are, just to name a few, Prince of Persia - Warrior Within (2004), Assassin's Creed (2007) and those not included are Alone in the Dark (2004) and Cold Fear (2005).

The theme is mainly futuristic science fiction, except the some he created for the game. There are quite a few cityscape paintings with flying ships. The worlds he created as just as imaginative as Star Wars. They are beautiful and believable. There's a good sense of space and the vastness for the environment painting that I really like.

This is a book I can easily recommend to sci-fi art lovers.

If you like sci-fi art, you can also check out Quantum Dreams: The Art of Stephan Martiniere and Quantumscapes: The Art of Stephan Martiniere.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sparth book ever! But.... 4 Jun 2008
By Richard G - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been a huge fan of Sparth's work for years and have awaited the arrival of this book for almost as long. Sparth's work is warm and highly creative and his influence over a generation of digital fantasy artists is only beginning to be seen as his style is frequently imitated. It's certainly a great book and a must-own, especially for a concept art book at this price.

My only disappointment is is the format size (which is why I still give this 5 stars, as I don't think this is the fault of the artist). These works deserve a much larger format than the medium/smallish 9 x 9 inches. Also, and this probably has more to do with who owns the image licenses than anything, there is a bit of "sameness", a slight lack of variety, about some of the work that's not apparent when viewing his website.

Still, a great book by any standard and an essential addition to any fantasy/sci-fi/art lover's book collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparth is great 19 Sep 2008
By Thomas L. Denmark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are interested in concept art, this compact book is like a master's class in how to represent ideas with freshness, clarity, and good design. I keep it next to my computer at work for inspiration, and if you are a concept artist you should too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 8 Mar 2012
By FinArtiste - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Sparth's work. This book is just page after page of pure inspiration. My only complaint is that I wish it were bigger. Some of the images are too small that I can't enjoy them as much. I hope the next volume is bigger.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration from Sparth 26 Oct 2011
By Paul B. Hartzog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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Structure: The Art of Sparth is a good collection of his early work. I'm glad that such a great artist finally has some well-reproduced good paper good print artifacts. Can't wait for the next one!
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