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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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on 9 September 2012
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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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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on 11 October 2013
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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on 30 July 2012
As a concept artist myself I can't get enough of this guy. The images look so simple to create at times but this is just an illusion. He makes use of simple brush strokes to create amazing impact and drama which is really hard to replicate. This is essential eye candy!
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If you're looking at original artwork behind a number of games one of the names that will appear time and again is Sparth especially looking at work from Halo as well as Rage. It's detailed, its inspirational and also allows the reader a glimpse into the world of the artist. Add to this the artists own words to backed up with his artwork and a wonderfully comprehensive put together title makes this a book that is not only hard to put down but one you'll open time and again.

All in this is a wonderful offering a great book for fans of the games industry.
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on 2 September 2012
This was a present for my Son who had previously brought the first book. Lovely glossy coffee table book. He loved it and commented that this second edition showed more concept sketches from beginning to end of the final image which he found interesting and useful.
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