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Structura
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TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 26 February 2012
This is a rather beautiful showcase of the work of Nicolas Bouvier, AKA. Sparth, concept designer behind several major videogames, cover illustrator of numerous sci-fi/fantasy novels and a leading digital artist in those fields.
There are about 125 pages of full colour examples of his work; texts are limited to four pages by way of introduction to the artist and a thanks page at the end.
The reproduction quality of the artwork is excellent, with a good balance of multiple and single-image pages. There are a few figure studies, concept studies for game environments, cover art and - making up the bulk of the work - imaginative vistas; cityscapes/landscapes, et al.
The only negative points are that information on each work is restricted to title alone; there are no notes on medium, techniques or software employed - as a traditionally trained artist myself, I would have liked a little insight into where the pencil ends and the computer takes over, but I suppose the portfolio presentation of this type of book doesn`t allow for that. The book is also rather small in format compared to more conventional art books; a volume of larger dimensions would have been nice, but there are no double-page spreads to crack the paperback binding, which meets with my approval, anyway.
This is an inspiring, imaginative volume well worth acquiring if you appreciate visionary art of any kind.
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on 19 July 2010
Inspiring concepts, an essential reference book for any designer!
Get it before they stop printing again!
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on 12 September 2012
I actually got Structura 2 before this, only because it's invariably out of stock.

Unlike Sparth's second book, this one shows the progression of his style into what it is today. This one also doesn't include any tutorial steps.

I will echo previous reviewers in saying that I would have much preferred a larger book.
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on 30 July 2012
Amazing digital art, with powerful atmoshpere. A real master. Not a tutorial book as such but it is a book full of inspiration and compositional ideas. i really recommend this to any sci fi artist.
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on 17 April 2013
All bout digital illustrate, single image through, no training, tutorial, not good for learning, but i like the Structura 2, that is a very good one for tutorial and concept ideation training.
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on 8 November 2013
I bought this for my artist boyfriend, the quality is really nice, fantastic artwork. Perhaps some more commentary would be good, but what do I know! Boyfriend loved it.
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on 27 April 2012
If you want a sci-fi art book, this is ok. some of the works have a great sense of scale, but up against something like 'Hardware' by Chris Foss, this is very inferior.
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