01/03/2012. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Titan Books/Design Studio Press. 64 page illustrated hardback. Price: GBP 19.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-78116-014-5).
check out websites:www.titanbooks.com, www.designstudiopress.com and www.martiniere.com
Stephan Martiniere’s book cover art is more likely to appear Stateside than in this country. Although saying that, as we get a lot of books from America to review, I have come across his work from time to time. This, his third book, ‘Velocity’, is a selection of his book covers, picture cards for the game ‘Magic: The Gathering’ and samples of work he did for four film productions, ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Looking Glass Wars’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ plus ‘Poseidon’s Fury’ for a live show in Orlando. Looking at his credits page at the back of the book, Martiniere has been involved in a lot more films and role-playing games than this selection and has also picked up a number of awards for his work. A very busy artist and this book shows he can do serious to cartoon like, which the Gulliver material clearly indicates.
I’m at a loss as to whether he is a designer who can digitally paint or a painter who can design as Martiniere is good at both. Although the number of pages in this book are few, they do convey an extensive range of work and ideas that adapt to the medium required.
I suspect this will be a quite little book that will sneak up and grab you when you least expect and maybe we can see the other two books, ‘Quantum Dreams’ and ‘Quantumscapes’ the first of which is already out of print, released in the UK.
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