He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.


Monday, June 30, 2008

Stephan Martiniere (update)

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:51 am

Stephan Martinier
Since I wrote about Stephan Martiniere a couple of years ago, he has updated his site, and his career, with numerous additions.

Martiniere is a concept artist, art director and science fiction artist with a fertile imagine, superb skills as an artist and long, impressive resumé. In addition to his many stunning book covers and beautiful concept work for films like The Fifth Element, Star Wars II and III, I Robot and Star Trek XI; he has moved headlong into the gaming industry, “shapeshifting” his career, as his current bio puts it.

Martiniere has worked for three years as visual art director at Cyan, on their visually lavish games like Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, Uru: The Path of the Shell and Myst 5. He has now assumed the role of Creative Visual Art Director for Midway Games.

His expanded web site is a cornucopia of strikingly imaginative works in all of his areas of endeavor, including work for animated cartoons and theme park environments. Martiniere has a fresh crisp drawing style in his sketches and roughs, and a remarkable talent for projecting scale, atmospheric distance and detail in his more finished works. You can see where he has been influenced by artists like John Berkey, Syd Mead and Donato Giancola.

There are two collections of his Martiniere’s work available, Quantum Dreams: The Art of Stephan Martiniere and the recent Quantumscapes: The Art of Stephan Martiniere, as well as the more specific Art of Midway: Before Pixels and Polygons.

If you are fond of concept art or science fiction illustration, be aware that his site can be a major time-sink. It’s easy to get happily lost in Martiniere’s dazzling visions of other worlds.

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  1. Comment by Liz
    Tuesday, July 1, 2008 @ 2:05 am

    Amazing stuff! It takes a special kind of talent to dream up these subjects, and then to portray them so beautifully. I was a big fan of the Myst series when I was younger, and I’m sure it suits him well.

  2. Comment by Randall Ensley
    Wednesday, July 2, 2008 @ 10:52 pm

    Stephan Martiniere did the cover art for Writers of the Future Vol XXIII released last October in which I have two interior illustrations. You can imagine how psyched I was to learn he was doing the cover and then the cover was awesome.


  3. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 @ 11:44 am

    Thanks, Randall. Very cool.

    Other readers chould check out Randall Ensley’s science fiction art and blog.

  4. Comment by Douglas Ferreira
    Monday, July 21, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

    This is an amazing artist.I know and love very much the work of Syd Mead,but until now,I didn’t know the work of Stephan,thanks for sharing this Charley.Best wishes,

  5. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    Thanks, Douglas.

    You might enjoy some of the artists featured in my current post on Tor Books.

    Other readers should check out Douglas Ferreira’s blog, which features his illustrations and animations.

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