Trajectory by Stephan Martinier (book review).

Occasionally, I did a search of ‘art books’ on the long river website and came across ‘Trajectory’ by Stephan Martinier and thought I’d take a look. As I rarely pay much attention to any of the Awards that are out there, I did note in his biography at the back of the book that he is well documented in them. His client list covers a lot of companies and this is his fourth book. Martinier not only does book covers, but animation and computer games design and even theme parks and rides.

Although this book principally focuses more on cities and space scenes, his flair for cartoon characters with a simpler design also illustrates some versatility. A lesson for aspiring artists is looking at how he applies dark colours in the foreground and lighter in the background to give a different perspective in depth. A marked difference to how other artists who do it the other way around.

Design Studios don’t always have large page counts and I haven’t spotted any more Martinier books since 2013 but presumably more will come in good time.

GF Willmetts

April 2020

(pub: Design Studio Press, 2013. 64 page illustrated large hardback. Price: I pulled my copy for about £ 5.80 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-62465-002-4)

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