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)

check out website: https://designstudiopress.com/ and www.martiniere.com


Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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