#Art of Fantasy 65: Marc Simonetti

marc-simonetti-12-webToday’s artist hails from Annecy in France and he is brilliant.

Marc Simonetti is a freelance illustrator and concept artist and is best known for his work on G.R.R. Martin’s “A song of Ice and Fire,” and his “Iron Throne” concept design inspired by the description in the book. I’m told Marc strictly adhered to the specifications as outlined in the novel which is *slightly* different to the one we see in the television series. Some of the more well-known projects he worked on include Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, “The Royal Assassin” by Robin Hobb,  and Terry Goodkind’s “Sword of truth.”

Marc’s list of clients is truly impressive. Companies like Activision, Ubisoft, Magic The Gathering, EA, Square Enix and King Isle Entertainment are but a few of the big names on there, and right now Marc is working on Luc Besson’s upcoming movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” The man is clearly sought after and I can see why.

Below is a small collection from his portfolio. Each image links back to the site of origin. Enjoy!

There is plenty of detail in his paintings and I love the composition style, but the thing that really attracts me is his use of atmospheric ambiance. It’s beautiful and alluring and magical. Balancing color and tone with setting, Marc gives us fantasy at its purest. Fantasy that you can see and feel and touch with your mind. Marc’s real talent lies in creating gateways to worlds fantastic.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below and remember to check out this week’s Art of Science Fiction over on Kōsa Press.



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