Read­ing up on raphael

Get­ting phys­i­cal Raphael La­coste turns his dig­i­tal art archive into a book

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Con­cept artist, art direc­tor and friend of the mag­a­zine Raphael La­coste has brought a cart­load of his art to­gether into a new book. We check it out.

For over 15 years Raphael La­coste has chal­lenged him­self as an artist. He was the art direc­tor for games in­clud­ing Prince of Per­sia and As­sas­sin’s Creed, and was the se­nior con­cept artist for films such as Ter­mi­na­tor Sal­va­tion. His lat­est chal­lenge is to pub­lish his dig­i­tal art as a phys­i­cal book, which he’s call­ing Worlds.

Raphael had long wanted to cre­ate some­thing tan­gi­ble with his dig­i­tal paint­ings, but it wasn’t un­til he found the right time and con­tacts that things started to gather mo­men­tum. “Last year Pa­trice Ley­marie, CEO and founder of IAMAG, of­fered to help me work on an art book pro­ject,” Raphael says. “He pre­sented me his pre­vi­ous crowd­funded work and I was very im­pressed by the qual­ity of the print.”

This fo­cus on print qual­ity ties in with Raphael’s aims for his book. “I want to show how im­por­tant it is to de­sign and work on pa­per be­fore de­tail­ing an im­age,” he says. Filled with per­sonal pieces and com­mis­sioned work, Worlds col­lects his vir­tual uni­verse of imag­ined places.

Raphael hopes his book will in­spire artists to learn more about en­vi­ron­ment de­sign, in the same way that trav­el­ling in­spired his work. “Some­times mak­ing im­ages from scratch, be­cause I want to cre­ate some­thing that res­onates with my own soul, is a re­lief and a real need,” he adds.

Com­plete with a lay­out de­sign by art direc­tor Brent Ashe, Worlds will be re­leased in Septem­ber and can be or­dered from

I want to show how im­por­tant it is to de­sign and work on pa­per be­fore de­tail­ing an im­age

Raphael is proud of de­vel­op­ing his tech­ni­cal skills in his Skye’s Old Man of Storr paint­ing. The free­dom of work­ing for him­self has given Raphael the chance to push his per­sonal uni­verse to the next level. The pro­ject has en­abled Raphael see how his work has evolved over the years.

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