Making his marc
Covers collection French artist Marc Simonetti explains why you can’t beat the magic of a book
Art books are to artists what dictionaries are to writers, says French artist Marc Simonetti, as he prepares to release his first art book, Coverama.
Art books are to artists what dictionaries are to writers. So says Marc Simonetti, unveiling plans to publish his work in print for the very first time.
Coverama is a new crowdfunded project put together in collaboration with digital art website IT’S ART. It aims to raise $10,000 to publish a 240-page collection of Marc’s work. “I've got tons of art books,” the French artist says. “They’re an essential source of inspiration and reference. They educate our eyes. As human beings we still have a strong relationship with real objects. There's something physical about enjoying an illustration on paper, or a real painting, that we miss with a picture on a computer.”
The book cover artist has worked on hugely successful titles such as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books and George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire saga, but says Coverama’s publication would be a major milestone in his career. He plans to share not only his most famous works, but also previously unseen pieces, with sections explaining how he made them.
“A book such as Marc’s is something rare,” says IT’S ART founder Patrice Leymarie. “It’s for collectors. For people passionate about art. You just don’t have the same feeling looking at a PDF or a screen. There’s something magic about paper, and this book is all about magic: how creation happens – it’s the theme of the book.”
For more info and to back the project visit www.itsartm.ag/marccoverama. To see more of Marc’s work visit www.marcsimonetti.deviantart.com.
Marc’s book will include his most famous works, but also previously unseen pieces. Coverama is a crowdfunded project in collaboration with digital art website IT’S ART.
“The book’s for people who are passionate about art,” says Patrice Leymarie. “There’s something magic about paper, and this book is all about magic,” says Patrice.
Marc has painted book covers for Terry Pratchett and George RR Martin, among others.