Mak­ing his marc

Cov­ers collection French artist Marc Si­mon­etti ex­plains why you can’t beat the magic of a book

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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.

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