Fan­tas­ti­cal book news

Pure imag­i­na­tion Con­cept de­sign vet­eran Matt Gaser’s first self­pub­lished book col­lects to­gether a decade’s worth of fan­tasy art­work

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Con­cept de­sign vet­eran Matt Gaser’s first self-pub­lished book, Fan­tas­ti­cal, col­lects a decade’s worth of fan­tasy art­work from films and video games.

Matt Gaser has built his ca­reer on de­sign­ing fic­tional worlds for films and video games. For his first art book, Fan­tas­ti­cal, Matt is invit­ing read­ers to ex­plore his own fan­tasy uni­verse.

The artist, who’s worked on big projects like the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the An­gry Birds film, says that, “For the past three years I’ve been sell­ing prints of my art­work at comic con­ven­tions. All the time peo­ple kept ask­ing me when I’m do­ing my own book,” he says. “That’s when I de­cided to self-pub­lish Fan­tas­ti­cal.”

Matt called on the help of his friends: book de­signer and art di­rec­tor Iain Mor­ris, and co-owner of Cameron Books, Chris Gruener. To­gether they set­tled on a hard­cover for­mat wrapped in a dust jacket, filled with 112 full-colour pages.

While Fan­tas­ti­cal in­cludes Matt’s fin­ished Pho­to­shop work, two-thirds of the book are de­voted to con­cept sketches and pitch ideas. “If you want to make the best art, you have to be open to change,” the artist says.

Fan­tas­ti­cal is avail­able now, and can be or­dered through Matt’s web­site. Find out more at

Matt says he en­joys sketch­ing, be­cause it leads to the ex­plo­ration of spon­ta­neous ideas. Matt would love to pub­lish more books in the fu­ture, along­side his an­i­ma­tion and film work. Choos­ing which im­ages and projects made the fi­nal book was a tough chal­lenge for the artist.

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