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