Marc Simonetti


Marc Simonetti is a french artist who worked for 15 + years on cover arts (Dune, Game of Thrones, Discworld, Lovecraft, etc.), video games (Ubisoft, EA, Sony, etc.), card games (Magic the Gathering), and movies (Valerian with Luc Besson, Ghostbusters Frozen Empire, Alien Romulus, Transformers Rise of the Beasts, Aquaman 2, Kong vs Godzilla 2 etc.).  Mostly known for the Iron Throne that he made for GRR Martin on Game of Thrones. Marc won 4 Stabby Awards on Reddit, one Chesley Award.


Marc Simonetti (born 1977 in France) is a well-established art director, concept artist, illustrator and fine artist based in Annecy.

Having originally trained as an engineer at INSA, the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, Marc decided to pursue an artistic career and studied at the Beaux Arts in Annecy then at the Emile Cohl School. He quickly established himself as concept artist, making his mark in high profile productions such as the 3D space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, when he worked in close partnership with acclaimed French director Luc Besson. Further collaborations with leading visual effect companies include Los Angeles-based MPC, and Wētā digital. His most recent work as a concept artist, making visual development and staging dramatic lightings and designs, include Aladdin, Maleficent 2, Aquaman 2 and the upcoming Transformers Movie Rise of the Beasts, among many others.

He's now working as Art Director at DNEG, one of the world's leading VFX and animation studios.

Best known for his work on GRR Martin's books A Song of Ice and Fire and The Iron Throne, Marc has also illustrated some of the best known fantasy and Sci-Fi novels, such as Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Robin Hobb’s The Royal Assassin trilogy, Patrick Rothfuss's Name of the Wind, Terry Brook's  Shannara Cycle and Frank Herbert's ‘Dune’, working with high profile publishers.

Marc regularly works for many video games companies including Activision, Ubisoft, Magic: The Gathering, EA, Square Enix and King Isle Entertainment, creating compelling concept art, illustrations and marketing campaigns.