Sunday, March 15, 2015

Figopedia, light and color by Jérémie Bonamant Teboul

I received the last book of Jérémie Bonamant Teboul friday and I read the book saturday afternoon, from the start to the end. So yes I liked this book !

Let’s talk about the autor. Jérémie is a painter for 20 years. I know him since 2007 I think, at this time I worked for Kraken Editions as graphic designer for the rules book of Alkemy. After that I worked with Jérémie on different projects for his DVD or Figone, he was also my guest for a convention near Bordeaux in France. We also work on two books about painting armies and painting gaming tables and stuff.  What can I say about him ? Maybe that is one of the most enthousiastic, generous and postive person I have ever met in my life. A world full of little jéremies will be a better world for sure, or a pure eh!

You will be able to see the contents of the book with photos in this article. The book is all about light and color. This subject is really hard to explain and sometimes difficult to understand. But the approach of Jérémie is pretty good and understandable. I like is emotional approach. The book is not thick as an encyclopedia but you will find a lot of stuff inside and a lot of tips, a lot! If you want to be a better painter, if you want to understand more lights and colors, you need this book. Even if you are a wargamer and if you don’t want to be “very” good painter, this book is useful. The proportions between text and pictures is perfect and everything is understandable. So I recomende the book at 100 %.

About he book itself, the choice for the paper is perfect, really smooth, good thickness, the softcover is plastified, the book is stiched ! The print is perfect and the colors are gorgeous. It would simply be necessary to revise the method of dispatch maybe...

Now I’m waiting fo the next volume !

Angel Giraldez, Masterclass volume 1 review

I know Angel Giraldez only for his work and paintings. For me is a fantastic painter, especialy with the airbrush techniques. He is really  fast and has a very good technique with light and colors. So, few month ago, I when heard about his book, I knew that I had to have it to improve my technique and have good tips, even if i don’t really like the Infinity universe. Now i have the book in front of me and I can say that it’s a very good book!

So I will talk about the book as a miniatures painter, un costumer, a graphic designer, photographer, editor and a professionel of the offset print technique. I will talk about “what we can found in the book” and “the book as object”.

The book begins with an introduction by the autor. After that the book is split in 4 parts : Method, techniques, Masterclass  and gallery.

Inside the method part, Angel talk about his technique in general, it’s a very good introduction about his work. After that he talks about products, I am a big user of Vallejo products, so it wasn’t a real discovery, but it’s a nice part. At the end he presents some tips and some of them are very good and once again I learnt new stuff !

For the second part, he talks about some techiques as, non metallic metal, stippling, washing, points of light and glazes. I don’t like non metallic metal technique, it’s not my cup of tea, but as always i will try because it’s often when you try something you don’t like that we can progress ! The stippling part was very interesting.

In the masterclass part, you can find 11 masterclasses. It’s a hudge part of the book. And a very good one.

The end of the book is a gallery of miniatures. Look at  them is a good motivation…

I didn’t read yet all the masterclasses, but I can have a good idea of the book. By my experience, professional or not. I can say that this book is a massive and hudge work, and it’s a very good one. All the energy of Angel is in the book and his intention is reached. All steps during the masterclasses are clear and pretty detailed and if you like photos… don’t worry about, the book is full of them.

So can I say to a friend, “Go now and buy this book, you need it” ?. My answer is yes. If you like minis, if you want to discover the airbrush technique, if you want to learn and be better, yes you need the book ! My only regret maybe is the approach of angel, maybe too much technical and mathematical, I miss emotion and feeling. For all masterclasses, Angel starts with an introduction about the mini itself, it’s interresting, but why not talk about more the approch in globality, maybe talking about light and colors theories. It’s a succession of : I take that, I do that, I have that.

Now about the book itself, it’s a big disappointment. And now I will only speak with my professionnal point of view. Nothing personnal.

The weight and the quality of the paper is a bit light and the paper take humidity a lot. And I have the impression to have more a magazine in my hands than a book. And the book is expensive... But I also know that, when you are alone to edit a book it’s very expensive and difficult. On the other hand, the book is stitched ! That is very important, because with only the glue, it’s a mess ! The print quality is not very good. The inking is too dense, so the black is too black and it’s not good for contrast ans saturation. Ink smell a lot, so i don’t think they are “green” inks… You have powder between pages, it’s a powder to avoid accident between pages and ink but normaly this powder is draw up. The worst is the aligment of colors, it is missed in the book. In offset technique you need to print the cyan and the magenta, the yellow and the black. And you need a very good aligment between this colors. I have a glass magnifier for printers and I can see this problem by my eyes but I checked with my magnifier and I had the confirmation.

About the photos, the camera has dust on the sensor. So you see black soft spots on photos. Sometimes you need to clean the sensor with the help of an professionnal to avoid this problem.

You can forget this last part of my review because I really like books and the techniques to make them and because I work in this industry. And if it had been me I would have verify at the printer. in this case for me it’s a new print or a reduction of the price. Because aligment of colors is the base...

But these details shall not prevent you from taking plaisure of the book !!!!! And once again, it’s a professionnal point of view. This book is gorgeous for painters and a fantastic successfull conclusion for Angel Giraldez and his work. Buy it !