Sunday, March 15, 2015

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 !

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