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F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions about Figure Painting Techniques [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrea Press (Feb. 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8496527913
  • ISBN-13: 978-8496527911
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,062,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is the beef? June 15 2007
By Aldo Fabian Ischia - Published on Amazon.com
After having done a great work with F.A.Q. AFV Painting Techniques, looks like Mig was just looking for some money but without the intention to work for it. The book is a collection of pictures with some icons indicating the technique to use.
It doesn't teach you anything at all. If you're looking for a barely nice collection of pictures, this is the book for you. If you want to learn something I recommend "How to Build Dioramas" from Sheperd Paine. Even if it is not the main topic, it contains much more information about figure painting than the entire F.A.Q.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Before you buy this book May 6 2007
By Irina - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fairly comprehensive guide to figure painting from preparation to presentation, and lots in between. It is beautifully illustrated with color photographs, and contains a very nice gallery of finished works in the last sections. It is presented as a FAQ format with some albeit simplistic questions about different techniques or materials associated with the hobby, but they often go unanswered. For some unknown reason, the author(s) have used a series of photos with some little hieroglyghs of paint/brush symbols to illustrate the answers without any accompanying text in most instances. Colors are also shown as little hard-to read numbers which you will have to look up in the included color charts at the end of the book, but it is like translating an arcane tome. A little text would have gone a long way to clarify some of the more complex methods such as getting textured surfaces representing fur or fabric. Instead I am left with more questions than before. What actually written answers appear in the book are often cryptic for example: Q:"How do I paint a leather Garment with oils?" A: "In order to speed up the drying process, it is normal to start over an acrylic base as shown in the photographs." or some are self-promoting, Q:"How can I make snow?" A: "There are specifically made products available for this." (next to the picture of Andrea Artificial Snow, hint hint) Many of the questions are just too simplistic. After all, I bought this book to learn MORE. Overall, I did not find this book particularly helpful, and it is rather hard to use. But with some effort I suspect one can glean something good from it, and like I said, it is beautifully illustrated.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good visual reference Oct. 12 2007
By Some guy from VA - Published on Amazon.com
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It's not a bad book, but low grades given by other reviewers do not surprise me; I think that authors lost sight of who the target audience for this book is.

The book follows traditional FAQ format - series of questions and answers. Each answer has a very short text (or in some cases none at all) illustrated by multiple photos. I like emphasis on visual explanation, but shortness of text leaves reader to 'connect the dots'.

If each issue feels a bit 'underexplained', the big picture is completely absent. There is no explanation of any particular painting method, workflow, no example showing how / when to employ particular approach. This is where the biggest disconnect with the target audience lies - if someone is experienced enough to put all these separate answers together, they may not need them.

Beginners will probably feel lost because of lack of context for the individual answers. Experienced painters won't find anything new here, as the book explains well known techniques. So if you're somehwere in between, this is a very good visual reference for many techniques - but make sure you got the basics first, they're not explained in depth.

Overall I think the book deserves 3,5 stars (which I rounded down) - number and quality of pictures make it worthwhile for me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best Feb. 27 2009
By KB - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a little confused as to the target audience of this book. There is a rather large section dedicated to explaining tools and their use, even as far as explaining remedial things like how to glue things together. Next thing you know, it jumps right into painting techniques, but with little or no narrative to accompany the pictures.

There were also some editorial mistakes. One example was a paragraph that starts off in Spanish then suddenly switches to English halfway through (page 55 if you own this book already).

Overall I wouldn't recommend this book to newbie figure painters. Osprey offers several books that are far superior, and cheaper.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic reference May 9 2007
By Daniel B. Rivera - Published on Amazon.com
Book is a basic reference for figure painting. Would only be of any interest to beginer figure painters.

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