F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions about Figure Painting Techniques Paperback – Dec 1 2006
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F.A.Q. Frequently Asked Questions about Figure Painting Techniques
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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.
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.
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.