"Painting: Overhead Lighting"
"Painting: Overhead Lighting II"
& White - Step by Step"
S u m m a r y
||AP003: Painting Overhead Lighting -
AP005: Painting Overhead Lighting II - Acrylics
AP008: Black & White - Step by Step
||84-930354-4-0: Painting Overhead
Lighting - Acrylics
84-930354-5-9: Painting Overhead Lighting II - Acrylics
84-95464-15-2: Black & White - Step by Step
||Soft cover, landscape format, 65 pages plus covers; full colour
||Each @ USD$19.96 from Squadron.com
||Excellent standard of figure
assembly and painting; packed with "how-to" photographs, useful tips and techniques; handy reference material
||Premium price for
"magazine" style publication - especially if you want all
|| Recommended to budding figure
Painting Overhead Lighting Pt. I; Painting
Overhead Lighting Pt. II and
Black & White
- Step by Step are available online from
Euro Modelismo Monograph is a Spanish publication that draws on the
rich modelling talent of western Europe. We are fortunate to get the
full benefit of the magazine as the text is entirely in the English
These three Monographs focus on painting figure models. They are presented
in full colour on high-quality glossy paper inside satin-textured
covers. Advertisements are confined to the inside of the front and back
covers, so the book can concentrate on techniques and case studies.
Nos. 4 & 5
Painting Overhead Lighting Parts I and II
Painting Overhead Lighting Parts I and II
feature the work of two Spanish
modellers, Raul Garcia Latorre and Rodrigo Hernandez Chacon. Their books
describe the theory and practice of painting figures to appear as if they are
lit naturally from overhead. These techniques rely solely on acrylic paints.
Part One commences with an acknowledgement of the importance
of preparation and assembly. After all, no matter how well a figure is
painted, basic construction flaws will still be obvious. This is
followed by an interesting technical discussion about the distribution
of highlights and shadows according to an overhead lighting scheme.
Comparisons to other lighting schemes is made with the assistance of
Theory continues with a Chapter discussing brushes and brushtroke
technique, followed by a section dedicated to painting a face. This
Chapter includes a table with typical facial tones.
The balance of Part One contains seven case studies where these
theories and techniques are put to practice on human figure models,
horses, structures and trees.
Part Two continues the theme with ten more case studies (click
thumbnail below to view larger image of cover). These
develop the principles discussed in Part One, and introduce some more
advanced techniques. These include:
In common with the other books in this series, the standard of
modelling, painting and photography is superb. Each book is packed with
"in-progress" photos, and the finished models are
photographed in convincing and atmospheric settings.
Monograph No. 8
Black & White - Step by Step
This book showcases the work of Swedish artist and modeller Mike Blank - an
appropriate name for his black-and-white subject matter. In fact, the title is
somewhat misleading as the book itself and even most of its subjects are
presented in colour. The title refers to the many techniques and case studies
describing how to
breathe life into monochrome aspects of figures and their clothing.
The emphasis is medieval, with chain mail and flowing robes providing a great
challenge to figure painters, although other eras are represented too.
The contents of the book comprise:
Using the right tools
The opening section covers the tools, paints, brushes, accessories, bases and
groundwork necessary to create convincing figures.
The remaining six case studies are generously illustrated with
"in-progress" photos to reinforce the techniques described in the
Each of the case studies concludes with a paint palette summary. This illustrates the specific mixes (including paint type and colours) for all the
elements of the figure, including flesh and shadow tones. I found this
I suspect that I am typical of many aircraft and armour modellers in that I
do occasionally add figures to my models, but I still consider figure painting
to be an intimidating black art. These books will help demystify this important aspect of modelling.
In addition to filling the role of inspiring picture books, all three
of these titles are also valuable texts with relevant theory and clearly
The only real disadvantage is the expense if all three
books are purchased.
Thanks to Squadron for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 26 November, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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