Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/10/28
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Sheperd Paine did more than anyone to elevate modeling to the level of an art form - one that includes elements of painting, sculpting, research, and storytelling. Building and painting miniature figures, armor, aircraft, and ships with equal skill, and displaying a broad scope of knowledge and interests ranging from the Napoleonic era to WWII, Paine created incredibly detailed and masterfully rendered vignettes and dioramas. This is the first book to examine all of his remarkable work, cataloging it with more than seven hundred beautiful photos, and charting the life experiences that formed these creations in an interesting, conversational format.
These tip sheets opened up an entirely new world of model making. The techniques disclosed, and the thought process behind creating compelling scenes, were explained in such a way that even a 10 year old could grasp the basic concepts. These magnificent guides were created by Shepard Paine.
This magnificently illustrated volume is packed full of excellent photographs of Mr. Paine's work, and interestingly, pictures of sample uniforms from what I presume to be Mr. Paine's personal militaria collection. While the photographs are well worth the price of the volume, I personally found the text to be insightful and highly informative. This is not meant to be an illustrated "how-to" book (For that purchase any of the books authored by Mr. Paine, they are worth it), but rather as a conversation with a master artist. Imagine, if you will, a chance to sit with Mr. Paine and just pick his mind. The book asks questions that I would have asked if I were having a cup of coffee with him, and the answers give a context and insight into the thought process of the artist.
I was lucky enough to see the Monogram Models collection of Mr. Paine's dioramas in 1980 when they were brought to a Niles Township High Schools career night by the engineers of Monogram. It was my impression that their booth was the most popular of the night. They were truly impressive displays, not only for their size but for the small details.
I had always wondered why Mr. Paine seemed to turn away from model making after a tremendously productive period in the 1980's, and now I know the answer, and it makes perfect sense. Mr. Paine comes across as sincere, open, and unpretentious, and that makes the book even more appealing.
This book is like sitting down with Rembrandt and being able to ask him how he developed his techniques, or why he took up different subject matter. Or perhaps being able to hear first hand from Warhol why he chose a particular medium to work in, or why he stopped doing something.
Mr. Paine is an artist and this book is a welcome look at the artist and what influenced his process.