Review: Private Coaching with Sebastian

by Roman aka jar

 Hey Jungle,

time for another review on a recently held private coaching session.
Man, I do miss teaching and I am happy that I can at least teach in individual session, like these Private Coachings ...

This time Sebastian visited me for a two day private coaching we planned for a longer time ahead, but then Covid-19 stopped us earlier this year. Recently we were able to sit down together in one on one.

Sebastian's impressive result of two days private coaching with me

me & Sebastian


Let's hear what Sebastian has to say about his coaching experience:

"Before I asked for the private coaching with Roman, I already attended several of his workshops. Each time Roman sent me on a journey and each time I found something beautiful on the way. This time was no different, and yet the hours with Roman were different from the workshops before.

I turned to Roman in October 2019 for private coaching to show me how to handle a 72 mm miniature. We agreed on a date in March 2020, shortly after a beginners workshop in Augsburg. The idea was that we would use the workshop to prepare the miniature and the basis for private coaching. Then Corona happened and the world was upside down. The beginners' workshop was the last workshop Roman could teach shortly before the lockdown, and we agreed to postpone the private coaching. A few months later the situation was better and Roman announced that he would finally offer private coaching again. I did not hesitate and asked for a new date.

In the meantime I had a lot of time to paint and that changed me. As the date for the private coaching approached, I knew that I wanted to learn something different after all. The big scale no longer appealed to me. On the other hand, I still wanted to learn how to approach large flat surfaces and bring them to life. So we set a new goal and studied texture and overall contrast instead.

I really enjoyed painting with Roman, his approach to the subject and the calm and clear way he teaches. I knew his style of teaching before, so I knew to listen to the important parts. During my stay, we chatted a lot and had many off-topic discussions. I'm not sure if Roman didn't find it strange that I asked so little about miniature painting, but for me it was more important to soak up the moment.

AAs I said before, I've had several workshops, and this is a constant for me. The MASSIVE VOODOOO starts a few days or even weeks later. It was no different here. While we focused on how to paint texture and how to build contrast on large areas, something else filled me up. Nothing less than confidence in my abilities. Roman said that in our toolbox there are many tools and many approaches to reach our goal, it is up to us to decide. The coaching gave me the self-confidence to do this."

- Sebastian
 



Sebastian's result is impressive



"Hi Roman,

ich denke ich muss noch eine E-Mail nachschießen, da ich mir nicht sicher bin, ob der englische Text richtig rüberkommt.

Was ich damit ausdrücken wollte ist ganz einfach. Wie auch nach jeden Workshop mit dir braucht es bei mir eine gewisse Zeit, bis ich verstehe, was genau ich mitgenommen habe. Bei den Sachthemen ist das ja einfach, bei meinem Coaching war das etwas schwieriger und hat daher auch länger gedauert. Gestern Abend war es dann soweit.

Ich habe in den letzten Wochen nur Dinge bemalt, die ich teilweise schon seit über einem Jahr rumstehen hatte und mich nicht getraut habe die anzufassen. Das lag daran, dass ich kein Vertrauen in mich hatte, dass das Ergebnis ansehnlich wird. Das hat sich durch unser Coaching geändert. Ich glaube der Schlüssel dabei war zu verstehen, dass es viele Wege ans Ziel gibt und wir uns aus allen Möglichkeiten eine auswählen dürfen, um ans Ziel zu kommen.

Im Frühjahr habe ich oft darüber nachgedacht WIE ich etwas machen möchte und teilweise beschlossen, dass das zu komplex ist. Dann war die Miniatur wieder auf dem Regal und durfte weiter Staub ansetzen. Jetzt denke ich eher darüber nach WAS ich machen möchte und habe dann das Selbstvertrauen meine Toolbox zu nehmen und anzufangen. Und wenn es nicht dahin geht, wo ich es haben möchte, dann suche ich mir einen anderen Weg. Das WIE ist dadurch in den Hintergrund gerückt und blockiert mich nicht mehr.

Und das war das eigentliche MASSIVE VOODOO unserer gemeinsamen Zeit.

In diesem Sinne viele Grüße und Happy Painting!"

- Sebastian










happy student, happy teacher

Thank you, Sebastian for again trusting my teaching skills and knowledge. It was my pleasure to welcome you to the Studio and spent these two nice days with you! Arrigato!

Keep on happy painting!
Yours
Roman
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If you want to learn from me
in your very own private coaching session, do not hesitate to contact me for further details via
jarhead---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com

Feel invited to check back with this PDF document to see if your personal coaching date is in reach. Write me an email and we can make it work!

If you are interested in a private coaching session or the actual news on workshops, please read:
http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2020/08/news-workshop-news-private-coachings.html


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Review: Private Coaching with Christoph

by Roman aka jar

 Hey Jungle,

time for another review on a recently held private coaching session.
Man, I do miss teaching and I am happy that I can at least teach in individual session, like these Private Coachings ...


This time Christoph visited me for a two day coaching in
the MV Studio


Christoph says:

"This was going to be my second private coaching with Roman.
I had a great private coaching last year in May with Roman
Link so I decided that it was again time to learn some more 😊

I wanted to learn more about painting TMM and skin. So I sent a picture of a “tru metal” album with a lot of Skin to Roman to guess the topic. Since the album was “fighting the world” Roman guessed I might want to learn more about Space Marines. After we had that cleared up, I decided to be more straight forward.

After I arrived, we chatted a bit about which of the minis I brought I’d paint. Both of us being Ilyad Miniature fans, we settled on a blister of their barbarians. We started out with the contrast ranges of reflective metals versus matt surfaces. My painting memory was a little rusty after a summer where I hardly touched a brush but spent my free time gardening and such.

 

The first day went fast as I was painting contrast ranges of shiny metal on various training items. I spent so much time painting those NMMs and TMMs I felt a bit like karate kid, learning through repetition. It worked 😊. At some point I noticed that I had forgotten to take pictures at all. I decided to take a few pics right away. When I couldn’t get any nice photos of my TMM pieces, I asked Roman if he could take some. He told me yes, but why would I want these photos? I didn’t know at first and noticed after a short moment I’d only need them to show off. My Sensei had taught me an important wisdom 😊.

 On the morning of the second day we finally started painting the minis. Half the axe blade took me forever, but then I really got rolling and the rest of the metal on my barbarian was painted in no time. This was my next “Zen” moment, I got so much faster by painting neat from the start, training and understanding of what I wanted to accomplish. We spent the rest of the day with skin tones which were a lot of fun to paint.

I was again extremely happy with my private coaching.
Thank you Roman."

It does not make sense to just paint something.
Important is to understand it first ...

 

Training that knowledge ...


Christoph painted the more warmer skintoned Barbarian here
during his coaching and he learned a lot. I painted the other one for explanation purpose.


Not only in terms of metallics or non metallics or skintone, but for me as a teacher who knows his student since some years, the most imporant part was: Calm down! Paint with patience and joy, for you, not for social media or anything. For you! When this hit home and Christoph painted with patience I really was proud of him on the results he could achieve!







I want to thank you Christoph!
Not only for being a long time student of mine, but also for being a friend I can rely on in strange or difficult moments. Thank you!



____________________________________________________________________________

If you want to learn from me
in your very own private coaching session, do not hesitate to contact me for further details via
jarhead---at---massivevoodoo---dot---com

Feel invited to check back with this PDF document to see if your personal coaching date is in reach. Write me an email and we can make it work!

If you are interested in a private coaching session or the actual news on workshops, please read:
http://massivevoodoo.blogspot.com/2020/08/news-workshop-news-private-coachings.html


_____________________________________________________________________
You want to support Massive Voodoo? 
If you like to support or say thanks the monkeys of Massive Voodoo in what they do, please feel invited to drop a jungle donation in their direction via paypal or check their miniatures they got on sale here.
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News: Roman Lappat Miniatureart Art Book - Vol.1 - ready for preorders!

by Roman aka jar

And we are open for Preorders!

My first Solo Art Book is now avalable for preoder! Open from now until Noon Sunday ( GMT ).
https://www.mrleesminis.com/product-page/roman-lappat-miniature-art-vol-1-collectors-bundle

This will be a limited run, available during this preorder window only, with very few copies available afterwards. All orders placed with the book will be shipped together when they arrive. We plan to get all shipping done first week of December in time for Christmas shipping.



Please share, and let us know what you think!

 

 

MV Challenge 2020: Get your entries in!

by Roman aka jar

Entry Counter:    119
last updated: recently

 




Day by Day
we are recieving your beautiful entries to the Contest.
Do not forget to sent in yours via

Submit your entry to
jarhead(at)massivevoodoo(dot)com
with a minimum of 3 photos from different angles, maximum 5.
Subject your email with: MVChallenge 2020 - *your name*




The Challenge starts
15th of April 2020
and ends
November 23rd 2020 (Midnight Roman's time/Germany)
to give you all enough time to find the most interesting excuses to not take part in this time frame or to create amazing entries :)

We plan to have all the entries uploaded and judged until 15th of December 2020.




We do have one more update for the random prize pool:


#18
A donation from Botho, a very rare Games Workshop 75mm Inquisitor miniature:




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MVTV: Updates on 360° videos in 4k

by Roman aka jar

 Hey Jungle,

let's drop some more 360° turnaround videos in 4k from Massive Voodoo TV.
This medium is so great to show miniature art projects compared to just photos. Such a video can definetely support photos of a model and gives a great feeling for the real thing. What do you think?

Enjoy!



Coming soon!

by Roman aka jar

 


Coming soon!
Want something beautiful under your christmas tree?
Stay tuned for more information
in the next couple of days!

Published by @mrleesminis
Layout by @momogojira

Review: The Encyclopedia of Figures Modelling Techniques, Vol. 2

by David

Disclaimer: I received the book as a free review copy by the publisher. This will not predetermine my review, which will be a fair summary and assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses as I perceive them.


Hey all,

David back again with a little review of a recent book. This time it's Volume 2 of Ammo by Mig's multi-volume Encyclopedia of Figures Modelling Techniques. This second volume of the Encyclopedia is titled "Techniques and Materials" and, accordingly, focuses on different materials, media and tools used in the miniature painting scene and the associated techniques and methods how to apply them. As such, it fits nicely into the second category of painting and modeling-related books that I introduced in my review of Volume 1 of the series. If you have not seen it, yet, feel free to check it here. The book's listed price is 29.50 Euros; it is available through Ammo's website as well as most scale model-retailers.

The book's table of contents ... along with some very nice miniature art

 

In addition to a brief introductory blurb by the editor, the 112-page strong, full-color book consists of four chapters, each with a number of sub-chapters, dealing with different media tools and painting techniques: Acrylics (Chapter 1), Oils (Chapter 2), Airbrush (Chapter 3), and mixing oils and acrylics (Chapter 4). As was the case in the first volume, the chapters are a mix of parts written by the series' editor, Rodrigo Hernández Chacón, and an international cast of incredibly talented and well-known miniature artists as authors of sub-chapters. Each chapter begins with a general introduction by Rodrigo that provides some general topical information, for instance on the propoperties and basic principles of working with acrylic colors, oils and the airbrush. This is, then, followed by the authors' sub-chapters in which they show in step-by-step fashion how they apply these techniques in their work. In Chapter 1, for instance, Rodrigo explains the basic layering and wet-in-wet techniques for painting with acrylic colors. These techniques are, then, exemplified in more detail by Enrique Velasco (layering) and Paulo Carrelo (wet-in-wet), respectively. In addition, it briefly highlights three other brush-techniques (stippling, splattering, and outlining), as well as "sketching" the basic volumes and non-metallic metal (NMM). The latter is illustrated with a step-by-step by Aleksandra Tana Cvetanovski, while Alfonso Giraldes provides a comprehensive summary of his painting approach, showing how sketching and layering work in practice. Chapter 2 has three sub-chapters, in which Gianfranco Speranza, Jean-Louis Balanec and Dmitry Fesechko present their respective approaches on using traditional oil colors for minitature painting, each exemplified by painting a bust. Chapter 3 centers on the use of the airbrush in painting with acrylics and stresses the benefits of combining the airbrush with brush work to profit from each instrument's particular strengths. In the first sub-chapter Rodrigo shows the airbrush-first, brush second approach; in the second sub-chapter Rubén Martínez Arribas and Sergio Calvo show the brush-first, airbrush-second approach. In Chapter 4, Paulo Carrelo shows in six pages how to combine all the painting materials discussed in the book (acrylics and oils, brush and airbrush) on painting the Carthaginian War Elephant bust by RP models. The book closes with a 13 uncommented pages which present very nice pictures of some of the authors' best known works.

A very brief introduction into sketching a miniature's volumes...

... and Alfonso's illustration on his famous Anonymous 2.0 bust

As was the first volume of the series, the book is beautifully layouted and overall has a high production value. It is printed on relatively thick, slightly glossy paper; the pictures are excellent and show very well what is going on on the mini. In terms of substance, I found the book to be a mixed bag, to be honest. It combines a number of substantively strong chapters with a few weaknesses. For me, the absolute star in this book is Dmitry Fesechko's chapter on painting with oils. I found the chapter to be the most detailed, didactic and well-structured in the whole book. Dmitry starts out by providing a general overview of the medium, its peculiarities and the necessary tools, and presents an easy "two-layers algorithm" on how he paints a bust with oils. While I do not paint with oils, myself, I have the feeling that this chapter would be a great introduction should I want to try it out some day. The chapter by Alfonso Giraldes also succeeds in giving a very good insight into his particular work process; it shines because it so nicely illustrates the rather brief conceptual introduction on sketching values and volumes with a comprehensive step-by-step practical application. I also found Sergio Calvo's illustration of his approach on painting NMM by combining brush and airbrush work insightful, even though the actual use of the airbrush is hard to understand from pictures and words in a book.

The introduction to the chapter dedicated on oil colors...

... and Dmitry's description of his two-step painting "algorithm".

 
As the first volume, this second book in the Encyclopedia has a bit of sloppy editing and language checking, here and there. More substantively, I found some of the chapters a bit too superficial, talking and showing only very briefly some of the techniques and approaches. Maybe it's because the editors wanted to include so many topics and as many as nine fantastic artists into a single volume, in addition to the series' editor, such that individual contributions are by necessity a bit brief. For instance, I would have loved to see Aleksandra get a bit more space to elaborate on her painting approach and the decisions where to put shadows, highlights and tonal variations. Moreover, because there are so many individually authored chapters, there is some degree of redundancy with different authors repeating, ultimately, what has been said elsewhere. This is particularly the case in the chapter on oil colors, where all three authors introduce the medium, its characteristics and differences to acrylics. Here, a single more encompassing chapter might have been a better approach. As for the airbrush chapter, I am not sure how useful many of the elaborations will be to beginners hoping to use the airbrush for their miniature projects, because a book might not the best medium to show and explain the technical and practical steps of handling an airbrush. In fact, the airbrush chapter does not talk about many technical issues such as dilutions, air pressure, distance, handling of the trigger, etc, but ultimately in large parts presents paint recipes. Finally, and maybe most problematic, I find it a bit confusing to see a picture of Alfonso Giraldes's incredible Hellboy vignette on the book's cover, even though the model is not featured in the book itself. This will disappoint readers who buy the book in the hope of reading a step-by-step of that masterwork, especially if readers come from the first volume, which does include a comprehensive and well-made tutorial of the cover-art (Roman Gruba's Boudicca).

The chapter on airbrushing...

... along with insights into Sergio's process.

In conclusion, and comparing it with the first volume of the series, I found this book a bit more of a mixed bag. It includes a number of strong contributions and the sheer variety of incredible artists sharing some of their wisdom on a range of different topics means that most readers will be able to draw some useful information and inspiration from it. At the same time, I found the book a bit less coherent and systematic than the first volume, such that beginners hoping to get a comprehensive, hands-on manual on applying different techniques and using different materials might struggle with this book alone.

A small gallery of some of Aleksandra's colorful works

Let me know if you have questions or comments. All the best,

David