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In 1985, CHRIS NANDELL was the first Artist to write a text-book designed to teach others how to Create one-of-a-kind Model Horses and it revolutionized the Model Horse Hobby! 42 years later, she is still a leader in the industry and is still dedicated to teaching others.
TRADE SECRETS AND METHODS OF A MODEL HORSE ARTIST - (written and published in 2007) celebrates 40 YEARS of her experience in the Model Horse Hobby. In it, she takes the reader step-by-step through the painstaking process of everything from sanding seams on plastic models to tips on sculpting original pieces and creating life-like painted pieces.
Trade Secrets and Methods is packed with INFORMATION that you can really use in 13 Chapters (140 full 8-1/2" x 11" pages) which include 70 pages of COLOR PHOTOS and 8 pages of Line Drawings. If you have ever wanted to learn the art of creating beautiful horse sculptures, or if you have always wanted to understand how they are created, you will want this book!
Designed for beginners, there are tips and techniques that even experienced model horse customizers can learn to sharpen their skills and perfect their artistry. Chris has been active in customizing, painting and sculpting model horses since 1967, and has taught hundreds of others, both new and experienced, how to begin and/or improve their work. Through easy to read text and the many photos and illustrations, you too can learn some of the skills that have made Chris Nandell one of the most successful and popular Artists in the industry.
Available exclusively from Chris Nandell - Beau Cheveaux Creations. This book is produced in-house on professional printing equipment. It is bound with a *permanent* twin wire metal loop binder and has clear mylar cover sheets, front and back, for added protection. Every copy is autographed by the Author and numbered!
Sample Pages - (Pages are 8-1/2" x 11")
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Customers are RAVING about how much they LOVE this book! Here is what CAROL WILLIAMS - Author of COLOR FORMULAS AND TECHNIQUES has to say (as posted on the MH Blab):
"I just had the privilege of looking over Chris Nandell's latest iteration of her "Trade Secrets" book. I have to say, I'm really impressed. I wanted to share my impressions with other folks on Blab, who may be interested in having a good workbench how-to reference book on customizing and painting models.
It has full color illustrations... with a lot of step-by-step photo series on how to do various things, like painting in shadings, sculpting on a mane, customizing/repositioning, prepping (plastic and resin) and more. This is an especially good book for anyone who is interested in learning to customize and paint their own, as well as the merely curious. It does contain a good bit of material that will give new ideas and inspiration to experienced artists as well.
This is almost entirely a whole new book compared to previous versions (just a few sketches from the earlier versions remain) everything else is new and/or expanded material. This book is not at all short on explanatory text, or example images (in color).
I can certainly recommend this book. It is far and away the best book Chris has penned on the subject.
Carol Williams - author of Color Formulas and Tehniques"
I was lucky enough to win one!! Guys and gals!! if you havent purchased one of these and you are in ANYWAY interested in repairing, customizing or just playing around with the idea of painting you should get this book!!! IT IS WONDERFUL!!!
I personally was amazed at how inspired I was after reading this book! Chris did a GREAT job at giving instructions and put some great pictures in there to...She makes it VERY simple to understand and start!!!
"Hi My name is Sarah Descoteaux. I bought your book a year ago, and its amazing! I finaly got brave and finished a custom model from the breyer Adios, and I was so proud of it I just had to send you a pic and say thanks!
PS: if you have any additional tips or tricks you think might help that would be awesome! And thanks again for being so helpful. your pal ; Sarah"