This review is applicable for the other volumes of Café Salé art books.
Café Salé or CFSL is a web portal created for the French art community in 2002. It has over tens of thousands of members from different backgrounds, skill sets and interests. There are professionals as well as undiscovered talent. More than a hundred artists have put together their illustrations in this 302-page paperback.
There are three main categories: scenes, characters and miscellaneous. The variety of artistic style is amazing. We have sci-fi background paintings, comic-style art, sketches, fan art, loads of characters in different settings, worlds, and many more. Most of the illustrations are digitally created, not that it affects anything. All are printed gloriously on low gloss paper, making every page a pleasure to look at.
At the end is the index of artists featured, along with their contact information and website. I've contemplated typing out their websites here but there are just too much. You can check out their artist galleries at Café Salé.
This is an illustration annual comparable in standard to those put out by Spectrum, Digital Art Masters and Ballistic Publishing. It makes you wish that there are more online art communities coming up with art books like this.
This book is beautiful and inspirational. Most highly recommended.
You can check out the other books from the series with this tag: cfsl
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Hi Parka! I follow your blog
Submitted by Amanda Belmont on
I follow your blog daily and just wanted to shout out that I love the reviews you do. :)
Anyways, I would like to ask, how do I go about purchasing a book that's solely in France? Can I use the french amazon homepage?
Also, are they very rare? Since the price is very high.
Thanks so kindly,
@Amanda Belmont Thanks for
Submitted by Teoh Yi Chie on
Thanks for the support on the blog.
If you've bought stuff from Amazon US before, your account information will be available from Amazon France as well. The checkout process is still the same, just that everything is in French text. So basically, you just have to press the "next" or "continue" buttons to the last page where you can review your order and total price before confirmation — that's how I did it without knowing how to read French.
I'm not sure if they are rare, or what's the criteria to be considered rare in this case. They are only published recently — Vol 1 in 2007 — so the books should still be around for a while. Café Salé has an online store as well.
It's also by luck that I discovered the book because someone posted a link to my blog from Café Salé. I was really impressed by the artist galleries over there which is why I bought the books.
I just got all four of these
Submitted by PeterCSM on
I just got all four of these from the amazon.fr website with no problem. They arrived without damage and pretty quickly for a series of books traveling from France to Florida. The price is in euros and with the cost of shipping across the Atlantic they are fairly pricey. Only three were available from Amazon and the fourth one I bought from a private seller. Now if only I could figure out how to leave feedback on the site..
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