Books & DVDs

Trudy has written & illustrated seven books - published by David & Charles (now F&W Media International Ltd) and one published by Search Press.

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Alternatively please call: 01291 689641.



Books

 

Drawing and Painting Flowers with Coloured Pencils

Trudy Friend's watercolour pencil work is breathtaking, and she invites you to share her love of drawing and painting flowers in this book. Covering flowers in all their glory, you will learn how to draw luminous, convincing flowers in a variety of settings, from garden chrysanthemums to sunflower-thronged landscapes. Watercolour pencils are a creative and rewarding art medium, with many exciting ranges, each with their own distinct techniques and effects. Trudy shows you exactly what you can achieve with each type, and how to combine them in vibrant multi-media pencil paintings. A masterclass in all kinds of watercolour pencils Complete course from first principles to your first masterpiece Packed with dozens of examples and hundreds of invaluable guide notes.

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Reviews

"Trudy Friend's latest book explores the joyful world of flowers - not in isolation as is so often the case - but in their settings, whether that is an overflowing window box or a herbaceous border, flowers in a cornfield or blossom-laden trees. Using coloured pencils, both hard and water-soluble varieties, Trudy shows you how to use them to best effect, with clear examples of techniques, step-by-step stages to follow and plenty of Trudy's annotated drawings. There's useful information on creating textures, using masking fluid and working from photographs. Readers of Leisure Painter will be familiar with Trudy's teaching style and her beautiful drawings will win over those yet to be introduced to her work."
-- Leisure Painter Magazine, February 2014

Artist's Complete Problem and Solution Handbook

This comprehensive handbook is packed with practical and insightful solutions to common problems for both drawing and watercolour media. It features clearly explained techniques for a wide range of popular themes - including landscapes, buildings, animals, flowers, still life, and people. Its innovative spread design highlights common problems, and provides simple and effective solutions. Its small format means the artist can take this indispensable guide wherever they go.

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Artist's Complete Problem solver

This is a complete and innovative practical guide that offers artists simple solutions to common drawing and painting problems. Solutions presented through clearly annotated pictures and easy-to-follow technique demonstrations ensure that problems can be quickly corrected. Solutions provided for a wide range of the most popular subject areas: landscape, flower and animal paintings.

The techniques are shown throughout in all the key media: watercolour, graphite and coloured pencil, charcoal, acrylic and gouache.

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Landscape - Problems & Solutions

A no-nonsense trouble-shooting guide to improving watercolour and drawing techniques by artist, Trudy Friend. This book includes an introduction to essential techniques and materials that help to sharpen the skills of the aspiring artist. The unique problem-and-solution format is easy to follow and designed to help tackle any landscape subject with confidence.

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Animals - Problems & Solutions

Trudy Friend's innovative approach highlights common problems and simple solutions to create more effective drawings and paintings. Clearly annotated pictures and easy-to-follow technique demonstrations ensure that problems can be quickly corrected.

The book covers a wide range of popular animals including farm animals, wild animals, birds, reptiles and insects. The techniques demonstrated throughout are applicable to watercolour, graphite pencil, charcoal, Conte, pastels, acrylic and gouache.

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Flowers - Problems & Solutions

Trudy Friend's innovative approach highlights common problems and simple solutions to create more effective drawings and paintings. Clearly annotated pictures and easy-to-follow technique demonstrations ensure that problems can be quickly corrected.

The book covers a wide range of popular flowers including chrysanthemums, foxgloves, dahlias and honeysuckle. The techniques demonstrated throughout are applicable to graphite pencil, charcoal, coloured and watercolour pencil, watercolour, and pen and wash.

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Ultimate Drawing & Painting Technique Bible

Here is the ultimate guide to core drawing and painting techniques, brought to you by renowned artist, author and teacher, Trudy Friend. Explore the essential techniques that Trudy has developed over the years, from the key line and brush strokes that form the basis of her art to essential advice on observation, composition, lighting and adding colour to your work.

Each technique is clearly explained with annotated exercises and step demonstrations, and additional problem and solution spreads allow you to see how to correct your mistakes at a glance. Follow the indispensable advice for beginners and improvers to develop your own style and produce great representational art with confidence.

Reviews

"Calling an art book a bible has always seemed a grand claim but Trudy Friend's latest is certainly a text that could set you on the path to artistic enlightenment." --Artists & Illustrators (Magazine)

"...an incredibly useful book that could help readers make major improvements in their work." --Leisure Painter Magazine

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Drawing: Complete Question and Answer Handbook

This is a complete and innovative practical guide that offers artists simple solutions to common drawing problems in a unique question and answer format. Answers are presented through clearly annotated pictures and easy-to-follow technique demonstrations. It provides detailed solutions for all the most common drawing problems including rendering trees accurately, drawing figures from life and how to recreate animal fur and feathers. It focuses solely on graphite to provide clear and comprehensive answers for all the key drawing questions.

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DVDs

 

Drawing - Problems & Solutions DVD

Part 1: Working from your imagination

A good drawing is the basis of all good paintings. Follow Trudy's invaluable instruction as you learn how to compose simple subjects such as grass and branches through to more complicated subjects such as trees, a dog, the beauty of a horse and a house full of character.

Part 2: Working from life & photographs

Learn the difference between a still life and working from a photograph. Draw peculiar shaped vegetables found in nature and the beauty of a tumble down shed - reproducing the different tones and textures with pencil pressures.



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Watercolour - Problems & Solutions DVD

Part 1

This inspiring DVD is packed full of helpful advice for the beginner or improver. Through various demonstrations Trudy is able to highlight common mistakes and how to rectify them. Trudy also shows how to tackle tonal value and shadowing techniques and explores control and blending from basic brush strokes. Subjects covered include flowers, buildings, trees and fencing

Part 2

Trudy explores the colours to use in your composition in more detail and shows how to improve your techniques in simple steps. Subjects featured include buildings, skies, stone walls, a statue and a fluffy toy dog.

By the end of the DVD you will have learnt all the techniques required to create the perfect picture.

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Ultimate Drawing & Painting Technique Bible DVD

This double DVD set from best-selling author and teacher, Trudy Friend will help you master the basic skills, develop your style and expand your creativity it really is the ultimate guide to core drawing and painting techniques.

In part one, Trudy demonstrates the basic 8 stroke applications in both watercolour and pencil on disc one. In part two she continues to help you develop your technique as you complete two wonderful demonstrations. Learn to capture the fur effects and delicate whiskers of a squirrel in pencil and discover how to paint a pretty waterside landscape in watercolour. There's also a 'special feature' showing you how to create a charming building using Inktense Pencils.

It's full of indispensable advice for beginners and improvers to develop your skills and produce great representational artwork with confidence!

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Improve Your Negative Space & Counterchange DVD

Learn how to improve your negative space and counterchange with this excellent DVD from popular artist and teacher Trudy Friend.

Using elements from her eight basic brush strokes, Trudy shows you how to paint a pretty pot plant set in front of a rustic stone wall using watercolour.

Trudy begins by looking at the counterchange of the plant against its background and paints the leaves which form the dark against the light of the composition. She shows you how to give the painting a three dimensional feel by adding a variety of tone by building up dark areas and casts shadows on the pot plant to anchor it. Once finished, Trudy evaluates the painting and adds those final minute brush strokes to increase contrast and bring it completely to life.

This DVD is ideal for those who want to learn about tonal relationships between a form and its background and how negative space can form the basis of your positive composition.

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Trees in Pencil DVD

Learn how to improve your trees in pencil with the expert guidance of talented artist Trudy Friend!

Trudy will show you how to get your trees just right in this inspiring DVD guide, from learning how to draw different barks to creating trailing Willow Tree type leaves.

In her clear and straightforward style, Trudy will teach you some of her special techniques for adding texture, reflecting light and casting shadows, as well as using negative space and dark recesses to give a 3D feel to your drawings.

Trudy will show you how to draw trees that replicate nature in such a beautiful way and will demonstrate how to place your trees into the landscape as though they have been standing there for hundreds of years!



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Farm Animals in Watercolour and Water-soluble Pencils DVD

Professional artist Trudy Friend is back with the latest installment of the 'Improve Your' series - Farm Animals in Mixed Media. In this comprehensive DVD, Trudy uses watercolour to capture the delicate details of a donkey, and water-soluble pencils to create the soft lines of a goat.

Drawing on her vast experience in art, Trudy is able to teach you how to make the most of each medium and subject; from great ideas for your initial sketch to those vital finishing touches. You will learn how best to capture the varying directions of animal fur, along with some great tips on drawing and painting from a reference photo.

If you're looking to improve your farm animal subjects, or simply pick up some invaluable tips from a real professional, Trudy's latest DVD is an absolute must-have!



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