Paperback – 144 Pages
Publisher – Search Press Ltd (12 April 2014)
Size – 1.3 x 21.6 x 28.6 cm
UK £15.99 US/CAN $29.95
Drawing and Painting Flowers with Coloured Pencils by Trudy Friend is a textbook teaching you techniques with coloured pencils. After and Introduction it starts with the materials. Focusing on the Derwent range of pencils it tells you all the differences between them and the effects that you can achieve with each.It also cover papers, paint-sticks and water-brushes.
The Second chapter focuses on Techniques and covers basic strokes, brush techniques, pen and ink, using masking fluid, blending, glazing, creating texture and mixing the media. It then goes on to Where to Start which covers making an initial sketch, drawing and painting and choosing a format.
Then come the exercises and demonstrations starting with Flowers in containers and each part of the process is broken down into steps taking you from the initial sketch through the stages to the completed works. Each demonstration is illustrated with beautiful drawings and diagrams showing you what technique to use where and tips and tricks to use.
From Flowers in Containers we move on to Flowers in the Garden where you are taught how to add impact to your drawing and how to do close ups of petals , leaves,bulbs and how to do trees. It then goes on to Flowers in the Countryside where you learn how to draw a field of sunflowers and wild flowers finishing with a beautiful field of buttercups.
The book mostly focuses on the use of watercolour pencils and is perfect for those of you who want to expand your skills and create your own pictures from scratch. I didnt feel that this is the book if you solely want to learn various colouring techniques to apply to your colouring books, but if you wish to create original works of art I’m sure you will not be disappointed.