21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2001
I have tried many books over the years to help me learn to draw and this certainly ranks as one of the most helpful. The book shows me exactly what I am doing wrong and how an artist would do it. The practical advice and demonstrations show how to develop good drawing skills and Trudy Friend clearly has a very good understanding of the simple difficulties which beginners face. This is a most useful and perceptive 'How to draw' book (and I have tried quite a few!). I recommend it to anyone who wishes to make their drawings start to look 'right'.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2004
This is such a fantastic book, having not really drawn since leaving school this book put me back on track with excellent exercises starting from the very basics which are wonderfully explained and illustrated. You get instant results from copying and practisimg techniques with rapid improvement within only a few hours (if not minutes!) before gaining more confidence and embarking on your own projects. If you need a book to tell you where you're going wrong and how to correct your mistakes this is it. You will not need another book again - I have other drawing technique books but this is definitely the best!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2005
Trudy friend's books and videos are a MUST for beginners in art. Well written, easy to follow and simple to use. I have been painting and drawing now for approx 2.5 years and my drawing / sketching has improved in leaps and bounds since using these books etc. I suggest every beginner buys these books before buying anything else. They are an inspiration to all
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2007
Fantastic book. I'm hopeless at drawing and this book represents a big breakthrough for me! Trudy draws typical beginner pictures and points out the basic mistakes in each, e.g. not knowing how to shade a branch, making ripple marks that don't suggest water ripples, and so on, then she shows exactly how to draw them properly. Lots of suggestions for practice, too. Later chapters give examples of likely beginner difficulties in drawing favourite subjects such as pets and horses. Wonderful book, wish I'd found it sooner! I've now ordered some more of her "Problems and Solutions" books. I strongly recommended this book if you're trying to learn to draw.
on 3 March 2009
Having grappled with many of the problems that beginners contend with, I can advise that this book is substantially better than many others that purport to teach drawing. Basic problems are addressed in a clear and concise fashion, and helpful techniques are illustrated in a manner easy to understand. The fact that Trudy Friend has been a successful teacher for a number of years shines through. If you want a helpful drawing book, do not hesitate, just get it.
on 28 May 2014
The book is full of examples and tips to improve your drawing. Ms Friend is, unlike some who could not draw a straight line using a ruler, an accomplished artist as well as an excellent teacher.
The whole design of this book gives a feeling of freshness, light and inspiration.