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Nicolas Trudgian - Aviation Sketchbook

Nicolas Trudgian
Colin Smith

Helping Hand

Helping Hand by Nicolas Trudgian

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Most aviation art collectors will know Nicolas Trudgian primarily for the excellent portfolio of limited edition prints he has built up since his first release back in 1990. In the first two books released by Nicolas his pencil work was used to support the main paintings but in this third volume his drawings are the stars.

The Nicolas Trudgian painting style is one of great precision and attention to detail combined with the ability to use light in such a way that brings his aircraft to life. His backgrounds receive equal care and often take as long to paint as the aircraft. All these attributes are here in this superb collection of his drawings; all new images, mostly drawn over the last two years and each executed with meticulous precision.

Rudel the Tank Destroyer

Rudel the Tank Destroyer by Nicolas Trudgian

Guns of the Eastern Front

Guns of the Eastern Front by Nicolas Trudgian

Forewords are by Squadron Leader Tony Iveson DFC AE CRAeS and Major Alden P Rigby, Silver Star Air Medal (70LC) DUC. An introduction by Nicols Trudgian gives some insight into his background as an artist and the role drawing has played, he also touches on his approach and techniques. The book has been produced in conjunction with Colin Smith, an old friend of Nicolas. Colin contributes a short chapter where he gives his own perspective on working in the partnership. The bulk of the book is dedicated to the drawings, mostly one per page and with the original penciled titles and short descriptions.

En Route

En Route by Nicolas Trudgian

Dragons at Colombert

Dragons at Colombert by Nicolas Trudgian

Battle Over Bavaria

Battle Over Bavaria by Nicolas Trudgian

Page after page of beautifully executed drawings covering a wide range of subjects, coupled with excellent production quality and presentation make this a must-have volume for aviation art collectors. Very highly recommended.

Aviation Sketchbook by Nicolas Trudgian

Guardians of the Thames

Guardians of the Thames by Nicolas Trudgian

The Red Barron

The Red Barron by Nicolas Trudgian

Wolfpack Leader

Wolfpack Leader

Scramble for the Marianas

Scramble for the Marianas by Nicolas Trudgian

All images copyright Nicolas Trudgian.



Foreword by Sqn. Ldr. Tony Iveson DFC


Close Working Partnership - Colin Smith


Foreword by Major Alden P Rigby


Gallery of Drawings


Introduction by Nicolas Trudgian



Publishing Information - First Edition (hardback)

Publisher: Flying Pencil Publications

ISBN: 978 0 9559137 0 9

Released: 2008

Size: 11 x 10 inches

Pages: 112

Images: 112

Limited Edition Versions with Prints

Limited edition versions of the Nicolas Trudgian Aviation Sketchbook were also issued at the time of release in 2008.

The Clash of Eagles Limited Edition was issued with a set of six matching numbered prints (shown below) taken from Nicolas Trudgian drawings. The books were issued with a black slip case with a gold blocked title on the front cover. The books were signed and numbered inside by the artist. The edition size was 300.
The Artist Proof Edition (edition of 50) and Remarque Book and Print Edition (edition of 30) had a seventh print which was signed by Squadron Leader Neville Duke DSO OBE DFC** AFC. There was also a Remarque Book Edition (edition of 30) that did not include any additional prints.
The RAF Leather Bound Edition (edition of 12) included the seven prints, an original drawing signed by 11 JG51 Knights Cross holders and two bookplates with 35 RAF WWII signatures between them.
The USAAF Leather Bound Edition (edition of 12) included the seven prints, an original drawing signed by 10 distinguished P51 pilots and a bookplate signed by 12 Knights Cross holders.

Drawing signed by Neville Duke


Limited edition versions:

All versions sold out.

First edition:

Currently out of print.

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