Theatrical Scenic Art

Emma Troubridge
Theatrical Scenic Art is a detailed guide to the creative process of painting and preparing scenery for theatre. The book offers key insights into the role of the scenic artist, detailing the process from planning, budgeting and developing samples through to creating and delivering the final finishes. Topics covers include: design interpretation and realisation; choosing the right tools and equipment; drawing and colour theory; preparation for floor and frame painting; traditional and contemporary techniques for hard and soft scenery and, finally, a range of processes including creating textures, polystyrene carving, scenic faux finishes and sign writing. With personal insights from highly acclaimed designers, this practical guide offers advice on how to become a scenic artist, useful work experience, valid courses and career options for both freelance and fulltime painters.
Theatrical Scenic Art by Emma Troubridge

About the author

Emma Troubridge began her career in scenic art working for John Campbell Studios in London and is currently Head of Scenic Art at the Royal Opera House. She has been a professional scenic artist for nearly thirty-five years, working with many international designer, directors and choreographers, in addition to holding teaching posts at RADA and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She acts as External Examiner for several of the UK's leading theatre and design colleges. Emma is co-author of Scenic Art and Construction, also published by Crowood.