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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain [Paperback]

Betty Edwards
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May 1, 1989 0874775132 978-0874775136 Revised
Edwards uses the latest in brain research to explain how anyone can learn to draw more accurately and creatively. This edition contains a new illustrated section in color, several fully revised chapters, new sample drawings, and a new section on handwriting.


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Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; Revised edition (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874775132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874775136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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165 of 172 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlocking your creative abilities. February 10, 2005
Format:Paperback
I bought this book years ago, and it taught me how to dramatically improve my drawing skills.

I believe people who are blocked from drawing well will get the most from this book. More accomplished artists may benefit as well by understanding better how the process works.

It shows you how to look at things differently, and uses different techniques to enable you to bypass your left (logical) brain, and access your right brain, (your subconscious mind), hence the title.

Instead of using left brain- right brain theory to describe this, in my view the more correct description would be to learn to access your subconscious mind which functions at a deeper level, while reducing the way in which your conscious mind interferes with the creative process.

Your brain has four levels of consciousness, beta which is normal waking state, alpha which is a relaxed meditative state such as when you are about to go to sleep, theta which is a deeper state associated with creativity and light sleep, and delta which is deep sleep.

Normally, your brain shows shows some activity at all these levels. Artists and other creative people are able to access the creative mental state more easily.

Here is an example of how the process works.

If you try to draw a chair you may have a definite idea in your logical mind of how a chair should be, so when you draw you are thinking 4 legs, a seat and a back. You know all the legs are the same length, and therefore you may draw that way.

This can interfere with you doing a good drawing, because each leg from an artistic viewpoint is longer or shorter depending on the distance from your eye, so you have to learn how to use your vision to see it differently.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will improve your drawing immensely! June 15, 2004
Format:Paperback
I read this book, and later took a course based on this book. In fact, the book was really all I needed. For anyone who thinks drawing is a talent you have to be born with-check out the drawings by Van Gogh included in this book. It seems Vincent was in despair and was going to give up art, until he read a book on drawing (but not this one!). The author gives a before and after example of Van Gogh drawings. The difference was amazing, and clearly shows that drawing is a skill you can learn, no matter how inept your drawing is at first. Do the tasks in this book, and while you may not draw as well as Vincent (or you may), you will be pleased with the improvement you make.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This 4th edition is a disappointment. February 14, 2013
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The '89 edition is far superior to the 4th. In the 4th, the paper is thin enough to see through. Many of the drawing instructions are reproduced far too light and hard to see, much less to study. The chapter on color is GONE. Most of the interesting and informative margin notes are gone (though the space is still there), and the few that are there are in print so tiny it's not easy to read. In chapter 6, the student is advised to lift lights to create shadows, but this is not really taught until chapter 10 on lights and shadows. Why is this thrust on the student in chapter 6 when they haven't been taught it yet and may end up doing it in an incorrect way? And last, the index is incomplete, and I had to go through many pages in order to find things, since all the pages for a subject were not listed. The '89 edition is excellent.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! July 27, 2004
By Cori
Format:Paperback
I have always considered myself to be an artist who couldn't draw. I work as a graphic and multimedia designer and I am an avid watercolourist - but to pick up a pencil and sketch would terrify me. This book sat on my shelf for years before I summoned the courage to crack it open and start to learn to draw. My motivation was to be able to draw the scenes I would experience on my summer vacation to the Maritimes....I merely wanted to be able to draw realistic buildings and figured that the human form was beyond me...well, let me tell you --I never thought it could be so simple! Now I am drawing realistic hands and objects, full of depth and realism. I feel like an artist who can draw (and draw well) and it took me only a bit over a week (in the evenings) and some practice. I love how easy Edwards makes it seem and I am so glad to have had the chance to read this book and apply its principles. I highly recommend it to anyone who is too scared to pick up a drawing pencil and bring some life to a plain sheet of paper!
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113 of 132 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lo, how the mighty have fallen May 2, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have had at least two previous editions of this book. They were printed on good stock. The hardback version of the current edition has paper that is thin enough to see the illustration on the next page. That's annoying. The reproductions of the drawings in earlier editions were of good quality and large enough to easily appreciate the differences pre and post-instruction. The reproductions in this edition are muddy-looking compared those in earlier editions. In the earlier versions, there were many examples of pre and post-instruction drawings, especially by kids. Those are all gone. Perhaps someone thought the date of their composition was too old to include them in this "newer" edition. That was a BIG mistake. The pre and post-instruction portraits in this edition are confined to tiny examples on two pages and are badly reproduced. It also looks as though the talent of her students has markedly decreased over the years since the previous editions. This is a big disappointment. I'm sorry I ordered this rather than the earlier one for my young friend. Now I'll have to send him the earlier version and an apology as well. Anyway, Betty Edwards, sue your publisher. Defenestrate your editor, too, if that editor was responsible for removing those great pre and post-instruction drawings contained in the earlier versions. I regret having spent the money on this edition, having talked it up on Facebook, and having waited so eagerly to receive it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic beginning book that should be a great help.
A present for a friend. It's a classic beginning book that should be a great help.
Published 2 days ago by French McConnaughey
5.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dated but the advice still works
The title covers a bit of theory from the author in the beginning chapter, which is interesting to say the least but with recent advances in technology have proven wrong: the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by J. Guevara
5.0 out of 5 stars He went from drawing stick figures to creating seriously beautiful...
Got this for my step son. He went from drawing stick figures to creating seriously beautiful paintings
in less than a year's time !!!!!
Published 6 days ago by J. Seward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those who would like to draw well.
This is a great exercise in turning loose of the straight line approach to drawing.
Published 8 days ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Its for everyone
clear and easily followed by a home-schooled student!
Published 10 days ago by Jan Schreiber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book.
Published 10 days ago by carolyn l starling love
4.0 out of 5 stars This book has some very interesting facts about how our ...
This book has some very interesting facts about how our brain works. It does ramble a bit, but skimming until hitting interesting parts gives a clear idea of what the chapters are... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Shantell Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exactly what I wanted. Quick delivery.
Published 11 days ago by B. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
If you follow this book, from start to finish, you will be amazed. If you only go through the first five chapters, you will be astonished. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mr. Michael J. Montone
1.0 out of 5 stars awfully commercialized
The third and earlier editions of this work are a wonderful product of an artist's love for her craft. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Brandon Phillips
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Can somebody please post the materials list that this book requires? thanks in advance.
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