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The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing [Ring-bound]

Betty Edwards
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October 28, 2002 1585421952 978-1585421954 1st
Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards. Now, in an essential companion to her bestselling classic, Edwards offers readers the key to mastering this art form: guided practice in their newfound creative abilities.

Here are forty new exercises that cover each of the five basic skills of drawing. Each practice session includes a brief explanation and instructional drawings, suggestions for materials, sample drawings, and blank pages for the reader's own drawings. Also provided in this spiral-bound workbook is a pullout viewfinder, a crucial tool for effective practice. While The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain focused primarily on portrait drawing with pencil, this workbook gives readers experience in various subject matter-still life, landscape, imaginative drawing-using alternative mediums such as pen and ink, charcoal, and conté crayon.

For all those who are taking a drawing class, who have already received instruction through a book or course, or who prefer to learn by doing, this volume of carefully structured "homework" offers the perfect opportunity to reinforce and improve their skills and expand their repertoire.

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Ring-bound: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Putnam; 1st edition (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585421952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585421954
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the world's most widely used drawing instructional.

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291 of 309 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing November 1, 2002
Format:Ring-bound
I loved the video "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" and also the book "The New Drawing on the right Side of the Brain",but this new book is just a new format for the exercises covered in the book and video. There are not 40 new exercises as promised, and actually there are very few new exercises.
I was looking forward to the book to further the skills I developed with new ideas not to redo the exercises I've completed.
It's a great book for someone who never invested time or money in Betty Edwards' book or video, but it's not worth it if you have.
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Portable Classroom July 11, 2004
Format:Ring-bound|Verified Purchase
I started out as an insecure, fumble-fingered incompetent -- couldn't even doodle. With the techniques Edwards puts forth, I've been able to learn a tremendous amount about drawing, and about looking at the world (a side-effect not to be understimated). This workbook provides a classroom experience for those who can't find or afford a classroom. For those of us with some experience, it's a great refresher course. I recommend it very highly. In fact, I'm ordering my second copy, for an insecure, fumble-fingered friend.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just bought and using this book December 2, 2005
Format:Ring-bound
I bought this book because a few art ladies in my neighborhood meet once a week to work from this book and now I am meeting with them. I have never read any of Edwards other books and am not familiar with her theories. I just wanted to reactivate my art talent.

I have done ten of the forty exercises so far. I have been impressed with how easy it was to just start drawing again. From some of the exercises I get the drift of where Edwards is coming from, but what is more important is the experience I am gaining.

On exercise six are drawings upside down and you sketch them that way; then turn them upright when done and surprise you have an amazing sketch of the drawing you copied. The idea is that you trick your brain into switching to the right side and stop the left side from talking and cluttering up your mind with thoughts such as "I don't do upside down pictures".

If you get the book do all the drawings in this exercise and you will find an interesting thing happens. The drawing you think is the simplest to do and get right is actually the hardest and the hardest is the easiest to do. You can come up with your own theory on that. I have my own. I learned a lot about myself from this exercise when I analyzed my pictures. One thing I found is that I draw things slightly larger than I see them. So go for it and see what happens for you.

I mail ordered all the supplies listed in the book and found that I did not need all the things on the list and could have done without some things and saved myself some money. It is easy to adapt the lessons to your budget if you get creative. Do get the kneaded eraser, charcoal, and number four pencil. You can end up spending over twenty dollars for all the supplies recommended.

I plan to update this review when I am done with the workbook. I give it four stars now because I have not finished the book and the issue with the supply list.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful February 18, 2006
Format:Ring-bound
While not absolutely necessary, this is an easy way to keep organized and on track if you're using the Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain text. You can find the essential materials and supplies you'll need in your own home, but this workbook gives you a place to keep your work in one place and in order. I suppose you could just use this workbook, but the text is where you'll learn the 'why' of what you're practicing, so I'd recommend that if you're only going to buy one, buy the text, not this workbook.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource for Artists & Would-Be Artists! November 3, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Ring-bound
If you are taking a drawing class, or using Dr. Edwards' book, "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," you will find this a very helpful workbook. It features lots of new information, and expanded exercises and projects that will help to reinforce your drawing skills and abilities, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned expert. I also highly recommend the video of Dr. Edwards' actually teaching her class - there is an order slip in the Workbook that you can use to get the video. She is a gifted teacher, and it is great to see her teaching "in-person."
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource! January 20, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Ring-bound
I have loved every book that Betty Edwards has published, and this workbook is an excellent "companion" to those. If you already know how to draw and want to brush up on your skills, this book has some excellent tools and tricks to support you. If you're just learning to draw, it is a supportive guide. Buy it along with THE NEW DRAWING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN, and they will change your life!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't draw? This book will show you how. December 23, 2005
Format:Ring-bound
Terrence Hines has become stuck on the right vs. left brain issue and is ignoring the quality of the instruction in this book. Forget the whole left vs right brain right or wrong issue, and you still have a fantastic book that is in use by dozens of colleges across the country.

Can you barely draw stick figures? This book will show you a different way to look at the world. Can you doodle or cartoon, but want to draw more realistic portraits? This is the book to pick up. Artists look at the world in a different paradigm than when tooling around picking up groceries, and this book will show you how to switch paradigms. From looking at the negative space that surrounds an object, to looking at only the shades of dark that define an object, you'll learn how to 'see' objects in a way that makes it MUCH easier to draw.

I've doodled and cartooned for years, and was dissatisfied with the 'flat' appearance of my scribbles. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" was recommended to me by a friend, and in a few short weeks I went from flat cartoons to drawing recognizeable portraits. One of my portraits has been published on the rear cover of "From Turban to Toering". To date this remains one of my favorite gifts to give to friends who want to draw and claim they can't. You *can*, and this book will help!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not mine
I really wish my mother would have reviewed these before giving me her account. She purchased these items a long time ago, and I'm now getting them out of the way.
Published 1 month ago by Geartrooper
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite books
give it to a teenager or to a grand-mother, this book is gret fun, and you will be surprised how good an artist it makes you.
Published 4 months ago by Gabba
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have.
This workbook is a must-have for the serious student. A great companion to the text book. They do go together hand and glove.
Published 4 months ago by bubbee
5.0 out of 5 stars right side of the brain
Received the book promptly.
Book in good shape just what I needed for a class I am teaching. Works great!
Published 4 months ago by sharon smithem
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book!
Purchased this as an update to the earlier version on my bookshelf. It has some nice additions and I was pleased with the seller and the product.
Published 7 months ago by Aracelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price
It's exactly what my wife wanted. She is an excellent artist and already had the book so the guide book was a welcome addition to our library.
Published 7 months ago by Don Junker
2.0 out of 5 stars Right Side Brain Drawing
I just didn't like the author's approach. I tried her method and went back to the way I usually draw. Some people like this idea, but not me.
Published 7 months ago by Reva Luxenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Try this technique - it's fascinating!
An interesting and well-written book and it's fun to do! You'll feel like the author is right there talking to you personally.
Published 9 months ago by S. Downes
4.0 out of 5 stars Drawing on the right side of the brain
Very concise and interisting way of learning to draw. Well worded discription of how to go about each parts oe learnimg.
Published 10 months ago by 2dogs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning how to draw.
This book has great exercises for learning not just how to draw, but how to see. I love this book
Published 11 months ago by Karen Blackburn
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