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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 3rd edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007116454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007116454
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.3 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing...should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates.' Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Dr Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach. She received her doctorate from UCLA in art, education, and the psychology of perception. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies including AT&T, the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation. She lives in Santa Monica, California

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David on January 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is for people who never drew well. It has lessons to take you from very bad drawing, to very good drawing. I was in an art class that used this as the text, and I went from very bad drawing, to very good drawing indeed. Art quality drawing, that I was proud of. If you already draw well, this could be boring. If you don't draw well, and want to, this is the best book in its class, of over 100 I have read.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Bleau on June 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I remember my first acquaintance with the two classics of drawing, "The Natural Way to Draw," (NWD) declared by the Whole Earth Catalog to be "not only the best how-to book on drawing, but the best how-to book on any subject," and "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" (DRSB).

I couldn't speak for the Nicolaïdes book, as it involved far too much effort for what would be a secondary hobby for me, and I set it aside forever. The Edwards book, however, was much more accessible and impressed me with its promise of unlocking some hidden inner talent, and I did get something out of it.

Web searches show that both books have their accolades among competent artists.

Enter Bruce R. Bain, a reviewer who has panned both books mercilessly. So I checked his reviews for what he does like and tried it: Jack Hamm's books. It turns out that I now agree with Mr. Bain: the Jack Hamm books have been far more useful to me.

Where NWD would have us do an ungodly amount of scribbling and DRSB is loaded with New Age incantations, Hamm's books have an amazing amount of examples, illustrations, techniques and concrete advice. You will not have to learn to shift into "right brain mode," which I simply call being absorbed by what you're doing, it will happen automatically. I am convinced that with the same amount of time and effort, the Hamm books will reward far better and faster than either of the other two.

DRSB now strikes me as more placebo than actual instruction. If you need a shot of confidence, if you need some magic formula to unlock your inner artist, then DRSB may well be for you. However, if you know that drawing involves skills that you, like anyone else, can learn, then there are better books out there that actually teach those skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corey Hill on January 16, 2012
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I was a college art student struggling with my identity as an artist, and what field of art I wanted to get into. I lacked confidence in all aspects of my art, and this my friends helped to change my outlook and pursuit of art as a career. Before I had always been a decent artist, creating maybe one or two good pieces every once in awhile, and although it is still rare, I have much more consistency in my artwork as a whole. The only downside is I wish I would've pursued this book earlier, worked much harder, and luckily for me I have the same teacher this semester who made this a required reading in the first place. Which is exactly what I think this should be for every art student, or anyone interested in art. Betty Edwards is a flawless teacher, and the first who ever taught me anything about art worth knowing through a book. I would be honored to meet her and take a few lessons. Some chapters are hard to get through in the sense that it can be a tad bit boring, but they are all vital, and even people who are proficient artists should go through this book one more time, I know I will. And so with that I highly recommend this to all, and hope you enjoy this, and learn just as much as I have. Cheers.
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