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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition Paperback – April 26, 2012
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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.Read more ›
Today the newest edition arrived. It might be a masterpiece in it's genre, but I'll never know. The type face is so small I, literally, cannot read the side bars, and reading the body text is not much better. The amount of ink used for the impressions is minimal and adds to the difficulties. A book does no good if half of it cannot be read and the other half is difficult to read due to typeface or any other physical limits. A direct comparison of font size between the two books makes it very apparent it isn't just a grumpy whiny old man's grump of the day.
Publisher should be ashamed. If I can read the last edition with no problems I think I should be permitted to read the latest edition just as easily.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was not the basics that I expected it to be. Maybe it's a new addition since I last looked.....ok though.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sheer magic. How come years of art classes in school never got results like this? I went from untalented hack to "YOU drew that?" gasps of admiration. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Meezer Mama
Fascinating read. Got this older version, as many reviews indicated it was better and I'm glad I did.Published 6 days ago by MB
Drawing is a skill that many wish they could at least participate in with ability- let alone master. I was drawing as a teen- and then fell out of practice with the march of time. Read morePublished 12 days ago by C.E.
Very well written book. There is a good reason why this book has been a standard for over 25 years. Its a very good starting point in learning how to draw.Published 17 days ago by Patricia S. Taylor
Arrived on time in new condition. Love the format, like a sketching notebook almost. I got thru chapter 7 before I stalled. Going back to it, tho.Published 26 days ago by S. McMillan