- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 4 edition (April 26, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585429201
- ISBN-13: 978-1585429202
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 988 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition Paperback – April 26, 2012
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Betty Edwards speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies. Now retired from her position as professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, Edwards received her doctorate from UCLA in art, education, and the psychology of perception. Dr. Edwards has been profiled on the Today show and in Time, among other magazines and newspapers. She lives in California.
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This book is for you if...
-you are a begining artist
-you think "I can't draw" or "I have no artistic talent" but still want to draw
-you want to draw realisticly
-you are someone who has been drawing for a long time but is disapointed that your drawing often come out not looking quite right (i.e. not like the subject you're attempting to capture on paper).
-you are someone who is often stressed out amd wants to enjoy the stress-releif benefits of getting into your right brain.
Being in "right brain mode" can not only help you as an artist, but help you relax from stress. Going into your right brain means forgetting stressful things like worries, problems, deadlines, etc. Those are left brain things, and while they are important, we all need a break from those things. This book teaches you how to access your right brain and, in doing so, draw well.
My art teacher taughr his entire course from this book. Our class was "Drawing for non-majors" and had a range of students. Some had natural artistic talent, others didn't, and some just didn't know that they did. I saw each of my classmates truly become an artist as our prof guided us through this book.
I'm a programmer and IT guy. I use the "logical part of my brain", a lot. It keeps me fed, clothed, and housed. The presentation in this book is done in such a way that it makes sense to me. There's no hands-in-the-air "just practice a lot and you'll get better". It's explained what skills you need to develop in order to get better and what skills experts have, what makes them better artists.
I appreciate any book on drawing and art that's not so abstract as to drive you to worship of some intangible dietyhood of a True Artist without actually showing you how to get there, probably nourishing a life of falling short of your goals. At the same time, it acknowledges the fact that there is something intangible to the art itself. There's a personal touch. But it doesn't ride that horse off to fantasy-land, dragging the reader in to a hopeless, useless abstraction. To me, that leaves it as a book with a lot of value capable of actually teaching an interested student.