Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition Paperback – Illustrated, April 26, 2012
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
About the Author
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee; 4th Definitive, Expanded, Updated ed. edition (April 26, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1585429201
- ISBN-13 : 978-1585429202
- Item Weight : 1.38 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.33 x 0.76 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
About me: I am a terrible at drawing (Below average talent) although I used to enjoy drawing as a kid. I only took art classes during grade school because it was mandatory. I never showed anyone my work. I never took any more classes after that because I was self conscious about how bad I was despite finding it fun to draw on occasion. I am in college now and want to start learning in my free time (Somewhat outgrew my fear of people seeing my artwork).
I have 2 problems with this book. The first being that it does not seem to start at the very beginning of learning how to draw. The first exercise is a self portrait. As someone who draws stick people still, this beginning of the book is already 10 steps too far down the drawing path for me. The "examples" of other people who did this exercise clearly have some art background (a few art classes or at least a bit above average talent from practice). My other problem is that this book does not take the same approach that I want / thought it would on teaching drawing. Instead of being focused on many different drawing exercises and having text as a guide / hints / etc as I was looking for, this book has a bunch of text on what seems to be more about mentally understanding drawing and the difference between your realistic and artistic sides of your brain. While it has examples, its more of a school textbook.
I personally found this book to not be what I wanted. Will be returning it and getting another book that I know is more oriented toward what I need.
If you’re the type who’s impatient, just likes to look at photos and or illustrations to understand, this isn’t for you!
If you love reading, learning scientific explanations about certain things, and you’d like to really know how to draw the right way, then you’ll enjoy this book.
To fully understand drawing with the right side of the brain, prepare to do a lot of involved reading because the author explains with scientific studies and facts and exercises how ANYONE can learn to draw or improve their drawing.
Top reviews from other countries
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2016
When the pandemic hit, I found myself spending a lot more time indoors and my wish to learn to draw came back. I initially browsed for recommendations on the net and watched some YouTube videos, but realised I lacked a lot of fundamental ability, so I felt the deep and steady approach of learning to draw via a book would be the best route.
I eventually ended up on this book, which I believe it was on a list of 'must-read' books for budding artists, and I duly started reading it. I was pleased that it starts from zero and assumes little in your drawing ability, and it takes you to something much more accomplished. It's a good mix of theory and practical; the theory is backed up by rigorous research with university professors, the practical from the author's years of experience as an artist and in teaching art. It's quite interesting to read even if you're not interested in learning to draw; there it a lot of knowledge shared about left vs. right brain thinking which is something I was vaguely aware of before but this book helped crystalise that knowledge.
This is an age where we are always 'on' consuming content in all forms. The knowledge contained in this book is an antidote to the modern day ailment of being unable to switch off.