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The Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Starter Kit Paperback – 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: J P Tarcher; 4 PCK SPI edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167904
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on January 3, 2014
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The "textbook" provides in depth discussions about various aspects of drawing. It also has exercises that build in a way that changes the way you think about the world as you are drawing it. The discussions were interesting. The exercises were, for me, transformational. They did not turn me into an artist but I was able to produce sketches that were much better.

99% of the workbook is simply a repeat of the exercises and then a blank spot for you to do the required sketch. You don't get anything more from this than if you had a sketchpad and would probably be better off with the pad.

The remaining 1% is essential. It is a removable and reusable "picture plane". That is a tool described in the textbook, is essential to effectively doing many of the exercises, and something you need to assemble yourself from a sheet of glass/clear plastic and some black construction paper. While not difficult to construct it is still a benefit to have it provided.

Purchase suggestions:

- The textbook can help you get remarkable results and is worth your consideration.

- If you don't mind assembling the picture plane then combined set might be a reasonable value.

- It doesn't make sense to use the workbook without the textbook.

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if you want to get better this is an excellent way to go betty offers great instruction for anyone who is learning to draw one step at a time the workbook helps you figure out where you are and whats next.!
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I had the original book but did not know that there was a workbook. If you get just the workbook there is not enough info on what the exercises do or how they challenge you. These two books work together and there are empty pages to draw onion the workbook. If you want to challenge and enhance drawing skills I would recommend this book. I am using it for when I have those days on being creatively stuck. I pick up the book and randomly choose an exercise. Works for me.
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I purchased this title many years ago and learned much from it. My daughter was an art major and loved the detail in the instructions as well as the additional information that most art teaching books for amateurs doesn't offer. I am not a fine artist nor very talented, but this book did offer me an opportunity to enjoy drawing like I never have in the past. This is the second of this book that I have purchased and am waiting it's delivery. You will not become a master drawer with this book, but it might put you on the path to that goal. Good drawing to all who purchase!
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This is a must have for special educators and general education teachers as well I had a student in my class with him autism he had difficulty with communication .... However he was a modern day Van Gogh and through art he expressed himself all the way to the state finals with his 3d paper art creation.... This book helps me understand how the brain functions..... it is a must read
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I've just started reading this. I love to doodle. Kids should be encouraged to doodle. How are you going to learn to use your hands to do stuff if you don't use your hands - get your kids to finger paint with both hands. There is no "wrong" in art. It takes time to build the skill to think in three dimensions. Teach kids to draw, and they will be able to visualize the difference in a pyramid with three sides on the bottom and another with four sides on the bottom or the volume of a cylinder- they need to do this to learn geometry in High School.
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If you want to learn how to do portraiture or improve your ability to draw in a more realistic manner, then you NEED this book. It is THE best and easiest book I've ever read on drawing. In fact, 2 decades ago, an earlier version of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain was THE textbook my college used for drawing 1 and 2 classes. Being a young, broke college kid, I sold my copy back after the end of the classes and I've regretted it ever since. Even though I studied art as a major a long time ago, I didn't keep up with it and my skills have declined markedly over the years. This book and workbook have once again put me on the path to being able to draw with skill, style and without making all the technical errors most hobbyists struggle with (proportion issues, perceptive issues, difficulties with foreshortening, etc.) If you want to learn how to draw what you see, then make this the jewel of your art resources.
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Amazing. It is helping me rewire my brain to use the other often neglected part that is creative. My prior linear thought patterns prohibited me from making more from my latent potential.
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