- Paperback: 291 pages
- Publisher: Tarcher; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (August 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874774241
- ISBN-13: 978-0874774245
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 356 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 2nd Revised & enlarged Edition
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About the Author
Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.
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I taught, quite literally, thousands of people to draw using this book. This book is a great beginning. After working through this book, one continues to find nuggets of information, techniques and skills to add from other sources. It is amazing how often revisiting this book provides new insights into solving drawing problems.
Just like learning to play a musical instrument, if you want to learn to play the pencil, you will need to practice. The good news is using the mental techniques in the book, practice is relaxing and enjoyable.
The ideas in this book lend themselves to suggesting other ways to expand one's ability.
This book has a couple of qualities which seem to make it unique. First, it makes the most compelling case I've seen as to why a non-artist might want to learn to draw. In short, the perceptual abilities that one acquires by drawing can make it easier to find solutions to other intellectually challenging problems.
Second, the book makes you actually want to draw. It doesn't feel like a chore at all. Previously I had read a couple of chapters in one of my wife's other drawing books, only to lapse in my studies when I wasn't seeing much benefit from doing the tedious exercises.
If you're one of those people that can struggle with looking at the world a little differently, especially in terms of art and perception, then this book may initially be both frustrating and enlightening. Once you get the hang of seeing objects differently, you will discover a whole different side of yourself you may not have realized you had.
The book is clear and well-written and nicely layed out to easiy follow along. There are lots of examples and the materials list is very small and very inexpensive. The rewards are astounding.
Plan on taking some time to work through the practice sessions. You'll be all the better artist for having done so.
Me of all people, who knew, even I had a right side to my brain?
And thus begins the journey into that part of the brain that most of us didn't know exists, where we meet the artistic genius within us all. True to her scientific approach to teaching the basics of drawing, Dr. Edwards updates her twice-before best-seller with over 50% new material based on recent research into the workings of the human brain. Some lessons are moved around and to her list of the 5 basic skills that make up realistic drawing (perception of edges; negative space; relationships; light and shadow; and of the whole) Dr. Edwards adds 2 more: memory and imagination.
Perhaps most telling are the "before and after" illustrations showing how much one can learn in just a few days of instruction and diligent practice. The obviously painful, labored scrawls of adults discouraged from drawing since childhood sit next to drawings that exude confidence and ease. The reader is amazed when he or she can look upon a similar pair of images produced in the first few days of reading the book.
Amazingly, the paperback cover price of this most recent edition is a single dollar more than the 1989 cover price. Consider it a bargain.