- Paperback: 291 pages
- Publisher: Tarcher; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (August 30, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0874774241
- ISBN-13: 978-0874774245
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (365 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
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.
On a side note, there are many materials one needs to purchase to get past the examples in the very beginning of the book. A plastic or glass Picture Plane, View Finders, and a felt tip pen. For someone that primarily draws on a digital art tablet, it made some of the examples impossible to achieve. Another book that is instead all example, with very little description, that compliments the book well is Bert Dodson's "Keys to Drawing".
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