Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

by Betty Edwards

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The ideal gift for any artist on your list-or a keepsake item of your own!

A revised edition of the classic drawing book that has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the United States alone.

Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes:

  • a new preface and introduction;
  • crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;
  • new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;
  • an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;
  • and new reproductions of master drawings throughout

    A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312904920
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/01/1988
Pages: 207

About the Author

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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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The exercises in this book were very simple to follow and proved to be quite effective. I'm not an artist but have dabbled in doodles on and off, after following the exercises in this book, I drew pictures that showed much more skill than I knew I possessed. The exercises make complete sense after actually completing them.
rajene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic and will help anyone improve their skills. I had read it on my own, and we used it in drawing class. Was the first popular book I know to differentiate right and left brain information processing. Another I need to re-read.
maryh10000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Think you can't draw? Think again. You don't have to buy the left brain / right brain stuff to benefit from this. It was amazing fun to find out, in my forties, that I can actually draw reasonably well if I have a model to look at.
lachatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend this book for anyone who thinks they cannot draw. You can!
bookcrazed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The purpose of this book is not to teach you to express yourself, but instead to provide you with the skills which will release you from stereotypic expression," declares Edwards. Just as Updike taught me to look at a painting and see everything in it, Edwards taught me to look at what I sought to draw. Citing research on differences in right brain and left brain function, Edwards bases her teaching method on the premise "that developing a new way of seeing by tapping the spatial functions of the right hemisphere of your brain can help you learn to draw." The exercises presented are designed to train the student to process visual information through the right brain, the side that sees things as they are, rather than the left brain, where human beings store symbols for what they see. The results of working with Edwards's exercises were surprising and satisfying for me. By following the book's instructions, reasonable, realistic representations of people and objects began to emerge from my pencil.I was working from Edwards's 1979 edition when I learned to draw in 1997. There is a lot of new information in the 1989 edition. She has a greater emphasis on what she calls drawing as a "global skill." Global skills, such as reading, become automatic over time. Thus, by learning the four basic skills Edwards teaches, you will eventually (sooner, rather than later, she claims) draw just as automatically as you read. She has also expanded and improved the skill of sighting and the skill of the perception of lights and shadows. And to aid those who plan on going into painting, she has added a chapter on drawing with color.
herebedragons on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book about improving one's artistic ability. IIRC
br77rino on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really interesting how-to-draw book. She gets into brain function to 'show' you how to draw. It's a bit 60's-ish, but good. Definitely worth a look if you have any interest in learning to draw.