Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: The Definitive, 2nd Edition

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: The Definitive, 2nd Edition

by Betty Edwards

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A fully revised and updated edition of the essential companion to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain—over half of the exercises are new!

Millions of people around the world have learned to draw using the methods outlined in Dr. Betty Edwards’s groundbreaking Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. In this workbook, the essential companion to her international bestseller, Edwards offers readers the key to truly mastering the art of drawing: guided practice in the five foundational skills of drawing.
Each of the forty carefully constructed exercises in this updated second edition is accompanied by brief instruction, sample drawings, ready made formats and blank pages on which to draw, and helpful post-exercise pointers. You will explore wide-ranging subject matter—still life, landscape, imaginative drawing, portraits, and the figure—and gain experience with various mediums, such as pen and ink, charcoal, and Conte crayon.
Learning to draw is very much like mastering a sport or a musical instrument: once you understand the basic skills, you must practice, practice, practice. This brilliantly designed and practical workbook from a world-renowned art teacher offers the perfect opportunity to improve your skills and expand your repertoire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585429226
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 106,467
Product dimensions: 8.98(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.