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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; 4 edition (April 26 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585429201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585429202
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2013 Nautilus Books for a Better World Silver winner as Best Creative Process Book

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrianna on Nov. 8 2013
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This book makes an excellent first step into the world of drawing for anyone who lacks experience. People generally are more often attracted to rendering realistic images when starting out and this book facilitates just that. It is clear, concise, and offers many demonstrations as to executing a variety of techniques. For those with a higher skill level, it still has much to offer by solidifying the foundations already obtained in art. In that respect, it may also be restrictive in exploring different ways of depicting ideas therefore limiting creativity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valéry Lemay Laporte on Dec 27 2012
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J'ai beaucoup entendu parlé de cette technique de dessin et j'ai finalement décidé de me lancer. Ce livre est complet, très bien structuré et super efficace. Un achat qui donne les résultats escomptés.
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This is THE basic basics.

PLEASE get
a charcoals-assortment
toothy paper ( 11x14" format ) ... I like Bee paper, but you find something you like at your local art-store...
& a Staedtler Kneaded Eraser,
2 cardboard "L"s ( hold 'em together to frame a view, so you can simply not-see the extraneous stuff: ( scrap Mat-board, cut to fit in shirt-pocket? )
it simplifies what one is doing ), ideally in mid-grey
a 6b, 4b & 2b pencil ( & diesel-powered pencil-sharpener, of course :)
possibly a Kodak grey-scale, with holes punched in it ( for using as a value-standard :)

& dig-in...

The charcoals make it much easier to reach the R-Mind shift,
& I've no idea whatsoever why Betty Edwards doesn't say so
( I've tried it on others, it's unanimous: it works.
Try it yourself & see that charcoals make it easier to shift )

add in Creative Authenticity ( Ian Roberts )
to give the global-perspective

( get a taste of BOTH the low-level perspective,
that the basic practices give you
and the high-level perspective that Creative Authenticity gives,
so the losing-focus that conventional-"reality" pushes
won't be able to push you off-track! :)

& here's a bonus tip:
do the value-design in cool-grey ( blue-grey ) pastels ( Dick Blick get the colour right & are affordable ),
then once one has got a strong value-design/layout,
then re-work it with both cool-greys & warm-grays ( & black & white ) to see if the cool-warm contrast deforms the design too much...

Why that 2-stage process?
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This book teaches you how to draw. It's not just simple techniques but rather concepts and principles. The pre and post after going through the book can be very dramatic. I don't want to say it's another way of drawing, but rather it's an education in how to draw properly.

For example one of the bigger lessons from this book is to look at negative space whereas most people look at the outline of objects. This might seem like a simple and useless difference but the implications are significant and can have a dramatic impact on your drawing abilities.

I've had several people recommend it to me, but recently a professional artists strongly recommended it, so I finally took the plunge and ordered and read it. I've since started to recommend it to others myself because of how good it is. If you're going to read one book on drawing, this would be it. The fundamentals in this book will allow you to draw just about anything.

I also recommend the workbook that comes with it. Yes you can probably do it from the book, but I found the workbook makes it easier to follow the tasks.

Lastly, the fact that the author asks you to draw pre and post pictures because there should be a noticeable difference, well this says a lot ;)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Power HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Sept. 4 2012
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I bought this book years ago, and it taught me how to dramatically improve my drawing skills.

I believe people who are blocked from drawing well will get the most from this book. More accomplished artists may benefit as well by understanding better how the process works.

It shows you how to look at things differently, and uses different techniques to enable you to bypass your left (logical) brain, and access your right brain, (your subconscious mind), hence the title.

Instead of using left brain- right brain theory to describe this, in my view the more correct description would be to learn to access your subconscious mind which functions at a deeper level, while reducing the way in which your conscious mind interferes with the creative process.

Your brain has four levels of consciousness, beta which is normal waking state, alpha which is a relaxed meditative state such as when you are about to go to sleep, theta which is a deeper state associated with creativity and light sleep, and delta which is deep sleep.

Normally, your brain shows shows some activity at all these levels. Artists and other creative people are able to access the creative mental state more easily.

Here is an example of how the process works.

If you try to draw a chair you may have a definite idea in your logical mind of how a chair should be, so when you draw you are thinking 4 legs, a seat and a back. You know all the legs are the same length, and therefore you may draw that way.

This can interfere with you doing a good drawing, because each leg from an artistic viewpoint is longer or shorter depending on the distance from your eye, so you have to learn how to use your vision to see it differently.
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