Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition Paperback – Apr 26 2012
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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.See all Product Description
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I recommend this book a lot if you want to get good at drawing. Get it, start practicing, and you'll make progress really fast!
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 ;)
a charcoals-assortment Art Advantage Assorted Willow Charcoal
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? Cool-grey is best, to help clarify what one is seeing & reference for mid-tone )
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 :)
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Best money I ever spent. From stick drawings to proportion perfect self portrait in a few days. Nothing short of amazing.Published 3 months ago by S. MacLeod
A unique and supreme way (and fun!) to learn how to draw.Published 15 months ago by Janele Frechette
There's a lot of Darwinian/evolutionary "science" in the book. If you can get past all of the unnecessary "fluff" that the author tries to pass off as fact, the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by MDoulos