- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 4th Definitive, Expanded, Updated ed. edition (April 26 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585429201
- ISBN-13: 978-1585429202
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2 x 22.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition Paperback – Apr 26 2012
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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 ;)
That being said I strongly recommend this workbook. Yes you can probably do all the exercises without the workbook, using just the main book to get the exercises, but I found it really helpful to have everything all wrapped up in a single package. Initially I was just going to use the book but it was well worth it to have it all in one place. Not only are exercises one after the other (saving you from having to go back and forth through pages), but it also shows you what's coming, includes all the details you need with each exercise, and so on. I really found it a great companion to the book.
Hint: If you want to save yourself the book for later, I recommend buying a pad (of higher quality paper) so that you can do the exercises outside of the book. Some are also harder then others so it's nice to be able to restart and so on when need be.
Having sold my copy of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" to a used book store years ago, I can assure you that this workbook doesn't have the theoretical dryness and superfluous talk of that text. The workbook has short explanations, followed by exercises you can do in the spaces provided. Easy and fun.
Now as an adult, I love to dabble with oil paints. My main issue with starting a painting was drawing out the picture first.... I was horrible at drawing again. I'm only part way through the workbook but I can say, I'm definitely improving already. The workbook has reminded me how to engaged the other side of the brain that does better drawings and less thinking. This is good stuff!
The ONLY book you need to start drawing, to see the world through artist eyes.
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