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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (5 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007116454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007116454
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing…should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates.’ Los Angeles Times

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'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' is the world's most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you feel you have little talent and you doubt you could ever learn, or you enjoy drawing but have not been able to get much beyond a childlike level, this book will show you how to gain the skill that you have always wanted. If you are already drawing as a professional artist or are an artist-in-training, it will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception.

This new edition of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' has been dramatically revised, with more than fifty per cent new material, including:
• Recent developments in brain research that relate to drawing
• New insights on the use of drawing techniques in the corporate world and education
• Instruction on self-expression through drawing
• Ways to step beyond black-and-white drawing into colour
• Detailed advice on how to apply the five basic skills of drawing to solve problems

See how the astonishing success of 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' – responsible for teaching millions to draw – can work for you, too.

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131 of 133 people found the following review helpful By J. Farrow on 8 April 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in February 2002 and started applying the techniques on 6 Feb. At first I was sceptical, but after doing the exercises (upside-down drawing, negative space et cetera)I decided to do a drawing every day. Within three weeks I had copied exactly the picture of Stravinsky by Picasso, sketched hands which look real. The book is unbelievable, really. Betty Edwards unravels any mystique that you previously thought existed in art. It was so good I've bought one for a friend and will buy another in September for another friend's birthday. It is not about practise it is about connecting shapes. Read it and see!
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157 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Wigwagwiggy on 3 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
I am a painter but my drawing is something else entirely. (I have managed with basic outlines and leaving out details) but draw as many other adults do like a child.
My friend lent the book to me because she knows I paint. Although it held no interest to me initially (because I can't draw) I thought I would read it.
Well I couldn't believe what I was drawing within minutes on the first day, and the second day was even better. I am on the third day now and although not the greatest artist I am certainly a hundred times better than before. I see things differently and in detail and I would now draw even the most complex item or scene with no worries.
The trick is not to learn how to draw with this book. The trick is to SEE by turning of the left side of your brain which usually tells you what you think you are seeing. This is easier than it sounds with some simple tricks to fool your brain into letting the right side do the work.
When you can SEE things you can DRAW them. So you don't need to learn to draw at all. You always could. Believe me and the book. You will definitely improve in hours and may find that you have a talent you didn't have before.
Highly recommended. I only wish I could show you my before and after drawings.
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91 of 93 people found the following review helpful By P. Middleton on 28 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
I have to admit this was an impulse buy - browsing, the title caught my eye. The claims were amazing, but any change to my drawing ability would have to rate as an improvement, so off I went with the book.
Rather later than sooner in a way-too-busy schedule I finally went on a long business trip - I'm still on it, in fact - and put Drawing On The Right in my case. After three weeks I was taking digital photos of the results and annoying friends on e-mail going 'will you just look at THIS?????'. I couldn't bring myself to add the rest of the features to one picture of a face, I was so afraid I would detract from the effect of the eyes I'd just drawn.
It is necessary to take time and work at the exercises, as well as properly read the text - it's not all drawing instruction, there's background information and student showings too. The 'how to' part is startlingly small, in fact.
Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain took me in less than a month from drawing as I did when I was about 11, through a freeing-up process, drawing outlines, perspective, profile, head on and three-quarter facial proportions and shading to a point where I can fade out at my desk after a hammeringly busy day and lose twenty minutes happily doodling a recogniseable picture of a collegue, a realistic chair or a banana skin from lunch and be completely awed at what I've just produced.
I found Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain a great place to start learning to draw - something I thought completely beyond me. How to improve and move to other styles and ways of seeing is a different matter, but now there's a basis and confidence that I will not be completely wasting my time I can hardly wait to investigate further.
If you can take the time, it's well worth the effort
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Suhani on 12 Jan. 2004
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This is the first book I bought to do with drawing. I've never taken lessons before but always wanted to learn. Betty Edwards makes an excellent teacher. Her simple steps, tips and examples can take you a long way. You do need to devote some time to drawing in your free time and gradually you'll notice the difference in your drawing skills. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who feels they could perfect their skills and to those who are pure beginners.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 July 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book when I decided to start an art class. On the back cover and inside the book (pages 18 to 20) are before and after drawings by pupils on a 5 day course learning how to draw using using the techniques that this book is based on. They are all self portraits - some are quite good to start with but an equal number are pretty lousy, however, ALL the post instruction drawings show a huge improvement ranging from good to excellent. Cynic that I am, I showed these pictures to my friend scornfully saying "I don't belive that, do you?". I had to eat my words. Simply - the book works. Once you realise how to "tap in to the right side of the brain" its like learning some fantastic secret - ANYBODY can learn to draw and learn quickly. Try the "upside down horse" - you'll impress even yourself!!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By SolihullRog on 30 Jun. 2006
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Quite simply, this should be the first 'teach yourself to be an artist' book that you buy. It addresses the basic reasons why people go wrong, and teaches you how to overcome the problems in a very clear way.

For example, tables normally have four legs of equal length, colour and shape. But drawings which depict tables like this are usually unrealistic and confused. You need to draw what you see - and not what you 'know'.

The book starts off with too much theory, and there's a lot of repetition. Lots of pages that you can skim over. But the improvement in one's results is astonishing.

I got the bug to start drawing and painting, and soon had bought 10 books and borrowed another 10 from the library. When I opened this book, I realised that I only needed a couple of technique books to supplement it. So, many of my purchases are now on their way to eBay...
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