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The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Hardcover – 30 Jun 2000

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  • Hardcover: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher/Putnam,US; 2nd Revised edition edition (30 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874774195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874774191
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 3.1 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,010,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helps the reader gain access to right-brain functions, which affect artistic and creative abilities, by teaching the skills of drawing through unusual exercises designed to increase visual skills.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Sept. 1999
Format: Paperback
As in the first two editions of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", Dr. Betty Edwards once more presents the beginning student of drawing with that same seemingly impossible task: copy a Picasso sketch. . .upside down!
And thus begins the journey into that part of the brain that most of us didn't know exists, the artistic genius within us all. True to her scientific approach to teaching the basics of drawing, Dr. Edwards updates her twice-before best-seller with over 50% new material based on recent research into the workings of the human brain. Some lessons are moved around and to her list of the 5 basic skills that make up realistic drawing (perception of edges; negative space; relationships; light and shadow; and of the whole) Dr. Edwards adds 2 more: memory and imagination.
Perhaps most telling are the "before and after" illustrations showing how much one can learn in just a few days of instruction and diligent practice. The obviously painful, labored scrawls of adults discouraged from drawing since childhood sit next to drawings that exude confidence and ease. The reader is amazed when he or she can look upon a similar pair of images produced in the first few days of reading the book.
Amazingly, the paperback cover price of this most recent edition is a single dollar more than the 1989 cover price. Consider it a bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book as soon as I was able to, and have been astounded by the results. I have always wanted to draw, but never been able to, but this book enabled me to tap into something that changed that.
I thoroughly recommend this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 1999
Format: Paperback
It's been 20 years since the first "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" came out. My copy of the book is so dog-eared, it looks like it is 50, not 20, years old! But this new edition was well worth the wait, with lots of new information, new research, and new learning tips on how to draw and how to tap into that creative potential we all have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book as soon as I was able to, and have been astounded by the results. I have always wanted to draw, but never been able to, but this book enabled me to tap into something that changed that.
I thoroughly recommend this.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Hardcover
After many years of popularity, we how have a revised edition of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", called, believe it or not, "The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", (Souvenir Press, October 2000). I spend far too much money on books and so decided to order this book from the public library, as it is still only available in hardback.
This book takes a very novel approach to teaching drawing, and it is a very thorough and comprehensive work which covers every possible aspect of technique. Its goal is to discourage the reader from using "left brain" skill, like analysis, conscious design, memories of what things "look like", and instead, to show how to use "right brain" drawing - intuitive, spontaneous, spotting shapes rather than objects and so on.
A number of exercises are used to stimulate this right brain activity, such as copying portraits upside down, looking at the "negative spaces" between objects and drawing those, and drawing with an eraser on a charcoal ground. But as well as these novel approaches, there is also considerable emphasis on techniques such as squaring up the paper, using view-finders, measuring and comparing lengths.
I suppose I feel that overall, the book is very unconvincing in its basic psychology. Rather than needing to go into how the brain allegedly works and trying to shut of parts of the brain (which in reality you can't possibly know whether you're doing or not), it might be simpler to concentrate on just adopting a more intuitive approach to drawing anyway.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ciaran Dunne on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I am an avid book buyer , on my differing subjects that take my interest on a whim . An it is through a whim that I had bought this book . I was sceptable at first . But once I had tryed a few of the exercises , on each drawing I could see improving results I was introduced to drawing a a pleasurable activity .
I must recommened this book if you are interested in developing your eye to draw . Once you have the confidence instilled with this book , you shall throughly creating your own works of art .
Importantly having something at the end you are proud to dispaly .
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