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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Paperback – 15 Nov 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition edition (15 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006381146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006381143
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 19.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF YOU WANT TO DRAW WELL BUT THINK YOU HAVE NO TALENT, THIS BOOK WILL UNLOCK THE ARTIST WITHIN YOU AND OPEN UP A NEW WORLD OF CREATIVE ENJOYMENT.

Everybody has artistic talent and can be good at drawing. You only have to tune in to the creative, intuitive and artistic side of the brain – the right side – and you will be able to draw accurate and imaginative portraits, landscapes, still lifes…Betty Edwards's teaching techniques are based on recent brain research which shows that after early childhood most of us develop our left, herbal hemispheres at the expense of the visual side.

By setting you simple tasks which only the right side of the brain can perform, Betty Edwards heightens your awareness of shape, colour and form, makes you see more clearly and intuitively, and within a remarkably short time, gives you the pleasure and satisfaction of being a competent artist.

Already an established classic, this revolutionary book now contains much exciting new material. For the first time there is a section on drawing in colour, with twelve pages of full-colour illustrations; additional information on using lights and shadows enables the artist to create three-dimensional effects; and a new section shows how drawing techniques can improve your handwriting. There are new examples of before-and-after drawings by students, new exercises, and much more.


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I couldn't put this book down.....it was as though veils were systematically being removed from my eyes as I realised that the reason that I was never any good at art at school was because I had never been taught how to see the world as an artist sees it. Once I had begun to do the well- described exercises, I very quickly started to produce drawings that amazed myself and my family . My sister has even asked me to do a series of pencil drawings to frame and hang in her lounge ! I am indebted to Betty Edwards for her inspirational yet down to earth approach to unlocking the artistic potential that we all have if we'd only take the time to realise it.Now that I can draw I am learning (from books and videos) how to paint with watercolours....something I have longed to do for years . Brilliant!
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By A Customer on 24 July 2000
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This book is fantastic, one of the best purchases I have made on-line. I always wished that I could be good at drawind and always thought that you had to be born with talent, however someone reccomended this book so I thought I would try it out, I was totally amazed by the transformation of my drawing skills. Betty gets you to draw a few things at the start of the book, and at the end you will be totally amazed at your skill in drawing. Betty shows you how to see things with one side of your brain that is not used when drawing, she does this by getting you to practice some exercises that the other side of the brain can't cope with. After you have tried the exercises your drawing skills improve immensley as you can see things that you wouldn't normally see before. I couldn't draw to save my life but after about two weeks with this book im amazed at the results. For me this is the drawing bible without it I would never have realised a hidden talent that I had. If you wish you could draw then you owe it to yourself to get this book, You will be totally amazed with your new found skill !
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I've read many instruction books which claim to be for beginners and then make the presumption that you can already draw to a greater or lesser extent and just go straight into explaining human anatomy and other subjects. Betty's book is the first one to actually take me through the procedure of seeing things as lines that you can put onto paper, as opposed to named objects, and the importance of measuring distances. I ended up with a pretty good portrait of David Duchovny by the end of it!
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After many years of teaching people to draw, Betty Edwards is convinced that anyone who has learned handwriting can also learn to draw. That means anyone. Without exception. She has linked her teaching experience to research on the differing nature and functions of the left and right sides of the brain. Learning to draw from this book involves following a series of exercises which lead the reader through perception of edges, spaces, relationships and lights and shadows. The emphasis throughout is upon the development of perception. The more recent edition of the book also contains a useful chapter on colour. When I started working through this book in 1996 I had had no tuition in any aspect of art since leaving school many years ago. Having completed all of Betty Edward's exercises, I can now draw well and accurately, and, perhaps best of all, I have learned to see what is around me in a way that I could not previously. This book taught me to draw and gave me the confidence to enrol on a course in painting.
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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2000
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When I decided to approach a drawing board (a wacom tablet on a PC actually) i thought it was impossible for me to draw anything but abstract figures. Then i got this book and now i'm convinced i can learn and i get good results! Believe me, if I can do it you can do it! If you want to learn from the basics how to see and to draw get this one and enjoy
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I bought this book a number of years ago and read it from cover to cover. It offers a fascinating insight into the artist's world. It has simple, easy to follow exercises to train your brain into using the cognative processes needed to draw realistically.

I had been drawing for years, and it was a great delight to read that I was approaching drawing in the way the book details. However, the most useful aspect of the book to me was that it enabled me to understand what I was doing unconsciously and therefore be able to communicate these skills and ideas with others. Often when you can do something naturally, you do not know how or why you are doing things! This book explains it all. I have now been using the techniques and ideas in the book to teach children as young as four years old to draw in a more realistic and artistic style. The results are quite amazing. Any teachers out there like myself would find this book extremely useful and fulfilling.
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By A Customer on 25 Nov. 1998
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I'd heard of this book but I don't believe too much in the theory. Recently I started a drawing class, and one of the other students lent me this book - you have to work through the examples and be willing to go into a sort of trance where your eye and your hand work together whilst your normal brain thinking shuts down - the results are FANTASTIC! I now believe that everyone can draw, as long as you detach from recognising: as soon as you say "the left eye" for example, you draw as bad as usual, but when you let normal thinking go to sleep, your hand can move precisely to the shapes your eye sees. It is like magic, but you are simply connecting visual brain directly to motor brain without talking brain in the way.
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