Paperback / softback, 291 pages, 2nd Revised and Exp Edition
United States, 01 September 1999
About the Author
Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.
The differences between the left and right hemispheres of the brain are well known now, but when this book was first published it was ground breaking stuff. The book is no less useful and relevant today. It's the best instructional drawing book I've ever tried. The exercises in this wonderful book showed me that I can actually draw, after a lifetime of thinking that I couldn't. The upside down drawing exercise was particularly amazing. It's based on the idea that we have preconcieved ideas of what something looks like in our minds, and when we look at something and draw it, these pictures in our heads take over from what we are actually seeing. In the upside down drawing, you can't immediately see what the picture is, so you can focus on drawing the lines as you really see them. This is because the creative, right brain takes over when the logical left brain doesn't know what it's seeing. The result is a pretty accurate copy of the original. I've seen this exercise used in a group with great results too. Of course there's much more in this book. Many art teachers and other books use Betty Edward's methods because they are so successful.
If you can use a pen to write, then using this book, you can draw too. The results are astounding and really quick. You will learn that drawing is not an ability that only some "artistic" people have, we can all draw it's just that we have to learn to use the correct part of our brain so that our right brain does the drawing not our left brain. You will learn how to enter your right brain mode (which is the funnest, most marvelous and relaxing brain mode to be in - just remember to set yourself an alarm so that you don't forget to do things like cooking dinner for the family or going to work because your time perception will completely disappear when you get into it). It's easy and it's great fun learning to draw with this book.
Did you ever draw fishes at school, that look like a tear-drop with a triangle on the end for the tail? Well, this book will teach you how to look properly at a fish, and then draw it so that it isn't just an almost abstract representation, it actually does look like a real fish. A good book for beginning and advanced drawers alike.