Why is it that some people can draw and others cannot make their pencils do what they want them to do? Betty Edwards uses the latest discoveries in brain research to explain not only why this happens, but how anyone can be taught to draw accurately and creatively. She shows that all our creative and artistic abilities are controlled by the right side of the brain which is at its most active in the early years of childhood. As we grow older we tend to use the left, verbal side to the exclusion of the right, and so our perceptions become stunted. This is why, when we draw, our efforts have a childlike appearance, because our creative awareness has been halted in childhood. Now Betty Edwards has developed new techniques that encourage the right side of the brain to start working again. In this book she takes you through a step-by-step course that enables you to learn how to draw well, whatever your present level of ability. How is it done? The course requires you to set yourself tasks that cannot be performed by the left side of the brain. You will therefore find yourself using your creative side more and more, and so developing abilities that may have been dormant for years.