Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition

Betty Edwards

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1585429201

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A revised edition of the classic bestselling how to draw book. A life-changing book, this fully revised and updated edition of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is destined to inspire generations of readers and artists to come.

Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you. This revised/updated fourth edition includes:

• a new preface and introduction;
• crucial updates based on recent research on the brain's plasticity and the enormous value of learning new skills/ utilizing the right hemisphere of the brain;
• new focus on how the ability to draw on the strengths of the right hemisphere can serve as an antidote to the increasing left-brain emphasis in American life-the worship of all that is linear, analytic, digital, etc.;
• an informative section that addresses recent research linking early childhood "scribbling" to later language development and the importance of parental encouragement of this activity;
• and new reproductions of master drawings throughout

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draw what is actually “out there”—is the rock bottom “ABC” of drawing. It is necessarily (or at least ideally) learned before progressing to imaginative drawing, painting, or sculpture. With this information in mind, you may want to make a few notes on the backs of your drawings, indicating any repeated symbols, which parts were the most difficult, and which were successful. Then, put the drawings away for safekeeping. Do not look at them again until you have completed my course and

drawings represent about age-ten-to-twelve drawing level—that is, they were drawing the way most children draw at that age, and it may be that they quit drawing at that point. Several other students were drawing at a later adolescent age: Andres Santiago and Douglas Hansen. At an even later adolescent age are Peter Lawrence, Maria Catalina Ochoa, Jennifer Boivin, Frank Zvovu, James Han, and David Caswell. “Don’t worry about your originality. You couldn’t get rid of it even if you

just the reverse of the previous one. Upside-Down Drawing: making the shift to R-mode Familiar things do not look the same when they are upside down. We automatically assign a top, a bottom, and sides to the things we perceive, and we expect to see things oriented in the usual way—that is, right side up. In upright orientation, we can recognize familiar things, name them, and quickly categorize them by matching what we see with our stored memories and concepts. When an image is

windows, or in transparent vases—as in this drawing—are all favorite themes. Though one could guess at a psychological meaning, it is quite likely that young artists are simply trying this idea to see if they can make the drawings “look right.” Fig. 5-17. Complex drawing by a ten-year-old boy. Cartooning is a favorite form of art in the early adolescent years. As art educator Miriam Lindstrom notes in Children’s Art, the level of taste at this age is at an all-time low.

“Don’t tell me that this hallway diminishes in size from one end to the other, because I know it doesn’t.” Whole mind-sets are not unfamiliar. For example, in driving a car, one has a similarly controlling whole mind-set: the rules of the road, which start with which side of the road to drive on. In the United States, part of the mind-set is that we drive on the right side. If one moves, say, to England, where people drive on the left side, one must quickly modify the

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