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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

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A revised edition of the classic drawing book that has sold more than 1.7 million copies in the United States alone.

Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing instruction 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

    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 to come.

About the Author

Betty Edwards speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies. Now retired from her position as professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, Edwards received her doctorate from UCLA in art, education, and the psychology of perception. Dr. Edwards has been profiled on the Today show and in Time, among other magazines and newspapers. She lives in California.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, July 27, 2012 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Since debuting in 1979, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain has been guiding people on how to improve their seeing skills in order to improve their drawing skills. I know art teachers who use it as well as friends who like to draw. We own a copy of the third edition, and we used it to encourage creativity and drawing skills with both our daughters as they were growing up.

So I was excited when I heard that a fourth edition was being released with new revisions and updates more than a decade after the book I owned was published. Author Betty Edwards has a way of teaching through step-by-step instructions that can help anyone who believes she is just not good at drawing.

Features in the new, updated edition include a section on recent research that shows how “scribbling” in early childhood is linked to language acquisition. There’s also a new chapter that talks about using the “five basic perceptual skills of drawing”�"seeing edges, negative spaces, perspective and proportion, lights and shadows, and the gestalt�"to address issues in all areas of life, not just art and drawing.

Edwards says in Chapter 1, “I firmly believe that given good instruction, drawing is a skill that can be learned by every normal person with average eyesight and average eye-hand coordination.” Then she sets about giving that good instruction. It’s hard to go wrong keeping a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain handy in your home and giving it as gifts to friends. It is available in both hardcover and paperback (my preference because it lies open on a table so you can easily reference it while you draw.)

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review.
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ISBN:
9781585429202
Author:
Edwards, Betty
Publisher:
Tarcher
Author:
Cameron, Julia
Subject:
Drawing
Subject:
Art - Drawing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 7.38 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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