Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

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Tarcher/Penguin, 2012 - Art - 284 pages
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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.

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

User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

There is so much good information here! For one thing, everyone, whether you are interested in art or not, should read the introduction, because it covers important issues with cognition that include ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

Loved this book. I was amazed at how well I was able to draw after only 4 days. It's more than just about learning how to draw. It's about learning how to see, Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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