The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The 1999, 3rd Edition

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Penguin, Aug 30, 1999 - Art - 320 pages
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When Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain was first published in 1979, it hit the New York Times bestseller list within two weeks and stayed there for more than a year. In 1989, when Dr. Betty Edwards revised the book, it went straight to the Times list again. Now Dr. Edwards celebrates the twentieth anniversary of her classic book with a second revised edition.

Over the last decade, Dr. Edwards has refined her material through teaching hundreds of workshops and seminars. Truly The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, this edition includes:

the very latest developments in brain research new material on using drawing techniques in the corporate world and in education instruction on self-expression through drawing an updated section on using color detailed information on using the five basic skills of drawing for problem solving
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life—artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers—have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving. The Los Angeles Times said it best: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is "not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing . . . should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates."


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I just like books that explain that to draw and make an artwork, it requires skills, practice, and appreciation for the process. I also like the scientific perspective to drawing. Read full review

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I'm reading an older edition which I should have read 10 years ago when i bought it! Using it as a 'refresher' course to improve my drawing even tho I have been drawing on and off for years. Also ... Read full review


How I came to write this book
Corporate training seminars
Five basic skills of drawing
A basic strategy for accessing Rmode
Color in drawing
An empirical basis for my theory
A further complication
Drawing as a magical ability
A brief practice in sighting before you do a real perspective drawing
A real perspective drawing
Looking ahead
The importance of proportion in portrait drawing
On not believing what you see
Drawing closer to reality
The mystery of the choppedoff skull
Drawing a blank to see better than ever

Drawing as a learnable teachable skill
Drawing and seeing
Drawing on your creative self
A path to creativity
Realism as a means to an end
Definitions of terms
A valuable record of your art skills
A preview of beforeandafter drawings
The nonverbal language of art
Drawing as a mirror and metaphor for the artist
Both sides of your brain
The double brain
The double reality of splitbrain patients
Language clues
Two ways of knowing
The two modes of information processing
The Ahha response
Handedness left or right
A comparison of leftmode and rightmode characteristics
Setting up the conditions for the L R shift
An exercise for the double brain
Navigating a drawing in righthemisphere mode
What is learned in learning to draw?
Upsidedown drawing
Getting to know the LR shift
A review of Rmode
Recalling the art of your childhood
The crisis period
Art in school
How the symbol system developed in childhood influences seeing
Nicolaidess contour drawing
The paradox of the Pure Contour Drawing exercise
A record of an alternative state
A quick review of the five perceptual skills of drawing
Modified Contour Drawing of your hand
Tricking Lmode with empty space
What are negative spaces and positive forms?
Defining composition
Choosing a Basic Unit
The Basic UnitA definition
Getting off to a good start
Your Negative Space drawing of a chair
The cognitive battle of perception
On dealing with the twopart skill of sighting angles and proportions
Perspective and proportion
Defining perspective
Dürers device
Formal perspective versus informal perspective
Irrefutable evidence that the top of the head is important after all
Drawing another blank and getting a line on the profile
Placing the ear in a profile portrait
A warmup exercise
A profile portrait of a person
Showing of profile portraits
Seeing values
The role of Rmode in perceiving shadows
The three basic portrait poses
A copy of the Courbet selfportrait
Taking the next step
Crosshatching a lighter shadow
Shading into a continuous tone
Drawing on the logic of light for a fully modeled tonal volumetric selfportrait
Now well turn to the threequarter view
Ready to draw
A selfportrait in pencil
A personal comparison
A suggestion for a next drawing
Placing color in the brain
Learning the basics of color
A wheel of color
Taking the first steps in color drawing
An ugly corner as cityscape
Expanding harmonious color
Summing up
Drawing skills six and seven
The dialogue
The basic perceptual skills of writing drawing
Using the negative spaces of handwriting
Sighting a beautiful hand
Consistency is the key
Summing up
For teachers and parents
For art students

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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.

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