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

Author: Betty Edwards
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by kindall   2019-07-21

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Edit to add: https://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Right-Side-Brain-Definitive/dp/1585429201/

by Salanmander   2019-07-21

I used to think that too, but don't give up on yourself! I would certainly believe that art comes easier to some people than others, but you can learn to draw better. I recommend the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, which has really excellent exercises aimed at people who have always considered themselves bad at art, interspersed with pop neuroscience that you should mostly ignore.

I've thought of myself as incapable of drawing well, and went through it a few years ago. This is me drawing without a reference beforehand, this is me drawing my own hand beforehand, and this is me drawing my own hand after a couple months of practice.

by mcplaid   2019-07-21

I would truly start with classics of art and design:








You basically want to dig deep into the absolute fundamentals presented in drawing and design and apply them. Think daily sketches, daily exercises in composition, life drawing, etc.

by ilovethefall-   2019-07-21

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, 100% amazing and really worth plugging through it. No need to take a class, this book really trains your brain how to look at things differently. Get some good Dixon Ticonderoga pencils to start with.

A doctor suggested this to me as a way to deal with recovering from an illness after a week stay in the hospital about 15 years ago. I can't recommend it enough.

by frenchbloke   2019-07-21


by dmos62   2019-06-09
I don't know about you, but I hate this cerebral type drawing, where you take a subject, analyse, restructure and reduce it into some components, etc. It's no fun and uses faculties that I want to rest when drawing. If I draw like this, what happens in my head is pretty much the same as when I work. I'd definitely not teach kids to draw this way. If anyone is interested in alternatives, check out Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards [0][1]. First edition came out quite a long time ago, and it has some popular neuroscience sprinkled in there from that time, but if you get through that, the actual learning material is very good. You'll be surprised how effective it is.

[0] https://www.drawright.com/ [1] https://www.amazon.com/dp/1585429201

by ArtCoach   2018-11-10
  1. get this book https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1585429201
    1. follow the method

that's a very good start.

by ArtCoach   2018-11-10

Start with this: https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1585429201

by whodis90   2018-11-10

you might wanna checkout these two books too while you are at it -

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

You Can Draw in 30 Days: The Fun, Easy Way to Learn ... - Amazon.ca


good luck!

by jdietrich   2018-08-09
Drawing and painting is almost entirely a visual skill. The mechanical skills of wielding a pencil or mixing paint are almost trivial; the hard part is being able to see what's actually there.

A bicycle is an incredibly simple visual form. You can doodle one in about five seconds. They're not rare or unusual objects and they're relatively homogenous. Nonetheless, most people have never actually seen a bicycle. They've looked, but they haven't understood its form, they haven't decomposed it into lines and shapes. They know that it has two wheels, a chain, a saddle and some handlebars, but they've never actually noticed the shapes that join them together.


by BluShine   2018-03-19

Personally, I'm more of a learn-by-doing person. I would suggest looking for some local art classes. Color theory sounds like it would be the most useful thing for you.

If you do end up buying a book, try to find one that has lots of exercises, and basically treat it like a class. Don't just read all the way to the end of the book in one sitting. Read a chapter, do the exercises from the chapter, and then wait a day or two before you move on to the next chapter.

The book Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain is a good example of what you should look for. It's obviously tempting to say "I don't need to know about drawing!" when you work primarily digitally, but learning drawing really teaches you a lot about the fundamentals: perspective, composition, light and shadow, etc. To re-use my musician analogy, pretty much all composers start by learning to play an instrument (usually piano) before they start writing music. You don't need to be an expert, but it's very important to understand the fundamentals.

Oh, also apparently the same author has a book on color theory , but I haven't personally read it. Might be worth a try.

by anti-realist   2018-03-19

Its been a long journey but I am definitely still learning. The book Drawing with the Left Side of the Brain has a lot of really decent activities that can get you started: https://toptalkedbooks.com/amzn/1585429201

The problem is that it is like any other skill in that the time involved getting to a level you are happy with can take a LOT of time and forces you to neglect other things you could be doing with your time.

by mdawsonart   2017-08-19

I only mean this as constructive criticism and not to hurt your feelings, but: everything. I think you should take a step back from color and painting, and worry more about sketching and strengthening your foundations.

You can still do this digitally, and I'm by no means telling you to stop painting! However, foundations (especially in your case: edges, lines, values, and form) are absolutely the to improving.

Edit: I realize I didn't really give much advice in my post so I wanted to come back and actually give you something useful to work with. :P

Start smaller - much smaller. It looks like you're working from the image of another artist, which is a great challenge, but you're putting the cart before the horse. I'm not sure what your visual skills are like right now, but I'm a strong advocate of Betty Edward's Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain . The skills you'll learn from that book are invaluable and expose you to a wide range of techniques and theory that will really help you hit the ground running.

I'd also suggest not getting caught up on one image. There is a lot of improvement to be made, and the best thing you can do as a young artist is to be done when you're done and move on to the next piece. I still get caught up looking at completed work and drive myself crazy wondering what I could have done differently. The truth is that experience comes from mileage, and you've just got to make that journey.

by aphoenix   2017-08-19

This is a good beginner's sketch of a character.

I'd recommend that you find a drawing critique subreddit if you want more in-depth recommendations, but I can provide a bit of a critique.

I think the biggest area to focus on improvement would be the proportions of your figure. Things generally feel a bit "off" in a lot of places. For example, the shoulders aren't exactly right and the arms are a bit awkward. One of the benefits of doing a pencil sketch is that you can do rough shapes for those elements until they feel right and then revise the drawing. Revision is one of the big benefits to pencil sketches, in my opinion. This doesn't look like you have done much revision at all.

I think the detailing is good, but because it seems like you started with the detailing, the underlying structure is a bit wonky, and it's difficult to appreciate some of the details.

Some of the shading and texturing seems a bit inconsistent. For example, the hands and the shoulders don't seem to mesh.

Do you have any formal art training? You might try going through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain or something similar.

Overall, I think that this is a promising sketch, and that there are certainly ways to improve; if you have any questions, I tried to talk to you in discord, or you can reply here.

by theadammorganshow   2017-08-19

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

by OutsiderInArt   2017-08-19

Different strokes for different folks. Depending on their learning style, some love Loomis or say Keys to Drawing didn’t help them a bit. Truth is, most artists eventually read them all and use portions from each of them.

My personal reading focused more on the philosophy of art. I wanted to learn the traits and mentality of a successful artist and why they do what they do.

Books by Steven Pressfield: The War of Art, Do the Work, Turning Pro.

I also re-read The Art Spirit by Robert Henri.

by ilovehentai   2017-08-19

You should check out the book "drawing with the right side of the brain", super critically acclaimed book that is great for learning

also, yes, anyone can draw well with enough practice


by IArtThereforeIAm   2017-08-19