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

Author: Betty Edwards
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by tra3   2022-07-02
Can you expand a bit? I've been meaning to go through "Drawing on the right side of the brain" [0] for years, but still haven't done so. How does Inkscape help? Isn't it just a set of "pencils and brushes" if you will?

[0] https://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Right-Side-Brain-Definitive/d...

by floxy   2022-03-19
> I'd love to be able draw decently

OT, but if you are interested in learning to draw, read this book:


by crazygringo   2020-01-15
There's an entire book about this, well-known to many artists, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". [1]

One of the exercises is to draw a tree. Then to go outside and look at a real tree, and draw what you see.

The two could not be more different.

Many artists will talk about when they "learned to see". Which means: understanding that reality isn't the simplicity of what our brain constructs, but rather the seemingly infinite detail of what is actually out there.

It changes the entire way you look at the world.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Drawing-Right-Side-Brain-Definitive/d...

by ScopeCreepStudio   2019-11-17

Funnily enough, the side of the brain we use to see things in our head is also the shittiest at drawing.

If you're interested in improving your skill I can't recommend Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain enough.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/1585429201/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_605eDbH573H1C

Edit: I know the left vs right brain thing is fake, what I meant is being able to visualize something in your head doesn't correlate to drawing skills until you train your brain to do it

by NYC-ART   2019-11-17


by Egikun   2019-11-17

I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It will break the problematic way of learning where you go "okay, don't know how to draw eyes, so I'll learn eyes. Now those are fine, I don't know how to draw hair so I'll learn hair. Done. Now I'll learn wood textures. Done."

I'm a professional artist and started off with this way of learning. You either learn fast that there are just too many elements in a picture to learn them one at a time, or you get tired of your art feeling like it's missing something and give up later on. Please please please get this book and do the exercises. Really commit to it and I promise you won't regret it.

by Kalsed   2019-11-17

Falar Top ajuda tanto quanto falar "ta uma merda" ou "foda-se". Mas aumenta o ego. Obviamente a pessoa que desenhou focou o tempo em sombras e luzes e detalhes, mas ta bem obio que quem desenhou não tem noção de anatomia, estrutura, proporção ou muita pratica. E isso é ok. Depende do que você procura. Se é um hobby, "só um desenho", ta bem legal. E muito bom que você passou 3 horas nele, mostra que você realmente gosta de desenhar.

Se você quer melhorar de verdade. Primeira coisa é aprender estrutura básica. Proporção, blocagem, anatomia etc. Entender um olho sempre vai fazer com que você possa desenhar olhos mais rápido, mais realistas e ai sim manipular ele para o tipo de olho que você quer. Seu desenho está muito 2D, mesmo com as sombras. tente entender que o olho é uma esfera dentro do cranio e envolta por pele. Não se preocupe tanto com sombras e luzes no começo, tenta primeiro fazer o olho funcionar.

Isso se da por vários motivos. Um deles é que você está desenhando o olho como um simbolo olho, o que vocÊ lembra como que seria um olho. Muito melhor tentar ignorar essa memória e praticar a observação, pelo menos até você entender. Tem um luvro chamado "desenhando com o lado direito do cerebro" https://www.amazon.com.br/Drawing-Right-Brain-Betty-Edwards/dp/1585429201 Recomendo bastante para entender isso. Cílios longos, lápis mais escuro... Isso são detalhes. Não são eles que deixam seu desenho bom. O básico que deixa. https://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-eyes-structure/ Proko é um mestre. Ignora as luzes, as sombras. Foca na estrutura.

Dito isso, pense agora no... Desenho. Um olho sendo só um olho não diz muito. Se foi um estudo, desenhe menor, desenhe mais. Um estudo não precisa de um olho renderizado. Ao menos que esse seja o foco do estudo. Um estudo precisa de 5 folhas, lotadas de olhos de vários angulos, alguns com contexto, olhos de diversas etinias, diversos formatos, com os 2 olhos muitas vezes (simetria é sempre bom de estudar). Se for um desenho finalizado, sempre pense num contexto, esse olho está no vazio? Numa pedra? num rosto? Numa pessoa desenhando um olho num papel? Desenhe esse contexto. Velocidade vem com o tempo, não se preocupa.

Espero que minha crítica, apesar de um pouco mais pesada tenha sido útil. Todo mundo que desenha já passou por essa parte. Se eu te falar "ta legal", você vai ficar feliz, mas vai cometer os mesmos erros pelo próximos 50 desenhos de 3 horas.

by test_1234567890   2019-11-17







The links above should set you on a good start. Do the lessons from drawabox, do the lessons from drawing on the right side of the brain. Unless you have a physical disability preventing you from picking up a pen, I promise you can learn. I will not lie to you and tell you it is easy, it is not. But learning the fundamentals will aid you greatly in getting better. There is no doubt in my mind it can be straight up tedious at times, and frustrating as all hell, but it is worth it.


The trick? Actually doing the lessons as they are told to you and not skipping around.


You can do it my dude, best of luck and happy lewding!

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.