The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
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As an individual who never thought I had any potential to draw, this book completely thrilled me. Edwards explained that drawing has more to do with seeing than the actual mechanics of drawing (which supposedly, we're all pretty good at). She takes you through steps and examples that help you pick up on these basics of seeing as an artist sees. The book is full of drawing "tasks" that lets the eager beginner get started right away. These tasks are designed to teach you new things while producing surprisingly good drawings. Of course this book won't make you an amazing artist overnight- but I did see that overnight I went from drawing at a child's level to producing things I never thought I could. It seems like there are two groups of people. Those who have had some sort of art training don't find this simple, easy to read book as amazing as the author tends to make it sound. However, those, like myself, who draw stick figures and smiley faces - calling it art, see this book as some sort of miraculous cure for the cheesy drawings we dislike so much. I recommend this book to anyone who feels anxious or hopeless when it comes to drawing. Anyone who has surpassed that level would probably be best off getting the opinion of someone closer to the artistic level they are currently at.
If you have those unrealized feelings of creativity - squelched by years of «left-brain-dominated» teaching in the US school system, you need this book! Unlock your own creativity. Learning to draw is parallel to learning to read. You don't need to be a poet to know how to read; you don't need to be Michelangelo to know how to draw. Drawing opens up new worlds of perception and pleasure. Betty Edwards is a master at clear, empathic explanation. She is a born teacher. This book has changed my life.