Thursday, May 10, 2012
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The definitive 4th edition...R&G
I have never considered myself to be very artistic. I can look at something and copy it so that you could recognize it but without a picture reference I've got little. I loved that the first chapter of this book is called Drawing and the Art of Bicycle Riding. The title itself was a bit odd in a book about drawing but let me explain. Betty Edwards compares teaching someone to draw with teaching someone to ride a bike. They are both skills that are more a "do" than an "explain in words". It made sense to me, especially after teaching my boys to ride their bikes in the last few years. With that simple comparison Betty Edwards had me interested. It was interesting to read about the brain and the ways it can affect our art abilities. I did a little drawing and did make some improvements so I would consider that a success. Definitely worth a read if you are interested in art.
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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