Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards - Cover

LIST OF CHAPTERS

  1. Drawing and the Art of Bicycle Riding#
  2. First Steps in Drawing
  3. Your Brain, the Right and Left of it
  4. Crossing Over from Left to Right
  5. Drawing on Your Childhood Artistry
  6. Perceiving Edges
  7. Perceiving Spaces
  8. Perceiving Relationships
  9. Drawing a Profile Portrait
  10. Perceiving Lights, Shadows and the Gestalt
  11. Using Your New Perceptional Skills for Creative Problem Solving
  12. Drawing on the Artist in You

“One of the exercises covered in the book, Blind Contour Drawing, may at times be tedious, but it is such a good exercise to improve your hand-eye coordination.

Sophie’s Top Tip

EXAMPLE PAGES

The following photos show pages from the book, to give you a feel for how the book is set out.

EXAMPLE DRAWINGS

The following photos show some of my drawings, from the books various exercises.

“As each new skill is learned, you will merge it with those previously learned until, one day, you are simply drawing – just as, one day, you found yourself simply driving without thinking about how to do it.”

– Betty Edwards

COMMENTS

4 Comments

  1. ArtFan337

    Hey Sophie so out of “Keys to drawing” and “Drawing on the right side” which would you recommend as the first book to study from?

    Reply
    • Sophie Lawson

      Hello! This is a really good but difficult Question for me to answer! I want to say “Keys to Drawing”, but I’m not sure if that’s just because I read it first?

      “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” is a much quicker book to study from, and a bit more basic, so it might actually be best to start with “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”.

      I personally think “Keys to Drawing” is a better book overall and was easier for me to study from, as it made more sense and had a nicer flow, so I’m conflicted! Sorry I can’t be more clear, whichever you pick you can’t really go wrong though :) Hope that helps in some way, let me know how you get on :)

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    • ArtFan337

      Thx for the quick reply. I think ill go with keys first love the drawings and how the book is written.Your review of keys was the reason I bought it. I love that you have made so much progress and you have truly inspired me to get started and stop slacking on learning to draw. I am 29 and am truly excited to get learning all I can. Please continue to master your craft and im really hoping I can show such increadible progress in my own work one day. Thank You��

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      • Sophie Lawson

        Aww, that’s really kind of you, thank you!! I’m so happy you bought the “Keys to Drawing” book, I really hope you enjoy it and share your progress! All the best to you and your Art adventure :)

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