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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition Paperback – Illustrated, April 26 2012

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2013 Nautilus Books for a Better World Silver winner as Best Creative Process Book

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Betty Edwards speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies. Now retired from her position as professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, Edwards received her doctorate from UCLA in art, education, and the psychology of perception. Dr. Edwards has been profiled on the Today show and in Time, among other magazines and newspapers. She lives in California.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ TarcherPerigee; 4th Definitive, Expanded, Updated ed. edition (April 26 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1585429201
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1585429202
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 626 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 18.54 x 1.93 x 22.86 cm
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Betty Edwards is an American art teacher and author, best known for her 1979 book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® (now in its 4th edition).

She was born in 1926 in San Francisco, and grew up in Long Beach, California, attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School. An artist from an early age, Betty received a Bachelor's degree in Art from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1947, and exhibited her paintings in Los Angeles in the 1950s and 1960s. She later received a Master's of Art from California State University Northridge and a Doctorate in Art, Education, and Psychology from UCLA (1976).

Betty taught at Venice High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, then at a Los Angeles community college. From 1978 until her retirement in 1991, she was in the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach. As Professor of Art, she taught and conducted research until she retired, and was the founder of the Center for the Educational Applications of Brain Hemisphere Research at CSULB. She lives in La Jolla, California, and has two children, Anne Bomeisler Farrell and Brian Bomeisler; and two grandchildren, Sophie and Francesca.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® was published in 1979 (above), and since then has remained the preeminent book on its subject, used as a standard text in many art schools around the world and on the shelves of artists everywhere. More than three million copies have been sold, and it has been translated into many foreign languages, including French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Japanese. Betty Edwards is the author of:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain®, 1979 (revised and reprinted in 1989, 1999, and 2012), Penguin Putnam

Drawing on the Artist Within, 1986, Simon & Schuster

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain® Workbook, 1998 (revised and reprinted in 2012), Penguin Putnam

Color. A course in mastering the art of mixing colors, 2004, Penguin Putnam

From her earliest days as a high school art teacher, Betty began to develop her groundbreaking theories about how to teach drawing successfully to every student, and her graduate studies at UCLA confirmed the results. Until her retirement, she lectured widely around the world on the subjects of drawing, creativity, and creative problem-solving, focusing not just on individuals but on the corporate community and at museums internationally. She continues to write and consult, occasionally participating in DRSB Workshops taught by her son, Brian Bomeisler. Her lifelong mission has been to return art to the public school curriculum nationwide, in her passionate belief that we should be educating the "whole brains" of our children, not just teaching the "Three Rs" or to standardized tests that concentrate on the "left brain" only.

Her company, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Inc., develops special drawing tools, materials, workshops, and videos to help individuals learn to draw. The DRSB Web site is http://drawright.com.

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Great book to unlock your potential. Anyone can draw. didn't tought that way before, until I bought this. Within a week I was able to draw those drawing you see in the pictures. One. Week. And I never drew anything else than a stick figure! (and they weren't good looking either) No need to say I was pretty amazed. Imagine what this will be in a month, or a year! Can't wait.

I recommend this book a lot if you want to get good at drawing. Get it, start practicing, and you'll make progress really fast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New section on creative problem solving exactly what I've been looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "after" one was a lot more realistic and it got a lot less impact from my own opinion of my facial features (although I have
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I got both this one and the workbook. It took me 10 days to the point of the "after" self-portrait. Well, as you can see in the picture. The "after" one was a lot more realistic and it got a lot less impact from my own opinion of my facial features (although I have to say neither of them look exactly like me, which is what I hope to achieve.) I enjoyed reading the theories in the book. It totally updated my knowledge about realistic drawing. I am a psychologist myself. Scientifically, I have to say that the theories are fatalistic but some part of them still lack enough solid evidence. However, it does not matter that much, as long as it works and enlightens people! I hope this book can cover more on shading. I am so bad at it. The chapters on lines and shapes really improve my observation skills. I am a lot less stressed when it comes to drawing an outline of a real object in 3D environment, but I am still quite stressed when it comes to shading.
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