New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain : Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-28
  • Publisher: TARCHER J P INC

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Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards. Now, in an essential companion to her bestselling classic, Edwards offers readers the key to mastering this art form: guided practice in their newfound creative abilities. Here are forty new exercises that cover each of the five basic skills of drawing. Each practice session includes a brief explanation and instructional drawings, suggestions for materials, sample drawings, and blank pages for the reader's own drawings. Also provided in this spiral-bound workbook is a pullout viewfinder, a crucial tool for effective practice. While The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brainfocused primarily on portrait drawing with pencil, this workbook gives readers experience in various subject matter-still life, landscape, imaginative drawing-using alternative mediums such as pen and ink, charcoal, and conté crayon. For all those who are taking a drawing class, who have already received instruction through a book or course, or who prefer to learn by doing, this volume of carefully structured "homework" offers the perfect opportunity to reinforce and improve their skills and expand their repertoire.

Author Biography

Dr. Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She has been profiled by the Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times, Reader's Digest, Time, New York, and the Today show.

Table of Contents

List of Supplies
Glossary of Terms
The Exercises

Part I: The Perception of Edges
Exercise 1: Pre-Instruction Self-Portrait
Exercise 2: Pre-Instruction Drawing of Your Hand
Exercise 3: Pre-Instruction Drawing of the Corner of a Room
Exercise 4: Warm-up and Free Drawing
Exercise 5: The "Vase/Faces" Drawing
Exercise 6: Upside-Down Drawing
Exercise 7: Pure Contour Drawing
Exercise 8: Drawing Your Hand on the Plastic Picture Plane
Exercise 9: Setting a Ground
Exercise 10: Transferring Your Hand Drawing From Picture Plane to Paper
Exercise 11: Drawing Your Hand Holding an Object
Exercise 12: Drawing a Flower
Exercise 13: Drawing an Orange

Part II: The Perception of Spaces
Exercise 14: Drawing Leaves Using Negative Spaces
Exercise 15: Drawing a Chair in Negative Space
Exercise 16: Drawing a Household Object
Exercise 17: Negative-Space Drawing of a Sports Photograph
Exercise 18: Negative-Space Drawing of an Actual Chair
Exercise 19: Copying a Master Drawing: Man Reading the Bible, by Vincent Van Gogh

Part III: The Perception of Relationships
Exercise 20: Sighting an Open Doorway
Exercise 21: Sighting a Room Corner
Exercise 22: The Knee/Foot Drawing
Exercise 23: Sighting a Still Life of Books on a Table
Exercise 24: A Still Life with Ellipses
Exercise 25: Sighting Relationships in a Figure Drawing
Exercise 26: Proportions of the Head in Profile
Exercise 27: Copying a Master Drawing of a Profile Portrait
Exercise 28: Drawing a Profile Portrait
Exercise 29: Still Life with American Flag

Part IV: The Perception of Lights and Shadows
Exercise 30: Drawing an Egg Lighted from Above
Exercise 31: Charlie Chaplin in Light and Shadow
Exercise 32: Proportions of the Head in Full-Face View
Exercise 33: Copying a Full-Face Portrait
Exercise 34: Drawing Your Self-Portrait in Light and Shadow

Part V: The Perception of the Gestalt
Exercise 35: Using Ink and Brush
Exercise 36: An Urban Landscape Drawing
Exercise 37: Hatching and Crosshatching
Exercise 38: A Figure Drawing in Crosshatch
Exercise 39: An Imaginative Drawing Based on Leonardo da Vinci's Advice
Exercise 40: A Four-by-Four Drawing

Some Suggestions for Further Study
Portfolio and Video Ordering

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