« Life Of The Party Soap Making Kit, Soap Making 101 SCIENCE & MECHANICS Leathercrafting Radioactive Ore Detector Carpeting ++ 6 1950 » 3 thoughts on “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition” 244 of 256 people found the following review helpful Unlocking your creative abilities., February 10, 2005 By Inkhorn “Inkwell” (Huntingdon Beach) – This review is from: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Paperback) I bought this book years ago, and it taught me how to dramatically improve my drawing skills. I believe people who are blocked from drawing well will get the most from this book. More accomplished artists may benefit as well by understanding better how the process works. It shows you how to look at things differently, and uses different techniques to enable you to bypass your left (logical) brain, and access your right brain, (your subconscious mind), hence the title. Instead of using left brain- right brain theory to describe this, in my view the more correct description would be to learn to access your subconscious mind which functions at a deeper level, while reducing the way in which your conscious mind interferes with the creative process. Your brain has four levels of consciousness, beta which is normal waking state, alpha which is a relaxed meditative state such as when you are about to go to sleep, theta which is a deeper state associated with creativity and light sleep, and delta which is deep sleep. Normally, your brain shows shows some activity at all these levels. Artists and other creative people are able to access the creative mental state more easily. Here is an example of how the process works. If you try to draw a chair you may have a definite idea in your logical mind of how a chair should be, so when you draw you are thinking 4 legs, a seat and a back. You know all the legs are the same length, and therefore you may draw that way. This can interfere with you doing a good drawing, because each leg from an artistic viewpoint is longer or shorter depending on the distance from your eye, so you have to learn how to use your vision to see it differently. This can interfere with you doing a good drawing, because each leg from an artistic viewpoint is longer or shorter depending on the distance from your eye, so you have to learn how to use your imagination instead. In this book there is a picture of something such as a chair or a person’s face, and you may draw it as it is. You can also use a picture from a newspaper or magazine. This represents your current skill level. Now, turn the picture upside down and draw the picture upside down. As you do this drawing, you may notice that you are producing a more accurate copy of the picture. This is because you are now using different skills. I was amazed at the results. This is so simple to do. Try it yourself and discover how easy it is. There are other examples and illustrations to show you how to see pictures differently, and use space, light and shade, optical illusions and so forth. As you become more experienced you will learn how to use your new skills automatically. I particularly enjoyed using pictures of movie stars, turning them upside down, copying them, and then doing it again right side up. I have referred several people who would love to draw well to this book. If you are not as artistic as you would like to be, and were to follow the exercises in this book there is no reason your skill level should not improve dramatically. Naturally, the more you practice, the more you improve. If it worked for me, it can work for you. This is pretty easy. Imagine drawing anything you want to draw completely accurately, and with incredible detail, subtlety and nuance just like a professional artist. This potential is just a few clicks away. If it worked for me, it can work for you, as my natural drawing was ability not good. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (21) Reply 143 of 149 people found the following review helpful This 4th edition is a disappointment., February 14, 2013 By Alyce Humphrey – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition (Paperback) The ’89 edition is far superior to the 4th. In the 4th, the paper is thin enough to see through. Many of the drawing instructions are reproduced far too light and hard to see, much less to study. The chapter on color is GONE. Most of the interesting and informative margin notes are gone (though the space is still there), and the few that are there are in print so tiny it’s not easy to read. In chapter 6, the student is advised to lift lights to create shadows, but this is not really taught until chapter 10 on lights and shadows. Why is this thrust on the student in chapter 6 when they haven’t been taught it yet and may end up doing it in an incorrect way? And last, the index is incomplete, and I had to go through many pages in order to find things, since all the pages for a subject were not listed. The ’89 edition is excellent. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (2) Reply 119 of 127 people found the following review helpful This book will improve your drawing immensely!, June 15, 2004 By J. Danielson “jd11757” (austin, texas United States) – This review is from: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Paperback) I read this book, and later took a course based on this book. In fact, the book was really all I needed. For anyone who thinks drawing is a talent you have to be born with-check out the drawings by Van Gogh included in this book. It seems Vincent was in despair and was going to give up art, until he read a book on drawing (but not this one!). The author gives a before and after example of Van Gogh drawings. The difference was amazing, and clearly shows that drawing is a skill you can learn, no matter how inept your drawing is at first. Do the tasks in this book, and while you may not draw as well as Vincent (or you may), you will be pleased with the improvement you make. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (6) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.