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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:42 am
by Matej
Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain - Betty Edwards

This books will help you break from seeing symbols and teaches you how to see contours.
It helped improve my art greatly and i believe it can help you too if you give it a chance.
The drawings on this picture are before and after drawings of an five day class.

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So if you are a beginner artist or just starting out i would highly recommend this book.

Beginner artists - read this topic !

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:39 pm
by Tripzorz
I have just finished reading this book and I really recommend it to beginners. Wish I had found it a few years ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perspective-Mad ... 887&sr=8-1

Beginner artists - read this topic !

PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:49 pm
by marvel57
Since I had a stroke which affected my left side of my brain I have No choice lol but I still use my right hand which is governed by the left side go figger! check out my Sketchbook to see True fancy right-side brain drawin' 8-)

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:47 am
by Ambiguity
I have the old school version of this book(the only art book I own) which most agree is better then the revised version. I really wasn't fond of it, but then again I wasn't a beginner when I started using it. It's really not a book on how to be an artist imo, but more of a book on how to "see", which I think is why so many beginners have a lot of success. They are used to drawing things as they imagine them to be instead of what they really look like.

If you copy a picture and it comes out like what a young child draws like, then I recommend starting with this book. Once you've gotten your confidence built up, then I recommend doing real studies if you plan on being able to draw well from imagination.


P.S. All the right side/left side stuff Betty talks about is highly debatable and isn't really all that important to you personally when it comes to learning. I'd say just skim over those parts, unless you're really interested in it, just take it with a grain of salt.

Beginner artists - read this topic !

PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:39 pm
by Emmy
Tripzorz wrote:I have just finished reading this book and I really recommend it to beginners. Wish I had found it a few years ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perspective-Mad ... 887&sr=8-1

I just got my hands on this book (virtual copy) and I'll start reading it as soon as I get the time. I really look forward to learning some perspective... I've never been able to understand it properly.
Thanks so much for the recommendation, the book looks great!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:42 pm
by Zjacklee
Emmy wrote:
Tripzorz wrote:I have just finished reading this book and I really recommend it to beginners. Wish I had found it a few years ago.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perspective-Mad ... 887&sr=8-1

I just got my hands on this book (virtual copy) and I'll start reading it as soon as I get the time. I really look forward to learning some perspective... I've never been able to understand it properly.
Thanks so much for the recommendation, the book looks great!


Let me know if you also think that it's really worth having.

Beginner artists - read this topic !

PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:12 pm
by exewon
I also found some resources for learning how to see on youtube.
https://www.youtube.com/user/Alegramus/ ... &flow=grid

you can find them all on that account. I think they helped me out a lot.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:07 am
by MonoOrder
This book was great for me as a beginner. However, I would only recommend it to absolute beginners in drawing and would recommend the workbook over the regular book. The workbook has way more exercises in than the regular book and has none of Betty Edwards' useless drivel about our education system and the unproven science that she zealously believes in.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:58 am
by SimonLaursen
I can definetly recommend the book "Art and Fear"
Really helps me get through dark times with my art.

Here's a link ;)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Fear-Observations-Rewards-Artmaking/dp/0961454733/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374404225&sr=8-1&keywords=Art+and+fear

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:59 pm
by debblue
found this on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctkRwRD ... 7535451E2B
It's Betty herself going over her method, it's clear and really easy to follow. If you are Like myself, who is more of a visual learner i.e. see one, do one, type of person this is a must watch and buy the newer book as a hands on reference, always support the artist.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:10 am
by KajimiStarship
I can't recommend "The Figure" by Walt Reed enough. It has helped me extensively in my figure drawing.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:00 pm
by wasgodx
I'm already reading the Betty book, I also have the workbook one.

It seems pretty interesting, as I'm a complete beginner on this, altho all that science stuff is... well.. let's just say debatable.

I'm also gonna get The Figure and Dynamic Anatomic, at least just to read it and learn a bit about anatomics.

For environment, I believe I kinda need perspective. I got the How to draw from Scott Robertson (I think that's his name), because I feel he has kinda the style I want to do. But I got nothing on perspective.
So I'm going to get Perspective Made Easy and tell you about it when I get on there, ok?

If anyone has more tips, don't hesitate to say!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:54 pm
by Ambiguity
wasgodx wrote:For environment, I believe I kinda need perspective. I got the How to draw from Scott Robertson (I think that's his name), because I feel he has kinda the style I want to do. But I got nothing on perspective.
So I'm going to get Perspective Made Easy and tell you about it when I get on there, ok?
Wuh? Scott Robertson's book is almost exclusively about perspective.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:17 pm
by wasgodx
Ambiguity wrote:
wasgodx wrote:For environment, I believe I kinda need perspective. I got the How to draw from Scott Robertson (I think that's his name), because I feel he has kinda the style I want to do. But I got nothing on perspective.
So I'm going to get Perspective Made Easy and tell you about it when I get on there, ok?
Wuh? Scott Robertson's book is almost exclusively about perspective.



Oh, yeah, but I meant (sorry) that I feel like Scott might be much of an expertise, I don't think I'm on the level necessary to bring it on I believe?
That's why I talked about the PME one :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:22 pm
by Virtuous
I like this book, but I have learned mostly by myself, I started reading and never finished.
I recomend ctrl+paint for begginers too, it is mostly some simplified lessons of design topics.
andrew loomis are good too, I have read 2 chapters of it and helped me on skull diversity to make faces.