This book is not for me.If you are serious about learning to draw, it will help.I was looking for a step be step picture help.This discusses lines and shapes and even handwriting.It does use some pictures, but not the kind I have the patience for.
Great book for learning to draw if you think you can't - or for improving your skills - or for learning to teach others to draw. I never thought I could draw, but it has helped me. It has also helped me to teach my youngest child, and has been useful to my teenager, who has used it to teach herself.
Of all the books I've read, I feel this is the one that probably had the most tangible effect on my life. I came across it quite by accident -- I've never been interested in art or drawing and never took art in school. This is not what attracted me to the book. However, despite it's title, the book is really about Right/Left Brain functioning. I found the author's journey fascinating -- how she stumbled on her theory -- and then how she tested it. The book includes exercises that had me rendering drawings that appeared to be from one who had at least a modicum of instruction. I highly recommend this book.
A friend once told me that if I wanted to learn to draw that I should get this book. How right he was. I drew like a first grader. I bought this book and worked through it. It was amazing. I cannot explain why it works, but it definitely taught me to draw. It teaches one to actually see things differently - as they are - rather than as we think they are.
Edwards believes the key to learning to draw is teaching oneself to see with the unconscious mind. In drawing a picture that is upside down you must rely on what is unseen as much as what is seen-making a conscious mental shift from using your logic (left side of the brain) to using your Muse (intuitive, subjective self/right side of the brain). Her lessons attempt to train the individual to unleash the power of the subconscious brain.
Good book for new drawers. It tells how to draw and tricks for drawing portraits, human hands and other difficult tasks. She discusses the right and left side of the brain and how it works for artistic endeavors/
This book will help the new artists and has methods to do hard drawing tasks and exercises.