Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Wanna?

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Wanna? June 6, 2014

I am thinking of going through (and dragging my older kids through) the home drawing course outlined in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

Here’s the blurb:

Translated into more than seventeen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world’s most widely used drawing instruction book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you.

It’s not a comprehensive drawing course, but an entertaining and user-friendly introduction for people who want to learn how to see better, and to translate that skill into realistic drawings.  

Anybody want to join us?  If enough people are interested, I’ll have a blog link-up once a week, where people can display their work and check out everyone else’s. I know summer is busy, and there’s a chance we will start and then fizzle out, but you never know!  

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  • Jess fayette

    Sounds fun! I’d like to try.

  • Vera Hough

    I’m in!

  • Renee Wiesner

    I will!

  • rcordesy

    We’d like to give it a try too.

  • Jeanne G.

    I have an old, old copy, but if I can find it, I’ll play along. I think. I am still working on figuring out how to get time to blog with two tiny tinies in the house.

  • Kate Cousino

    I bought the workbook last month, and haven’t gotten past the first pre-assignment (the “before” self-portrait) so assuming the work-book correlates with the book, I’m in!

  • Blah Blaah

    I’ve tried to work through that book several times and never got beyond the self-portrait. I think I scared myself off, because while I can’t draw a bath, the portrait looked too much like what I see in the mirror in the morning – you know, like when you look at your driver’s license or passport photo and let out a little shriek: ‘Do I really LOOK like that?’

  • Caitlin B

    I’d be up for it

  • Oooh, I think we will. Will I need to set up a blog or something, though, to be able to share the artwork?

    • simchafisher

      I figure people without blogs can use Tumblr or Flickr or Photobucket or something. As long as you have a digital camera, there are lots of ways to share photos.

  • ModerateMom17

    I’m going to try it. I can already draw a pretty mean stick figure and a really good heart with a ribbon around it, but even so I could probably benefit from this. Woot.

  • ModerateMom17

    I just came across a two hour instructional video of hers on you tube. Maybe helpful?
    Betty Edwards – Drawing On The Right Side Of The …: http://youtu.be/ctkRwRDdajo

  • Elaine

    So the idea is that we’ll all be posting our attempts at various exercises at the same time? Is that how the book is laid out?

    • simchafisher

      Yes, that is the idea. I figure once a week we can all show our work.

      • Elaine

        Ok, I’m game! I’ve never done the blog linky thingy so instructions (such as they may be) appreciated.

        • simchafisher

          Yes, it will have instructions. It will be like on Jen Fulwiler’s Seven Quick Takes.
          I will post our family’s results, and at the end of the post, there will be a form for you to post your name and web address (for your blog or wherever you’re posting your results). That way, everyone who reads the post can easily click around and see everyone else’s results.

  • Marianne

    I’m in!