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Dr. Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach. She received her doctorate from UCLA in art, education, and the psychology of perception.

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Excellent book for beginners through to mature artists. She has a way of breaking mindsets of people who claim they can't draw or are useless at art
 
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garthkh | Mar 22, 2024 |
While the theories that underlie this book are dubious, the book exercises work, and you will learn to draw in a natural way. This is a book I go back to regularly when I want to improve my sketching or drawing skill. Drawing, like music, and language unlocks a whole new world to your life.
 
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yates9 | 17 outras críticas | Feb 28, 2024 |
I can't write anything about this book that doesn't sound like an exaggeration. It literally changed my life and the way I think.

Like many others, I thought 'being artistic' was a personality trait. Either you had it, or you didn't. 'Artistic' people could quickly draw some lines on a paper and make it into something beautiful. Or they could take a few objects and arrange them in a way that would make you say 'yes, this is really nice'. Or do a slew of other amazing things that I couldn't. Clearly I wasn't artsy and I understood that from early childhood and accepted it.

The author noticed many people feel the same way and she was able to (accurately) trace it back to some time around the age of 10. Prior to that, everyone basically draws the same way: stick figures and circles etc. Everyone also loves art. But then, suddenly, some children are able to accurately draw what their eyes see, and some aren't. That is, if asked to draw an apple, some 10-year-olds will draw a circle with a line sticking out, and others will draw a complex object that anyone would recognize as an apple. Those of us who weren't able to draw the complex object deemed ourselves to be un-artistic and still draw a circle with a line in it, assuming that is as far as that skill will ever grow.

Simply, this book gives you that missing art lesson you should have gotten right when you felt that way. How do you go from the circle with a line in it to an actual apple? As an analytical-minded person, what should you do? She teaches you that specific skill in a really straightforward way.

Now, the part that changed my life: after this book, I started drawing and kept it up for several months. I drew some amazing things that I was actually really proud of (still am). I didn't go on to become a professional artist or anything, but I understood that the art world isn't something inaccessible to me. It turns out you can have an analytical mind and use it for art. You can learn art. You can improve on it. You can understand it. You can explore it. This book took art from "something I can never do, and, at best, admire from afar" to "something I absolutely can do, and something I can be really good at if I want to put in the practice"

5 stars :)
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nimishg | 17 outras críticas | Apr 12, 2023 |
El libro es una maravillosa guía para aquellos que quieren mejorar en el dibujo y como obtener una mayor confianza en su trabajo, una utilidad de grandes medidas.
 
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N1k0l45 | 24 outras críticas | Mar 3, 2023 |

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Obras
12
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8,136
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4.1
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53
ISBN
118
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