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Drawing on the Artist Within

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Everyone has experienced that joyful moment when the light flashes on -- the Ah-Ha! of creativity.
Creativity. It is the force that drives problem-solving, informs effective decision-making and opens new frontiers for ambition and intelligence. Those who succeed have learned to harness their creative power by keeping that light bulb turned on.
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 9th 2008 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1986)
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Sarah Yang
This book is really helping me to practically implement creativity into everyday life and problem solving. I highly recommend this book along with The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron if you want to develop your creative abilities and the right side of your brain.
If you have ever said or thought, "I can't draw for shit," or envied someone with that "natural artistic ability," READ THIS BOOK. Edwards breaks down the mythical assumption that creativity and artistic talent are gifts one must be born with. Her hands-on, psychological approach confronts, interestingly, the left/right split as the crux of the problem for those of us who buy into the cultural delusion that drawing, unlike math, science, reading, and writing, cannot be taught. The exercises and ...more
This book and "Drawing On the Right Side Of the Brain" are highly recommended because of the benefits you'll get from the exercises. Every so called non-artist who is interested in doing art should get these books immediately.
Don't like this one as much as her other book , but is still pretty good. Out of the technical aspects of drawing and into more of the experimental aspects of art.
Debby Stewart
Excellent book that I read in part and then completed my first portrait sketches. They turned out beautifully as others have told me.
Dec 16, 2012 Hud-c marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I hope the library has a copy or the bookstore even.

I always wanted to tap that INNER TALENT (AHEM!!!) (as if!)

Kidding aside, I can draw but the creativity level hasn't been really develop or pursue when I was in my teens. Curse puberty when the boy next door or two seats away from you has been mostly the apple of a girl's eyes! (I wonder why he didn't give me any inspiration to sketch him.) 0_o

Now I know what to ask for Christmas. :D
Ashok Banker
Perhaps the best book on drawing for non-artists. It empowers you to draw regardless of talent, experience or lack of both. I'm not an artist and don't aspire to become one but as a creative person, I wanted to try my hand at art. This book was recommended by an American friend and it was amazing. Like a self-help course in art. I haven't seen the new edition but I'm told it's even better. Highly recommended.
Pretty sure there's nothing I liked here that isn't in "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Some really unpleasant, unprovable ideas posited here. I abandoned a bit over halfway through.
Not as good as her first book, but OK.
Mike Porter
After doing art lessons for the past 8 years, I've been rereading this book and have acquired some new insights on learning to draw and paint. I appreciate this book even more!
Hisham Alamoudi
It will simply make you beleive you can draw as good as you can read and write. The wisdom behind it is to beleive in yourself and disbeleive in Myth created by people.
Not as good as "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". She goes into a little more depth, but sometimes I think she loses it.
Apryl Anderson
Great exercises to help me understand what's going on inside.
Sonja Feldt
Fin indlæring i tegnekunsten - det gode gamle håndværk
May 18, 2008 Bridget marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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