how to learn to Draw
The Method of Betty Edwards
“Drawing on the right side of the brain”
Betty Edwards theory
O Betty Edwards has used the terms L-
Mode and R-Mode to designate two
ways of knowing and seeing
O the verbal, analytic mode and the
visual, perceptual mode - no matter
where they are located in the individual
O You are probably aware of these
O L-mode is a step-by-
step style of
words, numbers and
O L-mode strings
things out in
words in a
O R-mode on the
other hand, uses
all at once, like
face of a friend.
Fig. 1 — Self Portrait of Picasso
Fig. 2 – Portrait of Marylin
Monroe, by Andy Warhol
Visual shapes – with the
Fig. 3 — Shapes of the Portrait
Portrait of Picasso
Fig. 4 – Shapes of the
of Marylin Monroe
O Most activities require both
modes, each contributing its special
functions, but a few activities require
mainly one mode, without interference
from the other.
O Drawing is one of these activities.
Strategies of training to draw
Fig. 6 — Method to draw by square the line of the shape of the side
3 Steps of the exercise
Fig. 7 – Process to draw a portrait of side face –
Lines, Shape, Shadows.
One example to drawing up side down with lines
Fig. 8 — Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), portrait of Igor Stravinsky.
Paris, 24 de may de 1920
The exercise with the figures up side
Fig. 9 — Portrait of Matisse
the draw of
up side down
Fig. 10 – Result of
Perception of the Form on a Space - the
Positive aspects of the negative space:
when the spaces assume forms
Use one view finder to form
Use the line of sight in the center to aim the
object to draw on the paper
The Global Skill of Drawing
O What does a global skill mean?
O Other global skills are
reading, driving, learning to ride a bicycle
O Can you remember how difficult it was
learning these skills?
Learning to draw
O Learning to draw follows the same
O Just as once you had to learn the
alphabet and how a sentence was
constructed before you could learn to
read… with drawing, if you learn the
component perceptual skills of drawing
you will be able to draw a perceived
object. something you can see 'out there'.
Perceptual Skills of Drawing
O What are the Perceptual Skills of Drawing?
O The perception of edges
O The perception of spaces
O The perception
O The perception of lights and shadows
O The perception of the whole
O The last one is a bonus as it just evolves out
of learning the first four skills.