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Strategies
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 ...
Theory
L-mode/ R-mode
O L-mode is a step-by-

step style of
thinking, using
words, numbers and
other symbols.
O L-mode str...
Known Portraits

Fig. 1 — Self Portrait of Picasso

Fig. 2 – Portrait of Marylin
Monroe, by Andy Warhol
Visual shapes – with the
outline

Fig. 3 — Shapes of the Portrait
Portrait of Picasso

Fig. 4 – Shapes of the
of Marylin M...
L-mode/ R-mode
O Most activities require both

modes, each contributing its special
functions, but a few activities requir...
Fig. 5 — Vase/ Face
exercise
Strategies of training to draw

Fig. 6 — Method to draw by square the line of the shape of the side
face
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...
The exercise with the figures up side
down

Fig. 9 — Portrait of Matisse
the draw of
up side down
the portrait

Fig. 10 – ...
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
the shape:
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...
Learning to draw
O Learning to draw follows the same

process.
O Just as once you had to learn the
alphabet and how a sent...
Perceptual Skills of Drawing
O What are the Perceptual Skills of Drawing?
O The perception of edges
O The perception of sp...
Fig. 11 — Sketch
books
Practice drawing parts of your body – hand,
feet's, or any object you like.

Fig. 12 — Exercise – draw of hands – student,...
“Never found anyone completely
unable to learn how to draw”
John Ruskin, XIX century
Challenge:
Vase/face
Challenge:
Portrait
Faced down
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  1. 1. Strategies how to learn to Draw The Method of Betty Edwards “Drawing on the right side of the brain”
  2. 2. 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 brain. O You are probably aware of these different characteristics.
  3. 3. Theory L-mode/ R-mode O L-mode is a step-by- step style of thinking, using words, numbers and other symbols. O L-mode strings things out in sequences, like words in a sentence. O R-mode on the other hand, uses visual information and processes, not step-by-step, but all at once, like recognizing the face of a friend.
  4. 4. Known Portraits Fig. 1 — Self Portrait of Picasso Fig. 2 – Portrait of Marylin Monroe, by Andy Warhol
  5. 5. Visual shapes – with the outline Fig. 3 — Shapes of the Portrait Portrait of Picasso Fig. 4 – Shapes of the of Marylin Monroe
  6. 6. L-mode/ R-mode 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.
  7. 7. Fig. 5 — Vase/ Face exercise
  8. 8. Strategies of training to draw Fig. 6 — Method to draw by square the line of the shape of the side face
  9. 9. 3 Steps of the exercise Fig. 7 – Process to draw a portrait of side face – Lines, Shape, Shadows.
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. The exercise with the figures up side down Fig. 9 — Portrait of Matisse the draw of up side down the portrait Fig. 10 – Result of
  12. 12. Perception of the Form on a Space - the Positive aspects of the negative space: when the spaces assume forms
  13. 13. Use one view finder to form the shape: Use the line of sight in the center to aim the object to draw on the paper
  14. 14. The Global Skill of Drawing O What does a global skill mean? O Other global skills are reading, driving, learning to ride a bicycle etc. O Can you remember how difficult it was learning these skills?
  15. 15. Learning to draw O Learning to draw follows the same process. 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'.
  16. 16. 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 of relationships/proporcional 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.
  17. 17. Fig. 11 — Sketch books
  18. 18. Practice drawing parts of your body – hand, feet's, or any object you like. Fig. 12 — Exercise – draw of hands – student, J.P. 2012
  19. 19. “Never found anyone completely unable to learn how to draw” John Ruskin, XIX century
  20. 20. Challenge: Vase/face
  21. 21. Challenge: Portrait Faced down

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