Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Essay

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Betty Edwards firstly identifies two sides of the brain and explains their functions. The left
hemisphere controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the
body. She explains that each side controls different aspects of human capabilities which are connected
by the corpus callosum. In split-brain experiments, scientists have been able to distinguish which half
of the brain primarily controls things such as language or spacial reasoning. Edwards makes that point
that each side of the brain has a different consciousness showed in split-brain patients, and both process
information differently. She also examines historical biases in favoring right-handedness and negative
connotations held with being left-handed.
Betty Edwards points out that when it comes to drawing, the process of learning can become a
conflict. She then continues to identify methods for learning to draw which help stop the left side of the
brain from dominating and causing problems like drawing something by the characteristics we know
the object has rather than what it actually looks like. One method is paying closer attention to negative
space. She uses the example of a chair that at a certain angle, will not make visual sense if we for
example make all the legs the same length (as we know they are). Another method Betty Edwards
recommends is having a basic unit measure in the object that can help make the rest of it proportionate.
This can also help in improving composition and avoid starting a drawing that is too big or too small
for the sheet of paper. The Natural Way to Draw
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