Drawing with Your Artist's Brain: Learn to Draw What You See, Not What You Think You See

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SEE like an artist, and draw like a pro!

If you think you can't draw, it's all in your head. Every time you pick up a pencil, a battle rages between the two sides of your brain: Your analytical brain, which wants to generalize and take shortcuts; and your visual brain, which sees it like it is.

This innovative guide helps the "good guy" always win!

Following the success of his first book, Painting with Your Artist's Brain (North Light Books), Carl Purcell shows that the secret to creating true-to-life renderings—and overcoming the most common drawing problems—is silencing your bossy logical nature and letting your artistic side do what it does best. Thirteen interactive exercises and 10 step-by-step demonstrations lead you on an in-depth exploration of essential drawing skills:

  • seeing values correctly
  • searching for relationships of angle, size and position
  • defining form with line and edge
  • exploring the relationship between objects and space
  • tying everything together with value patterns
  • making the most of your sketchbook

You'll take the same observation-based approach whether you're drawing a pear, a portrait or a landscape. No subject will be beyond your reach, and you'll be amazed at your sudden mastery of drawing!

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Carl Purcell has taught beginning drawing, figure drawing, watercolor painting and art appreciation at the college-level for more than 30 years. Carl is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and an honor member of the Utah Watercolor Society, as well as a member of both the Nevada Watercolor Society and the Northwest Watercolor Society. He is on the board of directors for the Central Utah Art Center. He is the author of the popular NL book Painting with Your Artist's Brain.

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