BEGINNERS' Drawing Workshop - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


Thanks, I have ordered the book. :smiley:


I checked this book out from the library, mind if I join in as well?



You’re more than welcome to join here. :slight_smile: This thread is a bit past it’s prime, but it will always remain open for those who wish to post their exercises here. :slight_smile:




I know that I’m super late but I bought
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and the Workbook in Amazon, so it will arrive in maybe 10 days. I hope that everyone help me improve my skills.




No problem, welcome aboard! This thread will remain open indefinitely, as I think a lot of people will likely to continue to benefit from it being open. :slight_smile:

Looking forward to your posts!

Cheers, :slight_smile:



I am back~
I found the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” at our school library yesterday (didn’t know we had an art section in the library and was more amazed by the fact that we have this book =P ). I just started on it, it’s a great book with lots of helpful imformations. I am currently on Chapter 4 trying to experience the “shift” @_@. The book is kind of confusing though,and I think I am lost for I don’t really understand that shift thing.
Can someone please give me a little guidence on using this book. thanks.

man… the more I read this book the more confused I get. that visuallizing L and R thing… what does that have to do with anything? @@ and the experiencing the shift. >< ahhh i am too confused!!! Maybe some people can’t shift…

Please help me T__T


Here are my first few exercises, I’ve been away for a while because of school and because I don’t have a scanner, so I’ll have to post these exercises in lumps when I can beg people to let me use scanners;)
Most of these exercises were a lot of fun, but the upside-down drawing was frustraiting because I’m not used to drawing without reference lines. Did I understand right that we are not supposed to use reference lines? My scale is way off, I think I am an exeption to her rule that people draw better upside down. anyway here are the drawings:
Exercise 1:
Chair and hand
Referenced face, not my face
Face from memory
Vase Exercise:
Face 1
Monster Face:
Upsidedown drawing:


Hi everybody,
I saw this thread a few days ago, and have been lurking since then.
I managed to get the video based on this book, watched it and decided to give it a try.
So, here is what I have done so far:

       1. Pre-instructions Self portrait
       2. Face-Vase drawing
       3. Upsidedown drawing
   4. Hand drawings (edges on the viewfinder used on these...)
       5. Negative spaces drawing (not very happy with this one)
       6. Perspective (I managed to spill drink over this drawing, thats why it has all these spots)
       I`m going to try to do a profile portrait as soon as I get my cousin to sit still for a few hours.
  7. Profile portrait (did I chop of the head? Does his ear look too big?)
      I will have to practice a lot more to see things right. This portrait does have some similarities to the model, but it`s not exactly alike.

  1. Light/shadows - Self portrait
    Well, this drawing turned out pretty well. I cant say that this is exactly what I look like, but hey, I am super satisfied for the first attempt!! I sat in front of the mirror, didnt have all the equipment like proportion finder/angle finder, so I mostly used my pencil for sighting…
    Oh, and some finer gradients are lost in this scan…

Take care!


Finally, I received the book. These are the drawings of the first exercise: the first drawing is me, the second one is my father (from my memory) and the last one is my hand.

Thank you for the opportunity. Any comment is welcome. [/LEFT]


Sorry my english
This is my Face Vase, done in 5 minutes

The areas that offers me the biggest problem were the beggining of the forehead and the end at the bottom. this is my second attempt to draw the face, because I erase the first attempt of create the second face. I welcome any crtitic Thank You


Hi everyone,

It’s good to see new people finding this thread! :slight_smile:

This is primarily a thread now for everyone to give each other comments, feedback, and constructive criticism. I check in every so often, but the main purpose for this thread is for participants to support one another. :slight_smile:

Sorandal, ricma, and LEGC, it’s great to see your work and I hope to see everyone work through the entire book ~ it’s definitey beneficial!

Cheers, :slight_smile:



Thanx, Rebeccak

This book is great, I hope to improve my ability during the use of the book.



No problem! :slight_smile:

I would also encourage you and others working in this Workshop to check out:

Beginners’ Lounge

as well as:

SPOTLIGHT: Best of Beginner’s Lounge

Some really inspiring work there!

Cheers, :slight_smile:



Thank you Rebeccak,
these first steps I made in the field of drwaing were quite exciting for me. I am pretty far away from the level of drawing skills I want to have, but drawing an actual face for me was (and still is) very rewarding :bounce:

Anyway, I`m looking forward to seeing other people progress here in this thread, and joining many of your great beginers workshops here at cgtalk.

Here is a little something I did yeaterday…

I used a photo reference (someone posted it here on cgtalk), and it didn`t turn out quite right…i know i know, I really should pay a lot more attention to proportions/angles…



This is a very nicely executed drawing, and shows you have a lot of skill! You know a book I think you might also like is this:

The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition (Paperback), by Anthony Ryder

Ryder’s work is beautiful, and very inspiring! He also offers a very simple method of drawing and refining a drawing which you might quite like.

Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :slight_smile:




thank you soooo much!
Your kind words are a huge motivation boost :slight_smile:
I checked out that book you mentioned, wow, it seems to be a very good one. Ill have too see whether our local library has it (which I doubt), but Ill surely order it asap.

I`ve just started reading “Successful Drawing” by Andrew Loomis.



You’re welcome! :slight_smile: It’s always nice to see motivated artists here on the forum. I hope you find the Ryder book really useful!

You should take a peek at Lyneran’s Anatomy Thread:

Anatomy Thread of Lyneran

She has some wonderful Loomis studies there, and has made amazing progress!

Cheers, :slight_smile:




here are some of my drawings from the lessons of “drawing on the right…”.

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the last two were drawn upside down…both have some small proportion issues…but they turned out way better than i expected…(i never drew before)
most pictures after these seem much worse…but maybe i’m just expecting too much too fast…



It’s great to see your drawings! :slight_smile: Don’t worry, drawing takes just years of practice ~ you won’t always see immediate results. Be patient, and enjoy the exercises as you go along. Looking forward to your updates! :slight_smile:




I came across this thread last week and decided to try it out. I’ve finished the first two exercises:



From the self-portrait, I can see that I need to learn quite a bit. :slight_smile:

The vase/faces image was an exercise I had to do twice. I didn’t get the ‘confusion’ that the author was referring to the first time. When I did it again, I got to the lips and stopped. I had to just look at the other side and copy the shape. Well, I didn’t copy it well, but I did understand the point the author was trying to make.

I’m VERY left brained. I’ve always enjoyed math and logic, but I could never understand how to go about creating art. Learning to draw is a personal challenge I’m looking forward to. It will also prove a long-standing bet I’ve had with a friend that drawing is a skill, not an innate talent. <g>

I’ll be creating the materials next, then move on to the next exercise. I’ll also stay away from the lined paper.

Learning to Draw