Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is an interesting book by Betty Edwards. She claims that her method will allow anyone with average eyesight and hand-eye-coordination to learn how to draw well. She even includes some before-and-after drawings by her students (showing supernatural improvement) to prove her point. I personally find the hard-sell a little distasteful but if you can get past that she does have something worthwhile to say.

Edwards basic premise arises from the different aptitudes of the left and right hemispheres of the brain and there is sound scientific research to support her. For example, we know that the left hand side of the brain is associated with verbal reasoning, logical thought, the ability to abstract etc. whereas the right hand side is more nonverbal, intuitive, spatial. Edwards argues that the right brain way of thinking is helpful for drawing and she includes exercises to train the reader to enter right brain mode.

This book often seems to appeal to technical people who like the scientific background but I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you already have some artistic ability you'll find the book useful and thought-provoking.

The book itself is quite aesthetically pleasing. It has wide margins containing supplements to the text, such as drawings, cartoons, and quotations. A nice object.