FIGURE DRAWING

Paintbrushes, Anthony Ryder, Pencil on paper, 18x24, 1988

The study of figure drawing from life is regarded as a basis of the development of skill in all graphic and plastic arts. The human figure is an infinitely rich subject. It has been said that "If you can learn to draw and paint the figure, you can learn to draw and paint anything.” This doesn’t mean that, having studied figure drawing, one is automatically an experienced landscape or still-life painter. But the skills and principles acquired through the study of the human figure will greatly enhance one’s landscape or still-life work. Thus, for centuries artists have trained themselves by studying the complex form of the body and its associated pattern of light and shade. 

Figure drawing is an integral part of the curriculum at the Ryder Studio. During most of the academic year students draw the figure every day for three hours. Additionally, in June each year the Ryder Studio offers an intensive, two-week long, 60-hour figure drawing workshop 

Tatiana, John Reger, Pencil on paper,18x24, 2012

While most drawing at the Ryder Studio is done with graphite pencils on white drawing paper, students and instructors also work on tinted paper in graphite and white chalk.

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Cara, Alison Hanson (student), Graphite and chalk pencils on Tinted Paper, 18x24, 2013

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Das Boot, Abid Husain (student), Graphite and chalk pencils on Tinted Paper, 18x24, 2014

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Megan, Amy Genesoto (student), Graphite and chalk pencils on Tinted Paper, 18x24, 2014


© Anthony Ryder 2014