The Artist's Complete Guide To Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective On The Classical Tradition by Anthony RyderThe Artist's Complete Guide To Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective On The Classical Tradition by Anthony Ryder

The Artist's Complete Guide To Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective On The Classical Tradition

byAnthony Ryder

Paperback | June 1, 1999

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Many of us want to learn “how to draw.” But as artist Anthony Ryder explains, it’s much more important to learn what to draw. In other words, to observe and draw what we actually see, rather than what we think we see. When it comes to drawing the human figure, this means letting go of learned ideas and expectation of what the figure should look like. It means carefully observing the interplay of form and light, shape and line, that combine to create the actual appearance of human form. In The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, amateur and experienced artists alike are guided toward this new way of seeing and drawing the figure with a three-step drawing method.

The book’s progressive course starts with the block-in, an exercise in seeing and establishing the figure’s shape. It then build to the contour, a refined line drawing that represents the figure’s silhouette. The last step is tonal work on the inside of the contour, when light and shadow are shaped to create the illusion of form. Separate chapters explore topics critical to the method: gesture, which expresses a sense of living energy to the figure; light, which largely determines how we see the model; and form, which conveys the figure’s volume and mass. Examples, step-by-steps, and special “tips” offer helpful hints and practical guidance throughout.

Lavishly illustrated with the author’s stunning artwork, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing combines solid instruction with thoughtful meditations on the art of drawing, to both instruct and inspire artists of all levels.
Anthony J. Ryder studied at the Art Students League of New York, the New York Academy of Art, and the École Albert Defois in France with oil painter Ted Seth Jacobs. He began his teaching career at the New York Academy in 1985, and has taught at the Art Students League and in various locations in the United States and France. His paint...
Title:The Artist's Complete Guide To Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective On The Classical TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 10.84 × 8.23 × 0.38 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Potter/TenSpeed/HarmonyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823003035

ISBN - 13:9780823003037


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This book is amazing and an essential for any artist. I've seen this book recommended by other artists. Worth the price.
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practical inspiration Anthony Ryder manages to write a book that not only reveals his incredible skill as an artist but his considerable teaching skills. This guide contains beautiful and inspiring figure drawing and yet it also provides a step-by-step approach to figure drawing that works. Unlike many other guides, this book doesn't have pat formulas and doesn't encourage you to draw "from your imagination". All of the drawings are taken from life and involve proven art school techniques. A definite keeper.
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Modern Day Renaissance A typical title for a review, perhaps, but should you take a chance and look into the book, you'll not be disappointed. Anthony Ryder displays and teaches his craft: fine anatomy, structure, and medium control, with a deft hand at drawing AND writing. Take a look - it's a great book with solid visual reference on anatomy, an artistic level of style that alternately instructs in its visual information as well as inspires in its craftmanship. His explainations make sense, aren't high on abstract concepts, and are based on solid technique based upon years of experience. Check it out! You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2000-07-26

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Anthony Ryder shares his secrets in successfully portraying the human form in The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing. Ryder’s system identifies four techniques the reader can explore in their journey to creating an accurate depiction of the human figure: the block-in, the gesture, the form and lighting. One in the Watson-Guptill Materials and Techniques Series, this book contains 200 black-and-white illustrations for the reader to use as guides in their artistic adventure.