Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780823003037
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 201,281
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

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 paintings and drawings are in many private collections. Mr. Ryder lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    I bought it for my brother how has been sketching and drawing fo

    I bought it for my brother how has been sketching and drawing for 20 years and he loves it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2003

    Not for the beginner

    It looks good overall but I think its best sutited for the artist looking to move closer to the advaced stage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2003

    A MUST HAVE

    In the category of figure drawing instruction books, this has been the biggest eye opener for me, and has helped my observations and technical application tremendously. Also read "Drawing with an Open Mind", a book written by Ted Seth Jacobs, Mr. Ryders teacher. The material is very similar, primarily because TSJ was Mr. Ryder's teacher. The drawings are exceptional in Tony Ryders book, the written material in Ted's book is better. Buy both books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2001

    A drawing Bible!

    This book is exactly what the title tells it to be, 'a complete guide to drawing.' The accuracy that it teaches, as well as the technical aspects of light and form, are incredibly clarified, detailed, and enlightening. This is a must-buy for any draftsmen of any skill level.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    FIGURE DRAWING TAKEN TO A NEW LEVEL

    Figure drawings that come to life. I have been a student of art for years and have many books on this subject. This is by far the best I have ever seen. Now, if only a video were to follow!

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