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The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective On the Classical Tradition Paperback – June 1, 1999
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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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Emphasis on modern way of dealing with drawing. Ryder is concerned with the whole drawing and teaches the "envelope" as a way of blocking the whole drawing on the page before dealing with the details. He won't talk extensively about anatomy although it is understood to be important for repair points. He is more concerned with relationships of points to each other in the body. The scale will be right if the relationship of 2 points is right. Lots of information about shading and form and beautiful drawings. And a lots more about gesture. Sorry, no shortcut, no gimmick. I love it and look at it often.....I should say that I draw from the model twice a week and this book comes in handy. I use it along with Bridgman books for anatomy and massing.
He describes his method as
1. the block in
2. The contour
3. Drawing on the inside (that includes shading)
I like the artist style.