Figure Drawing in the 21st Century

Anthony Ryder is the author of The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing ( He studied drawing and painting with Ted Seth Jacobs in New York and France from 1983 to 1989. He began teaching in 1985 and has since taught thousands of students in the US and Europe. Learn more
9:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome

#304/Geo Studio, 3rd Floor
Gage Capitol Hill

  • Paper: Strathmore 400 Drawing, medium surface…18″ x 24″ pad
  • Pencils: Three each: HB, B, 2B, 3B
  • Drawing Clips: 2 each: Lion #50 Extra Large Grip Clip
  • Drawing Board: For 18” x 24” pads: 19 1/2” x 25 1/2” piece of 1/2” foam core
  • Erasers:
    • 1 white plastic Maped Epure eraser
    • 1 small kneaded eraser (Prismacolor, General’s, Design, etc.)
    • 1 Tombow MONO Zero Eraser, Round 2.3 mm
  • Brush for dusting eraser crumbs
  • Pencil box
  • X-ACTO #1 knife w/#11 blades (or similar)
  • Mahl stick (if you work standing at an easel), or: Drawing bridge: 14” x 3” piece of 1/2” foam core with 2” x 2” foam core feet glued to either end (if you work seated, with the bottom edge of the drawing board resting on your knees, and the back of the drawing board resting against a stool in front of you)
  • 1 sheet – 150 grade sandpaper

Recommended reading for the Figure Workshop:
The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing
Anthony Ryder
Watson-Guptill, 1999
ISBN: 0-8230-0303-5

Drawing is a profoundly positive approach to life and art and a traditional practice for a dystopian age. It is a form of yoga, a means of concentrating one’s attention and stilling the mind, so that it rests in the present moment, and in the immediacy of our experience, united with the energies of light and form. It is the contemplation of an organized and harmonious subject: the radiance of the light and the form of the living model.

Figure Drawing in the 21st Century is a way of drawing the human figure that incorporates past and present, realism and abstraction, structure and perception. It is a practical course in figure drawing in pencil, covering the use of materials, block-in, movement, light, shade, structure and form.

Suitable for all levels but especially designed to give beginners a solid foundation in basic drawing practice and principle. Also an excellent refresher for intermediate and advanced students.

View Anthony Ryder’s other workshop: Non-Symbolic Portrait Drawing