Anthony (Tony) Ryder studied painting and drawing with Ted Jacobs in New York City and in France from 1983 to 1989. From their first encounter, Tony felt a strong urge to devote himself to learning from Ted, taking him for his master. Ted picked him for his substitute at the New York Academy in 1985, and at the Art Students League in 1989. At that time, he redoubled his efforts to practice and understand Ted’s instruction and communicate it to others. This continues to be his path.
Portrait in Graphite and Chalk on Tinted Paper is a complete, portrait drawing workshop in pencil, with additional instruction in the accentuation of the lights using white chalk on tinted paper. The course involves making two drawings in one, the first being below the value of the paper, in graphite, and the second above, in chalk. The darker drawing precedes and contains the lighter. Ideally, the two never meet, nor do they mix. An invisible hair’s breadth separates them. Both in the shadow and the light, the shading process is guided by light. As the moon governs the night, and sun the day, so reflected light illuminates the former, and the direct, primary light the latter.
In this workshop, Tony offers instruction in a wide range of subjects pertaining to portrait drawing, including the block-in, internal curve, contour, light and shade, the forms and features of the head, neck and shoulders, as well as the procedures and stages of drawing all these things, and finally the use of the materials. His teaching method combines class demonstrations with individual instruction.

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