giving a figure drawing demonstration
The spotlights above are wrapped in something like Rosco Matte Black Cinefoil (instead of blinders), to direct a narrow beam of light to the model, or to the drawing boards. This is to avoid too much ambient light, which complicates the shadows on the model.
Also, the drawing stools (which prop up the drawing boards) are placed in taped spots, directly underneath each drawing light.
The Anthony Ryder studio
including sharpened pencils,
and 150 grit sandpaper in an Old Holland box
Pad on 1/2 foamcore support
Homemade Drawing Bridge --
made of foamcore,
to keep hand from smudging the drawing
in order to see details on the model
with instruction about the anatomy of the shadow
The shadow has several parts:
Terminator, Reflected light, Dark accent
Cast shadow, Umbra, Penumbra,
After the first week of the workshop:
Mostly my drawing (mirror left),
with a few adjustments by Tony Ryder,
and Tony Ryder's foot drawing (mirror right)
My feet (mirror left)
vs Tony Ryder's foot (mirror right)
1st Week's Drawings
My final drawing
Barb's final drawing
Oliver's final drawing
2nd Week's Drawings
above Tony Ryder's drawing
The first week of the workshop has been wonderful. The procedures are very concrete and applicable. I have never had instruction this specific and effective before, in spite of having taken many drawing classes. This workshop is not cheap, however it has been very worthwhile for me.
Also, by fortunately coincidence, there is a robust drawing exhibit currently at the New Mexico Museum of Art -- Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: from the British Museum.