Learning From the Masters

During long periods between painting sessions, I often return to drawing to keep my chops up. I have been visiting the Norton Simon Museum to draw directly from Rembrandt, Moroni, Courbet, Manet, Frans Hals and Ingres. It is an invaluable educational experience that I hope to share with my students. Technology has expanded[…]

Frank Ryan Drawing from the Cast

Drawing from the Cast

  I recently landed a part time position at Cal State Fullerton teaching a course on constructive anatomy. Painting and Drawing the Head and Hands is an upper division life drawing course dedicated to the specific study of the most expressive elements of the human body. My syllabus integrates elements[…]

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Drawing as a Daily Practice

Drawing the human figure from observation is extremely challenging. Many do not get enough opportunity in school or in their praxis to experience the benefits of extensive study of the human form. Life drawing groups can be difficult to organize, models can be expensive. But I always happen to be[…]

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Installation Shots- CLOAK: Iterations of a Draped Figure

Update: The official installation shots can now be viewed here>> on the Exhibitions page In this exhibition, Ryan focuses on the ephemeral presence of the human form. Drapery, haunted by bodily gesture, is preserved independent of its contextual origin. Clay wash drawings document a multitude of arrangements of a canvas drop[…]

Series of Clay Wash Drawings

  Current exercises in observational drawing explore the dynamics of a simple form rearranged. Frank Ryan’s new series of clay wash drawings document the iterations of a canvas drop cloth positioned against a studio wall. They will be exhibited at Sonoma State University, Ryan’s Alma Mater, in mid August.  […]