How to Draw Animals

Glenn Vilppu is an internationally renowned draftsman, painter, and instructor. In this course, students will learn to draw animals. Glenn’s approach to this subject is similar to his approach to figure drawing–start with the gesture, then construct and use light to describe form and accentuate movement. Instead of copying what you see, you will learn the skills necessary to draw animals from imagination. Glenn will start with Comparative Anatomy between humans and animals, and then break down specifics of animal anatomy. Specifics such as knowing what an animal eats and its place in the food chain can be discovered by analyzing its anatomy and structure. By taking this structural point of view, you will be able to draw any animal from your imagination. This is beneficial to all artists, whether their interest is in Fine Art, Animation, Comics or other fields.

8 Lessons 21h 48m 55s of videos

Level 1

In this unique video lesson world renowned artist Glenn Vilppu will teach you a clear, step-by-step approach to draw any animal. You will learn about the large anatomical differences among animals and how drawing animals relates to drawing the figure with a few differences, as well as how to break down the structure of animals. […]

Level 2

In Part 4 of Glenn Vilppu’s Animal Drawing series he focuses on deer, sheep, goats, and other grazing animals. Specifically, he’ll be drawing two-toed ungulates. You’ll see how the structure of their heads, their legs, and the connection between their necks and shoulders are suited for their lifestyle. The last chapter is a timed assignment […]
In the final lesson of Glenn Vilppu’s Animal Drawing series, he focuses on our feathered brethren– birds. Their compact resting positions, their elongated gestures during flight, and their wonderful textures offer excellent drawing opportunities. The many different kinds of winged animals share a similar inner structure, but their outer cloak of feathers hides much of […]

Level 3

Join the NMA production team as they go on-location to capture the magnificent Glenn Vilppu drawing his horses, dogs, goats, sheep, llamas, and chickens at his California ranch! He begins by lecturing on the fundamental structural differences between species. Conceptualizing an animals anatomy will aid you in understanding their behaviors– this is important because you’re […]