Dynamic Gesture Drawing

Join master draftsman Glenn Vilppu to learn a drawing approach rooted in the Renaissance tradition but applicable today in the world of fine art, animation, and illustration. Using a variety of drawing media, you will learn to combine gesture, constructive forms, and anatomy to create dynamic drawings that seem to leap right off of the page. This class follows the format of Glenn's iconic figure drawing book: Vilppu Drawing Manual.

39 Lessons 52h 48m 9s of videos

Level 1

In this highly-anticipated series, master draftsman Glenn Vilppu shares with you his approach to figure drawing. Each lesson will cover a new stage in Glenn’s process, including: Gesture, Spherical Forms, Box Forms, Cylindrical Forms, Basic Procedure, Modeling Tone, Direct Lighting, and Atmosphere. In this first lesson of the series, Glenn covers the basic foundation of […]
In this highly-anticipated series, master draftsman Glenn Vilppu shares with you his approach to figure drawing. In this second lesson of the series, Glenn covers spherical forms. He begins with a lecture introducing the concept of spherical forms in figure drawing, followed by analyses of spheres in Old Master works. Materials Namiki Falcon Fountain Pen […]
In this highly-anticipated series, master draftsman Glenn Vilppu shares with you his approach to figure drawing. Each lesson will cover a new stage in Glenn’s process, including: Gesture, Spherical Forms, Box Forms, Cylindrical Forms, Basic Procedure, Modeling Tone, Direct Lighting, and Atmosphere. In this first lesson of the series, Glenn covers the basic foundation of […]
In this series, master draftsman Glenn Vilppu shares with you his approach to figure drawing. In this fifth lesson of the series, Glenn covers basic procedure–the process of combining everything you’ve learned so far. Glenn begins with a lecture, recapping Gesture, Spheres, Boxes, and Cylinders. He will then illustrate how to combine these concepts in […]

Level 2

In his human anatomy series, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu breaks down the complex subject of anatomy for you with easy-to-understand diagrams and conceptual tools. In this lesson, Glenn analyzes the neck, breaking down the major forms as well as the anatomical components of bone, muscle, tendon, and subcutaneous tissue. You will gain a […]
In his human anatomy series, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu breaks down the complex subject of anatomy for you with easy-to-understand diagrams and conceptual tools. In this lesson, Glenn analyzes the neck, breaking down the major forms as well as the anatomical components of bone, muscle, tendon, and subcutaneous tissue. You will gain a […]
In his human anatomy series, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu breaks down the complex subject of anatomy for you with easy-to-understand diagrams and conceptual tools. In this lesson, Glenn analyzes the neck, breaking down the major forms as well as the anatomical components of bone, muscle, tendon, and subcutaneous tissue. You will gain a […]
In his human anatomy series, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu breaks down the complex subject of anatomy for you with easy-to-understand diagrams and conceptual tools. In this lesson, Glenn analyzes the neck, breaking down the major forms as well as the anatomical components of bone, muscle, tendon, and subcutaneous tissue. You will gain a […]

Level 3

In this video lesson, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu demonstrates the importance of controlling value in order to create more realistic and efficient drawings. Through a series of examples including heads, architecture, foliage, and the figure, you will learn how critical it is to develop the dexterity required to control your values and how […]

Common Questions

Which course should I take after this one?

After completing this course we recommend you move on to Advanced Dynamic Gesture Drawing or Renaissance Head Drawing.