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.

27 Lessons 38h 32m 1s 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. 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 […]

Level 2

In this 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 sixth lesson of the series, Glenn introduces you to the stages of […]
In this 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 sixth lesson of the series, Glenn introduces you to the stages of […]

Level 3

In this video lesson, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu demonstrates a drawing of a female figure from the back view using two colors. Glenn will walk you through a logical, step-by-step process through the drawing, giving you a solid foundation to apply to your own work to create beautiful and dynamic figures, full of […]
In this video lesson, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu analyzes a drawing by Peter Paul Rubens in order to demonstrate how to handle extreme foreshortening. You will learn how to use overlaps and clear connecting volumes in addition to rendering techniques to create convincing foreshortening in your drawings. Glenn will also demonstrate other drawing […]
Our Daily Life Drawing Sessions are free timed reference videos that allows artists to practice figure drawing from images of life models. Now, we’ve taken this popular resource and put a new twist on them — demonstrations from your New Masters Academy instructors! In this first installment in the series, master artist Glenn Vilppu draws along […]
In this lesson, world renowned artist, Glenn Vilppu, will show you how to draw various figures from pure imagination. Glenn goes through the essential steps to illustrate how critical imagination is to better visualize the figure as a whole. First, he will show you the initial lay in of the structure of the form. From […]
In this Lesson, Master Artist Glenn Vilppu draws from the New Masters Academy model reference library using charcoal stump, polychromos pencil, sepia fountain pen, and waterbrush. He stresses the importance of quick sketching as a means of practice with 1, 2, 5, and 10-minute drawing sessions. Materials Blending Stump Sanding Block Prismacolor Colored Pencil – […]

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.