Renaissance Head Drawing

Master Draftsman Glenn Vilppu teaches you his unique approach to drawing the head, rooted in the traditions of the Old Masters. You will learn how to conceive of the portrait as three-dimensional volumes, and master the construction, planes, and anatomy of the head and neck. Glenn will also teach you an approach to draw facial expressions and how to draw the head from imagination.

20 Lessons 30h 28m 14s of videos

Level 1

In this extensive lesson, master draftsman Glenn Vilppu shares with you his approach to head drawing. Glenn will begin with an in-depth lecture on head structure and features of the face. Next, he will share his thoughts on master works and analyze various artists’ approaches to head drawing. Glenn will then doing several demonstrations drawing […]

Level 2

Here is the final week’s recording from Art Mentors’ 10-week class in which the masterful Glenn Vilppu teaches head construction. Working from a live model, Glenn demonstrates techniques for blocking in the head, tips for incorporating expressions into your drawings, and gives details about his personal sketchbook. He also goes over some of his sketches […]

Level 3

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 this video lesson, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu demonstrates an approach to drawing the male portrait in three colors. Glenn will demonstrate the process of carefully constructing the structural block-in of the head including area breakdowns. You will also learn solid drawing and rendering technique to create a drawing that is convincing, three-dimensional, […]
In this lesson, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu demonstrates drawing the head using a Rubens painting. You will learn how master artists construct heads three-dimensionally and then work into those heads to bring them to life. Glenn will cover how to: employ correct proportions, simplified the complex structures of the head, render using modeling […]
In this video lesson, world-famous artist and instructor Glenn Vilppu demonstrates a rare master technique of drawing a realistic male head entirely from imagination. Glenn will discuss the major construction of the head and how to work into that framework, rendering with three colors, and creating a head and face with personality. You will also […]