Watercolor Sketching on Location

In this course, master artist Glenn Vilppu will share with you techniques for sketching environments, people, and animals on location. Sketching from life is a time-honored tradition among artists and you can use your sketchbook to improve your portfolio, practice and improve your skills, and as a final artform unto itself. With decades of experience sketching all around the world, Glenn will show you how to improve the quality of your sketchbooks and how to turn the practice into a lifelong habit.

4 Lessons 8h 8m 7s of videos

Level 1

In his 50 years in the fine arts industry, Glenn Vilppu has gained fame for his renaissance approach to drawing and painting. He’s displayed his work at dozens of one-man-shows, and is represented in collections throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Glenn’s books and DVDs are used by universities and art schools across the globe. […]
In this lesson, Glenn demonstrates the use of a foreground, middleground, and background to divide your landscape compositions into visual planes. Using basic artistic principles, you can create a volumetric image that evokes meaning and story. As you identify elements in the scene and begin to lay them into your comp, you’ll find reward in […]

Level 2

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 […]