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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 […]
In the fifth part of Glenn Vilppu’s Animal Drawing series, he focuses on elephants. The sheer size of these gentle giants requires a different skeletal structure than the other animals you’ve learned about. Elephants are known to have a high degree of intelligence and a pleasant social demeanor, which make for excellent drawing opportunities. The […]
In the fourth lesson of Glenn Vilppu’s Animal Drawing series, he focuses on horses. The lifestyle of a horse dictates that it’s body be strong and thick in the right places, but, as Glenn will show you, they retain much of the simple skull structure of the goat and share similarities with other grazing animals. […]
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 second part of his Drawing lessons, Glenn teaches you how to draw your friendly house pets and their wild cousins. He focuses on capturing the gesture and making a truthful structure. The last chapter is a timed assignment for you to practice what you’ve learned. Premium members have hi-res downloads of the same […]
How do you begin to draw something you don’t know anything about? Start with what you know: humans, then apes. In this introductory lesson to Drawing Animals, Glenn will teach you how to observe the visual qualities of an animal based on differences in bone structure analysis, scale, and their diet. He draws a variety […]
This project is the culmination of everything you’ve learned in Parts 1-3, as well as the shorter pose projects you completed in Part 4. Approach it with a confident and newfound understanding of anatomy, a keen eye for form, and mark-making proficiency.
The next step in preparation for the long-pose figure drawing project is to draw a medium long-pose. Iliya considers this to be any pose that’s worked on for 2-4 hours– enough time to introduce some anatomical elements and to bring the drawing to relative completion. This slow build toward your long pose figure project is vital to the success of your drawing.
It’s time to address a vital element of preparation for the final project: quick-pose drawings. Iliya works with his model to draw 13 short poses from various angles. First, he works with simplified construction, then contour, line, and direct tone. Drawing shorter poses from your live model or from reference will train your mind and hand, giving you the strongest possible understanding of your subject.
In this lesson, we will identify and draw the skeleton and muscles of the arm.