The Glenn Vilppu Technique


I came across some really good video tutorials from  Glenn Vilppu. He teaches a constructive approach to figure drawing. This is great for animators but also very helpful for any one wishing to improve there figure drawing skills. I decided to draw along with him as he gave his presentations. The results of these are bellow. He suggests drawing in a rhythm which I like as the lines become more instinctive and flowing. Thinking to long can make my drawings boxy. This is a great way to approach gesture drawing.

Vilppu starts by marking down two masses which will make the torso. One mass is the rib cage and the other pelvis and abdomen and buttocks. He points out working around and over the form to give volume and direction before containing the shapes.

After following along with him I went to pixelovely, here they flash up different photos of life models for a time u set. I set the timer for 2  minute poses and filed a page. I should do a lot more of this. Although not a patch on drawing form life it does help.

Last drawing is a quick study of Rubens drawing – ‘God Creating Adam’ . Many more master drawer studies required.


Drawing along with Vilppu on You Tube


still drawing along with Vilppu on You Tube


A page of 1 and 2 minute gestures made from slides on pixelovely.


study of ‘God Creating Adam’ Peter Paul Rubens after Michelangelo (circa 1600).


About Emma Perring

I am an artist working in mainly soft pastel at present.

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