Vilppu Academy

This ges­ture and fig­ure course of­fers a solid art foun­da­tion

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The name Glenn Vilppu is well known among artists across the globe, in par­tic­u­lar an­i­ma­tors who of­ten study his meth­ods of ges­ture draw­ing when they be­gin their artis­tic jour­ney.

As a vet­eran ed­u­ca­tor with over 50 years of teach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the hu­man form, it should come as no sur­prise that his school, Vilppu Academy, cen­tres around fig­ure draw­ing and anatomy. Th­ese skills are vi­tal for artists in most fields, a deep un­der­stand­ing of the fig­ure be­ing cru­cial for con­cept artists, il­lus­tra­tors, modellers and an­i­ma­tors, and Glenn’s fo­cus on com­mu­ni­ca­tion through draw­ing sets it apart from the other schools listed here.

“All artists must deal with the dif­fer­ences in their in­ter­ests and the or­der of im­por­tance they give to var­i­ous el­e­ments,” says Glenn. “I don’t teach a style, I teach tools of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and give di­rec­tion to ac­quir­ing knowl­edge. Knowl­edge cou­pled with the de­vel­op­ment of skill and feel­ing is what cre­ates the magic. There are no rules, just tools.”

Vilppu Academy of­fers six cour­ses with sub­jects rang­ing from draw­ing essen­tials through fig­ure draw­ing, anatomy, sketch­ing and com­po­si­tion. Each lasts from six to ten weeks, with prices rang­ing from $600 to $900 (from £425 to £637). “This clas­si­cal-based pro­gramme pro­vides artists of all lev­els with the fun­da­men­tal tools of vis­ual ex­pres­sion – un­der­stand­ing of move­ment, form, light and com­po­si­tion – to be ap­plied to their par­tic­u­lar style and genre through stream­ing lec­tures and demos, cri­tiqued as­sign­ments and live video chats,” says Glenn.

Glenn Vilppu is an in­dus­try vet­eran with half a cen­tury-worth of fig­ure draw­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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