Glenn Vilppu is an internationally renowned draftsman, painter, and instructor whose books and DVDs are used by universities, art schools and independent students around the world. Vilppu has had at least 20 one-man shows, and is represented in collections throughout the U. S., Canada and Europe. The Vilppu Academy online art school is an international resource for students wishing to improve their drawing skills remotely. Vilppu's approach to teaching drawing has become the standard for professional artists, imitated by numerous teachers, and applied by the tens of thousands of students of his teaching.
Vilppu has a BFA and MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where he was an instructor for thirteen years. Vilppu also served as Director of the Character Animation Dept. of the California Institute of Art. In addition Vilppu ran his own school for five years where he taught all subjects relating to art.
Currently Vilppu teaches on site at the University of California Los Angeles, Film and Video School’s Animation Workshop and the American Animation Institute where he also teaches his private Saturday classes. Vilppu has been giving annual lectures at the Ringling College of Art and Design for more than seven years as well as sketching tours of Europe for the past 16 years. Two to four months of the year are devoted by Vilppu to seminars throughout the world, from Greece, Sweden, and Italy to India and Japan. Vilppu has also been artist in residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States and La Coste, France.
At the age of 40 Vilppu brought his approach to traditional figure drawing and composition to bear in the Animation industry for over 20 years on both feature and shorts for all of the major studios in and taught workshops for their artists, including Disney, Warner Brother, Marvel animation and others. He has also been invited to teach workshops at many of the game and special effects studios."
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