Today I had the pleasure of spending the day drawing from life at the Big Cat Habitat in Sarasota, FL with the legendary Glenn Vilppu. In case you are unfamiliar with Glenn’s work he literally wrote the book on drawing the figure from life. He is a master at capturing the essence of his subjects and his instructions on gesture and drawing from life are essential for any artist.
In fact, he was a regular guest instructor back at Disney Feature Animation. You can learn more about Glenn and his work on his WEBSITE.
We were able to sit down for a brief discussion on art while we were there. Enjoy the video and images below:
For 21 years Aaron worked with Disney helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. During that time he worked as an animator or supervising animator on "The Rescuers Down Under", "Beauty and the Beast", "Aladdin", "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Mulan" and more.
In 2003 he was co-director of "Brother Bear" for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.
After "Brother Bear" he helped to develop several projects but ultimately left Disney to pursue an opportunity back home in Florida. Aaron recently served as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for the "The Bear and the Hare" an advertisement loved by millions around the world. He is currently also working on a new animated short film, once again involving bears called "Snow Bear".