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  • Perfect Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Vilppa Studio; Spi edition (30 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189205311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892053114
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,899,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LINDA on 24 Aug. 2012
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I gave the seller 5 stars for prompt service. I just can't understand how amazon can justify £45 for a second hand average book. it is far too expensive. It only costs $39.95 new, it is only paper back and spiral bound. Andrew Loomis "Drawing for all it's worth." is probably a superior book and half the price new. The Vilppu Drawing Manual is a whopping £106 new!!! scandalous. I can do a ten week drawing class in high brow London college for a few pound more. How can this ridiculous price be justified? I wouldn't recommend anyone purchasing this unless the price is reduced or you have an endless supply of money. There. are much better books out there at affordable prices. I know the book will be very helpful but I will remain irritated by the price. They could atleast have thrown in the DVD in and then it would be reasonable.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Superb Life Drawing Instruction 5 Aug. 2001
By KNW - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
Glenn Vilppu is a master at communicating the "fundamental tools not only to aide us in drawing but in seeing." I have taken several life drawing classes which were competently taught, but Mr. Vilppu's book greatly augmented the classes bucause he is highly adept a explaining the process so that I now have a much clearer grasp of both the "what" and the "how to".
It seems to me that many art instructors are so visually oriented that they cannot clearly articulate what it is that they are doing. Mr. Vilppu uses both words and pictures to clearly communicate basic figure drawing tools. The book includes numerous examples supplemented with helpful explanations covering everything from gesture through basic procedure to anatomy , modeling and even atmospheric perspective. Accompanying video tapes are also available for each of the 12 chapters. I have viewed 4 of these tapes and they are even better than the book!
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A humble and modern master 16 Jun. 2004
By Christiana Rodriguez - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
I studied with Glenn Vilppu for two years at the American Animation Institute and I can definitely say that his teaching methods really improved my ability to draw the human figure. This book will teach you how to UNDERSTAND the construction of the human figure so that you can create any pose from any angle without have to draw it from life.
Additionally, I find his system of breaking down body measurements far more accurate and flexible that the traditional 7 and a half heads method that many teachers rely on.
Highly recommended from an extremely thankful student!
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Addictive personalities beware 24 Jun. 2011
By J. Janssen - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I had this manual in my basket for weeks before I finally hit the send button. I've always been skeptical of the cult type ravings associated with many of these self published tutorials, particularly when they're not covered by amazon's return policy, but I got a chance to leaf through a copy and thought it would be helpful even if it didn't live up to the hype. After having a chance to work with it in some detail I thought the best review I could offer would be to answer a couple short questions that nobody else addressed.

1) Is it worth $40? Yes, as long as you're willing to put in the work which requires reading, thinking and LOTS of drawing practice. If it's just going to sit on your bookshelf as a reference text, don't buy it.

2) What makes it different from other drawing manuals? Essentially it's the foundation of all the Villpu teaching material (more about this below) and offers a progressive approach to developing line and form. It will not make you a great draftsman if you neither work at it, nor have the requisite elementary skills. This effort is pretty much about drawing exercises of the type you'd be exposed to in a university life drawing class. There are no pretty color pictures of art materials or chapters on framing your work, nor any other page wasting component that fills up the bulk of most Watson-Guptill or NorthLight books. It's all about drawing in a progressive manner, so if you're not up to standing in front of a drawing board for hours at a time sketching ovoid head shapes with an ellipse for eyes you probably shouldn't go down this road. Finally, you should be aware that Glenn Vilppu comes from an animation background (Disney) rather than the academic fine arts. The only notable differences this suggests is his insistence on a committed work ethic, AND a specific emphasis on drawing from one's imagination rather than just imitating the model form. This is a huge differential given all the published material extolling drawing what one sees.

3) What are the downsides? With the book, nothing. But you should be aware that the Villpu teaching studio is a tour de force of capitalism. There are follow-on books, dozens of DVD's, studio courses, drawing/painting tours, workshops, etc. So if you are the addictive type prone towards spending tons of money on instructional material, you might be biting off more than you can chew. On the other hand, if you can target those areas of your skill set that you want to improve upon this system can be a big help.

My rating of the book on it's own as a teaching manual is five stars. As a matter of fact I really don't know a better one, though the Loomis books are every bit the equal in my opinion. The only negative is my perception of the big business approach to art instruction. If any of you have a self taught musical bent, or know someone that does, the Villpu studio is a little like Happy Traum's "Homespun Music" or Stephan Grossman's roots empire; lots of peripheral teaching material of varying value. Go to the Villpu website and read through the offerings to decide if you want to sign on for this type of instruction. If you don't, I could still recommend the "Drawing Manual" as it stands on it's own as a rigorous workbook.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This is the core of drawing... 14 Sept. 2006
By Darron Lee-Smith - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
Besides Nicolaides' Natural Way to Draw, this book is really all the elements it takes to do drawing in about 13 lessons. If you have mastered all 13 lessons, you really will have become a great artist. Each lesson builds up on the previous one, and your suggested not to move on until you feel you are ready for the next one. Combine this manual with his series of DVD's and you pretty much have art school in a box. I am not even kidding about that either, the DVD's are literally him teaching in the class as well as demonstrations of him doing the drawings and models to draw from. You get to see a real master at work, and then you will have the confidence to do it yourself as he describes.

This is not a quick fix book like Edwards' Right Side of the Brain, this is the real deal as far as learn to draw books/ series are concerned. I liked Nicolaides' book as well starting out, although I feel that not enough people take it seriously due to the amount of work required. Believe it or not your going to arrive at doing the same amount of work even if it takes you a lifetime to discover that. It is best to do your blind contour and form studies, etc. now so you dont have issues later with the natural element to drawing. Although this Drawing Manual does not deal with such things, that would be how you should acquire the feel of the thing anyway.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A great book for beginners and seasoned artists 23 Dec. 2002
By K. Krajenbrink - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
From the beginner to veteran, this book is a wonderful addition to any artist's library. Vilppu has an unbelievable teaching technique that explains construction easily and clearly for those who learn by text or visually. Going through simple skeletal construction, circular and block forms an artist can easily develop leaps and bounds from prior use of this book. Fourty dollars spent on a book that is clearly priceless.
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