Juggling Work, Family, and Art

The Artists’ Balancing Act by Tom Bancroft  I love guest speaking at an art school, comic or animation convention or some other event where there are young, eager artists “trying to make it” in the industry. There is so much passion, love, and STRESS in that crowd that you can cut it with a knife. [...]

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All Time Favorite Art and Animation Instruction Books

In the first Bancroft Brothers Animation podcast, Tom Bancroft and Tony Bancroft were asked if there were any all-time favorite art books that they would recommend.  Outlined below are their recommendations. Bancroft Brothers’ Books While Tom and Tony joke about recommending their own great books, they don’t list them as their all-time favorites.  While neither [...]

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CLAIRE KEANE – Disney Concept Artist to be featured at Taught By A Pro ProWeekend October 24-26

Have you ever wanted to meet the artists who helped create some of your favorite Disney movies? Wouldn’t it be awesome to discover the how they do what they do? Here is your chance! Claire Keane joins other professional artists, character designers and animators for an exciting weekend of seminars, contests and networking!  Claire and others will lecture on their [...]

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RUBEN AQUINO – Disney Animation Legend to be featured at Taught By A Pro ProWeekend October 24-26

Ruben Aquino will be one of the featured lecturers at the ProWeekend! Ruben and other artists will be headlining the ProWeekend Seminars the weekend of October 24-26, 2014. Ruben and other Disney animators and comic artists will be converging on Nashville for seminars and networking. The event presented by TaughtByAPro.com, a Nashville online art and animation [...]

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Animation Podcast #1 – The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast

In the first episode, the Bancroft Bros discuss their careers, Mom’s Sex Talk, Dreamwork’s Animation, the future of 2D animation, and Glen Keane’s “DUET” animated short for Google, and Q and A.  In addition, they announce the exciting upcoming Taught By A Pro ProWeekend seminar. To learn more from Tom Bancroft and Tony Bancroft see their courses.  In [...]

A Tom Bancroft Robin Williams Memory

Below Tom Bancroft shares a Robin Williams Memory… Since we’re all sharing… MY ROBIN WILLIAMS memory is when I was working at the Disney/MGM studios Animation (Tour/Studio) in Florida and he came down to take a personal tour of our studio. (He was there for an event/publicity/vacation, can’t remember). The tour part of our studio had [...]

Newsletter – Improve Your Animated Dialogue

Do You Want to Improve Your Animated Dialogue? Is your dialogue over animated? Do you need some tips and tricks to make it stand out?  John Pomeroy shares what he learned about animating dialogue from some of Disney’s Nine Old Men and tips and tricks learned during his 40 year career.  In two new Taught By A Pro courses, John [...]

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Character Design Contest – Character Design Review

One of the prizes from the recent character design contest was a design review of the winning submission by Tom Bancroft, President of Taught By A Pro. For more information on the character design contest, submissions and winners. Tom Bancroft’s Design Critique The image above shows the notes Tom made on the winning submissions.  Below is the note to Piper [...]

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Character Design Contest – Winner Announcement

Independence Day Spirit of 76 Character Design Contest Winner The quality and variety of the character designs submitted to the character design contest was truly amazing. Each submission was very well done which made it difficult for Tom Bancroft to choose the best character design.  All contest entries can be viewed here. The winner of the Taught [...]