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 […]

Spirit of 76 Character Design Contest Entries

Character Design Contest Entries! In celebration of Independence Day, Taught By A Pro is running a Character Design Contest!  The painting the Spirit of 76 by Archibald Willard of the fife and drums with the American flag behind it is an iconic image of the American Revolution. Below are the awesome entries we have received so far (9:00 […]

Do you want to create awesome comics, comic strips or webcomics?

Dan Thompson, creator of the Rip Haywire comic strip, now teaching through Taught By A Pro Dan Thompson recently added two courses on comic creation to the Taught By A Pro online course catalog. In the course Awesome Storytelling in Webcomics, Dan Thompson provides instruction on the art of writing a compelling story that will […]

John Pomeroy Interview

John Pomeroy, animation legend, interviewed by Tom Bancroft

Taught By A Pro President, Tom Bancroft, sat down with animation legend John Pomeroy.  John Pomeroy talked about his influences and suggestions for aspiring animators.  John also shared stories about his animation career, working at Disney and what he learned from Disney’s nine old men of animation. See John’s online animation courses Overlapping Action 1, Overlapping Action […]

What to Expect from a Taught By A Pro Online Art Courses

The goal of each Taught By A Pro course is to teach an important artistic concept at a reasonable price. Whether teaching animation, character design, illustration, cartoon or comic strip creation the goal is the same: improve your skill and create a portfolio quality piece by the end of the course. In order to meet […]

Character Design Contest from Taught By A Pro!

 Win A Free Character Design Review and Free Character Design Courses! In celebration of Independence Day, Taught By A Pro will be running a Character Design Contest!  The painting the Spirit of 76 by Archibald Willard of the fife and drums with the American flag behind it is an iconic image of the American Revolution.  You could win […]

Cedric Hohnstadt Interview and Life & Work Lesson

Cedric Hohnstadt professional illustrator specializing in character design and toy design. Cedric is teaching the Be Your Own Boss: Freelancing Tips and Tricks online course.  In this interview Cedric shares some advice and a short story on the importance of meeting expectations which may sometimes means saying “no” to a project you really want to do.  Cedric […]

Drawing Inspiration #5 – Time and Art – Tom Bancroft

TIME AND ART by Tom Bancroft Walt Disney is quoted as saying that it takes 10 years to make a great animator.  When I was first coming out of California Institute of the Arts and joining a Disney internship in 1988, hearing that quote was devastating.  10 years?  That’s FOREVER!  I wanted to be a […]

Glen Keane Ariel drawing for Tom Bancroft

Drawing Inspiration #4 – Be Confident – Tom Bancroft

Be Confident by Tom Bancroft This is probably the polar opposite of what you feel when you pick up a pencil to create.  I know it was for me when I was as a young artist.  Feeling confident in your drawing, animating, sculpting, painting or anything artistic can be the difference between success and utter […]

Win A Free Online Animation, Character Design or Comic Strip Course!

Do you want to learn animation, comic strips or character design from a professional with years of experience?  You could win an online course taught by a pro who has worked on some of your favorite Disney movies or favorite comics. Two lucky people will be selected at random.  One from each of the two categories below… 1.      […]