Drawing Inspiration #3 – Make Friends Not Enemies – Tony Bancroft

Drawing Inspiration Make friends not enemies By Tony Bancroft  Every “good thing” I received in my career came because of a friend or a close relationship.  Every job, every promotion, every opportunity.  Everyone.  When people talk about success in Hollywood as being because of “who you know” it is just as true for the animation […]

Drawing Inspiration #2 – Never Stop Learning – Tom Bancroft

Never Stop Learning – Part 2 of Drawing Inspiration by Tom Bancroft I used to look up to top cartoonists – not for their money or fame – but because they could draw whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted.  In my childhood artistic viewpoint my ultimate goal was to be able to draw whatever I could think of- […]

Interview with Cartoonist Michael Jantze

Interview with Cartoonist Michael Jantze Michael Jantze is the most recent Taught By A Pro instructor. He took time to answer a few question for Taught By A Pro.  Michael Jantze is a cartoonist, humorous illustrator and story guru.  He is best know for The Norm comic strip.  His course Drawriting A Comic Strip describes his method […]

Text-Image Interdependence? Drawriting? What’s Funny About That?

Being funny is serious business.  Doing it well requires the right ingredients and process.  Text-image interdependence is one of the keys to a good comic strip. Drawriting is the method for producing a great comic strip. Legendary comic strip artist Michael Jantze, creator of The Norm comic strip, shares decades of experience in the most […]

Tony Bancroft Interview

Tony Bancroft, animator and animation director, was one of the first Taught By A Pro instructors.  His courses on Squash and Stretch cover some of the foundational skills of animation.  In the courses Squash & Stretch 1 and Squash & Stretch 2, Tony describes the concepts of squash and stretch and demonstrates their application.  John […]

Four Great Professional Animators Answer the Question “What advice would you give to aspiring artists?”

These four Taught By A Pro “pros” (instructors) have each spent decades in the field of animation doing amazing work at Disney, Sullivan Booth and others.  They have written books on animation, directed, produced and been nominated for major awards.  This is the advice that they give to aspiring artists and animators. From, Michel Gagné, Artist and Animator […]

John Pomeroy Interview

To celebrate joining Taught By A Pro, John Pomeroy was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career and offer advice to aspiring animators. What is the best advice you ever received? John Pomeroy: From Ollie Johnston, while animating the character “Penny” under his guidance, his sage advice to me was “keep it […]