Do you want to take your character designs to the next level? Do you need direction and instruction from a professional with decades of experience working on some of your favorite characters and movies.
Tom Bancroft’s Introduction to Character Design Mentorship with will be taught over a 3 month period, October 2017 to December 2017. The course will include:
Live sessions and drawing prompts will begin in October. All live sessions will be recorded for future playback. Access to pre-recorded video lessons will begin in September.
Live Lessons will presented via GoToMeeting and recorded for future playback. All Live Sessions will Occur in the evening Central Time at 8:00 pm. Dates and times are as follows:
Tom Bancroft has over 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards, spoken at the Kennedy Center and awarded an entry into the Chicago Children’s Film Festival.
While at Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to contribute animation on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous special projects and commercials. Some of the classic films include, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin”, “Mulan”, and “Brother Bear”. He was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Entertainment, makers of the family-friendly “Veggietales” video series.
In 2005, Bancroft had his popular art instruction book, Creating Characters with Personality published by Watson-Guptill Publishers. With “guest” contributors like Glen Keane, Jack Davis, Peter de’Seve, and Butch Hartman, it has already become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books, and cartooning. Creating Characters with Personality has become a required textbook at many art schools around the United States.
Tip 1 – Persistence
Video Lesson for Part 1
Tip 2 – Setting Goals
Industry Giant Interview: Mark Henn
Bonus Tip for Part 1
Live Lesson 1
Part 1 Sketch Prompts
Video Lesson for Part 2
Tip 3 – Be confident in yourself and your work
Industry Giant Interview: Matthew O’Callaghan
Live Lesson 2
Part 2 Sketch Prompts
Video Lesson for Part 3
Tip 4 – Make Friends not Enemies
Industry Giant Interview: Skottie Young
Live Lesson 3
Part 3 Sketch Prompts
Video Lesson for Part 4
Tip 5 – Understand the Business
Industry Giant Interview: Tomm Moore
Live Lesson 4
Part 4 Sketch Prompts
Video Lesson for Part 5
Tip 6 – Save in good times
Industry Giant Interview: Doug TenNapel
Live Lesson 5
Part 5 Sketch Prompts
Video Lesson for Part 6
Tip 7 – Never stop learning
Industry Giant Interview: Andreas Deja
Live Lesson 6
Part 6 Sketch Prompts
Final Thoughts Video
Tip 8 – Brand Yourself