Tips on Using Reference in Animation & Illustration from from Ruben Aquino, Claire Keane & Tom Bancroft

With character design, how do you balance references and inventiveness? In the first ProWeekend in October 2014, Disney concept artist and illustrator Claire Keane, animator/author Tom Bancroft and animator Ruben Aquino took part in a great question and answer session.  This segment discusses the use of reference and thoughts on getting a job as an animator […]

Eric Goldberg, Tom Bacroft & Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise, Eric Goldberg & Tom Bancroft Give Advice to Young Artists

After our successful PROWeekend artist lecture this past weekend, guest Aaron Blaise rallied our energy for one more video for his “Aaron’s Art Tips” Youtube channel!  In this video, Aaron Blaise, Tom Bancroft, and Eric Goldberg give sage advice to young, up-and-coming artists on what they can do now to become better at their animation […]

ProWeekend Character Design Contest

As part of the ProWeekend Animation Seminar, Taught By A Pro will be running a Character Design Contest! You could win an original piece of artwork by one of the Proweekend Pros! Your goal is to create a Princess and her pet side-kick. You can choose any style you want – anime, classic Disney, TV […]

Animation Seminar with Eric Goldberg, John Pomeroy, Aaron Blaise

Disney Feature Animators/Directors Headline ProWeekend Animation Seminar

Be Inspired, Meet & Learn from Animators/Directors at the ProWeekend Animation Seminar Have you ever wondered how animated films are made?  Get the inside scoop when animators and animator/directors who have worked at Disney, Universal Studios and Don Bluth Productions describe their experience and demonstrate their craft at the ProWeekend Animation Seminar. The weekend of June 12-13, […]

Glen Keane with Bancroft Brothers

Animation Podcast #8 – The Glen Keane Interview

The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast This is the BIG ONE!  The Bancroft Brothers are honored to sit down with Glen Keane the legendary creator of Ariel, Beast, Aladdin, and Tarzan among others!   In the 70s, Glen came to Disney animation as the torch was passed from the Nine Old Men – and for the last […]

ProWeekend Animation Seminar Update – Lipscomb Press Release

‘Frozen’ illustrator, Disney animators and character designers headline animation and illustration workshop hosted by Lipscomb University Oct. 25-26 Claire Keane, designer for ‘Frozen,’ ‘Tangled’ and granddaughter of ‘The Family Circus’ comic strip creator Bill Keane, among featured artists NASHVILLE (Sept. 30, 2014) – Animators, illustrators and character designers will have a unique opportunity to learn […]

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. […]

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 […]

Claire Keane Anouncement

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 […]