Character Design: Designing Animated Women

Tom Bancroft, Author/ Character Designer/ Animator/ Director

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4 Videos (1h 13m)
    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1 (A)

    • Assignment

    • Lesson 2 (B)

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About This Class

In this online character design course, Tom Bancroft walks you through the steps of using simplified shapes, how those shapes relate to actual anatomy, using those shapes to create a variety of different female forms, creating “flow” throughout the form, and the size relationships within the body and face. Using reference and “style” are also discussed. In the end, you will design your own female animated characters to use in any way you want!

Lesson 1 (A)
• Introduction to the subject of Designing attractive female characters
• Where to start designing your character? Asking the right questions
• Getting references together! Best practices for photo reference and research
• General thoughts on drawing appealing women characters
• Discussion of variety in eye shapes in character design
• Looking at the proportions and how to push them for more appeal
• Face shapes and their impact on the character design
• Ways to simplify and create flow throughout the character’s body
• Use of the all-important “S” Curve!
• Drawing faces from different angles.
• Looking at your character details and pose

Assignment 1

The student artist is then given the assignment of drawing female characters in a line up. Designing your own characters

Lesson 2 (B)
• Tom describes how he would accomplish the assignment of drawing attractive female characters in a line-up.

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So much fun watching masters at their craft. A lot of insight into designing characters with different shapes, personalities, ethnicities, etc. Touches on the importance of tilts and twists in your posing, but saves the details about this for his other class Posing Animated Women which I also highly recommend.
Great overall tips with good but more genaeric examples. Does not get into too many specifics like posing, expressions or hair. Has proportions, simplifying, curves and straights, using shapes and making characters appealing but individual. Overall a good course.
as someone who's interested in learning how to illustrate but hasn't had much experience, this class was wonderful and so helpful.





Tom Bancroft

Author/ Character Designer/ Animator/ Director

Tom Bancroft has almost 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 his talents to 10 animated feature films, five animated shorts, and numerous special projects and commercials. Among the ...

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