Character Design: Designing a Character for a Purpose (or for a Client)

Tom Bancroft, Author/ Character Designer/ Animator/ Director

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4 Videos (57m)
    • Introduction

      2:28
    • Lesson 1 (A)

      27:42
    • Assignment

      1:46
    • Lesson 2 (B)

      24:47

About This Class

In this video course on designing characters for a client or customer, Tom Bancroft describes the key concepts involved in creating compelling characters and walks you through the process. Tom describes the steps as he completes the steps himself.

Lesson 1
• Tom describes the keys to creating interesting character designs.
• He goes on to discuss working for a client to create character designs.
• Tom describes how to find all the reference and inspiration you need to make a successful character design.
• He then walks through the process of discovering and experimenting with various shapes and designs.

Lesson Part 2
• Tom Bancroft then walks the artist through his thought process in creating various versions of the Koala character for this painting company.
• Finally, Tom makes suggestions for the artist on how to continue forward with the project to take it to final.

17 of 17 students recommendSee All

Fun with experimenting, pushing ideas, and using different styles in your design iterations while working within a client's parameters. Love watching Mr. Bancroft sketching and bringing his drawings to life!
good tips
Great to see an artist like that sketching away!
Esther Mols

Just ❤️s drawing ✏️

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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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