Character Design: Transform A Friend Into An Animated Princess

Tom Bancroft, Author/ Character Designer/ Animator/ Director

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6 Videos (1h 44m)
    • Intro- Designing Princesses

    • The "Odd 8" Body Shape

    • Female Facial Structure

    • Hair and Clothing Design

    • Putting It All Together

    • Your Assignment


About This Class

Animated Princess' couldn't be more popular these days in film and on TV.  This is a character design class created so you can design yourself, your friend, or a family member into an animated Princess character. Tom Bancroft, Disney animation veteren and author of the leading books on character design, takes you through beginner and intermediate lessons step-by-step so you can learn simplified anatomy, flow in your drawing, facial elements, drawing different races, hair and clothing, and posing your final character design.  This project is perfect to surprise a friend or loved one with a version of them as a animation-style Princess so you can share it on social media sites. 

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Only my second class on this site and I'm only about halfway done with it but I've already learned some valuable art lessons and it's one of the best art classes I've ever taken. Wow.
excellent fun class!
Great class! Its fun learning from one of the best!





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 classic films on which he worked are, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan” and “Brother Bear.” He was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions, 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. It has become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books and cartooning, and is a required textbook at many art schools around the world. In 2012, Focal Press published his second book, “Character Mentor” and it is already one of their best-selling art instruction books. He has also illustrated over 50 children’s books, art directed a major children’s educational website (, wrote and illustrated multiple comic book series, and created character designs for TV, Film, and Video games for clients like Lego, Disney, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, CBN, Random House, Big Idea Production, Marvel, and more.

Presently, Bancroft is the Head of Character design for the animated TV series, “Superbook”, Seasons 2 to 4 for Christian Broadcasting Network, President of his online art instruction website (, Artist in Residence for Lipscomb Univeristy, speaks at video game companies and art schools all around the world (EA Entertainment, SCAD, Ringling, Nemo Academy-Italy, etc.) and creates characters and art direction for clients all over the world.