Character Design with Personality: 4 Core Concepts for Creating Better Characters

Tom Bancroft, Author/ Character Designer/ Animator/ Director

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5 Videos (1h 10m)
    • Introduction and Discussion of Tools

    • Shape Variety

    • Creating Depth With Your Final Line

    • Taking One Last Look

    • Using Photoshop to Finalize Your Artwork

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About This Class

Tom Bancroft, former Disney Supervising Animator/Character designer/ Author/ Director, gives you 4 tips based on his day to day work flow, questions asked through the years by animation students and lessons he learned from classic Disney Master animators while working on films like "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", and "Mulan".  Each "Tip" builds on the next so that you can apply them to your next character design - and improve your drawings now!  These tips are great for anyone that works with characters: Comic book artists, Comic Strip Artists, Animators, Children's Book artists, and Video game designers.  And, of course, for anyone that loves to make fan art.  An assignment is given at the end so you can apply the tips learned here and upload your own character design based on an original description. 

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Really inspiring to get a little sneak peek into Disneys workflow. Tom teaches techniques in this class that I did not previously see in any other tutorial. Highly recommended!
Liked this class a lot. Gave me valuable tips on how to "plus" my character designs by gradually improving upon my sketches instead of simply tracing line for line to a finished piece. I liked how he touched on common problems like tangents (places where lines meet in weird, unnatural, or distracting ways) and "killing a piece" by losing the life and flow of your initial sketch which is a personal problem for me as an artist. Very helpful course, I recommend it for beginners and advanced artists alike!





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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