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

      16:16
    • Shape Variety

      11:39
    • Creating Depth With Your Final Line

      17:00
    • Taking One Last Look

      12:59
    • Using Photoshop to Finalize Your Artwork

      12:09

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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Great class. Really enjoy Tom and looking at his work often! Great class, Tom! I'll be using all of this for sure!
Isaac Ramos

Animator. Artist. Husband. Teacher.

I have his books and its really good to see it in movement and actually "feel" the process.
Tagori Vilela

Designer/animator

Fantastic and easy to learn!
Isa Bel

Children Illustrator

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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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