Focal Press Book: Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life

Focal Press Book: Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life

Focal Press Book: Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life

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  • Author: Tom Bancroft
  • Paperback, 162 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Date Published: April 24, 2012
  • Learn to Improve Drawings & Characters
  • Get Input from Veteran Artists
  • Assignments in Each Chapter
  • Companion Website with Author Commentary
  • Site Features Video of Author Drawing
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Focal Press 9780240820712 overview

  • 1Description

Benefit from concrete ways to enhance your drawings and characters in Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life, a Focal Press book by Tom Bancroft. Even after doing hours of research to help you create rich, compelling people, animals, and creatures, then putting in considerable time to draw them to the best of your ability, you'll find that there's still work to be done. Characters are part of a story; they engage in action and express emotion. This book shows you how to bring your characters to life through movement, body language, and expression, whether you want them to appear in an animated film, television show, video game, web comic, or children's book.

Bancroft addresses each topic with clear, concise prose, and then shows you what he really means by commenting on and redrawing artwork from a variety of student apprentices. His assignments allow you to join in and bring your drawing to the next level using useful techniques and theoretical analysis.

Professional artists from a variety of media offer their experience through additional commentary, as well. These contributors include Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace), Terry Dodson (X-Men), Bobby Rubio (Pixar), Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Spiderman animated), and others. Additionally, the book features a foreword by comic book artist Adam Hughes, who has produced work for DC, Marvel Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, and other companies.

Table of Contents
  • Chapter 1: Now what: Drawing basics for posing and expressions (Assignment #1: Character design: Elroy and Kirby)
  • Chapter 2: The face: Breaking down the elements of expression (Assignment #2: Drawing "Emma" with different expressions)
  • Chapter 3: Posing your character: What are you trying to communicate? (Assignment #3: Drawing "Tommy" in three distinct poses)
  • Chapter 4: Acting: Characters acting and reacting the way you want them to (Assignment #4: Thumbnail sketch a series of poses of "Tommy" to describe a specific action as best you can)
  • Chapter 5: Staging your scene: Using the elements of your scene to create a composition (Assignment #5: Illustrate the same scene from two different points-of-view)
  • Chapter 6: Leading the eye: Prioritizing by design (Assignment #6: Illustrating a specific scene using the designs provided)
  • Chapter 7: Putting it in action: Creating an illustration from start to finish
About the Author
Tom Bancroft is a 30-year veteran of the animation industry. In his artistic career, he has specialized in children's character designs, animation, video game development, and comic books. He worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation for twelve years, animating on new Disney classics such as "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Aladdin," "Pocahontas," "Mulan," and "Brother Bear." Mr. Bancroft is the author of the popular character design book Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels
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Focal Press 9780240820712 specs

Subject Using expressions, poses, and staging to make drawn characters lifelike and ready for stories
Author Tom Bancroft
Hard/Soft Cover Paperback
Number of Pages 162 Pages
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number 9780240820712
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published April 24, 2012

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