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"You've researched your character extensively, tailored her to your audience, sketched hundreds of versions, and now you lean back content as you gaze at your final character model sheet. But now what? Whether you want to use her in an animated film, television show, video game, web comic, or children's book, you're going to have to make her perform. How a character looks and is costumed starts to tell her story, but her body language reveals even more. Character Mentor shows you how to pose your character, create emotion through facial expressions, and stage your character to create drama. Author Tom Bancroft addresses each topic with clear, concise prose, and then shows you what he really means through 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 with concrete techniques, as well as more theoretical analysis. Character Mentor is an apprenticeship in a book."--CartoonBrew.com
"If, like me, you are always looking to push yourself as a character artist I cannot recommend this book enough... Each chapter is a lesson on a specific topic, ranging from Posing to Shape-based composition. At the end of a chapter [Tom] sets you homework followed by examples of completed tasks by fellow students. Tom himself has gone over each example, annotating and thoroughly explaining each one in order for you to see how to bring your own work up to scratch...The best thing about this book for me, however, is that it doesn’t end. You can never be truly finished with it as the teachings within are always relevant...it’s like having a teacher on your shelf that will never be too busy to help you out and will always give you good advice."--Robin Liebschner, Skwigly.com
Character Mentor by Tom Bancroft is more than just a book; it’s a wonderful tool for an artist. Tom’s work is amazing and this book along with his earlier book, Creating Characters... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Earl
Tom Bancroft takes you into a journey... If you follow instructions learning and improvement are guaranteed. Great resource for your collection.Published 3 months ago by ROMMEL RUIZ
Fun to read and look through. Deemed the best character design book on market by my school's animation professors! A highly recommended read!Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline H.
Tom covered so many areas of character development in this book in a clear and helpful way, as a good mentor would. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karen Dean
For improving cartoon art, I only wish I had found this sooner! My drawings have really gotten better and I'm only up to the first exercise in this very comprehensive book.Published 4 months ago by S Khalsa
Another amazing piece from the Bancroft Brothers. It really helps with my animation courses! It's very well-detailed and beautifully illustrated, with clear and easy-to-read do's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Adrianna T. Bravo
-The tips are simple, clear, and effective. The author is good at identifying what makes a drawing static and offering simple solutions to that - the 'head tilt' page in... Read more
A ver complete and useful book. If you are pintó character creation this is TVE one for you. Kicks assPublished 6 months ago by Mario
This book can help you put life in your character. Might not be everything you need to know, but it's a great source to make your character look ton betterPublished 6 months ago by Acoustically_Malfunctioned