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

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Taylor & Francis, 2012 - Art - 163 pages
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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.

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

  • Learn by example-get concrete ways to strengthen your drawings and characters and input from veteran artists working in a variety of media
  • Improve your own drawings with the well-thought-out assignments in each chapter, and then visit the accompanying website to see the author's commentary on students' assignments
  • Accompanying website www.charactermentorstudio.com features video of the author commenting on and redrawing "apprentice" artwork
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1
NOW WHAT? DRAWING BASICS FOR POSING AND EXPRESSIONS
2
THE FACE BREAKING DOWN THE ELEMENTS OF EXPRESSION
26
POSING YOUR CHARACTER WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO COMMUNICATE?
50
ACTING CHARACTERS ACTING AND REACTING THE WAY YOU WANT THEM TO
76
STAGING YOUR SCENE USING THE ELEMENTS OF YOUR SCENE TO CREATE A COMPOSITION
104
LEADING THE EYE PRIORITIZING BY DESIGN
122
PUTTING IT IN ACTION CREATING A CHARACTERDRIVEN ILLUSTRATION FROM START TO FINISH
144
INDEX
160
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About the author (2012)

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. Formerly, he worked at Walt Disney Feature Animation for twelve years, animating on new Disney classics, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, Brother Bear, and more. He 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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