Character Mentor

1st Edition

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

Author:

  • Tom Bancroft
  • Description

    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.

    Key Features

    • 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

    Readership

    Aspiring, professional, and student animators for feature animation, film, tv, web animation; comic books/web comic/graphic novel artists; illustrators

    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 best describe a specific action); 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

    Details

    No. of pages:
    180
    Language:
    English
    Copyright:
    © 2012
    Published:
    Imprint:
    Focal Press
    Print ISBN:
    9780240820712
    Electronic ISBN:
    9780240820880

    Reviews

    "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