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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

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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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  • Broché: 180 pages
  • Editeur : Focal Press; Édition : 1 (13 mai 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0240820711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240820712
  • Dimensions du produit: 1,3 x 22,2 x 27,9 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par signore le 16 août 2013
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ce livre permet de bien voir comment faire pour donner du réalisme à son personnage.a avoir absolument dans sa bibliotheque
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Par céline L le 5 mars 2014
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Les étapes de conception de personnage de type cartoon sont très bien illustrées. des trucs et astuces sympa pour progresser dans ce style
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1 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Meslet Michel le 22 septembre 2012
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A éviter si votre style et réaliste, et pas cartoon. pour votre petit frère, ou votre petite soeur ! Mais que vient faire Adam Hugues en avant propos ? Donner un coup de main à un pote ?
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25 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Another excellent work by Tom Bancroft! 3 mai 2012
Par wandrlust - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Since I was 3 years old I wanted to be a Disney animator. I've practiced and practiced and gotten pretty far studying the masters of animation. But there was always just a little something missing. This book has already given me the boost I need. It has tons of helpful advice for anyone from novice to advanced users. Most books on character design really only scratch the surface. Tom Bancroft takes a chisel and turns that surface into a carefully sculpted work of craftsmanship. He allows us on the "outside" of the industry to finally get at all the juicy tips he learned in his time at Disney. Outstanding work, Tom. I'm forever a huge fan.
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Good book on bringing your characters to life 18 juin 2012
Par Parka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Character Mentor is sort of an extension of Tom Bancroft's earlier book Creating Characters with Personality.

The first book focuses on the actual designing of characters. This book focuses on bringing the characters to life with body language, specifically by using expressions, poses and staging. In other words, this book is about acting using your characters.

It's filled with tips and insights, just like the first book. As the book title suggest, the teaching style here is one of mentoring. There are many assignments included, and Tom Bancroft has included his students' work, together with his mentor notes on the different ways to improve the result. You'll feel the years of experience seeping through the pages as he explains. It's all very simple and practical tips you can use to improve your characters instantly.

There are many wonderful illustrated examples in the book to show how important acting is to creating believability. One look at them and you'll be able to guess accurately how the character is feeling, who the character is or what the scene is about. These are all done without dialogue. The goal of the book is to impart the knowledge of getting to that level of clarity with your characters, the same sort of clarity you would expect from a masterful silent movie.

The book also includes a section on composition. It teaches you how to frame your scene with your characters to better tell a story. While this section is not technically character design, it's still useful knowledge. Several guest artists are also invited to have a go at an assignment. Artists such as Stephen Silver, Sean Galloway, Terry Dodson, etc. You get to see how their interpret the story scene in their own way.

This is an insightful book to character design. It's a great addition and supplements the first book well. Recommended to artists with some basic knowledge on character design, which is to say you should check out Creating Characters with Personality if you haven't done so.
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BEST HOW-TO BOOK ON CARTOONING EVER? 7 mai 2012
Par Eric C. Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I don't know where to begin praising this book. Sure, there's TONS of how-to books on cartooning out there
but FINALLY here's a book that is hyper-specific on the little nuances of creating characters. "Twinning", using depth,
specifics on how wrinkles work on clothing, etc. In addition, there's contributions by other artists like Terry Dodson,
Stephen Silver, etc. Also, there's some assignments for the reader to do. Tom's Disney-esque drawing style is just bursting with
life and energy. (Obviously a graduate of CAL-ARTS.)

Please note that this may not be a book for beginners. The book focuses more on bringing life and energy to your
characters.

I highly recommend purchasing Tom's previous book "Creating Characters with Personality" too by the way.

A MUST for any aspiring cartoonist!
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The Real Deal 8 mai 2012
Par B. Wong - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
In the fields of animation and illustration, the craft of character design is often completely overlooked by the casual observer. Instead, the human eye perceives the most well-crafted characters as living things, whether we're looking at a sequence of frames or simply one static image, because the finest character designers have learned what exactly tricks the brain into seeing life in lines.

There have been a handful of books over the last thirty years or so that have touched on this topic to one degree or another. However, these are very often oversimplified, starting with volumetric shapes and hurrying through the details to arrive at the quickest complete character possible. Such methods are certainly valid and universally applicable -- for first-year animation students, perhaps, or fledgling comic book artists. Up until now, the question of what makes a character truly unique and lively has been left as something the novice must explore him/herself.

Tom Bancroft's book is probably the first one of its kind that goes past this basic level. Right off the bat, Tom assumes the reader is not only intelligent but avidly interested in the details. He explores perceptual cues, the various methods of conveying emotion and personality (which are far more numerous than simply drawing a smile or a frown), and the tiny little decisions that can completely alter the way an audience will see a character, for better or for worse.

Tom's experience as a veteran of Disney's traditional animation era really shines through here. And in an age where technology provides an ever-increasing range of shortcuts, it's ultimately all the more important that these techniques be detailed and passed on to the next generation of artists. Check this out -- you won't regret it.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Buy The Print Version, Not The Kindle 30 novembre 2013
Par Scott Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Don't buy the Kindle version of this book. As good as the book is, the Kindle conversion mutilates it. Section headings frequently appear at the bottom of pages with the accompanying content on the following page. Captions are separated from their illustrations. Special characters are omitted from words (such as naive, which comes out as simply "nae"). Some of the art doesn't download fully. This book has every indication of being run through some automatic conversion application without any proofreading (or even a proof look-at).

Buy the book in print and avoid the Klumsy Kindle Konversion.
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