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Tom Bancroft is not only talented and versatile (animator, director, character designer, illustrator, and comic book artist), he’s also about the nicest guy around. He’s currently finishing up a fantastic “how-to” book on character design. Creating Characters with Personality won’t be published for a couple of months yet, but Tom recently showed me a preview chapter and it looks incredible! Admittedly there’s a glut of “how to draw” books on the market, but this one is different in that it focuses exclusively on character design. It even includes tips and samples from other established and well-known artists (I saw a page by Jack Davis). I’m super excited about this book and encourage you to pre-order yours now! ( has the wrong title listed, so if the link doesn’t work do an amazon search for Tom Bancroft).