“Character Mentor” by Tom Bancroft

"Character Mentor" by Tom Bancroft

Former Disney animator and character designer Tom Bancroft has released his second art book, “Character Mentor: Learn by Example to Use Expressions, Poses, and Staging to Bring Your Characters to Life”. His first book, “Creating Characters with Personality”, was an excellent primer on character design. This follow-up takes things a step further, focusing on how to add life to your characters once you’ve designed them. I just got my copy (I downloaded the Kindle version) and give it a big thumbs up. It covers some important ground that most “how to draw” books gloss over or skip altogether.

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