Welcome to Character Mentor StudioThis is the home for all things related to designing and drawing characters for all forms of media: TV animation, Film animation, video games, comic strips, comic books, illustration, and marketing art! For the last 25 years I have been working in the animation/character design/ art direction/ and illustration worlds with the one baseline between them all being the focus of creating memorable characters with personality.

I look forward to passing on my experience and continued search for artistic knowledge here at Character Mentor Studio. Its my wish to not only offer these books here, but more information via the BLOG, Tutorial videos, sketch postings, and- soon- new products and workshops! Keep coming back and let's develop together!

Tom Bancroft

Stay tuned for the next live workshop! We will let you know when the next workshop will be planned.


My second book is CHARACTER MENTOR from Focal Press publishers. CHARACTER MENTOR fills the gap for many people that already have a character design but want to know how to bring it to life for all forms of print media.

My first book, CREATING CHARACTERS WITH PERSONALITY from Watson-Guptill Publishers, focuses on the basic thought-process and drawing instruction needed to design characters in any style.