About Tom Bancroft
Tom Bancroft has almost 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards, spoken at the Kennedy Center and awarded an entry into the Chicago Children's Film Festival.

While at Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to contribute animation on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous special projects and commercials. Some of the classic films include, "Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Aladdin", "Mulan", and "Brother Bear". He was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Entertainment, makers of the family-friendly "Veggietales" video series.

In 2005, Bancroft had his popular art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality" published by Watson-Guptill Publishers. With "guest" contributors like Glen Keane, Jack Davis, Peter de'Seve, and Butch Hartman, it has already become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books, and cartooning. It has become a required textbook at many art schools around the United States. His second book, "Character Mentor" will come out in April, 2012 from Focal Press.

Bancroft co-founded Funnypages Productions, LLC and ran it for eight years. Throughout that time and now, he has provided direction, art direction, illustration, character design and animation development for clients like Disney Feature films, Disney Licensing, DC comics, Marvel Licensing, Big Idea Entertainment, Warner Brothers, CBN, Scholastic, NavPress, Thomas Nelson, and Zondervan. He has also illustrated over 50 children's books. Recently, he provided character art and art direction to help launch the popular kid's educational website ABCMouse.com. Bancroft and his family reside in Franklin, Tennessee. You can see a gallery of some of Bancroft's work at http://tombancroft.designbinder.com.

Tom Bancroft
My second book, for which this website is named, 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. The book focuses on the three subjects of EXRESSIONS, POSING, and STAGING your characters. While the book is perfect for animators also, it is not an animation book. CHARACTER MENTOR was created to give tips and instruction on how to bring personality and life to your character in a single drawing.