Creating Characters with Personality

Creating Characters with Personality

For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels

By Tom Bancroft; Glen Keane (Introduction by)

Watson-Guptill Publications, Paperback, 9780823023493, 160pp.

Publication Date: February 2006

From Snow White to Shrek, from Fred Flintstone to SpongeBob SquarePants, the design of a character conveys personality before a single word of dialogue is spoken. "Designing Characters with Personality" shows artists how to create a distinctive character, then place that character in context within a script, establish hierarchy, and maximize the impact of pose and expression. Practical exercises help readers put everything together to make their new characters sparkle. Lessons from the author, who designed the dragon Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy) in Disney's Mulan--plus big-name experts in film, TV, video games, and graphic novels--make a complex subject accessible to every artist.

About the Author
Tom Bancroft has more than twenty years of experience in the animation and illustration industry and worked with Disney on films including "Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", and "Aladdin". Other clients have included DC Comics and Big Idea Productions. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

When Glen Keane isn't writing and illustrating Parables for kids, he is a directing animator for Walt Disney Pictures.