Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video Games, and Graphic Novels (Paperback)

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

By Tom Bancroft, Glen Keane (Introduction by)

Watson-Guptill Publications, 9780823023493, 160pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 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 been an animator for more than fifteen years, working for Disney and Big Idea Productions (producers of Veggie Tales). Most recently, he contributed to Disney's Brother Bear. He lives in Franklin, TN.