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There's a DARING new Outnumbered Comic Strip​ up!  Check it and share it.  Pretty please?…
Some of my good friends are BRINGING THE FUNNIES Back as a newpaper sent to you weekly called Laugh-O-Gram! I'm throwing in my support!

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The Bancroft Brothers Animation Podcast #15 with an interview with Disney development artist Victoria Ying​ is up!  Find out about her geek cred, her concept art for Tangled and Frozen, as well as a Taught By A Pro​ special announcement at the end!…
There's a DARING new Outnumbered Comic Strip​ up!  Check it and share it.  Pretty please?…


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Tom Bancroft
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
I'm a former Disney supervising animator (Mushu from Mulan and a few others) as well as director at Big Idea Productions (Veggietales) for a couple years. For 7 years I co-owned an illustration/animation development studio, Funnypages Productions just outside of Nashville, TN.

I am now working on my own freelancing and doing other contract work for TV, film, comics children's books, video games and other kids stuff!

I wrote and drew 4 issues of my creator- owned series, "Opposite Forces". Also, I wrote and illustrated the character design instructional book "CREATING CHARACTERS WITH PERSONALITY" through Watson-Guptill publishing. My next book "CHARACTER MENTOR" comes out in 2012 from Focal Press publishers.

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antivenom907 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Trainwrekcomics Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015

Like everyone else here, I have an interest in becoming an animator, and, like many on here, I'd like to know just what it takes to become one. Mind you, I know I'll probably never work for Disney, but that's ok, since all I'm worried about now is HOW to become one. Like, what do I need to do? How old do I have to be, and for that matter, in terms of actually getting into the occupation, has animation always been a young person's field, or can you be an animator into your 30's, 40's, etc. and still make it in?

I understand completely that you have works that you must get done, and that is why you cannot answer back in the utmost expedience. But I will be most thankful when you do! 
tombancroft Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I don't have much time to answer lots of questions, but the short answer is that age doesn't have anything to do with it.  Talent and your like-ability have everything to do with it.  So, draw every day.  Work at becoming the best artist/cartoonist/ animator (all three, preferably) that you can.  Then its just a matter of getting Disney to see your portfolio.  Believe it or not, that's the easy part.  Getting talented is the hard part.  But, everything is possible with enough drive.  
Trainwrekcomics Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
You have no idea how much your answer means to me! Thank you for not only giving me the great tips, but the confidence boost as well!

Keep up the great work, sir! :)
Ealaain Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey there! I have a quick question. I was wondering if you'd be willing to answer a few questions about your experiences in your career in art (if you have the time of course!). My portfolio class that I'm taking in my final semester at my college has us interview a designer, or other type of artist, that we admire and find the type of career they have interesting and possibly something we would eventually like to do. I've about 16 questions or so lined up, but quite a few of them are relatively basic and quick ones.

Since I've always loved animation, especially 2d animation, and have considered it as one of my many possible career choices, I decided to look into artists in that field. When I found out that you had worked on many Disney movies, as well as some of the Big Idea Production cartoons that I loved growing up and still love, I got pretty excited!

It would be really appreciate if you could do it, however if you're unable to I completely understand! If it is possible though, I'd be sending the questions via my school e-mail mostly for easy reference for when I put my presentation together (which brings up the question of best way to contact).
Sorry for leaving such a huge message on your page! Didn't mean for it to turn out so long haha. Just wanted to explain a little bit of why I would want to interview you. But anywho, thank you for your time!
tombancroft Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I'm honored you would ask me, but I have to turn down these interview requests because I just don't have time with my workload and the amount I get.  I hope you understand and my best to you on your project and your career!
Ealaain Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student General Artist
that's completely understandable! thank you again for your time!
chausseeca Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
I saw you drew mushu as spider dragon in love mary jane because he need love me im fairy
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