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Hello all.  I don't do many comic book conventions but I have three planned (one event, two cons in the summer, one animation con later) and I hope to see you at one of them.  I should have a new "Tom Bancroft Sketchbook 2015" book as well as my "Mermaid Wars" t-shirt design (see my gallery) as a Poster Print with me at the summer cons.  Let me know if you're going to be at one of them and I hope we can meet.  


-ProWeekend (Animation lecture Series), Nashville, TN, June 13th

-Florida Supercon, Miami, FL, June 25- 28th

-San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, CA, July 10- 12th

-CTN Animation Expo, Burbank, CA, November 20th- 22nd
Powergirl Posing by tombancroft
Powergirl Posing
This was a commission piece for one of my Patrons over on www.Patreon.com/tombancroft  Always happy to draw classic Powergirl.  
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Squirrel Girl by tombancroft
Squirrel Girl
I finally took a moment to draw Squirrel Girl.  She's the kind of quirky character that I tend to like- male or female.  I haven't read the book, but I like what I hear.  I like her thicker legs too.  
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There's a new Outnumbered Comic Strip​ on this fine Memorial's Day!  ALSO- in the blog post at the same link, check out the new OUTNUMBERED t-shirt design!  Enjoy and share it!  www.outnumberedcomic.com/?p=63…
Hello all.  I don't do many comic book conventions but I have three planned (one event, two cons in the summer, one animation con later) and I hope to see you at one of them.  I should have a new "Tom Bancroft Sketchbook 2015" book as well as my "Mermaid Wars" t-shirt design (see my gallery) as a Poster Print with me at the summer cons.  Let me know if you're going to be at one of them and I hope we can meet.  


-ProWeekend (Animation lecture Series), Nashville, TN, June 13th

-Florida Supercon, Miami, FL, June 25- 28th

-San Diego Comic Con, San Diego, CA, July 10- 12th

-CTN Animation Expo, Burbank, CA, November 20th- 22nd

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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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RobertSalgado Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Hi Mr. Bancroft!
I just wanted to get your opinion on this. Would you recommend someone to go
to art school even if it cost a lot ? Like is art school really necessary to become an animator and join a studio? I don't think my parents have enough money so that I can go to college. 
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Peasizer1234 Featured By Owner Edited May 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hey there! 
I animated Elsa in 2d, though you might want to see :) And I hope this doesn't look like spam or anything, it's just that I share your enthusiasm for 2D and I heard you guys on the podcast talking about whether it will return again. Well, here's a little glimmer of hope. 

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tombancroft Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Really well done!  Nice drawings for sure.  There's a few wobbles and ticks in her hair, shoulders, ear, etch, but you're mostly looking at the facial expressions and dialogue and those work well.  Keep it up and you can help bring it back!  Thanks for listening to the podcasts too.
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chausseeca Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
here we go I got some link for you from note I print your mushu   is from you saled on ebay but sorry I print your you told me it sold out ebay you said I put my frame on it
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eric-husky Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Mr. Bancroft, I'm a big fan of your work. I got a question, what are your thoughts on an artist drawing the same pose or portrait from a reference they see or have?
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tombancroft Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Nothing wrong with using a photo as reference for a pose.  There is no such thing as cheating when it comes to getting reference for a subject.  EXCEPT, when you copy someone else's drawing.  We all do that too, as practice, but they should stay in your sketchbook and not be posted or put in a portfolio because then people will think you drew it, which is deceptive.  I'm sure you know that already.  I will say, use reference loosely, get what you need from it (an overall pose, some ideas on lighting/anatomy) but make it your own by changing something in the drawing.  Good luck.
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GovernorSam Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Filmographer
Hi again Tom!I came once again to ask you a question,and I apologize if it's a bit random.
 When you do commission art,aren't you ever worried about copyright infringement?
  I ask since I hear it's a 'no no',but a lot of people do it,and I was thinking of doing the same when I start commissions.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Professional Filmographer
This is a long and confusing argument and I've even heard copyright lawyers speak into it and they even seem to think its a case by case argument.  Lots of grey areas.  I will say, my understanding has always been that a "one of a kind" piece for someone (meaning, original art that you are not making prints from) is allowed.  I'm not a lawyer though, so google it and do your own research also.  
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GovernorSam Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Student Filmographer
Okay.Thank you for responding.I've just heard so many different things about this subject,and I just wanted to hear the opinion of a professional artist.

 Thank you again.I know I've asked you quite a few questions here,and I appreciate you answering them.I look forward to meeting you in ProWeekend. :)
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TalonsofIceandFire Featured By Owner Edited Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Hello again Mr. Bancroft. Currently, I have two decision that I have to make: one is go and attend either PNCA or Cornish during this fall and live on my own (I have a $50,000 scholarship for the former and a $30,000 scholarship for the latter). And the other is to live with my Father and his family in LA and spend one year working on my skills and then apply to a school such as CalArt...and I may have to take community college also. Being more or less an animation veteran, and as my goal is to make art and animation on the internet, I would like to know what you think is the best choice?
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