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On my Taught By A Pro blog a put up a new post about gaining conficence in your art.   Lots of Disney stories in it too.  It even has a GLEN KEANE drawing to go with it, so its worth the click!…


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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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Fuhrmaneck66 20 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Dear Tom,

     Just wanted to let you know that ever since I was cognizant, I've been interested in drawing and animation. Its been my love and passion for most of my life now and I felt compelled to let you know that you are partially to blame for this. Its so cool to see an artist of your caliber on DA, still doing what you love to do. The characters you and your peers helped bring to life will forever be of infinite inspiration to aspiring artists of any age. Just wanted to say thanks. For everything.

-Dave :) (Smile) 
lou93 1 day ago  Student General Artist
That's amazing to see people on dA who gave dreams to other smaller drawers here and who agrees to speak with them so kindly and share their experience! thanks a lot for what you do, what you did, and what you'll do in future. I love your work and your way to personalise the characters! thanks again!
dingosnivysprint12 3 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
You really worked for Disney? That's awesome! How was it working over there? 
tombancroft 2 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Yep, and it was one of the best times of my life.  Great people, great projects, and great times.  
dingosnivysprint12 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
What do you do now? Are you still in the animation business? 
tombancroft 2 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Yes, but in a smaller way than the Disney days.  I do lots of freelance character design for studios/video game companies.
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tombancroft 2 days ago  Professional Filmographer
LOVE that!  Thanks for showing me.
DanteSmilodon 6 days ago   Digital Artist
Mr. Bancroft, I noticed your book is for sale at a local book store (never thought I'd find it on my country). After reading it and redesigning my personal animal character, can I show you the results so you can evaluate how well designed he is?

Although my gallery and skills are currently so-so, one of my goals is designing characters that are "Disney / Pixar good".
AnneMarie1986 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish you Happy Easter,MR.Bancroft!:iconhappyeasterplz:
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