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Skate Kids line up by tombancroft Skate Kids line up by tombancroft
I don't usually post stuff I do from my "day job", mostly because its not released yet. In this case, they are some incidental characters and many of the videos are coming out soon. These are some "bad kids" from a Christian series I'm working on called "Superbook" (shhh, its the bible, don't tell anyone!) The show has two main styles, a present day more anime influenced style and the bible times style which is more realistic. I need to draw in both styles regularly, but this one is more enjoyable/up my alley. I didn't color this, and didn't design the main character, Chris, on the right. Watch out for the Skater Kids!

Oh, and I forgot to mention, these designs go to China to get modeled and made into a CG TV show. I then review the CG models and give notes back to them (to try and get them back to the 2D sketches). They do great work over there though, so it goes fairly smoothly.
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:iconthairose:
thairose Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C688 looks amazing
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StudioRisingStar Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hey is the main character chris' design by jose lopez , jeff matsuda, or someone who draws like them?
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Good eye.  We hired Jose Lopez to do the main characters, a few years back.  
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StudioRisingStar Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
HA! Awesome!
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:iconmx213:
MX213 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Artist
hello ..nice work ...

Could u plz draw my avatar ? the pic is in my account ..

plz reply
Dr.MX
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:icontombancroft:
tombancroft Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm sorry, I don't take requests. Too much work, so what I post here is what i want to draw in the short amount of time I have available.
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MX213 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Artist
ok..thanx and sorry for bothering u
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PabloPicayo Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
these are cool.
I hope they designed some brown good guys also.
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Nayhed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
these are some cool designs, it's awesome that this going to be in a christian series :)
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:icontherealarien:
therealarien Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sounds pretty cool. Those efficient chinese :)
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RitaMeetHerMaid Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I remember that show? Sucks that the 'bad kids' are skaters. I'm pretty sure you can be a skater and not bad.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Of course not all skaters are bad. Its just the action takes place at a skate park, so it made sense to pull out a few kids there as the bad influences.
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FrostDrive Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I watched the trailer. It's hilarious.
'through the greatest book ever written"

How can you include such a subjective statement in an official trailer?
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Superbook is in actuality THE BIBLE, which pretty much any scholar would say is the greatest book ever written. I think its very fair to say.
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FrostDrive Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, I disagree.
Because.

Twilight.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wait, you're saying Twilight is a more noteworthy/important book than the BIBLE? Wow. I'm assuming your kidding. HA.
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ELSIKOA Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Re design they're shoes to to look like vans skate shoes or DC (Google Vans or DC) to grab a design
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh these are great, love the kid in the teal shirt! The color schemes and clothing styles are really nice, I love the variety between the character designs even when they're relatively similar in build.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Sucks that the skater kids are the so-called "bad guys" - with the designs you gave 'em, they're distinctive enough to have their own show! :D
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vargas198732 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Because they don't wear nice clothes or dress "nicely" like the main character they're labelled as "bad kids". I find their designs to be way more interesting than the plain look of the main character, they have personality compared to him.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I agree, much more personality in their clothing/hair. They WILL act bad though. One or two will see the light though. They're still young so I didn't make them look like killers, just kind of tough around the edges.
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JKR-of-FtM Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
The bad kids don't look so bad! :)

Cool stuff, thanks for sharing it.
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mphelps Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
This is the first time I have ever heard of the show "Superbook" so I just looked it up. I have to say, I am impressed. I was never to big a fan of veggietales. I didn't dislike it, but it was never anything that I "had to have" for my children. But this is actually very interesting. I think I may actually have to get the DVDs for my kids. In truth, originally I looked it up just to see what cgi versions of your art would look like. Thank you for sharing.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, they have a trailer out for the series. The animation doesn't quite live up to, say, Clone Wars, but we have some killer efx shots and a cast of thousands!
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mphelps Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
I watched the trailer. Thats what peeked my interests and made me go to the show's web site. Im just happy because it looks like there is alot of effort into it and that it doesn't look hokey at all. I mean it must be good they have Tom Bancroft in the credits.
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nighte-studios Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superbook sounds really familiar..
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Its a re-imagined version of the early 80s show that they did. The original was 2D anime, it looked like Speedracer style because the same Japanese studio did it.
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nighte-studios Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew it sounded familiar, I may have even watched it.
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snuggliez Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha! i used to watch Superbook when i was little
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EnjoliqueJ Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student
OMAP I KNEW that style looked familiar! I saw the episodes of the new Superbooks animated series and I saw your name in the credits and then THIS. Thiiiiis is so epicc. I love your designs and now I know when I see this episode I'll know who designed these bad kids!
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Britt315 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Great style! I especially love the line work for these!
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scorpafied Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
C688 and C687 are the best in my opinion. i could really see those two being apart of a skating group or something but others are just like "meh..."
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
There's no such thing as an anime that is CGI and created in China. Just saying.

I'd much rather see a Superbook animated by a 2D Japanese company, like Madhouse or Moi.
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littleleanna Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's not an anime. it's just that the style is influenced by anime.
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Carol-Lizzy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
I like colorful characters like this. You did an awesome job!
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The-One-Free-Man82 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
So they're supposed to look depressed?
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ErnestoFigueroa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are so versatile. Just amazing to me to be able to change styles like this
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Vynndetta Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha. these are the majority of kids today, style-wise xD

I really like their designs!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks.
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jillamos Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Filmographer
Yeah kids, because all skaters are baaaaaaad XD lol Christian cartoons are adorable sometimes.

Though I can not picture this CG. It's like when they CG Anime. Just doesn't look right to me...
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, it changes them. I'm going over their CG versions now. Sorry, can't post that though.
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jillamos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
that's ok. Either way I'd like the drawings better. :)
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S-Harkey Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
The bad kids look so cool, I would want to be friends with them... probably not the message they're going for though? ;) lol

Nice work!
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SRSobotka Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, "Superbook" was the name of an old Japanese anime series (the American name, in any case) that was more or less a trip through the stories of the Old Testament, while a pair of kids, this old professor/inventor type and his robot sidekick S.I.R. (short for Solar Ion Robot) went along for the ride in a time-traveling house.

Are they reviving/re-imagining the series now?


-- Stephen
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yep, that's the one. We've re-imagined it as a new series. We're already into season 2. If you want to get them early, google search them on CBN.com.
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Filmographer
nice
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