Previous Guests

Tom Bancroft Character Designer/ Animator/ Author

Tom Bancroft Character Designer/ Animator/ Author

CTNX 2012
On location, Burbank CA

CTN is proud to welcome on the exhibit floor this half of the dynamic duo affectionately known as “Two Guys Named Bancroft”. Please help me welcome Tom Bancroft to CTN eXpo. Tom will have his two character design instructional books: CREATING CHARACTERS WITH PERSONALITY and (the new) CHARACTER MENTOR for purchase and signing.  Additionally, he will have a limited amount of his very popular 2012 sketchbooks, a sketch workbook, and original art for sell. When they’re gone they are gone so stop by his booth early.

Tom Bancroft has almost 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years.  He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben division awards, spoken at the Kennedy Center and awarded an entry into the Chicago Children’s Film Festival.

While at Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to contribute animation on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous special projects and commercials.  Some of the classic films include, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin”, “Mulan”, and “Brother Bear”.  He was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions makers of the family-friendly “Veggietales” video series.

In 2005, Bancroft had his popular art instruction book, “Creating Characters with Personality” published by Watson-Guptill Publishers. It has become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books, and cartooning and is a required textbook at many art schools around the world.  Focal Press recently published his second book, “Character Mentor” and it is already one of their best-selling art instruction books.

Bancroft co-founded Funnypages Productions, LLC and ran it for eight years.  Throughout that time and now, he has provided direction, art direction, illustration, character design and animation development for clients like Disney Feature films, Disney Licensing, DC comics, Marvel Licensing, Big Idea Productions, Warner Brothers, CBN, Scholastic, Lego International, DeNa Studios, and Pocketgems.  He has also illustrated over 50 children’s books. Recently, he provided character art and art direction to help launch the popular kid’s educational website  Bancroft and his family reside in Franklin, Tennessee.  You can see a gallery of some of Bancroft’s work at

. To Buy These Books: CLICK HERE

. CTNX Show Schedule: CLICK HERE

. CTNX Register Now:  CLICK HERE

. More about this artist: CLICK HERE

What is the most important quality for someone wanting to work in this profession? “Ability would probably be number one and always will be.  The cream rises, as they say.  BUT, drive is almost equal to that.  I’ve known many incredible artists that are not to the career level they should be because of a lack of drive.” ~Tom Bancroft

ASK THE ARTIST NOW: If you could ask this artist about his technique, his talent, what he feels is the next step in his career, or anything at all, what would it be? Share your questions and comments to this amazing artist by posting below and they will be shared with the artist. The artist will answer them onsite at CTNx2012 and the answers will be posted here.