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Tom Bancroft, former Disney animator/director whose credits include Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan and more, recently hosted Focal Press’ Character Mentor contest.  In Tom’s new book Character Mentor, he illustrates that the core of a character’s personality is not just communicated by its form, but also by how it emotes and where it is staged. In the contest, Tom challenged young animators and illustrators to draw a full body pose sketch for each of the descriptions below for his character design (Fig. D) which was purposely left without much of a facial expression and posed blandly.

Congrats to Sandra K. of Selangor D.E., Malaysia for submitting the winning entry (Fig A.) as well as Kristin C. of Bayside, NY and Andrew C. of Memphis, TN for receiving honorable mentions (Fig. B & C).

Tom also wanted to mention that everyone did a great job and he truly enjoyed reviewing all of the entries.  We enjoyed reviewing at Focal Press HQ as well.  Its amazing to see the variety of all of the entries despite the fact that you were all working with the same source materials and pose/expression descriptions.  Good work to all and Congrats to Sandra – hope you enjoy the $100 in Focal Press animation books and the autographed copies of Tom Bancroft’s Character Mentor book.  Stay tuned for future Character Mentor contests.

Winning Entry
Sandra K. (Fig. A)

Honorable Mentions

Kristin C. (Fig. B)

Andrew C. (Fig. C)

Assignment (Fig. D)
POSE/EMOTION descriptions:

1) Theodore nervously handing a small, fragile vase to someone.
2) Theodore confidently looking over at someone page left (trying to look cool).
3) Theodore sadly walking/ turned away from someone, but looking back over his shoulder (at them).



  •    Josh H. said on July 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Congratulations to Sandra, Kristin and Andrew! Nice works guys and I enjoying Sandra a lot. Looking forward to more contest down the road.

    Cheers, Josh

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