You've researched your character extensively, tailored her to your audience, sketched hundreds of versions, and now you lean back content as you gaze at your final character model sheet. But now what? Whether you want to use her in an animated film, television show, video game, web comic, or children's book, you're going to have to make her perform. How a character looks and is costumed starts to tell her story, but her body language reveals even more. Character Mentor shows you how to pose your character, create emotion through facial expressions, and stage your character to create drama. Author Tom Bancroft addresses each topic with clear, concise prose, and then shows you what he really means through commenting on and redrawing artwork from a variety of student "apprentices." His assignments allow you to join in and bring your drawing to the next level with concrete techniques, as well as more theoretical analysis. Character Mentor is an apprenticeship in a book.

Professional artists from a variety of media offer their experience through additional commentary. These include Marcus Hamilton (Dennis the Menace), Terry Dodson (X-Men), Bobby Rubio (Pixar), Sean "Cheeks" Galloway (Spiderman animated), and more. With a foreword by comicbook artist Adam Hughes, who has produced work for DC, Marvel Comics, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Pictures, and other companies.

chapter Chapter 1|24 pages

Now What?

Drawing Basics for Posing and Expressions

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

The Face

Breaking Down the Elements of Expression

chapter Chapter 3|26 pages

Posing Your Character

What are You Trying to Communicate?

chapter Chapter 4|28 pages


Characters Acting and Reacting the Way You Want Them to

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Staging Your Scene

Using the Elements of Your Scene to Create a Composition

chapter Chapter 6|22 pages

Leading The Eye

Prioritizing by Design

chapter Chapter 7|15 pages

Putting it in Action

Creating a Character-Driven Illustration from Start to Finish