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Designing the Male Superhero

with Tom Bancroft
4.8 (32)
In this stand alone lesson, you'll learn the basics of how to create an animation style male superhero character using traditional media.
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Tom Bancroft

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Tom Bancroft has more than 25 years of experience in the animation industry, much of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator on four animated shorts and eight feature films of which Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Brother Bear were part of the list.

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Description

In this stand alone lesson, you’ll learn the basics of how to create an animation style male superhero character using traditional media.

Who is this course for?

  • This lesson is suitable for beginners as well as advanced students who need some refreshing.
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What you’ll learn

  • Learn to sketch and design on paper a male superhero (in an animated-style)
  • Cheat the learning curve by creating several superhero body types and positions using the “lightbulb” concept
  • Learn about movement and different types of dynamic posing
  • Learn how to make the silhouette of your character exciting
  • Prepare to take your final character from paper to photoshop. And colouring.
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Lesson Plan

with Tom Bancroft
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The Male Superhero

49:07

Part 1: After a brief introduction, I’ll give you some things to think about before you start to build your male superhero. I’ll start off by showing you how to create rough sketches of a normal proportion male, and then briefly discuss the differences in proportion to the superhero body type. I’ll outline my idea of the “lightbulb” that I use to show you how to build the core of the body and explain how this can be manipulated to create different body positions.

Part 2: Next, you’ll learn a number of different superhero body types, from a slim “flash” type character up to a muscular suerohero type. You’ll learn how to use different shapes to create these body types. I’ll show you how to select a particular body type and start to work with that to create a final design.

Part 3: You’ll also learn about movement and different types of dynamic posing, as well as making sure the silhouette of your character is exciting. I’ll also briefly discuss things like clothing and accessories and some important things to keep in mind when you add them to your character. Finally, you’ll learn how to take your final character and create some clean lines helping you to prepare your character for photoshop and colouring.

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Rob van der Galien

2 months ago

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It's a good in depth course from an inspiring and professional animator.
I recommend it for Intermediate
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Richard Prakash

2 months ago

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I recommend it for Intermediate
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scott hosking

6 months ago

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i love the step by step . how he explains what he is doing and why. #DRAWKING0071
I recommend it for All levels
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Ashley

6 months ago

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I recommend it for Beginner
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Ashley

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I recommend it for Beginner
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Leo Batic

6 months ago

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Simple, clear, perfect.
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Heather

7 months ago

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Great tips for beginners learning body proportions and how they can be manipulated to create different characters. I would say it in character posing is a little more intermediate but still helpful to beginners learning how body proportions change in different angles.
I recommend it for All levels
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Angling Prakoso

7 months ago

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this is very cool, i love and enjoying when the professional artist teaching. it's easy to understand, thanks for make this video for free.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Martin

8 months ago

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Clarity of instruction and great tips. Thanks, Mr. Bancroft for an inspiring class!
I recommend it for Beginner
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Melissa HARTMANN

8 months ago

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This class was very informative and the step-by-step instruction was clear and helpful.
I recommend it for All levels
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About the Instructor

Tom Bancroft
Illustrator & Character Designer 2 courses

Tom Bancroft has more than 25 years of experience in the animation industry, much of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator on four animated shorts and eight feature films of which Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, and Brother Bear were part of the list. 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.

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