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Designing the Male Superhero

with Tom Bancroft
4.8 (71)
In this stand alone lesson, you'll learn the basics of how to create an animation style male superhero character using traditional media.
English Spanish [Auto], French [Auto], 1 more English
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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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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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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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This course includes

  • Free 50 minute video lesson
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll need

  • Just a paper/sketchbook and a pencil
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Lesson Plan

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The Male Superhero

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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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Keelmy C.

3 years ago

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Thats a mighty good free sample!
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Martin

2 years ago

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Great free sample, with a lot of information and tons of good tips!!
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Irving D.

3 years ago

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ive always had trouble drawing dynamic poses, but your lightbulb technique makes it so easy! thanks for sharing
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John A.

2 years ago

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Was very pleased with the first time us from this course. Gave me ideas with my own drawings to attempt the lightbulb format.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Donald S.

10 months ago

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This course was enjoyable, easy to follow and great explanation of cartoon drawing. The sample illustrations were extremely useful.
I recommend it for Beginner
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Isengard

3 years ago

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This was great. Tim seems like a really awesome guy, kept me engaged. Would he be interested in perhaps doing some more tutorials?
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Peter M.

2 years ago

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Loved the steps and techniques employed. 💯worth it
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Alex

2 years ago

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Amazing teacher, with amazing experience over the years. Love the content as well, as it gets deep into character design and storytelling.
I recommend it for All levels
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Diana

2 years ago

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I love to learn from a Disney legend of classic movies everyone loves. I met the brothers Bancroft recently online and they are amazing, humble and lovely humans behind the super creative minds. I higly recommend Tom´s course
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Danielle

2 years ago

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Professionally filmed and edited and quite easy to follow. I like that this tutorial is traditional-medium-friendly. Very helpful! My superhero came out looking pretty awesome!
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About the Instructor

Tom Bancroft
Animator & 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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