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Bringing Drawings to Life by GoblinQueeen Bringing Drawings to Life by GoblinQueeen
A tutorial focusing on bringing more life to still works such as character designs, illustrations, and sculptures.
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For a while now I've been wanting to put together another tutorial I thought might be able to help some people. Unfortunately, almost that whole time, I wasn't sure what I could really offer that hadn't been done a hundred times already by people far more qualified than me. Then, in my animation class the other day we were talking about the 12 Principles of Animation and keeping them in mind with our current projects. I was working on some concept development art, not animation, but that's when it hit me, I use those same principles all the time, with illustrations as well as animation.

Well, I figured since I used them all the time, it might be helpful to other people as well who might not have been exposed to the 12 principles, or who just never thought of applying them into their still illustrations. I am by no means a master of these ideas and have never claimed to be. I'm sure someone could go through my gallery and pull up a hundred pieces where I've failed to follow my own advice here. So no, my art is by no means the perfect example, I'm just an artist who wants to share what she can. If you find this useful or informative in any way, then I'll be happy my time was well spent.

As always, if you have questions on something I talked about or want some clarification, by all means, ask and I'll try to answer. Along those same lines, if you want some advice (along the lines of what I've done with the drawings in here) on a specific piece, you can post it in my forum here: [link] but be forewarned, it is for serious critique only.
One last thing, if you are looking for help with any art medium, check out It's a relatively new club bringing together artists of all mediums and skill levels to help each other and give support to those that would like it. Whether you want to give help or get it, everyone is welcome :)
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crazy-CoolKitty1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2017
cool
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Aliensvoid Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's pretty neat.
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KatrinaTiaJasmine Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where is the tutorial, how do I see it?
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BeetheGatekeeper Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just what I needed! I need more going on in my art, and wasn't sure how to get there. Thank you!
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Paloceropalo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
interesting, thx very much :)
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HeroineMarielys Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
VERY HELPFUL GUIDE!! I've recently reevaluated my works and realized that there all TOO FLAT. So I need something that could help me fix that.
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DwarfPuddle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Wonderful tutorial! :)
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Kendra-candraw Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very helpful guide thank you!
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CaughtinMyHead Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really useful advice and things to think about, helps a ton. Deffidently worth checking out and reading, thanks so much
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Unpolishedknight Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Absolutely brilliant tutorial for people to check out, it helps heaps
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GirlofClay Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, this is really useful!! Thank you so much!!! :D
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raiki-XD Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Thanks, this is really helpful!
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edgarfilipemoreira Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
I can't open it ... Can anyone help me , please ? :c
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suki-sama90 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
click on download image ;)
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sgtcarrotop Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
very good tutorial very clearly represents the 12 principles. job well done. however in the end 11 out of the 12 principles can be formulated as a state of mind or awareness. so for the most part those eleven all you have to do is understand them and keep them in mind as your drawing. number 11 the one that is less mental and more physical seems to be my Achilles heel. i cant seem to get a good control on my line quality. for the most part my line quality is very sloppy and its very deterring since honestly you cant draw anything if you cant even control you pencil.... so this is where my dilemma comes most people say making quick brisk lines while using the arm helps the quality from looking wobbly.this works for the most part but causes the line to go where i dont want it to go... so honestly wtf do i do? not to be so depressing but ive basically done every thing to try and help it. i dont look at the tip, i dont grip the tip, i visualize the line that i want (however getting that is the problem) i do draw lightly as to use the more line method. essentially im just asking htf do i achieve good clean line quality that is both accurate and able to vary?
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GlassMouse89 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist
This is very, very good, and definitely not something I've heard a thousand times before. I mean, I've heard most of the principles, but putting them into some kind of structure is incredibly useful to someone like me (who'll cry "but WHY doesn't it work?!" anytime I'm critisized ;))
Thanks a lot for this tutorial.
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Simi94 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Thanks so much for this great tutorial! :)
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MadMarchHare Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Well, I can see this tutorial has gotten a lot of attention, so probably this comment will be one among many deleted because there's no time to reply to all of them.
Regardless! I just wanted to say that a long time ago, when I was a bit more of a kid than I am now, I stumbled across this and tried very hard to take it to heart. It's just as helpful and enjoyable now as it was then. :)
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einspruch Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This helped me out greatly. Recently I'm feeling that I needed to start over, and this is just what I needed. You said a lot of things that I couldn't have put into words myself. Thanks.
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MusicMetalHead Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
how does this work?
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tomllama2 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This was immensely helpful, I've always had trouble with stiff poses and figures not quite looking right, I'm going to try these ideas right away (:
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pinkplaidrobot Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Really awesome tutorial! FAVED!
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Fri-Freeman Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
I found this a few years after I got it the first time. Thank you, this is actually one my favourite drawing tutorial ever.
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WMDiscovery93 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Student General Artist
Being an Animation student in training, this is going to be really helpful in understanding the basics and small details of animation, thanks! ^^
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dmaclifford Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
awesome!!!!
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Nevrawd Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for going to all that trouble, well done
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PetraImboden Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful tutorial :D
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Ko0nafish Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you very much!! C: This is amazingly helpful.
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Vistalgian-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
A lot of information! This is going to add personality to my characters! Thank you!
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silentleaf82 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
fantastic!
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nomadwolf1222 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
i have one question could u like make a tutorial on how to flesh the figure out because wheb i draw i draw from my perspective say i have the figures anatomy except arms ad legs i wanted her /him to be standing then i wanted to be crouching i cant ever make up my mind and somehow my legs look like poles
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kaeleydanielle Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Student General Artist
very informative, thank you for the tips.
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Lissbirds Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
This is so helpful. I never knew about these principles and I don't feel like I'm in the dark anymore!
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xBlackcatXD Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Omg let me join
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jay-tan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This was fantastic help! You've presented the tutorial wonderfully, and it's solved a few of my problems.
Your the best.
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peaches9000 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
you have got the right idea i hate it when you draw something and youlike it but it needs help but you don't know what
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JobbytheHong Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Student
Thank you VERY much for this. :D
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CartoonGurra Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a great! I learned alot I didn't know before:D

Thank you so much :)
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GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
you're welcome, happy to help in any little way :)
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Ja-Kitsu-Ryou Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot tell you how helpful this tutorial is. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. :D
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bruno-dArt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
helped a lot.. Thx!!
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BenLavelle Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Great tutorial, adding a sense of movement is one of the most difficult things once you get past the anatomy imo :)
real GJ
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pvtskwerl Featured By Owner May 30, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Excellent tutorial, thank you so much for your time and effort =)
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TheChel Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is usefull :)
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sakeoi99 Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
this was perfect it helped me alot thanks
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Adria-nya Featured By Owner May 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
Great and innovative tutorial! Thanks for the upload!
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warewolf20 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
look awsome i love it
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