Putting life into an essentially lifeless medium is tricky. As a cartoonist you want to give your reader’s the impression of movement and life in your art through the stills that you draw. In this week’s tutorial I go over how you can use action arrows to build your figures up with an inherent sense of directional movement.
2. Draw an action arrow to emphasize the movement. Highlight the movement by drawing an action arrow around the area of your figure.
Highlight the movement by drawing an action arrow around the area of your figure.
3.Build your figure using the action arrow as a guideline. Utilize it as a reference to understand your character’s action.
The direction of the arrow directs the reader’s eye. As you build your figures play with the posture and push the boundaries of your under lying guideline
Final tip: Always have good references handy for your art. I used ArtPose to create this figure reference. It has realistic proportions and the dots help me make good stick figures to build upon. I played around with the legs a bit to see how it would look if the character was moving his legs around.
The underlying line of the action arrow is helpful for visualizing how to give your figures a sense of movement. Use it as a guide to build up your figures with an inherent flow. Even a standing figure has movement. This is just a way to push the boundaries on using the line of action.
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