How to Draw People in Motion

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Drawing people in motion requires first drawing a line of action that maps out the general direction of the body before fleshing out the main limbs and body parts. Sketch out people running, walking and jumping with creative tips from a professional illustrator in this free video on drawing.

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Joel Hickerson from and today we're going to learn how to draw people in motion. The first thing you use a line of action to kind of have your figure follow so if I want a figure running I'll slant it this way and maybe put a torso, leg, everything kind of follows this figure. If I want a person walking forward but leaning backwards I would do the same thing, torso, one leg out and maybe the other leg coming back. You can even kind of modify it, you arc it, you can have a torso and just maybe a cheerleader but on this one the line of action is really crucial to how you want to draw your character. You can even just draw yourself a line and see if you can follow it, something like that. That's pretty much how you begin your figures in motion drawing and that's how you draw people in motion.


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