Drawing movement in people and characters is a problem many people have. Creating and drawing a character is one thing, making them come to life by adding movement is quite another. How do we do that? Watch the video and I’ll show you some of the ways and tell you what you need to do.
In my last video, I talked about wether you are the kind of artist/illustrator that needs movement in their illustrations. Some illustrators are more decorative and need a stillness in their work. It depends on who you are.
If you are like me, you will want movement both in the physical bodies and scenery as well as a kind of story development movement in the character interaction and emotion which comes from the way we read body language.
Humans are great at reading body language and physics! That means we understand what gravity does to a body, so we can infer movement from the stance the character takes up in relation to what gravity is trying to do to it. If the body looks like it should fall over, because it is leaning over, it either has momentum driving it forward, counteracting gravity, or it is leaning into the wind!
On Monday 18th November, Joanna Basford, the woman who pioneered the whole colouring craze with the book, Secret Garden, broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Drawing by an individual. She created a GIANT inky artwork that was 501.18 m² (5395 ft²)!!
The previous record was 410.26 m² (4416 ft²). She had just 12 hours to create the mammoth doodle at her old school, Ellon Academy in Aberdeenshire. Guinness World Records were in attendance and adjudicated the event and completed the final measurements, before presenting her with her certificate!
Like me, Joanna is on a mission to inspire people to put down their phones, pick up a pen or pencil and DRAW!
“When I asked people what stopped them from drawing, they told me the blank sheet of paper scared them. I get it. Literally. I get THE SAME FEAR! I think all creative people do! BUT, the second you pick up that pencil and begin drawing, you start to kill the fear! I wanted to doodle on the world’s BIGGEST sheet of blank paper to inspire others to draw a picture too. It doesn’t have to be massive! It could be a post-it! The important thing is to pick up that pencil and begin.”