How to draw movement

How to draw movement for comics and animation. Learn to draw movement using keyframes step by step tutorials with images. This is a basic tutorial on how to convey movement with multiple still drawings. A key frame in animation and filmmaking is a drawing that defines the starting and ending points of any smooth transition. They are called “frames” because their position in time is measured in frames on a strip of film. A sequence of keyframes defines which movement the viewer will see, whereas the position of the keyframes on the film, video or animation defines the timing of the movement. Within the key, in animation, we usually insert more frames called “in between” to smooth the movement. But in comics, we don’t need that since we are not making moving images.
I’m going to show you a trick that I use when drawing frame by frame movement drawing. I tend to treat it like geometry shapes then pick important points on my shape to ease into the next pose.

This is an example of how I show movement in a comics panel.

draw comics movement

draw comics movement

One more important point I want to make is that keep it simple and clear. Put yourself into a viewer seat and make the movement very simple, clear and easy to understand. As you can see below, I use simple geometry to dictate the movement first before I put in a character’s detail.

how to draw movement

how to draw movement

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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