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Activity 4: Movement

Illustration of two cars racing, one behind the other, with lines indicating their movement forward.
Six illustrations of a rat in different body positions.
Part A: What kind of movement (motion lines or line of action) is implied in the above images? Compare the role lines play in achieving a sense of movement in both.
Part B:
  • On a piece of paper, try drawing motion lines that indicate the speed or direction of a simple shape (for example, a bouncing ball).
  • Find a frame from one of your three favorite films which shows movement. On a sheet of paper, swiftly sketch the line(s) of action or motion lines that provide the sense of movement in the image.
Part C:
  • Draw a character from your story performing different movements. Use line of action to guide each pose.
  • Combine line of action in a character with motion lines to create a scene with lots of movement from your story. Don’t be shy with your use of lines and shapes!

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