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Nsio explains: Dynamism by Nsio Nsio explains: Dynamism by Nsio
Fourth part (if excluding facial proportions) in my tutorial series. Probably my favorite thing about drawing.

Dynamism is what makes the drawings so lively. Even a drawing without any real action should be dynamic. Dynamism makes your drawings look more natural and interesting to look at. It can also make up for many mistakes and even make them look intentional and part of the drawing.

Line of action is the manifestation of dynamism. It's a sort of invisible line that (I believe) everyone can see subconsciously. I find that there are two types of line of actions: primary and secondary line of actions.

The primary line of action, like the name suggests, is the most important thing in your character. It gives the backbone to the whole pose. That's why it's really important that it's found very early in your sketches. Without this line, your poses will end up plain, boring and unjustified. The secondary line of action is more like a compositional guideline. It helps to justify the positioning of the sub-elements of the drawing, such as clothing, accessories, hair, limbs and shapes.

Regardless the role of the action line, it's main purpose is to add feel of flow in your drawings. This flow is then perceived as dynamic drawing. A good line of action is long, strong and as continuous as possible. These are prerequisites for illustrating dynamic action.
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Juno-Septemus Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
Super helpful, awesome ^^
DeekoFox Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
So ridiculously helpful.
You are a genius.
MajinKidBuu Featured By Owner 1 day ago
very helpful. thanks
Frappe7 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
LOL this is what I need to learn. My drawings are so stiff ^_^
REY-HAN Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice :clap:
cjblanch Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad ass explanation! You're so wonderful for sharing all this knowledge  \(^.^)/
Crow-Dan Featured By Owner 3 days ago
God, I love your tutorials.
MinatoLikesSmoothies Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW This is so helpful!! Thank you so much! Like so many people, I kinda just draw and go from there, but I will definitely think more about this idea when I draw in the future! Gumball Wow Icon ~arigatou~!
YuuheiDanchou Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful! I've never thought of this...maybe that's why my drawings looks so dull...

Do I see Cirno and Patchoulli? xD
StrawhatDShaina Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
No wonder my drawings look so boring , Thank you !
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