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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
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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Mountain-Spectre Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Thanks, you rock!
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Mike-Tortuga Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks man, i like your tutorials
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Makaylafashion Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the main thing that Im struggling with now. My poses are so boring and I can't ever figure out how to make them more dynamic! This helped quite a bit!
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Juno-Septemus Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Super helpful, awesome ^^
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DeekoFox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
So ridiculously helpful.
You are a genius.
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MajinKidBuu Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
very helpful. thanks
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Frappe7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
LOL this is what I need to learn. My drawings are so stiff ^_^
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REY-HAN Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014   General Artist
Nice :clap:
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cjblanch Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Bad ass explanation! You're so wonderful for sharing all this knowledge  \(^.^)/
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Crow-Dan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
God, I love your tutorials.
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