How to draw movement: 16 top tips

Characters dancing and stretching

As an artist, many of us are drawn to expressing ideas through character design. I’m constantly seeking to improve, and over the years I’ve picked up some helpful tricks in designing more appealing and expressive characters. It’s important to design not only how your figures look, but also how they tell a story with their gestures and movements.

This is especially crucial in the animation industry because the characters you’ll be conceptualising are intended to perform as though they were an actor in a film or TV show. Here are some tips on how to draw a more engaging character.

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A California Institute of the Arts alumni, Brittany Myers worked in visual development as an intern at Walt Disney Animation before becoming a freelance character designer at Sony Pictures Animation.