Introduction: Moving Figures

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It has some great information including the template for the figures. Be sure to check it out for great information. This Instructable is broken down into a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Position and Trace the Figure

Decided the movement you want your figure to take. Practice moving the figure over the page to get an idea of spacing. Select the starting position and trace the figure.

Step 2: Adjust the Figure and Trace (repeat 4 Times)

Adjust the figure to the next position and trace again. Continue this process at least 4 times until you come to the final position.

Step 3: Outline Each Figure in a Different Colour.

This process can be a bit confusing as some of the lines may be jumbled together. Make sure you take your time to ensure you are tracing the correct line. (You may wish to do this step as you go).

Step 4: Add Movement Lines

In the negative space (any space that does not have a figure in it) add in movement lines. Start with the first figure. Add 3 movement lines behind any moving body part. Then, move on to the next figure and add three movement lines behind any moving body part. Do not cross through other movement lines or figures. Repeat for all of the figures.

You can also add in curved energy lines extending from any moving limbs and heads. This will help to indicate the direction your figure is moving.

Step 5: Colour the Movement Lines

Colour in the movement and energy lines.

Step 6: Colour the Background

In order to help the figures really pop out, you will need to fill in the background. (You may want to use watercolour for this). Select a colour that contrasts nicely with the other colours you have chosen.