A tutorial on how to draw objects that appear to be moving really fast. A car and driver are drawn in outline. To create the impression of movement at speed, action or whizz lines are added to give a slightly blurring effect. The driver’s hair is drawn trailing to show movement. The car’s body lines are accentuated with straight action lines whilst the wheels have curved lines to emphasise their shape and movement. This simple effect transforms an ordinary static object into one which appears to be moving quickly. This technique could be applied to any object, person or animal where the drawing needs to suggest movement.

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Pupils could practice drawing action lines for various objects such as a ball, wheel or aeroplane. They should use action lines to make drawn figures appear to dance, move or shake. As an extension, they could cut pictures from magazines of similar objects, add a background and draw in action lines to give the picture the impression of movement.