Beginners’ Guide to Sketching Moving Objects


Whenever you choose to sketch moving objects, things get challenging. Since the object is moving, it gets harder to study it as it changes the spot constantly. 

What you need to do in this situation is, you must map out the shapes and the figure’s form as quickly as you can. This is the fundamental step. It would help if you worked on your reflexes, as studying and mapping out a moving object needs your reflexes to be quick while catching minor details. 

You can also do a quick mind photograph of the subject in this scenario. You can record it in your brain memory for a moment and remember the way they’re moving. Drawing the picture implanted in your mind will be tricky at first, but like all other art forms, you will undoubtedly get better at it with practice. 

As you do it more, you will find it simpler to remember the figure’s movement from a quick look.

Sometimes, the figure’s movement may be in oscillation, which can help because you will have the opportunity to take another glimpse and capture the heart of the object’s movement.

If you want to improve your sketching speed and memory of movement, it is advised that you grab a pencil and sketchbook. Head to somewhere where you know you can calmly sit down (maybe in a public garden) and stare at people in an energetic environment, but they are moving slow enough for you to memorize their slow movements. A good example is walking to a market; people will stop in front of stalls allowing you to capture them while they are temporarily still.

Also, people will be moving slowly because markets usually are considerably busy. You do not have to be affected too much with finishing a figure. Try to capture the figure’s sharp essence and simply move on to the next section of your drawing. Let the shapes overlap each other, and within time, a scene will start to evolve, which you will be able to work on.

Here are a few additional tips for sketching moving objects:

  1.  Start with simple tools like a ballpoint pen or a graphite pencil and sketchbook. Use water-soluble colored pencils, perhaps red-brown, yellow ochre, black and dark brown if you want to add colors and different shades to your sketch.
  2. If a person or an animal is up and moving, they’re sadly not going to stay in the same pose for long. So watch them for a while, memorize their features before you start drawing. Look for specific poses that your subject keeps coming back to. 
  3. If you’re fortunate, you might discover a person or an animal sleeping. A dog will hold a sleeping pose for around twelve minutes, but you never know when they’ll move their position. This will allow you crucial 12 minutes to capture the dog’s features inside your head and then sketch it correctly.

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