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Here is a frog drawn poised to hop, his shape looking somewhat jerky and awkward in comparison with the graceful lines of the horse on page 103. However, you can approach a subject like this in exactly the same way as you would the horse, keeping the style simple and loosely-drawn, in order to give some semblance of movement to the finished product.

Next I show a lizard in mid-scamper. It has a straightforward shape and, as long as the texture of the skin looks scaly enough, there are no great drawing problems here either. The colour can be kept to a minimum, with just enough to hint at the green, sinuous body.

The following drawings continue with the notion of movement and how to reproduce it, but this time I have used coloured pencils in an effort to gain the right effect.

The arctic tern is contrasted against the pure blue sky and this use of a plain background colour certainly helps to set off the movement of the bird in flight. The tern itself is put in very sketchily with no clear details, just as you would see it if it were to fly past you suddenly.

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