Creating Movement

Depicting motion became a major preoccupation for modernist artists — such as the Italian futurists — because it provided a means of breaking away from classical constraints.

Dynamism can be injected into a drawing by transferring physical energy when making marks. Experiment with different media, making fast abstract lines across the surface.

Vivid color injects motion and urgency into this study for a painting of a jogger moving through an urban landscape. The color appears to vibrate from the forms, which are established using loose brush strokes, spreading movement throughout the entire scene.

Approaches to the human form span the analytical, emotional, and dramatic and make use of a huge range of drawing processes.

► Reclining nude

A fashion for classical art is reflected in this well-observed pencil sketch. The model poses within an imaginary Roman scene, inviting us to ponder the landscape beyond. AJ Munnings, Norwich School of Art and Design Drawing Archive

▼ Classical study

This elegant study in monochrome Conté crayon recalls a Renaissance statue with broken limbs. Unknown, Norwich School of Art and Design Drawing Archive

► Shakenote Singer

A theatrical subject is drawn with pastels on a dark ground; the successive build up of layers of pigment and the ultimate white highlights charge this drawing with dramatic power. Sophie Hammerton

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▲ Woman Drinker, or The Hangover

In keeping with the subject matter, this ink and colored pencil image appears raw and roughly made, yet close examination reveals great attention to detail and sensitivity in mark making that perfectly captures the scene. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

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F Young Woman Sleeping

Emerging from the ethereal traces of drawn brush marks, the sleeping woman appears as a dreamlike apparition. The proficiency of this drawing is evident through its economy of line that so beautifully conjures up the human form in repose. Rembrandt

▼ Discus thrower

A plaster cast of a classical statue provided the lengthy pose needed for this supremely detailed and closely observed pencil drawing. Lines are blended into hazy tone, which creates a smooth but solid surface to the body. H. L. Wilson, Norwich School of Art and Design Drawing Archive

▲ Woman Drinker, or The Hangover

In keeping with the subject matter, this ink and colored pencil image appears raw and roughly made, yet close examination reveals great attention to detail and sensitivity in mark making that perfectly captures the scene. Henri Toulouse-Lautrec

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