7 A light touch

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I use light trails, like those in anime, manga or video games, to sug­gest move­ment and ac­tion in the art­work. They’re nar­ra­tive el­e­ments that cre­ate a route into the scene, thread­ing points of in­ter­est. But they also in­di­cate mo­tion. Many of these light trails con­tinue out­side the can­vas, strength­en­ing the im­age’s sense of ac­tion and en­hanc­ing its fo­cal point. Even a static im­age can ben­e­fit from el­e­ments that add dy­namism, sug­gest­ing the com­po­si­tion is a frame taken from an ac­tion se­quence. Par­ti­cles can also help to en­hance this ef­fect.

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