7 A light touch
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.