5. Graphic conventions

Time, change, and motion are understood via many methods of artistic shorthand. Some artists incorporate special visual effects in their drawing to indicate movement, speed, or action. The nature of movement is often reinforced by drawing dynamic marks (e.g., "speed lines") around the edges of the figure or object, or by using sketchy or intentionally "blurred" outlines.

from E.G.Lutz, Practical Graphic Figures, Batsford London 1925
13 x 19 cms. "Action and Movement Graphically Expressed"

Alberto Giacometti, Femme Qui Marche, 1955, 20.4 x 6.2 cm


Inquiry question: What are some graphic symbols from your experience that communicate speed or movement?

Related Project: Anime (coming soon)