Are you having trouble drawing pictures with action in them? Here's a few tips to help you...

You will need:
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Crayons
Decide which direction your action is going to go, then draw a quick line in that direction across a piece of paper.

It doesn't need to be neat!
Now you can build your character around that guide line.

Draw him (or her) as a matchstick man using quick, exaggerated pencil movements.
Next, use a wax crayon to give your character a body.
Add in some solid detail, like a proper face outline, and (in this case) the strings of the tennis racquet.
Don't forget the clothes of your character!
Then add on facial features - eyes, nose and mouth, for instance.
And there you have a well done action picture - all from a simple matchstick man!
This technique will work for any type of action picture, not just a tennis player.

Try it yourself!