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Art Inspiration: Emulating Nature Through Lines

By May 27, 2016No Comments

It’s so easy to get caught up in more advanced techniques that you forget the basics of art, such as line.

Experiment with forming patterns found in nature, like the spiral pattern, branching pattern, radial pattern, and meandering pattern.


The spiral is found in whirlpools, tornados, plant leaves, and seashells. Branching lines can be seen in river tributaries, circulatory systems, and most commonly, in trees. You can spot a radial pattern in spider webs, starfish, and flowers. Lastly, a river or stream makes an excellent representation of a meandering line.

These naturally occurring patterns have structural integrity and a dynamic energy that strengthen and animate your drawing or painting. Carefully place and organize these different strokes to create a bold and direct or delicate and sensitive work of art.

For examples of finished artwork that utilizes these natural lines, please visit our Instagram (@artcentralslo) and Pinterest (Art Central)!

(Image and Content Credit to: Leland, Nita. The Creative Artist: A Fine Artist’s Guide to Expanding Your Creativity and Achieving Your Artistic Potential. Cincinnati, OH: North Light, 1990. Print.)