Have you ever seen art of a human figure made of arrows?
November 28, 2020 1:26 PM   Subscribe

If you've seen drawings or sculptures of human figures made out of arrows would you please link me to it?

I want to draw something like this and just can't visualize it. (My artistic skill level is potato; that might be why.) I'd love to have some models to base my drawing off of.

Or maybe you know of some cool software tool that can mock up something like this? IDEK, suggestions welcome, but please do keep in mind that I have extremely basic skills. Thank you!
posted by MiraK to Media & Arts (14 answers total)
(In case it matters, I don't think any ethical considerations about copying another artist's drawings apply here, I'm not doing this for commercial gain, just making a little drawing to put in a thank-you note.)
posted by MiraK at 1:28 PM on November 28, 2020

Not arrows, but the UK's Knife Angel might give you som eideas.
posted by essexjan at 1:50 PM on November 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

Do you want to draw it yourself, or do you just need a drawing done? I've had good results going to fiverr.com for simple design requests like this.
posted by The otter lady at 2:24 PM on November 28, 2020

So many questions — a realistic human figure or stylized? 2D or 3D? Hunting arrows, archery arrows, or the arrow symbol?
posted by mekily at 2:40 PM on November 28, 2020

- I'd like to draw it myself.

- Stylized or realistic, either would be fine as long as it's recognizably a human figure.

- Arrow like in bow and arrow? I don't know the difference between hunting arrows and archery arrows!

That angel made of knives is great, that's exactly what I'm looking for except I wish the face was also somehow composed of knives - I can't figure out how to place arrows to make anything like a face appear, that's where I'm having the greatest conceptual trouble.
posted by MiraK at 2:51 PM on November 28, 2020

An effect like a pin art toy (I had no idea what it was called and had to google "science museum gift shop" to get in the general range) might work for a face, although I think it would need to be quite large to be readable with arrow-sized pins.
posted by figurant at 3:25 PM on November 28, 2020

I'd perhaps start with a sketch (or a photo) with lots of clearly defined lines and curves, replacing the lines with arrows, like the ones in this image. It'd work as a cartoon drawing, or as a piece of illustration. Also, the direction of the arrows could be used to suggest movement.

Well, there's one way to approach it.
posted by pipeski at 3:53 PM on November 28, 2020

Not arrows, but "human figure made of sticks" got me this: https://mymodernmet.com/outdoor-sculptures-anna-and-the-willow/ ... Maybe a starting point and you can add fletchings/heads as you draw?
posted by The otter lady at 5:41 PM on November 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

How about a scene from my favorite book as a kid, Arrow to the Sun?
posted by DSime at 8:18 PM on November 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

Perhaps you could revise this, but with arrowheads?
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 8:43 PM on November 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

Congolese artist Freddy Tsimba makes sculptures from scrap metal, most often casings but also spoons, keys, forks, knives, and scissors. His work might serve as inspiration.
posted by pendrift at 7:28 AM on November 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

Amaaaaaaazing! Than you so much!
posted by MiraK at 7:58 AM on November 29, 2020

You could search around for a nice "connect the dots" picture that you usually give to preschoolers. Connect the dots with arrows. Then connect more dots to each other with arrows that are inside the figure. Hips to knees, knees to ankles, ankles to toes, etc.

Just keep filling up the inside with more arrows.
posted by zengargoyle at 11:30 AM on November 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

One thing about archery-themed art is that the arrows rarely look like actual modern arrows. The tips are always huge, and the fletching is weird. For target archers, arrows look like pointy sticks with three or four little plastic flags on one end. Some people do fletch with feathers, like you'll see in your standard arrow clip art, but the big arrowheads make me think of bowhunters.

I probably think more about this than most people.
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:55 PM on November 29, 2020 [1 favorite]

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