Hobbies Fine Arts & Crafts Doodle Symbolism - Arrows Share PINTEREST Email Print Fine Arts & Crafts Drawing & Sketching Basics Tutorials Art Supplies Painting Arts & Crafts By Helen South Artist Helen South works in graphite, charcoal, watercolor, and mixed media. She wrote "The Everything Guide to Drawing." our editorial process Helen South Updated March 17, 2017 Interpretation: Arrows represent direction and ambition. Drawn aggressively, they represent a desire for action. Drawn in careful outline, they indicate a desire for progression or advancement, especially if pointing upwards. Arrows traditionally have masculine associations. Drawn with a heart, it becomes cupid's arrow. They do tend to be commonly drawn, being a familiar symbol and a simple combination of line and triangle.(Here's a lesson on how to draw an arrow through a heart.) Outside Influences: Arrows might be inspired by motifs in Western or fantasy movies such as Robin Hood. The archer is a popular figure in much contemporary culture, notably 'Hawkeye' from Marvel's 'Avengers'. Arrows also appear everywhere as a modern symbol, used in computer interfaces as a mouse pointer and as navigation indicators, and throughout the physical world to mark direction and draw attention.