Doodle Symbolism - Arrows

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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.