15 Line Drawings of Beautiful Women You Need In Your Life

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

There is something about the simplicity of line drawings that I find beautiful, and nothing is more beautiful than a line drawing of a woman — whether it is of her profile while she is deep in thought, the curves of her back after a bath, or her smile when she is looking right at you.

These portraits are of women I know or have met briefly while travelling — there is even a self-portrait in the mix. I’ve tried to capture a little of their personality in a few simple lines and a limited color palette so that you see a glimpse of who they are by the curves of their chin or the corner of their mouth.

I have always been inspired by black and white, line drawings, illustrations, and scenes that I’ve discovered while traveling — everything you need to create a beautiful gallery wall. If you are interested in seeing more of my work, check out my art store here. Have a question or a commission request? Contact me here.

From left to right: Katherine (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Isabella (Female With Flowers Portrait Series, Diana (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Julia (Female With Flowers Portrait Series

Female Body Study (From the Curves Series)

Left to right: Lounging After the Bath (From the Curves Series), Female Nude (From the Curves Series)

Left to right: Jane (Version 2), Jane (Version 6), Jane (Version 8), Jane (Version 7)

Olivia (Female With Flowers Portrait Series)

Left to right: Sophia V1 (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Sophia V2 (Female With Flowers Portrait Series), Sophia V3 (Female With Flowers Portrait Series)

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9 Vintage Hawaii Travel Posters (That Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags!)

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There’s nothing that makes me want to pack my bags more than vintage travel posters — especially ones that show me palm trees, beaches, and a tropical paradise!

These are some prints that I have collected during various trips to the Hawaiian Islands and they instantly transport me back to the sand, sun, and floral breezes of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, The Big Island, Molokai, and Lanai.

Hawaii by Stan Galli, United Airlines Travel Poster, c. 1960

United Airlines Travel Poster, c. 1940s

Fly to Hawaii, Pan American Airways Travel Poster, c. 1940s

Hawaiian Hula Maiden, 1949 Pin Up Girl

Hawaii, by Chas Allen

Hawaii, Land of Surf & Sunshine, by Kerne Erickson

Hawaii, Northwest Orient Airlines, Vintage Travel Poster, c. 1950s

Fly to South Sea Isles, Pan American Airways Travel Poster, c. 1940s

Jet Clippers to Hawaii by Aaron Fine

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Unfinished Masterpieces and Their Intriguing Pasts [Infographic]

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Unfinished masterpieces and their intriguing histories

Unfinished artworks give off an aura of mystery. Were the works left incomplete by accident, or was it an intentional choice on the part of the artist?

Some of the most enigmatic and beautiful art — both for its unique aesthetic and intriguing historical context — is that which was left unfinished. While some artists purposely abandoned a piece due to lack of interest or to pursue another endeavor, others faced external circumstances that forced them to quit before the project was fully realized. From Renaissance paintings to feverishly-read novels, these unfinished works have afforded art historians and aficionados an array of untold stories and curious origins.

Famous artists, writers, and creators like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Jane Austen all left stunning unfinished works behind.

Check out more details of all of these works in the infographic by Invaluable below!


Sources: BBC | ListVerse | Arts Heaven | Arch Daily | Ranker | The Guardian

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12 Symbols of Love Found in Art History [Infographic]

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Throughout history, cultures around the world have used an array of different symbols to depict love and affection, many of which ended up appearing in their art. Some representations, like the Irish claddagh, the harp, and the apple derive from ancient mythology and cultural folklore.

Invaluable created an infographic that explores these decorated symbols of love that go beyond the traditional hearts, roses, and chocolates. You may be surprised at how many of these symbols are still used today, in industries and disciplines including the visual and performing arts, antiques — even greeting cards!

Symbols of love in art history

Sources: Forbes | SlideShare | Fact Retriever | Ancient Pages | ThoughtCo. | Keen

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It's All in The Details — The Opulent Designs of The Chairs of Versailles

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In the year 1668, Louis XIV began his expansion of a small chateau into what we now know as the opulent Palace of Versailles.

Every surface and object in the palace was painstakingly designed and created by thousands of artists in the Royal Academy, led by the three head designers — Le Vau, Charles Le Brun, and Andre Le Notre — in order to create a palace fit for the Sun King and his court of almost 20,000.

Visitors can now explore the palace and see for themselves, the bed that the king once laid upon, the Hall of Mirrors where he used to hold elaborate parties, and be dazzled by every gilded door frame, carpet, and chair.

The chairs of Versailles

Recently, art director, photographer, and artist Malorie Shmyr visited Versailles and found herself completely enthralled by the objects that fill the palace — especially by the many chairs that can be found throughout the hundreds of rooms.

Being engulfed in the opulence of Versailles left me trying to imagine what it would be like to live in a space where not one square inch was forgotten about.
I studied the every day objects in each room, imagining using them for their function instead of just an object on display. 

I honed in on the elaborately detailed chairs because it was exciting to see a normally humble piece of furniture dressed to the nines!

When Malorie returned home from her trip, she contacted me wanting to find a place to share the photos that she took of Versailles’ version of this every day object. Check out the details that she captured in the images below.

See more of Malorie’s amazing work on her website or on Instagram @malorieshmyr.

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