What are Organic Shapes

Have you ever heard the term organic shapes? Here are some basic facts about them that you’d find useful if you were curious about what exactly this term refers to:

  1. What are organic shapes, exactly? Organic shapes refer to shapes, lines and figures used in art, architecture, or landscaping, among others.  They are derived from natural forms, and they can also be called curvilinear shapes or free-form shapes. In art, they could also mean a style wherein paint is allowed to flow naturally from a single point, until a figure is formed. This gives an abstract, natural effect to the artwork.
  2. What do organic shapes look like? Organic shapes, as the name implies, are shapes that are derived from things found in nature. They have a flowing, smooth, continuous appearance, and they are made of curves and circles. Organic shapes could be actual figures from nature, such as the shape of leaves, plants, insects, clouds and animals. They could also depict nature in a non-visible way, such as the concept of harmony and flow.
  3. What emotions do they convey? Organic shapes give a smooth, soft, peaceful and calming effect to an artwork. They are usually also used to convey continuity and free flow. As an art form, organic shapes aim not only to convey the flat surface of an object, but also aim to give the viewer an impression of depth, thickness and volume of the object.  With this, the intensity of the object being depicted is highlighted, such that its life seem to blossom from its interior. It can also be said that organic shapes focus on conveying emotions, rather than the recreation of the actual appearance of an object.
  4. What are organic shapes not? Organic shapes can be considered as the opposite of geometric shapes. Geometric shapes, also known as rectilinear shapes, are made mostly of straight and angular lines, and most of them are used to depict man made objects.  As opposed to the calming and soothing effect that organic shapes aim for, geometric shapes give the impression of rigidity, and they are often used to depict anger and chaos. Geometric shapes can also be used to give a clean and purposeful look to a design.
  5. What are they used for? Organic shapes, as has been mentioned, are used in art, gardening and landscaping, among others. In the case of landscaping, organic shapes are used for creating a natural look, and it is usually planned taking into consideration the natural formation of the flowers, the shape of the ponds, and the other elements of the garden.  In art, it is used in drawing, painting, and sculpture, among others. To make your own experiment with organic forms, you could spill some watercolor paint on a piece of paper, and let it flow naturally and form a particular shape. You could control this by tilting the paper in different angles. Once the paint has settled, you have effectively created an organic shape.

There you have it! These are just some of the most important things to remember if you want to learn more about organic shapes. Good luck!


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