Drawing with Elliptical Arcs

Hartmut F. W. Höft
Proceedings of Bridges 2014: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2014)
Pages 401–404 Short Papers


Inspired by elliptical shapes that occur in nature, I create planar images that use entire ellipses or proper arcs of ellipses as their single graphic element. I construct collections of ellipses or of elliptical arcs of varying absolute sizes, eccentricities, positions, rotational orientations, and angular extents that are abstractions of natural objects. Specifically, I use abstractions of a single ginkgo leaf as basic graphical element along planar curves in my images.