I was pretty sure that I wanted to do something that was reminiscent of waves or the sea for my turbulent lines. One of the first few artworks that came to mind was The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
(Taken from https://louviq.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/critique-of-the-great-wave-off-kanagawa-by-katsushika-hokusai/)
[I couldn’t find an official site to get this picture]
I loved the turbulence of the waves and the way it seemed to be crashing down on the boats. But I decided to look for more inspiration before I settled on this idea.
I google-searched ‘turbulent water artists’ to see if I could find any artists out there that I could use as additional inspiration. To my surprise, I found this.
(Taken from: http://philipball.blogspot.sg/2014/07/a-feeling-for-flow.html) Leonardo da Vinci did many studies of water and the flow of water so as to better understand it. This particular picture shows his rendition of turbulent water flowing down from an artificial waterfall and into a pool of water, but the lines closely resemble swirling hair.
In fact, he made an analogy of the flowing braid of a woman to braided vortices in water flowing around a flat plate in a stream.
I was really inspired by this to combine both Leonardo’s style of ‘hair-like lines’ in water with The Great Wave off Kanagawa to create my own turbulent lines that would resemble crashing waves.
I eventually came up with these lines in my attempt to combine both da Vinci’s lines with the turbulent waves of the sea in the Great Wave.