How to use Dynamic symmetry grids ?
Myfo Ink
Hi fellow artists ! I've recently become very interested in composing artwork. I've gotten pretty good at using the Fibonacci spiral, but I recently discovered dynamic symmetry (check out the link for a pretty comprehensive tutorial). I understand how to draw the different lines, but I'm wondering if it can be applied to all formats, even those that are close to a square or panoramic aspect ratio that are far from the golden ratio (phi) ? And once you have all these lines drawn, how do you get the most out of them ? Do you focus on the lines and try to align your compositional elements with them, or do you compose based on the spaces created by the lines (creating harmony between full and empty areas) ? If you could shed some light on this, I would be forever grateful ! Thanks in advance and see you soon !
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Steve Lenze
Actually, Andrew Loomis talks quite a lot about this in his book on illustration. The idea is that you would line up elements in your composition to these lines. The lines you have here are symmetrical, not always the most interesting arrangement. Loomis shows how to divide up the composition in a nonsymmetrical way, which tends to be more interesting. It also makes it easier to divide up a square or other shape compositions. If you notice, the lines create a division in thirds, which is a common compositional devise. The place where the lines cross is supposed to be the best place to put your elements. To be honest, I find these devises to be a little too much like math, which is my mortal enemy. I tend to go with my gut, but I think this is good for you to play with and try to understand, then adjust and adapt it to your needs. Hope this helps :)
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julia pace
I'm a math atheist - appreciate your comment.
Myfo Ink
Thank you so much for your response and the book recommendation, I'll definitely check it out ! It's interesting to hear about using nonsymmetrical arrangements to create more dynamic compositions. I can see how relying solely on these lines could be limiting, but incorporating them into my creative process and experimenting with different arrangements could definitely add another layer of depth to my work. Thanks again for your insights, I really appreciate it !
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