Learn about the rule of thirds and how it can help you make more interesting painting and projects .
Mini Quest: Create a Zen or free form Doodle using Rule of thirds or the Golden Spiral. on the back write what your honest gut opinion is on this design tool.
The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide line and their intersection point, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. When used in painting you can create a fun force with in your art
Quest of thirds and other designs skills are the calculus of art
The rule of thirds should be one of many many composition tools. It is often taught as an absolute but in fact is no more or less than a simple skill on a toolbox of skills.
Golden rectangle any rectangle proportioned 2×3. Same as your camera Western art was built on this “golden rectangle.” Or at least the idea if it. . Like the way the wagon wheels of a chariot determined the space shuttle wheels
If you divide a golden rectangle into thirds you get baby golden rectangles .
By the way, most cameras’ autofocus sensors are placed at intervals that correspond to the rule of thirds.
The spiral convention is actually a continuation of the Rule of Thirds . Also known as the golden spiral . You can see this in nature in plants seeds and shells. In this particular spiral, the same mathematical formula is applied as if you were continuing the progression of dissecting the golden rectangle into ever-smaller rectangles.
You will hear about the Fibonacci spiral because it is based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. The number sequence begins 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34 and continues infinatly. In the sequence, any two numbers (in order) add up to the next number in the sequence 2+3=5, 5+8=13 and so on. Nature has many examples of this.
Alot of people live and draw by these principles but many many academics and working artists consider this to be the Grassy knoll of the art world…. a total myth. As a new artist you need to know these terms as a way to armor yourself and your art. Use them if they work and walk from them when they do not. Art is always about learning the rules and then breaking them.
Adolf Zeising argued that the golden ratio was a universal law that described "beauty and completeness in the realms of both nature and art... which permeates, as a paramount spiritual ideal, all structures, forms and proportions, whether cosmic or individual, organic or inorganic, acoustic or optical
Whether that wa factual or not it caught on and after architects and even Dali used these principles. Be clear that Da Vinci did not. He was just smarter then all of them.
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