6 REA­SONS FOR AP­PLY­ING OVER­LAP

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Over­lap is com­mon in our daily lives. After all, some­thing is al­ways in front of some­thing else. Over­lap­ping ob­jects will, by the very na­ture of cov­er­ing some­thing up, ob­scure part of the ob­ject be­hind. This is a good thing: we hu­mans love to fill in the gaps with our imag­i­na­tions. The viewer will sub­con­sciously flesh out the rest of the in­for­ma­tion. Over­lap also helps with group­ing in a com­po­si­tion. A paint­ing of trees that are evenly spaced and sized to each other on the can­vas will be bor­ing, whereas a paint­ing that has some trees larger, some smaller, some over­lap­ping each other, some bunched up and some spread out will be much more vis­ually ap­peal­ing.

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