9 ACHIEV­ING BAL­ANCE, OR THE FEEL­ING OF BAL­ANCE

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Of­ten a sym­met­ri­cal com­po­si­tion can feel static, too bal­anced. Yet there are times when this is in­ten­tional, such as with cer­tain por­traits, or ob­jects that need a dom­i­nance and weight. But more of­ten asym­me­try is more in­ter­est­ing. The prob­lem is that while be­ing asym­met­ri­cal the com­po­si­tion it­self must have an im­plied bal­ance. This doesn’t have to hap­pen with equal-sized ob­jects, like on a see-saw. To carry that anal­ogy fur­ther, if a large per­son were on one side of the see-saw, then to bal­ance things out in an in­ter­est­ing way we could put sev­eral small ob­jects or peo­ple on the other side, or move the big per­son closer to the ful­crum. Group­ing and value will play a big part with bal­ance and cre­at­ing in­ter­est.

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