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19 Factors That Impact Compositional Balance

19 Factors That Impact Compositional Balance
Imagine a boulder leaning too far over the cliff’s edge. Seeing that boulder you think it should come crashing down the mountainside. It’s out of balance and you feel the tension of the impending crash. A similar feeling happens in your visitors when the composition of your design is visually out of balance. In a couple of previous posts I talked about visual balance and in each I briefly mentioned the idea of visual weight in order to achieve visual balance. Composition 8 by Kandinsky (above) is a study in visual weight, direction, and balance. What is Visual Balance? Visual balance (PDF) results from 2 major factors, visual weight and visual direction. Consider the image below of a small block and a large block on a lever. You likely see the larger block as being much heavier than the smaller block. The main force acting on the large block is gravity which is acting downwards. Optical Center Objects and elements balance around a point. Every shape has a geometric center. Photography

STREET ART UTOPIA » We declare the world as our canvasSTREET ART UTOPIA » We declare the world as our canvas Crayon Tutorial, Part 1 by *Kikane on deviantART A Gold Mine of Adobe Illustrator Resources By Melissa Scroggins What could be better than striking gold? How about a huge list of Adobe Illustrator resources? For many designers, a list of resources to help finish those design projects in a quick and easy fashion is like finding gold on the Web. In this article, there are over 200 (mostly) free resources for Adobe Illustrator. Finally, have fun stockpiling all the brushes, patterns,, symbols, vectors, swatches, and fun additions to the Adobe Illustrator presets. 1. There are a multitude of brush sets that can add volumes of creativity to design projects. 17 brushes for Illustrator 28 Free Illustrator Brushes for making Swooshes and Swirls 33 More Paint Brush Style Illustrator Brushes 20 Free Illustrator Art Brushes: Ink Sketch Lines 57 Exclusive Illustrator Multi-Colored Paint Brushes Free-Dot Dash Illustrator Pattern Brushes 10 Arrowhead Brushes for Illustrator Free Illustrator Brushes: Ink/Watercolor 60 brushes for Illustrator Free Illustrator Brushes and Vectors: Foliage 2. Gradients 3.

Creative Crayon Artists Crayons are normally one of the first form of art tools that a child is exposed to. For those not not familiar with crayons; they are normally made out of wax, easy to work with, not messy, blunt (other than being stuck up noses, they are rather harmless), non-toxic, very inexpensive, and available in a very wide range of color choices. Artists generally stay away from crayons, as they seem very “childish” to use, plus they wear down to a blunt smudgy tip very quickly. Don Marco Website: Don Marco was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920′s. Buffalo Checking the Spring Trapline Dawns Early Light End of the Hunt In the Shadows of the Tetons Katies Garden No Job Too Small Noon Stage to Cottonwood Scenic Dock Jeffrey Robery Website: Always Watching Dreamsicle Honu Baby Kroma Lonestar Longhorns Na Kohola Power Surge Sedona Moon Kristina Nelson Website: Artists Grandfather Bunch of Fruit Days End Eggplant and Apples

Starlay for iPad - Éditions Volumiques (@volumique) in collaboration with David Calvo Created by Éditions Volumiques in collaboration with David Calvo, Starlay is a new genre cartoon for the iPad aimed at children as much as adults. Every two days, a new page is unlocked and when the album is complete, a revelation emerges. Starlay, a tiny seahorse, wants to bear the children of his girlfriend, Starlayte…Drifting in the everflowing world of the interstitial zone, will Starlay ever find his soulmate ? “Starlay” is a new kind of comic book for kids and adults of all ages. Every two days, a new page will be unlocked, revealing the eternal quest for true love. Download for free on the AppStore Starlay Official Website | The Starlay Website (English) | Éditions Volumiques | David Calvo David Calvo is a writer, artist, screenwriter and game designer born 1974 in Marseille, France. Les éditions volumiques is a studio inventing, designing and developing new games and toys, focusing on the relationship between the tangible and digital.

Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial | Paper Kawaii So, have you been wondering how to make the amazing bracelets from Starburst wrappers? A simple folding method, plus some finishing tips, will help you make your very own Starburst bracelet. Using these simple instructions, you’ll soon memorize the folding pattern, and it’ll be a piece of cake! (or candy..) The average bracelet takes 30-36 Starburst wrappers, so save up! Asking friends to unwrap carefully and “donate” helps quite a bit. You can make this bracelet from any rectangular wrapper: dum dum wrappers, tootsie roll wrappers, most gum wrappers, now and laters… be creative, there are lots of options! Keep in mind that when you have finished, you need the bracelet big enough to slide on and off your wrist without too much trouble. Click on any of the photos for a larger view. Step 1 Take your first wrapper… and flip it over. Step 2 Fold (hot dog) one side in to the halfway point. Step 3 Fold (hot dog) the other side to the halfway point. Step 4 Step 5 Fold (hot dog) in half again. Step 6

Tiny Polaroid Magnets | { Ambrosia Girl } Hi there! It’s felt like forever since I’ve last blogged, and has felt like an eternity since I’ve done anything crafty and nifty. Since my morning sickness has gone into full speed (yes, we’re expecting our third this fall!) I came across these DIY Pantone chip magnets on How About Orange and wanted to do something similar. You will need: Cardboard (mine was the backing of a sketchbook — much thicker than the back of a regular spiral bound notebook) or 2-3 sheets of white cardstock or poster board spray-mounted together to use as a sturdy backing to the magnetsOpaque white marker (necessary only if your cardboard is not white) Craft knife Metal straight edge/ruler Clear packing tape or frisk film. Step 1: Download a Photoshop file of the Polaroid frames below. Step 2: Print out photos onto photo paper. Step 3: Spray the back of your sheet of photos and also the cardboard with spray mount. Step 4: Trim out photos with craft knife. 487 Comments

page corner bookmarks | I Could Make That This project comes to you at the request of Twitterer @GCcapitalM. I used to believe that a person could never have too many books, or too many bookmarks. Then I moved into an apartment slightly larger than some people’s closets (and much smaller than many people’s garages) and all these beliefs got turned on their naïeve little heads. But what a person can always look for more of is really cool unique bookmarks. Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and deeply under-represented in the world.* They’re easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks. If you like this tutorial, here are a couple others that might be up your alley. If you’re loving the toothy monster vibe, check out these simple monster heating bags, filled with rice or wheat and entirely microwavable, to keep toes or fingers or tummies warm during the chilly winter months. What you’ll need: Putting it all together: 1) Follow steps 2 and 3 from above.