Today, we're going to look at five of my pieces and see how well they live up to the rule of thirds.
Some background info:The rule of thirds is a composition technique in which an artist divides a surface into nine equal squares and the idea is that points of interest should be placed where the squares meet.
The thing is that a well composed piece often follows the rule of thirds unintentionally. That just means that what naturally looks good to your eye, will likely fall within the rule of thirds.
To that end, I've decided to see how well my pieces fit within this rule. To determine this, I've imported photos of five of my pieces into Corel Paintshop and overlayed grafts on top of them.
This is "Couple In Costume At Balboa Park" and both of the people's faces just about fall within those areas.
'Same thing with Danique's head and both pairs of hands in "The Knitting Lesson".
In "Orangutan Hanging Out" the orangutan's body hits on those marks.
The swan's head in "In Coming Swan" almost falls within this rule and his neck does.
I just want to say, if a piece does not follow the rule of thirds, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad piece, but, if you're not happy with your compositions, try utilizing the rule of thirds and see how things turn out.
I got the idea to do this with my paintings from this video by Lisa Clough.
Painter of portraits and wildlife